Good Deal or Not? Weekly Wed. House Porn “3 terraces overlooking a breathtaking garden” edition

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This house is located at 2810 Cathedral Ave, NW:


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The listing says:

“Located in the desirable Woodley Park neighborhood, this spectacular row house has meticulous details. The grand foyer has original maple floors, high ceilings & stunning archways. Gourmet kitchen iwith granite countertops, Viking gas stove & subzero refrigerator. Finished basement with wine refrigerator. 3 terraces overlooking a breathtaking garden & 2 car-gated parking.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,579,000.

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  • You get a lot of wallpaper for 1.579 million.

  • I don’t see how this is not a good deal.

  • Totally a good deal.

  • Not sure if this house warrants a $1.5 million price tag in my book. Just seems kind of boring, I would keep shopping if I was in the market for a $1.5 million home. To each their own though.

  • Gorgeous! And I love the light fixtures.

  • Nice place, but it’s styled for someone in their 60s.

    A fresh coat of paint and some new furniture would make it seem much more updated. Also, the bronze bath accents have to go. Is it still 1986? Bronze might fly for 1.1 million, but once your are over 1.5, you have to be styled according to the correct century.

    Someone will probably see past the decor and make an offer though. I think that, if were staged appropriately, it would go for above asking.

    • i never understand posts like this. maybe people in their 60′s lived there. but who in their right mind would take a perfectly fine and solid house and renovate it just to make it in your taste? that seems very wasteful.

      • Anyone who’s trying to sell a house would make these minor updates to appeal to the most buyers.

        • you think they would change out all metallic fixtures? i wouldn’t. the color of the fixtures wont make or break a deal on this house.

          • +1.

            Besides, people with $1.6 million to spend on a house probably aren’t worried about spending $15K to redo the bathrooms, or a few hundred (thousand?) to replace the fixtures to their precise liking.

      • A LOT of people with money

        • i mean BEFORE selling it. it’s pretty clear form most of the real estate listings here and on places like urban turf, that most do not do that. you get the palace as is. brass, bronze, floral wallpapered and all.

  • It’s weird that a lot of these homes that are listed on here that are clearly renovated don’t have permits in the systems showing such. I’d recommend anyone purchasing a 2-unit home to verify this, because you will end up responsible for drawings/permits etc if you look to register your apartment.

  • ugggggggggg kitchen. LOOK at those floors

  • Someone apparently LOVES purple.

  • It’s a nice back space, but I’d hardly call it a garden.

  • It’s worth noting that houses barely ever come up for sale in that neighborhood. Also, at that price point (and this is just my opinion), I’d rather the former owner not try to renovate it in an attempt to guess what a prospective buyer would want. Odds are I’d just want to rip it out and do something different anyway. Having said that, I think this is a perfectly good deal.

    • Agreed — for some reason, I feel like buyers at that price point might have their own quirky/weird taste and it’s best to just leave the fixtures alone and let them redo it as they see fit, rather than for the buyer to redo them and charge X amount more.

  • Love it. Want it. Good deal.

  • Looking past the decor, the house is gorgeous. 5 bedrooms in Woodley Park in a historic rowhouse with plenty of character and high end finishes.

    That being said, I’m not sure what the rent potential or upside on this house is. Anyone who needs a house that big probably has 2-3 kids, and I’m not sure this is an ideal neighborhood to raise a family in. In that price range, I’m pretty sure the obvious move for a family is to buy a house with a backyard and in a school district that isn’t terrible.

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