Good Deal or Not? Weekly Wed. House Porn “Extraordinary renovation/expansion of this 1926 Martha Washington Sears home” edition (reader request)

This house is located at 2965 Brandywine St, NW:


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The listing says:

“Extraordinary renovation/expansion of this 1926 Martha Washington Sears home. Nothing left to do except move in! New wiring, plumbing, insulation, walls, windows, lighting and floors! 6BR/5BA/2HB, 4 levels, formal LR, formal DR, chef’s kitchen, morning/breakfast room with wall of windows! Office and au pair on lower level with separate entrances. Insulated/heated 2 car gar.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 6 bed/6 bath is going for $1,775,000.

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  • Am I crazy or does this seem like a really good deal? I haven’t looked at comps, etc, but at first glance it appears to be a nice renovation, lots of space, and primo location (for those with families who want to be in the city but not really in the city). My guess it that an attorney working at a firm downtown will pick this up ASAP.

  • Great reno. That’s a helluva flip.

    Though, they didn’t renovate the income apartment in the basement. What’s up with that? The developer ran out of money? I guess it gives you a (bad) taste of what the rest of the house looked like before the renovation, lol

    • Not a developer – there was an article in the Post about the house. Owner redid it after his wife died (she bought the house originally, ages ago). He put years into it. Maybe he just decided to leave that to the new owners taste.

  • Um, yes please.

  • I think some of the rooms are oddly laid out, which is clearly due to the expansion of an existing home. It’s nice enough, but it’s not a deal. I’d say it’s listed for what it’s worth and what most homes in that area of town sell.

  • This looks like a great deal. Less cramped neighborhood than west of Conn. Ave.; close to the park & metro, and on a corner lot. Appears to be a nice reno. Wouldn’t surprise me if it went for $1.9 or even $2M

  • PDMtP

    It’s hideous. It looks like they stuck a half a McMansion onto a 1920s house, especially inside. There’s a reason this has been sitting on the market for a year despite very low inventory and a superficially attractive price. We were very excited about it until we went.

    • PDMtP

      Okay, now I feel like an asshole and hope he doesn’t read this blog. But still – don’t get your hopes up until you’ve seen whether it works for you.

  • This is by far one of my favorites.

    • PDMtP

      Have you been inside? We’re looking in that neighborhood and in that price range (and there’s not much else), and we still said no thanks. So has everyone else since it went on the market late spring/early summer 2012.

      Look, if somebody loves it and wants to buy it, God bless. I’m just saying it looks a lot better on line than in person.

      • Four comments about the undesirability of this house and you haven’t given a single actual REASON. What’s up with that??

        • While I don’t know what turned pdmtp off exactly about this house, I can certainly imagine a number of things. When spending this much on a house, chances are that you want it to feel somehow “special”. Judging from the photos alone, I personally don’t see anything special about this, although others may freely disagree.

          But with that said, I don’t want to harp on the seller after reading the touching story about this house’s past. While I dislike the house and many of the design decisions, I think the story behind it certainly adds to the appeal. It’s still not for me, but I’m sure it will work for someone out there.

        • PDMtP

          To be fair, I think I pointed out the mismatch between the grafted on modern construction – different style, different materials – and the original house. The spaces are odd, and oddly cut up because of where the original walls sit, and the two halves of the house are unlikely to appeal to the same person; if you think McLean new construction is the apotheosis of residential style, I don’t think you’ll like the original house, and vice-versa if you think old construction is cool. I got a little wound up because we were very excited about the house at first and really pretty disappointed afterwards. We actually thought it was a poorly thought out developer flip, which is why I felt bad when I found out it was a real person.

          Or maybe I’m completely wrong, it’s an amazing house that’s underpriced for a nice neighborhood and is sure to spark a bidding war, and it’s been on the market for forever because everybody else is stupid. Think and do as you like – I hope the house makes someone happy.

  • It’s gorgeous! My fave House porn in a long time!

  • When I saw this all I could think of is they have been working on this house FOREVER. Every year I passed it I would wonder what the hell they were doing and not in a good way because of the two toned and textured exterior. The article about the house made me sad. I wish the owner all the best in the new phase of his life.

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