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1429 G Street Northeast

This house is located at 1429 G Street, NE:

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The listing says:

“Leave the car walk two blocks to H St Lovely big Victorian end row home Restored main level with orig hdwd floors 2 beaut fireplaces orig screen Liv rm w/bay windows Fab new modern kit lots of cabinets lots of light Sep din rm built In bookcases Upstairs nice master en suite w/bay windows 2 other bedrooms all good size 3 walk in closets New carpet upstairs 2 full baths CAC Home Warranty”

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This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $645,000.

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  • Too close to Checker’s for me…

  • Looks good from the pictures! Low price/sq. ft. Also did a great job matching kitchen floors – anyone know what they are? Bamboo?

  • The ‘hood at Hill prices. No thanks.

  • No deal.

  • justinbc

    It’s funny, when I saw this place come through my email alerts I thought “wow, that’s one of the biggest places I’ve seen for sale in this neighborhood (900+sqft basement too), and at a price per sqft that’s actually reasonable!” Then I pulled up the street view and saw the lovely image of Checker’s drive through directly in front of it and realized why it wasn’t being listed over 700K.

    Still, I’m sure that will be negligible to many buyers, and it will wind up going for much more than asking price. In fact, if I wasn’t closing on my place next week I would probably put in a bid myself.

  • The Checkers is on a fairly large lot, so my guess is that it will be sold to a developer within 2-4 years. So if you don’t like the immediate area now, it will be significantly different in 10 years.

    • Or it could be like the McDonald’s on 14th and U or the Wendy’s on Dave Thomas Circle: a fast food joint that somehow never dies.

      (I think your prediction will be more likely though)

  • I would not want to look at Checkers every day or listen to the drunk people yelling outside of it all the time. Ten years (or maybe never) is a long time to put up with that. The other thing to consider: you’re right across the street from a halfway house.

  • Nice place, reasonable price. Will go above asking. And for anybody who thinks this is still the hood, should go walk around the neighborhood. With Pierce school co-op, and other nice residential units, this area is fine.

    • I totally agree this is not the hood. I still wouldn’t want to live on that little street right behind Checkers. The general area is nice though.

    • Yep, agreed. I live 2 blocks from there and it’s a great area. The neighborhood is rapidly changing…places this price point won’t last long.

  • I suspect that it will go for about his price and likely won’t be on the market long. Inventory for size/price is low.

  • It’s still the hood. Just drive by the neighborhood at 10 PM on a warm Friday night then ask yourself why you think there are bars on the windows. It may sell for $645k, but I think the H street bubble is going to pop soon. Not enough people can afford insane prices like that.

    • I don’t disagree with you, but I think property values are misaligned with general neighborhood “quality of life” in DC, especially over the past 2 years.

      I’ve never lived in another city so I don’t know if that’s unique to DC or not.

    • Do a streetview on the rowhouses on Q St NW in the heart of Dupont Circle. You’ll find those houses also have bars on their windows. Bars does not equal “hood.”

      • justinbc


        The actual crime in this area is relatively low now. Do a search here versus other more seemingly “safe” areas and compare the stats, it might surprise you.

      • Yeah, I’m so tired of this misconception. Bars just mean the owners don’t want their house broken into. In my old neighborhood in Fairfax County some people had bars on their windows too (and I wished the house I was renting did).

        • justinbc

          Most of the homes in this area don’t even have bars anymore. They’ve been discarded years ago. I’m guessing the person who stated that hasn’t actually walked around the streets recently, if at all.

    • justinbc

      Saying “not enough people can afford” when discussing real estate in DC just about automatically disproves whatever it is you’re going to say next.

  • I doubt the Bubble pops in H St anytime soon. There are new bars and restaurants opening on a monthly basis and the trolley is schedule to start testing in October of this year. Which will likely bring in more business and make the neighborhood even more desirable.

    Also, the prices aren’t “insane” compared to rents given the historically low interest rates. Good deal.

  • If you think this is the hood than you must be living in Cathedral Heights or some other swank NW neighborhood that is a snooze. This is the heart of the city and people living in the area are looking for something more vibrant. Housing prices continue to go up because it is desirable as well as the development of new restaurants and bars every week and the upcoming street car. Hoods can’t support communities or the amenities available on H Street. This neighborhood is a place for young families who care about building the place they call home.

    • There are quite a few stratuses of neighborhood between “Cathedral Heights” and “Bladensburg Road”.

    • Totally. Everyone knows that bars and restaurants (preferably with skee ball) are all that make a neighborhood worth living in. It’ll be interesting to see how many of those young families stay when they realize their kids have to go to school.

      • We live just south of this listing and the number of preschool and early elementary age kids in the neighborhood is staggering. Granted, Miner isn’t Maury, but Maury wasn’t Maury even just a few short years ago, and the neighborhood as a whole has really committed time and energy to making the neighborhood schools work. The “wait until you have kids” argument is a reason to move out of Columbia Heights, but not this part of town.

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