Good Deal or Not? “4 level bay front grand brownstone” edition

1735 Q Street Northwest

This house is located at 1735 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“4 level bay front grand brownstone in heart of Dupont on tree lined street! Classic architectural features blend seamlessly w/ modern upgrades. Chef’s kit w/ ss appliances, marble, leading to deck, patio and 2 car parking. 2nd floor Master suite & sitting room. Large MBA.3rd floor 3 bedrooms. LL: complete one bedroom, kitchen, bath, sep english basement entrance.SOLD AS IS, Open 9/28 1-4”

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This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,899,000.

22 Comment

  • justinbc

    Pardon me while I scrape my jaw up off the floor. There are definite cosmetic changes I would have to make here, but those bones in this location with that size for this price just seem too good to be true.

    • I agree: there are cosmetic changes that I would make, but for a brownstone, that location, two car spots and that amount of space, I really liked this listing. Good luck to the winning buyer.

    • Agree….this is going to sell for way more. Good deal at list price; will go for $2.4M+++

  • I’m wondering why this is “as-is”, besides the ugly bathroom I’d totally take it. When I win the lottery of course.

    • I live close by and bought my house “as-is” and so did some of my neighbors. I think it’s fairly common around here to see them listed like this. At this age, even with renovations, they all still need lots of work. If there is anything significantly wrong, it will often be noted in one of its listings. I think the owner just wants to sell and not get involved in any upgrades/repairs/etc. to satisfy a buyer. I don’t really see it as a red flag, just understand that you need to inspect the house thoroughly.

      • Houses are always sold as-is. Putting “as-is” into listing remarks just sets the tone. Its basically saying if the buyer finds a problem (or wants something fixed), the seller does not intend on fixing it/putting any additional money into the house.

  • Seriously amazing. Other than replacing those heinous lights in the bathroom and replacing some carpets with hardwood, it is perfect! Let me just find that $2M…

    Only question: does selling “as-is” mean there is something wrong with the place? Or is it just to protect the seller in case an problems arise?

    • justinbc

      Generally in DC it means that the seller is not aware of any issues (that are not disclosed already such as lead paint), but that if an inspection does find any they do not intend to repair them in order to reach an offer.

  • epric002

    drooling over that kitchen. agree that the bathroom lighting is atrocious.

  • That is pretty much my dream house, and conveniently located in my dream neighborhood. There are a few things I would change, but anyone who can afford that mortgage can certainly afford to decorate or renovate it to their specifications. As-is on a place like that does give me pause, though. Usually that is a red flag.

  • Finally a non-white kitchen and it is amazing. That bathroom color has got to go but this is a gorgeous place. Love the front door too.

  • When I saw the price and the “as-is” disclaimer, I was expecting a total dump inside. But apart from some easy cosmetic changes, it looks like a great home. Unless there’s something structurally wrong, I say good deal.

  • My guess is that the “as-is” description is due to the fact that buyers of $2+ million homes and high-end condos in this area are accustomed to flip jobs with brand new/”modern” everything. This homeowner doesn’t want to make any cosmetic changes to suit those buyers’ high-end tastes. I don’t blame them.
    This is a good price for that much square footage and ample outdoor space. It will be interesting to see who buys this. The prices is high for a developer, but this home is HUGE and you could easily put 3 condos in here.

  • It’s renovated rather than restored–if all else fails slap a coat of white paint on it. This house was probably lovely with unpainted wood before they unleashed the white tornado. You walk inside that lovely stone facade and all sense of period is lost. Yet, at that price and with that location I’d say it’s a good deal for the rich. Just wish they’d shown more TLC toward the original rather than obliterating it. It’s so generic now.

    • ugh, I hate this point of view. There is nothing wrong with painting molding and people have been doing it for centuries. I for one, would hate to live in a house with dark moldings. I’d feel like I would need a cigar and scotch as soon as I walked in the door.

    • As someone who grew up in a house that was built 400 years ago and has lived in several others more than a century old, I can tell you that unpainted wood is not original. Most antique wood work, such as panels and molding and window frames were originally painted.

  • Emmaleigh504

    With some minor changes I could be very, very happy here.

  • figby

    One of my favorites in this nabe, but I always thought the inside would be cooler. That wall-to-wall is shocking.

  • I don’t know….it seems a bit small for what you’re really getting and I think it needs some serious upgrades to make it work for family. My husband and I are looking for a row home in this price range and this does not get me too excited. If you review the floor plans, there are really only two full baths (including the master) in the entire house. The english basement is separated as an apartment.

    I see why the seller has it listed as-is…there is a lot of work to put in to this to bring it up to what else is out there for the same price or slightly higher. Not a bad deal, but not a good one either.

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