Good Deal or Not? “If you are Buddhist, this is your Zen-Den” edition

1349 C ST NE

This house is located at 1349 C Street, NE:

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The listing says:

“If you’re an I-Pod, this is your docking station. If you are Buddhist, this is your Zen-Den. Just enough room for you, your kayak, mountain bike, skis, go-camera & jeep parked out back…oh, & your yoga mat. Romantic crash-pad? Sure. Peaceful cottage? Absolutely. But at its core is extreme simplicity, Recharge, refresh, quick shower & back in the game! Put it on Amex, think of the rewards miles!”

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Got this wild listing via email. This one is going for $248,500.

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  • justinbc

    If you are high, this is your agent.

    • Gotta be Tom Faison.

      • justinbc

        Looks like it’s not Faison, but one of his coworkers…an apprentice to the madness, perhaps.

      • That man has the most ridiculous descriptions, and yet he sells a ridiculous number of houses in the area. Apparently, people think it’s “charming”. They are good for a good laugh — I think the last one of his I saw was written in iambic pentameter.

        • justinbc

          I viewed and bookmarked several of his (Tom, not the agent here) listings when we were house hunting, he usually targets some attractive homes. All the ones that we looked at that were listed by him wound up settling a good bit over list price…although I don’t know if that says more about the DC market or him as an agent.

  • can you pop this up? if so the land itself has to be worth about 200k

  • Pretty unique place.

  • What an odd, odd, ODD place. You have your bed in the kitchen but yet you have a huge yard in the back? WTF

    • Use a futon you can roll up and put in a closet, as in Japan. Then no bed hogs the space. Hey, the ad does say “Zen-den.”

  • The ultimate “condo alternative”! It’s a good price depending on what comparable studios are going for (minus maintenance fees). A private backyard is definitely a plus. I’d knock 5% off just for having to read through that description, though …

    • Seriously. I’d love a place like that, and that’s my hopeless price range but that description makes me less excited about it than I would have been.

  • love it!!! i live just a few blocks west from that house and think it’s a great deal. you could probably put an addition on the back and it’s still a bargain. close to lincoln park, H street, and barracks row. can’t wait to see how long it lasts on the market.

  • It’s a great deal with the backyard and the shed… it will go for more than asking, guaranteed.

  • I think if you’re single and you’re in the market for a condo, this is a great deal. Huge plus to have the outdoor space- you could even build an addition if you wanted.

  • $248.5K sounds high to me!

  • perfect use for a murphy bed. now the bed is in the right place and you can add a table in the kitchen. done and done. think it’s a great deal. location is really good.

  • At first I thought the picture was through some crazy wide funhouse lens that was making all the rowhouses look stubby, then I remembered I’d been on this part of C St NE before and noticed this block.

    There’s something romantic about a place this small and the simplicity of living; I feel the same way about the “micro unit” apartments. With that said you would have to lay it out a little more functionally so you don’t have bacon grease splattering onto your bed.

  • I looked at this place in 2009 – they were asking $225k. It is VERY tiny inside and no – you cannot build on or up – although I cannot recall the reason. I wanted to put a deck on the roof. Anyway – I was POed b/c the agent at the time flat out rejected my offer of $185 and 90 days later – that’s what it sold for.

    • 90 days is a very long time. Why would the seller take the first low-ball offer if they can afford to wait for higher offers?

    • i don’t know why you couldn’t add on. it’s outside of the historic district….

    • Actually it sold for $189K – $4,000 over your asking price. Sure that’s not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but equally it’s not nothing.

  • Quarter of a million for a house with the same size and layout as a double wide! Got to love DC!!

    • As someone who spent several years living in a double-wide the layout of this place is an affront to mobile homes everywhere.

      I love minimalist living but if you’re selling limited space you gotta bring someone in from the trailer park, liveaboard marina, or Tokyo highrises to maximize your liveability.

      A twin bed located no more than three feet from your dishwasher is a good sign that there is serious room for improvement.

    • always some comment like this. you know, there are stil many places in the world more expensive than dc.

      and this is not a mobile home. it’s a pretty cool odd and very old brick home.

  • Awful. You are cooking RIGHT next to where you sleep and paying a quarter mill to do that? Would you like some cheese with that pillow? No thanks.

  • I look at this about 6 yeas ago – or one right next door. It hadn’t been renovated and I think was just under $200. I seriously considered it. I was writing for Apartment Therapy at the time and kept thinking this could be my small space pièce de résistance! I’m glad I passed in retrospect – so tiny.

    Right next door someone combined 2 of these houses into 1….I ‘m really curious how that looks inside.

  • Does it have a closet? Really narrow. Cute but claustrophobic. The listing description is annoying. And the Buddhist part is offensive. Can we keep the religion out of real estate?

  • This house has a very specific buyer. I think its perfect for someone who travels to DC for work during the week and leaves on the weekends. Or someone who is chronically single.

  • I LOVE this block and if I were single I’d buy it in a flash. I think these houses could be made incredible with built-ins, some really clever storage options, etc. It’s livable now, and you’d be able to save over time to make great renovations.

  • Does anyone know the history of these houses? Why there were built so tiny in the first place?

    • As far as I understand (I live around the corner from these homes) they were civil war horse stables.

  • I think you would need to gut this place and then do something spectacular with it, in terms of creative architecture and interior design, to really make it a “home”. Which is to say, you need a lot of custom solutions and that is going to cost a lot of money.

    If it were my place (and assuming I could get approval), I’d extend the back of the building and then put a pop up on the later half of the structure. In the front part (the original structure), I’d blast skylights through the roof (or maybe even cantilever the front part of roof to make a loft-like living room near the front door?) and then do a green roof/terrace on top of it that leads from the bedroom in the pop-up. And then leave yourself enough roof in the back for a parking pad, which means totally eliminating the backyard.

    Eh, whomever buys this is looking at a lot of work if they really want a showpiece home.

  • pretty sure my car is bigger than this place. only thing this place has going for it is that you wouldn’t have to pay condo fees to live there. all the same, totally overpriced, even if it is capitol hill. pass.

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