GDoN? “Once in a lifetime opportunity” edition

DC8505717 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 137 C Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of Capitol Hill’s grandest homes! Updated, sun-filled &SPACIOUS w/Family Room Addition, eat-In Granite/SS/Cherry Kit, Embassy-sized LR & Formal DR, Patio, Yard & 4 car-garage! HUGE MBR Suite + 3 Addtl BIG Br’s & updated BA’s. Unfinished LL for great storage! STEPS to Eastern Mkt, Capitol, Senate/House Offices, Lib of Congress & SO MUCH MORE! Must see.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,995,000.

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  • So glad I get to see the inside of this. From the outside it is one of my favorites. I knew it was old but didn’t realize it predates the Civil War. Cool.

    I don’t know about the price though I suspect it is priced reasonably for the neighborhood, house, and lot.

  • 1.995 million and there are A/C units in the bedroom walls!? Ugh. It looks to be in good shape, but definitely needs some cosmetic updating. It’s super close to Cap South metro station so I guess for that and the size price is about right…

    • Spending $5K-8K on an HVAC system is not really going to put a dent in the pocket of someone buying a $2M home. That’s chump change.

      • I agree, but I’d expect central air to already be in a $2M home.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Some people prefer window units in the bedrooms.

          • Over central AC? I can’t imagine that number is high.

          • Most people don’t, though — it’s not like radiators, where many people do in fact prefer them over forced-air systems.
            They also look tacky, create challenges as far as insulating against drafts, etc. And if they’re on lower floors, they can facilitate break-ins.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Im just saying maybe who ever used to own this house might have preferred them or for whatever reason didn’t feel the need to remove them to sell.

          • We lived with window units for 20 years and just take them out in the winter for storage in the basement. Much cheaper than putting in central AC, which runs closer to $10-15K in a standard DC rowhouse. However, we may break down next year and do central while hanging onto the radiators.

          • Actually, central air is cheaper in the long run, as it is far more efficient than window units. Discovered it when I rented a place with it – it cost the same increase in my electric bill in summer month to have it on all the time cooling a 1200+ sq ft place as it did to have one window unit on only when home at night in my old place.

  • Smilla

    I don’t know much about real estate in this area (or any area, for that matter!), but this seems really cheap for the size and location. It needs some updating, but unless there are hidden structural problems, it looks like it’s in decent shape.

  • Nice.
    (Is this currently being used as a B&B or something? I see at least three luggage racks.)

  • Smilla

    Haha! I just realized that this house is next door to the infamous C Street House:

  • I wonder if this is one of the congressional frat houses or house of a retiring member who lived there for a long time. Anyone know?

  • Emmaleigh504


  • I’d call it a “Once in several lifetimes” opportunity since even with excellent credit and a huge down payment you’ll need to prove annual income of $300,000 to qualify for a mortgage. But on second thought, there must be plenty of people in this town that can prove that much annual income or else just buy it outright and skip the bankers.

  • Drool. Definitely not my taste, but great location, awesome yard, unheard of size lot for the hood, and in pretty good shape. I can’t judge the price but if I had $2 mill to drop on a house, I’d probably pick this one.

  • Gorgeous place – though I always think I’d immediately remove the frou-frou curtains, the wall-to-wall carpeting, and the green corian bathroom counters.

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