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  • It sold in April 2013 for $285,000. Any guesses as to how much they put into the renovation?

    • Sarcastically I’m inclined to say as little as possible.

      • Or maybe the house was in pretty decent condition when it was purchased and didnt need some of the upgrades older rowhomes typically need when flipped.

    • Around $170-$200k. This looks like a quality job if they re-did the plumbing, HVAC, & electrical right as well.

      I’m pretty sure it was bought as a shell by an experienced flipper, so there was a solid profit in the job. The finishes look great in this one.

  • Wow. That is A LOT of money to be that far from the metro in DC. But I guess since that PBS house makeover show deemed this area awesome (which it is, I agree, minus the whole metro thing), it’s worth it? I just can’t imagine this house would appreciate much in the near future.

  • Seems awfully pricy for the location, but it’s a big house with a big lot. In my opinion some of the finishes are hideous, but then I don’t care for ultra modern. What the heck is up with that “fireplace”? That aside, it looks to be a pretty well-done renovation, and at least the kitchen is nice and not outrageous.

  • I find the painted walkway ludicrous and extreamily unattractive.

    • Painted walkways/porches are pretty common so it’s not that weird that they did it this way. I do, however, think they should have chosen a color different from the main house. It’s too monotone and what makes it so unattractive.

      • I think this is one of those things that’s more noticeable in a particular picture than in real life. I walked by this house recently after seeing the original “Good Deal Or Not” posting and didn’t even really notice that the sidewalk is blue. It didn’t jump out at me as ludicrous, or even as noteworthy.

  • With estimates coming in now for re-pointing my painted brick house I advise the new owners to start saving now for the inevitable. Not to mention how crappy that painted sidewalk & stair is going to look pretty soon. Who would ever think of doing such a thing?

    • Haha what a debbie downer comment. Re-pointing brick totally sucks but it’s a fact of life if you live in a brick house. Doesn’t really have strong bearing on whether a house is a good deal or not.

      • I think it’s sound advice for future homeowners. I doubt most homeowners are well attuned to repointing brick.

      • “Debbie downer?” How about “Rachel Reality?” I bought my house 9 years ago – it had been “renovated” and painted. The paint masked a half-assed repointing job. The paint also acts like plastic wrap and traps rain inside so it seeped through the old mortar into the basement apt. Now I’m looking at $13-18,000.00 repairs. Just good advice to start saving now.

        • Look, my house needs to be re-pointed as well and I’m pricing it out also – and it totally sucks. I just don’t get the point of this comment on this thread. You could say that about literally any brick house in the city. Or you could comment that a roof is expensive to replace. It just seems like a non sequitor, and a whiny one at that.

  • 680k seems like alot, but 323 psf for those kind of finishes is not unreasonable. the developer knew what they were doing, added lots of built ins. i’d be shocked if any of the interiors of other homes on that block had comparable interiors.

  • This is a beautiful job and if you know DC (as in lived/raised) then you would know ANY area in NW will have skyrocketing value metro close or not. This is a walkable area anyway. Ugh transplants are so annoying. Stay in VA where it’s safe and blah.

    • Nice blanket criticism of transplants to D.C. (who I believe make up the majority of this blog’s readership), coupled with the “And if you don’t like it, go back to [insert Virginia suburb name here].” (Although in this case, it’s “STAY in Virginia,” vs. “Go back to Virginia.”)

    • gotryit

      +1 to anon 2:36 – Dillard must be a real peach to know in person

      Also, your projection is flawed. Not every area in NW will skyrocket because much of NW is already sky high and will not skyrocket further.

    • That comment doesn’t even make sense…anyone who thinks this house is too far away from Metro probably would NOT want to live in Virginia because odds are, a “safe” and “blah” house in VA would be even farther from Metro. And no one’s even mentioned safety (yet, at least). Distance from Metro is still a factor for some residents, regardless of how walkable the area is. There are plenty of non-safety related instances where it could be unpleasant to have a long walk home from Metro–for example, when it’s pouring-down rain, when it’s deathly-hot/humid, when it’s snowing, or if you have to carry a bunch of stuff home from wherever. Distance from Metro isn’t a factor for every homebuyer, but there are plenty of cities where it’s quite common for homes to decrease in price somewhat as you get farther from a transit hub.

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