Good Deal or Not? “one of the 1st 8 homes built on 29th St in 1916” edition

DC8410918 - 2853 29th Street

This house is located at 2853 29th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“DAZZLING NEW LISTING! Exceptional offering of one of Woodley Pk’s grandest homes! Located across from Swiss Embassy, one of the 1st 8 homes built on 29th St in 1916. Beautifully updated w expansive light-filled rms, soaring ceilings, 4055′ of interior space, eat-in chef’s Kit, MBR suite 4 add’l BRs up, fabulous 2BR in-law apt, pkg, Metro, Oyster!”

You can see more photos here.

This 7 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,685,000.

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  • Was this a rental or something? Aside from the character of the original architecture being gone, the interiors are as bland as a communion cracker.

  • justinbc

    Boring, but the patio is cute.

  • Oyster! Fishsticks! Baloonman!

  • This used to be a property that the landlord rented out as group house to young professionals for a long time, scamming every tenant out of their security deposit with ludicrous damage claims and threats. This newly renovated and painted house with brand new furniture in every room were paid for by his years of scams and abusive behavior. It’s a beautiful property but it is haunted by the landlord’s sketchy dealings and the pain he caused many of his young tenants.

  • Pleasant enough, but that kitchen tile floor is a beige mistake. They should have carried the stone floor from the entrance/hall/dining room into the kitchen.

  • Meh. It’s alright. Price is probably on point for the size, location, but it’s not exactly a deal. For 1.7mill, I would want something with more character. And more outdoor space.

  • Built in 1916 and they stripped every ounce of character out of this place.

    • Seems sort of weird to tout the built in 1916 thing but have no interior character at all.

      Obviously the paint and staging were chose specifically for selling – bland sells particularly for a lot of people who likely won’t change the paint when they move in – but still seems like false advertising.

  • Seems like a good deal to me, given the location and size. Agreed that the interior is on the bland side (and it’s blandly/generically staged), but I’d much prefer a bland/plain kitchen, bathroom, etc. to ones with busy backsplashes, patterns that will soon look outdated, etc.

  • Headline: “Realtor Nails Historical Tidbit!”

  • Looks like they didn’t update the VERY old-fashioned steam radiator heat. It’s inefficient and tends to be expensive. Also – apparently no parking, and street parking is going to be difficult as this house is close to two hotels that host a multitude of conferences.

  • You are mistaken about radiator heat – it is best, and better for old houses not to change it. The efficiency (or not) comes from the efficiency of the boiler and the degree of insulation added to the walls (not present originally in old buildings) and in the windows.

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