Good Deal or Not? “Progressive Light & Soaring Heights” edition

915 9th Street Northeast

This house is located at 915 9th Street, Northeast:


The listing says:

“Progressive Light & Soaring Heights. This enhanced brick & stone Federal, just steps to all you’ll ever need. 1st lvl -10ft high ceilings, exposed brick, sep Living & Dinning areas, Gourmet Kit +Family Rm w/ wall of windows & access to rear deck, yard & 2 car adjacent OSP. 2nd lvl- 2 front facing BRs, full BA, lndry Rm & Secluded Mst BR Suite w/ Jacuzzi tub, sep shower & dual size walk in closet.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $799,000.

18 Comment

  • No way in hell I would pay $800K for this homely renovation.

  • I love having the extra sitting space beyond the kitchen. But if this has NO basement I think it is over priced by 100k.

  • justinbc

    I actually think it’s pretty fairly priced given recent comparable sales nearby. It may drop 25K due to seller credits, but I wouldn’t expect much more. It’s one of the nicer homes I’ve seen on this particular block.

  • I love that they didn’t paint the brick! $800k seems like a lot, but I bet it sells for around that much

    • The problem with raw brick is that you must repoint, or the ancient mortar bleeds sand. All the time. Onto your hardwood. On the other hand, you can clear coat.

      • I thought the OP was talking about the exterior, not about any exposed brick on the interior. (I haven’t seen the photos yet, so I don’t know whether there’s exposed brick on the inside.)

      • yep – I was talking about the exterior. The trend in DC seems to be to paint over the bricks, I really like that they left this unpainted.

        I was thinking about exposing some bricks inside my home, so this is really handy to know.

        • justinbc

          The last house I was in had raw exposed brick, with corresponding sand always appearing on nearby bookshelves, books, glassware, etc (anything near the wall). The one I own now has a beautiful clear coat glaze on it and I almost never have that same problem unless I’m specifically cleaning it or installing things.

          • Did you install the clear glaze over the bricks? If yes, would you mind sharing what you used?

          • gotryit

            I’ve used that stuff over bricks – it’s not an 100%, but works pretty well. I think it’s called WetLook, and you can get it at a paint store like Duron. I think it’s billed as a masonry sealer. Gloss gives a more flashy look, semi-gloss is a little more subdued – but both can look great.

  • jim_ed

    What makes the light progressive? Does it subscribe to Mother Jones and shop at Whole Foods or something?

  • That 3rd bedroom sure is spacious!

    • justinbc

      Yeah, that seems common in these when they steal room from the 2nd BR to turn it into a 3rd.

      • Not in this case. These style homes usually have 2 front facing bedrooms, where there is a second ‘true” bedroom, and the 3rd basically a nursery sized bedroom. Usually the size of the second bedroom is the one normally affected when they add a mastersuite bath.

  • Does the house next door have bars on the transom? It may be the nicest home on the block…

    • “It may be the nicest home on the block…” — by “it,” did you mean the listed house, or the one next door with bars on the transom?

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