Good Deal or Not? “Historic corner store TRANSFORMED” edition (reader request)

1543 E Street Southeast

This house is located at 1543 E Street, SE:


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The listing says:

“A RARE opportunity! Historic corner store TRANSFORMED into giant gallery style residence. STUNNING dimensions and style, historic accents, new windows, hvac, roof. First time available in 35 yrs – don’t miss it! Could truly be your CASTLE! Did we mention the garage, courtyard, and 3-car drvwy? Open Sunday 2-4 – come visit! Ask about $500 buyer credit to settle with KVS Title.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $800,000.

16 Comment

  • Very nice and unique!

  • Something about a 3 car driveway downtown really rubs me the wrong way.

    • Technically, that is not a 3 car driveway. According to DCMR 2405.3a

      You can not park: “On the public parking between the sidewalk space and the building line, except parking shall be permitted on public parking at those locations designated under this title and at locations authorized by permit and upon payment of rent”

      The public “parking” mentioned is not parking like cars, but “parking” like parks and recreation.

      I walk by that house daily, and no one has ever parked there, except for the last couple months while contractors were fixing the place up. If someone moves in, be warned, don’t count on those places for your cars!

    • I hear you, but it doesn’t “look” like a 3 car driveway necessarily. Doesn’t come off as gaudy as it does in front of all those new-ish mcMansions in the burbs.

  • it’s gorgeous

  • I really like it and think it’s a good deal.

  • Oh man, I bet that $500 credit is really gonna swing someone who is dropping $800K on a house…

    The common spaces are very cool, but that kitchen is terrible and they really didn’t put much effort into any of the bathrooms…

  • I kind of love it. I normally dislike open floor plans and over-large bedrooms (I can’t imaging using my bedroom as living space) but this is really neat. The minimalist staging is a plus in this listing.

    Kinda wish they had re-done the sliding doors on the bathtubs. But it’s a small thing.

  • seems like a good deal, though it is pretty far east

  • If I had $800K I’d put an offer on the house and re-do the bathrooms and update the kitchen a bit in a few years.

  • Why isn’t the Potomac Avenue Metro Station showing up on the map?

    Harris Teeter, Wisdom, and Mangialardo’s around the corner? Sweet deal.

  • If I had $160K for the down payment, I’d make a full-price offer right now. Capitol Hill East is awesome, and this is the only house less than $1M where I can imagine raising a family for a full 20 years. You can fit 2 adults, 2-3 kids, a dog and a cat into this house easily, and still have the basement for storage! The kitchen and bathrooms are dated but usable – and that gives you an opportunity to personalize the space a bit. I bet it goes for over asking price.

  • My initial reaction was nice deal, but after the open house I’m leaning the other way. The kitchen is renovated but smallish for the size of house–no eat in area, just the dining room right there. Most people will want to redo the bathrooms, I suspect. The bedrooms are spectacular in size and light, but the basement is entered by a drop down ladder from the living room (hidden behind couch)–so more money needed to create something more than storage down there. It’s original enough that a someone or childless couple with a lots of art/style may fall in love with it, but it’s not quite as inviting to a multi-kid family. I can imagine someone really decorating it and seeing it in magazines.

  • Being a homeowner nearby I’m glad the prices is what it is, but I wish there were more convenience stores, there and a bit further north by Stadium-Armory.

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