Good Deal or Not? “Gorgeous Victorian row house” edition

1357 Emerald Street Northeast

This house is located at 1357 Emerald Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Gorgeous Victorian row house, located on a quiet, tree-lined street in Capitol Hill. Open living/dining room with gleaming HWFs. Gourmet Kit. w/silestone, custom cabs & S/S appl. Relaxing fenced in patio. Spacious bedrooms, plenty of storage.Updated BA’s. Walking distance to Lincoln Park, H St.corridor. Quick commute via metro bus, 295 & 395. Offers due 9/23 noon.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $599,990.

8 Comment

  • I’m not too familiar with that part of the Hill so can’t really weigh in on the pricing. That said, this seems like an excellent starter home for a young couple, or even an old couple for that matter. I am sure it will go fast.

    P.S. The listing could really use better photos.

  • Emmaleigh504

    The ceilings seem really low, is it the photos or do these houses have low ceilings? It’s a bland on the inside, which people seem to like, so I guess good deal.

    • The original ceilings in a place like this would have been higher. Looks like they threw a drop ceiling into the whole first floor instead of soffits for central air at some point. Probably also to avoid the mess of stripping out old plaster. Either way, doesn’t look very nice.

      • Emmaleigh504

        That makes sense. I could never live somewhere with ceilings that low, too claustrophobic. I’d rather have window ac units than low ceilings.

  • Kind of a meh renovation, no off-street parking, no basement, kind of small, only one full bath. I’d say “fairly priced,” but given how popular the area is these days (and with this house right near the action while being on a quieter street) you never know.

  • I think it’s an ok deal. With some cosmetic changes this will be a great house for someone. The pictures aren’t great but there’s a lot of potential.

  • Emerald Street is lovely with great architecture and design in the homes. Some of the homes have dropped ceilings to accommodate the HVAC. Ours is 9 feet and almost all the homes have the same potential, if you are the type to take on a renovation project of your own. If we sold our home, we would not sell it for less than $630K – $650K – just being candid. This house is likely to go for over asking at this price point.

    The average age of people living on the street is mid 30’s, but it is a lively street for any age. There are families raising children on the street as well as several retirees. The street has a strong sense of community – lots of us socialize during the evenings on the sidewalk and in our back patios. My wife and I have owned for three years and it has been so much fun to have neighbors who enjoy getting together for a beer on Friday evening, having dinner together (I’m brewing beer and having dinner with neighbors this evening), or striking up a conversation on Saturday morning while walking to the H Street Farmer’s market. If you are looking for a sense of community in an affordable part of Capitol Hill, this is probably the street for you, as well as a great investment.

  • I suspect that this will sell for more than asking though I don’t know how much over.

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