Good Deal or Not? “Classic 1930 brick Colonial” edition

DC8300136 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 3209 Mckinley Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Classic 1930 brick Colonial with welcoming front porch just 2 blocks to Lafayette Park/School & Broad Branch Market! Foyer, classic white kitchen, PR, spacious LR w wood-burning fireplace, DR & deck on the main. Upstairs-3 BRs & 2 FBs. Fixed stairs to a lovely fin attic w huge skylight, 4th BR suite w sitting area & built-ins. Partially fin LL rec room + loads of storage. Deep yard w det garage”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $785,000.

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  • Schools, schools, schools. West of the park under a million, it’s probably already under contract.

  • That is a great deal for a family. Kind of a hike (but easy bike ride) to Friendship Heights, but still, great neighborhood and near Rock Creek Park.

  • I’m sure there will be a post that tut-tuts the Formica in the kitchen and the unfinished basement. It’s really more of a shingled western bungalow than brick colonial. It’s been nicely updated over time–I grew-up in a similar kind of house with similar square footage. We had a tiny 3rd bedroom rather than a converted attic one, but similar in many ways. It’s actually a good price for the area, although the unfinished basement and the not-so-new kitchen probably account for that. Someone who wants a nice house that they’ll actually keep for a long time would find it a good buy. You could redo the kitchen and finish off the basement when you have the money and do it so it ins’t instantly dated as c. 2010. I think I knew a former owner of the house which would mean it was in good hands for many years.

  • Holy crap – wayyyyy underpriced. Let the bidding war begin.

  • I think this is underpriced.

  • justinbc

    It’s a bit dated but looks very well maintained. Given the nearby comps this seems like a steal.

  • this house/price/location is enough to make me consider a move away from a metro station and city density.

  • If I weren’t happy with our Capitol Hill schools, I’d put in an over-asking-price offer on this place today.

  • At that price something is either secretly wrong or they are going for broke to get a ton of bids. Maybe both. Regardless, I am swooning.

  • I’d be all over this were we in the market. Even without kids – this place will rocket in value with a few relatively cheap upgrades. Wish I had some extra money to invest ..

  • Mark my words, over ask by at least 70K, no contingencies, off the market within 3 days max.

    • oh, and likely all cash. On redfin, it says offers due by 3/31 at 4 PM. So, they want you to lose your mind in a bidding war. To quote “There will be blood.”

  • Swoon. I’d make a few minor changes like the weird shutters as doors in the bathroom cabinets, the garden fencing railing in the attic bedroom, and the kitchen floor, but all fairly minor and totally tolerable. Love that it’s so tasteful and well maintained but not super modern. It’s way out of my budget, so I have no idea if it’s a good deal, but if I could afford it, I”d swoop it up.

  • I love it. I want it.

  • Hard to figure out why it is so under priced? Houses in that neighborhood get bought for 800K and then get KNOCKED down! As a builder will put up a whole new house. This is actually nice, totally livable and on a good sized lot. I must be missing something?!

  • Love that neighborhood. Will go for $850K.

  • or it’s haunted

  • Gives seller’s agent bragging rights. S/he can say “house sold in 3 days for 70k over asking w no contingencies and 6 months free rent back” or something like that.

  • Beautiful house. Easy to update, and fancy neighborhood. Agree with others this is a total deal. Very interested to see what it actually goes for…

  • Very nice. The kitchen doesn’t even look as “dated” as I would’ve expected given some of the comments. The white laminate goes with the white cabinets. I don’t like the large semicircular drawer-pulls on some of the drawers, but those could be switched out very easily.

  • Love it. But even if I was in the market to move, the thought of making an offer on this house gives me hives because you just KNOW it’ll be a bidding war.

  • I understand pricing it low to generate interest and competition – but this seems a bit extraordinary! Makes you wonder if it has some major defect?

  • This has got to be a joke – a 4 bedroom in Chevy Chase for less than 800k? Seriously, that’s a great deal. There was just a post for a house of similar size in Brookland for $100k more.

  • There has to be something major wrong with it. Why would the seller leave that kind of money on the table. As a previous commenter noted tear downs in that area go for 800. So the lot alone should be worth more than the asking price!

  • Yes I’m assuming a bidding war – but do things ever get bid up more than a 100k? Seems like if it was priced at 849 it would get bid up!

  • Anyone go to the open house this past weekend? Thoughts?

  • Delisted same day?

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