Good Deal or Not? “Brand new carriage house” edition

This carriage house is located at 1871 3rd Street, NW:


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The listing says:

“One of a kind…Brand new carriage house with 1 BR rental unit on historic Anna Coopers Circle. Cool living space…large bedrooms & big closets, Chic baths with double vanities and oversize shower. Great outdoor setting, plenty of parking, separate 1 BR rental unit with high ceilings…Nothing like it.”

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This 4 bed/4 bath is going for $849,650.

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  • It’s in an alley? You’d have to be a total moron to spend $850,000 to live in someone’s backyard in a DC alley. I get that the market is tight and you lost a few bidding wars, etc, but people don’t do this, you will regret it.

  • Emphatically not a good deal. I live just down the street, and I can say for sure that this is way overpriced. The market must agree, because it’s been on the market for quite a long time now. The house is tiny – I’m not even sure how they could fit four bedrooms in there. The interior design is nice and all, but the location is strange – at the end of a dead-end alley. (Despite what the listing says, it is not on Anna J Cooper Circle – a low-income housing development is in the way. It isn’t even really on 3rd St.) Oh, and the nice green space in front of this place doesn’t belong to it – the owner of that space is going to break ground on a three story building in the near future. So pretty soon it’s going to be boxed in on all sides. They need to lower the price dramatically if this one’s going to sell, and they should do it quick before construction on the adjacent block begins. The neighborhood is great, but this price is just out of whack with the fundamentals.

  • Is there any such thing as a “brand new carriage house” seeing as actual carriage houses are not built any more?

  • This is overpriced. The good side is that this is not in an alley, really, because it has a clear space/yard open to 3rd St. Unfortunately, they didn’t lay it out as well as most would want. Carriage houses should be open spaces, loft-like, but this one is walled up and crowded. It loses its appeal because of this mistake of making too many bedrooms in the one house. I will say, as a carriage house owner, that living in the alley has some major benefits that most wouldn’t realize (quiet, big yard, the list goes on).

    The main house in front of this one is gorgeous, though… I think it sold really fast, from what I saw online.

  • Although a different, and more desirable location, don’t forget that back in September the 2bed 2 bath(1435sf) Carriage house at 1413 Swann St. was listed for $735K and sold for $895K ALL CASH! So I think this carriage house could sell in the mid to high $700s.

  • I thought this was going to be that wonderful carriage house on U (I think), just west of 3rd – the one that is behind a HUGE place undergoing renovation now. I love that carriage house, and what’s great is that it’s actually open to the street because it’s a carriage house to a place on a corner. If it ever goes on the market, I’m in.

  • Some of these comments are harsh! (Esp from people who haven’t actually seen the property.) I attended the open house yesterday. Regarding the alley comments, it’s in a grassy back yard, and doesn’t give the appearance or feel of an alley. Regarding the price comments, I agree – it’s well overpriced, despite being listed at $445/sq foot. (Yes, this place allegedly packs in 1,910 square feet.) However, when you’re inside, it feels like being inside a matchbox or treehouse. I’d probably pay up to $675k, even though this number would lead to an absurdly low $353/sq foot, which I cannot justify. I must admit, the basement one bedroom rental unit looks great.

  • How the sellers manage to get a permitto build a NEW carriage house? how is that posible?

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