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  • There is no way they’re going to get anything close to that price.

    • You’d be surprised.

      • This house is priced at $757 a square foot. That’s something like $200/sq. ft. more than anything that’s sold nearby recently.

        • “A similar house nearby (including generic renovation) just sold for an almost identical per sq foot price, but this one has an extra bedroom and the potential to rent out the basement. They’ll probably get their price.”

          • alphatango

            Similar job a block away: $735K. I live in this area. They’re not getting a $1M for that.

          • I live around the corner from this place. The closest comps would probably be 1331 Spring, which sold for about $570/sq ft. This isn’t a million dollar house.

  • You can sign me up to live in the basement. That’s a nice looking house.

    • my thought too. my current basement rental is a bit bigger, but i like the layout of that place.

  • At least the listing is devoid of ALL CAPS or hyperbolic rhetoric….or any useful information

  • Nothing screams welcome to a quiet, safe, and relaxing neighborhood like “Please turn alarm on when leaving.” Lol.

  • That house is beautifully renovated and huge. But it still seems a bit much for the area.

  • Why would I buy this when I could have bought that amazing house WOtP for only $875K?
    Bad deal.

    • Accountering

      Lol. Those are two VERY different properties. One would buy this over the WOTP home so they could walk to metro, stores, shopping, and dinner. All things that are much more difficult in the neighborhood you mentioned.

      • Yeah, but the person buying this will have kids and a spouse. 95% chance those are their demographics.
        So schools and less-liklihood-of-being-stabbed become more important than the things you mentioned.

  • The bonus? You can set up a bowling alley on the first floor when you’re bored!
    A similar house nearby (including generic renovation) just sold for an almost identical per sq foot price, but this one has an extra bedroom and the potential to rent out the basement. They’ll probably get their price.

    • And what’s the address of the comp you’re using?

      • 1331 Spring. $401 per square foot versus $404 for this. The former looks like a somewhat nicer flip, but someone WILL rent out the basement on this one – legally or not. And that will impact the price.

        • The square footage on this one is wrong (it’s inflated), and your number for 1331 Spring includes below grade space, which it shouldn’t.

    • LOL @ bowling alley. Spot on. It’s as if the designer thinks your life is one long finger-foods-and-chardonnay party (the only circumstance in which one room might be an advantage).
      You know how in literature, descriptions of “the whole family living in one room” are meant to invoke misery? That’s how I view these one-room renovations.

      • I think any sort of cocktail party benefits from having discrete spaces, so even if I was throwing a cocktail party every night I wouldn’t want this layout.
        You know where this kind of layout works? When you have to clear all of the couches and tables and set up rows of chairs. So if I was hosting weddings, concerts, lectures, or wakes on a regular basis, this layout might work for me.

  • I notice that they show pics of only 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. I guess the agent is charging by the pic and by the word for the listing.

    Otherwise, the price seems a bit much, but many folks are crazy enough to pay it.

    BTW, the houses there were built in 1912, not 1900.

  • I feel like all renos around here look the same. Dark wood cabinetry, stainless appliances. I’m getting bored.

  • alphatango

    Also, I’m almost certain we’re on our way to a crash in the market. This is getting ridiculous.

    • Why? Most educated city in the country, high HHI, lots of two-income earning households. When you compare D.C. to other large cities, the question may be why prices were so low for so long.

  • Another generic, hideous open floorplan/bowling alley. This house just isn’t interesting enough to fetch a million dollars, especially in a part of the 14th St. corridor that I think still is a little marginal

  • No one will be able to get a loan to buy it at that price.

  • Someone please explain to me why it seems so difficult to leave the original walls between the LR, DR and Kitchen. That is so much more appealing than this open floor plan. I just don’t understand who would want this. It’s like you want city living, but with the McMansion feel of big open rooms. Just stay in the burbs then.

    • I agree with the comments about ‘bowling alley’, ‘all renovations looking the same’, and ‘finger food/chardonnay parties’. How hard IS it to keep the old school charm of these houses, with pocket doors, coffered ceilings, yet update them to be more modern? I have a feeling everyone’s going to look back at all of these gut jobs where every ounce of charm was stripped from these houses and be like, “what the heck?”

      Granted, I’m sure there will be plenty more homes that keep the original character, but it seems that they are taking unique, interesting homes, and turning them into generic, builder-grade, blah. It will be interesting to see how many of these houses, in 20 years, start putting walls back in them.

      • My house already had the charm removed from it when we bought it with cheap builder grade stuff throughout. Not sure how to go about fixing it, but the open floor plan is great for families (you can see the kids in the living room from the kitchen) and with smaller spaces the absence of the wall lets the light in, gives you more options to configure the room, and makes it feel bigger. Don’t think that everyone is getting these homes from the same starting point and seeking the tract home look.

      • I imagine that, over time, it becomes prohibitively expensive to maintain the original character of a 120 year old house…

        Honestly, I have never heard a real flesh and blood person who lives in a house with an open floor plan say, “jeez, I wish there were some more walls on my first floor.”

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