Good Deal or Not? Weekly Wed. House Porn “Wisteria Draped Dowager” edition

This house is located at 1110 East Capitol Street, NE:


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The listing says:

“In the Historic District!! The Wisteria Draped Dowager Overlooking Lincoln Park! FIRST Time On The Market in Over 40 Years! Four Finished Floors, Four Rooms Deep. EXTRAORDINARY Period Details & Fixtures – Baccarat Chandelier! Exquisite Inlay Wood Floors, Amazing Natural Woodwork Throughout. Tree Top Master BR Suite w/ Sitting Room, . Country Kitchen Au pair Suite, Japanese Garden (Possible Pk?)”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,449,500.

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  • That is a gorgeous house, but the furnishing choices are really strange.

    • Agreed and agreed. The furniture looks like they were Craigslist finds and taken from a group house filled with entry-level Hill staff.

      Though, it could just be that the owners have already moved out and left the crappiest pieces/stuff they kept in storage for their college-age kids.

      • That’s definitely true of the leather furniture pieces in the library, and of the couch in the basement where the cushions are white and the rest of the couch is navy… but is the rest of the furniture really all that Craigslist-esque?

        I liked the Asian folding screen and vases on the first floor. The rest of the furniture isn’t really my style, but I was assuming “owners with rather individual taste” rather than “real estate agent getting staging furniture from Craigslist.” ;)

  • That is a gooooood deal.

  • I have many leather-bound books and my Capitol Hill townhouse smells of rich mahogany.

  • gosh… doesnt get much better than this for capitol hill homes

  • Why can’t I be rich? I’d be all over this house.

  • Never understood why people listing a house for over a million don’t clear it out, clean it up, and rent some staging furniture.

    They probably don’t have to. This is a great deal but still needs some work and updating. It’ll sell quickly I bet.

  • Perhaps the furniture isn’t up to your standards because the owner bought it a long time ago and has lived there for many years. (You could buy these places for cheap 20 years ago, but the neighborhood was still a bit stabby.) Not everyone on Capitol Hills is made of cash and as a former neighbor of the owner, I can tell you she is a sweet person who lived within her means. I hope the profit she nets affords the care she’ll need as she ages.
    She was super nice to us when we rented in that part of the ‘hood as starving students 15 years ago.

    • I certainly didn’t mean any offense to the owner. I just find it interesting that people selling high-end real estate don’t take the time to clean and stage furniture to maximize the space and light. But like I said, at the end of the day, it’s a seller’s market on Capitol Hill and the owner really doesn’t need to do much. This place will probably sell very close to asking. Six bedrooms in that location for 1.5mil? It’s a steal.

  • I can’t get a handle on the tastes of POP readers.

    This house is not worth $1.5M. The kitchen is tiny, the master bedroom is tiny, and there wasn’t one pic of any bathroom, which makes me nervous. This house needs work. None of the rooms are very large and the interior looks dated.

    There have been a half dozen other House Porn where people bemoan the overpricing of gorgeous houses and this one is great?

    • This is what real estate bubbles look like. You can regale your grandkids with stories about how you were there for it and lived through the aftermath.

    • I agree with you – I think they’re pricing based strictly on location and number of bedrooms/bathrooms. I wasn’t wowed by the layout but it was kind of nice to see a real house that an owner is selling rather than a poorly done flip marked up several hundred thousand dollars.

    • Anon – I was thinking the same thing. Nothing about this house appeals to me except that it is located directly across from Lincoln Park and about 2-3 blocks away from Eastern Market. If I had a million, I would purchase the million dollar house located in the 1200 block of D Street SE one of PoP’s GDoN.

    • Square footage isn’t everything. People are increasingly more willing to trade space for location, character, and quality finishes.

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