GDoN? “huge picture windows” edition

243 Hawaii Avenue Northeast

This house is located at 243 Hawaii Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“Brookland Beckons! Delightfully renovated semi-detached home, 10 min walk to Brookland Metro! The perfect package at the perfect price, just in time for the holidays. The sun lights up this home with huge picture windows. 3BR/2FB, renovated kitchen w granite/stainless steel and updated baths. Hwd floors. Gorgeous Master BR. Quiet street, short walk to Catholic U/Metro/Restaurants.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $384,900.

29 Comment

  • “Short walk” to the Metro is a relative term.

  • The outside is ugly as sin (IMO), but the inside looks pretty nice and the price is amazing. Good deal.

    • It’s early “international style”, i.e., mid-century modern. Plain perhaps, but hardly ugly. It actually has more character than the early post-WWII houses that went-up in Kensington and Silver Spring. It would have been built as war housing, so they weren’t going to have a lot of ornamentals.

      • I actually kinda like the look. The blue accents are really cute.
        Form really does follow function with this style of architecture. It’s not for everyone, I lived in a similar international style apartment building in NYC. The pluses are that there’s tons light, fairly spacious floor plans, these places are built really well, and its impossible to hear noise from your neighbor. It’s a stark contrast to the “luxury” homes and apartments built today.

  • There is zero chance that is a 10 minute walk to the Brookland metro. You can tell just by looking at it. If you google map it, it says 18 minutes (and to me it looks like it would be even farther).

  • Not my dream location or house, but a great deal I’d take if I were in the market. Great rental potential for CUA students

  • I’ve seen Edgewood described as “Realtor Brookland”. It seems those borders have really expanded if this is now Brookland too!

  • I think they meant 10 mins to Ft. totten. Brookland metro is more like 18-20mins.

  • what an ugly house. Inside is ok but there has to be a way to update the exterior.

  • justinbc

    Quite charming for that price, regardless of what Metro it’s close to.

    • I’d say that too, but many people in DC require throwing distance to a metro. I had someone turn me down as a roommate because a 10min walk was “too far”.

    • brookland_rez

      I guess it’s a good starter home. And with all the new restaurants in Brookland, you’re not far from things to do.

  • As the crow flies, closer to Ft. Totten, but walking, Brookland would be your station. Plus, you have to go through a little bit of a creepy area to walk to Ft. T. Not such a bad deal though.

  • and only a stone’s throw from the dump!

  • Slightly OT, but is Hawaii Ave the state street that is least like it’s namesake?

    • jim_ed

      I think a strong argument could be made for Alaska Avenue, which is a diverse, middle class street in Shepherd Park. Totally devoid of gun toting snowbillies, meth labs, or off the grid white supremacists and/or hippies.

  • This is closer, walking-wise, to Brookland Metro than Fort Totten, but that walk is terrible. However I think the H8 goes by there, so that’s a good option.

    The neighborhood is neither Brookland nor Fort Totten though, it’s Pleasant Hill (although the property records say both Pleasant Hill and Fort Totten are part of Brookland).

    I think this house is about 50k overpriced.

  • One thing that isn’t mentioned in the description is that our houses on Hawaii are across the street from a great wooded area preserved by the Catholic U. athletic facilities. We have a large family of deer who live there and nibble on grass in the morning and at night. We walk to the Brookland metro and it’s a nice walk across campus. Brookland Pint, Yes!, Steel Plate, Smith Public Trust, and the Turkey Thicket rec center are all a mile away – which is totally walkable and bikeable.

  • Excellent deal for a buyer with a car who would be driving to work (i.e., probably not working downtown), but for metro use, heck no. Note – I live about the same distance from the Takoma metro and I do not have a car, either, but for those of us who aren’t familiar with John McCormack Road, most of the walk between this house the metro is about as isolated as one can get in DC.

  • brookland_rez

    I’m just not a fan of that 1950’s architecture up there. There’s a lot of that around Ft Totten.

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