Good Deal or Not? “ready to update for your lifestyle” edition

517 10th Street Northeast

This house is located at 517 10th Street, Northeast:


The listing says:

“LOCATION!!! Semi-detached 1905 row home ready to update for your lifestyle. Living Rm. w/wood burning FP; separate Dining Rm. & table-space kitchen. Two bdrms. & a room for an office/den upstairs. Basement has a pvt. entrance & is separately metered. With 1 bdrm., kitchen & full bath it would be perfect for an au pair/guest suite. Blocks to H Street, Lincoln Park & Eastern Market. Sold “AS-IS”

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This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $680,000.

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  • No one’s actually going to spend that much money on this place, right? Mediocre location, needs a ton of work.

    • Think this is better than mediocre location.

    • Needs work but will go for at or over asking. That walk in basement really jacks up the price, and this is anything but a “mediocre” location.

    • Update your lifestyle to what – The year 1975?

      Bad choice of captioning… The house looks like it has good bones for a reno project though. I wouldn’t buy it for more than $490 though in that state.

      • would suggest that finding a fixer upper in this arear for 490 will be tough…

      • ‘wouldn’t buy it for more than $490″? Good luck with that offer.

        • Who said I was making an offer? I’d rather buy a shell in the area instead for my price because I’d want to do a gut renovation on this one anyway. $480 is a much more reasonable price when buying a shell, and there are a few of them in that area that will come on the market with patience I bet.

  • I don’t know about “updating your lifestyle” since this place clearly needs a ton of work. Though, even as is, I like this much more than any of the “nicely” updated flipped houses. Mainly because all of the original woodwork and flooring is in tact and it has a lot of potential. That said, I think this is pretty overpriced for the area and the amount of work that would need to go into it to restore it to its former glory.

    • Though, I’m not quite sure what is up with that odd wood framing in the living room/entry. Looks like someone tried to make it more mid-century modern at some point. That would need to come out.

    • It says “ready to update FOR your lifestyle” (emphasis added), not “ready to update your lifestyle.”
      I guess this is realtor-speak for “needs updating.”

  • That seems like a lot of money for the condition, but it could be a great house with a little TLC.

    Don’t know much about that area. But when the basement flooring has been ripped up and everything is sitting on tables, makes me wonder how much water is an issue?

  • That may be the most awkward kitchen I’ve ever seen. And the flooring in the basement needs work. But between the rental unit and being walkable to H street and Union Station, they will probably get what they’re asking.

  • Seems too high. Imagine that a developer would have to be able to sell for 950. I don’t think the neighborhood is there yet.

    • not saying it’s right, but I bet it goes for over asking – proving that the neighborhood is in fact – there.

  • People who are wondering whether the neighborhood is “there” haven’t been over that direction for awhile.

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