Good Deal or Not? “Spiral staircase w/ stained glass feature” edition


This house is located at 130 10th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“STUNNING + CLASSIC Capitol Hill row home w/ generously sized rooms + fantastic layout. 3BR/2.5BA, 2 levels of living space. Exposed brick, hardwood fls, accent molding. Large LR opens up to private, brick lined patio. Separate dining room. 2 wood burning FPs. Spiral staircase w/ stained glass feature. Excellent location- just minutes to the local restaurants + services! As-is.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $869,000.

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  • Wow, great price for that location. I wonder what the as-is caveat is in reference to. Nothing cosmetic as far as I can tell.

    • maxwell smart

      The “as-is” comment basically means the seller either has no knowledge of the condition of the property and/or has no intention of fixing anything that might need repair. Hard to gauge if the deal is good without an inspection.

      • I know, but usually an as-is has really outdated bathrooms or kitchen or something. This one doesn’t, so I’m wondering what needs an upgrade or repair.

        • The two of us must have very different definitions of out-dated. I think the kitchen and bathrooms are awful.

          • You probably haven’t toured hundreds of houses in Capitol Hill like I have. If they’re not bland renovations they have appliances that haven’t been updated since the 60s or 70s. This place could use new paint/wall coverings but I don’t see anything offensive about the kitchen or bathroom choices.

    • Apparently the floors are sloping quite a bit towards the back.

    • Based on some of the wall covering choices, i looks a little out of date but that a stager was hired two work to make it look a little better and less dated thereby decreasing the chances that potential buyers would lower the price based on outdated decor choices.

  • Enough already with the exposed brick!

  • I think that place will get scooped up pretty quick.

    • This place has been on the market for ages.

      • I think it must have a serious problem that’s not mentioned.

      • maxwell smart

        That’s not really a surprise – to start off, both bathrooms look really dated and probably need to be gutted and replaced. The paint and staging of the house are going to potentially scare off first time home buyers – the same is true for the kitchen – dated, wallpaper. The spiral stair is quirky but will take a certain person to appreciate it.

        • “‘Need’ to be gutted or replaced”?? I doubt they would “need” to be gutted/replaced for structural reasons. Sounds like it’s simply a matter of aesthetic preference.

          • Actually, I guess there was no need for internal quotation marks around the first “Need.” I must be slippin.’

          • maxwell smart

            Not structurally gutted, but personally I would want to strip these down to the studs and start over – replace all of the tile, cabinets, fixtures, etc.

  • Minus some cosmetic changes it’s quite nice. Of course a family wouldn’t want to live there with small children with that spiral staircase so you limit your buyers a bit, but I bet it goes fast if it’s not already gone.

  • Again with the spiral staircase. Other than with some painting and other fairly minor changes it’s quite a lovely place.

  • I may be missing it. But is there a way to expand the photos to full screen when they’re attached to the PoP posts like this? I find that I’m looking at fewer and fewer listing photo sets because they look so small on my screen and I can’t figure out how to make them full screen.

  • justinbc

    Oh God I hope they get asking price for this. We’re extremely close to these guys with a bigger house and yard, but one less bedroom. I would be listing my place tomorrow hahah.

    • I live nearby too (closer to the Eastern Market metro) and my much-smaller house is worth $916k according to Zillow. I’m sure yours is worth at least as much if it’s in good shape.

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