GDoN? “Enjoy the front porch on an extra wide avenue” edition

DC8513000 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 4006 Illinois Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Move in ready home just blocks from Petworth Metro Station. Enjoy the front porch on an extra wide avenue; 3 bedrooms/ 2 baths. Main level Hardwood floors; huge pocket doors between LR and DR; large kitchen with breakfast area; walk out to deck and fenced yard. Add your personal touches to make this your special retreat in a neighborhood of $800,000 homes!!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $599,999.

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  • justinbc

    Wow, a neighborhood with differing home prices, how unheard of!

  • I would not be at all surprised to see this go for close to 700k. Looks like a very tasteful renovation, for once.

    • You know, I was thinking the same thing, but then 731 Princeton (similar house, closer to the Metro) sat on the market at 685K and just had the price dropped to 670K. So maybe this one goes for around 650K?

    • Agreed; this looks surprisingly nice. I like that they kept the claw-foot tub (although I hope there’s a separate shower in that same bathroom). Ditto on their keeping the original stained woodwork (although it’s too bad that there’s carpet upstairs).
      No busy backsplashes/tile patterns!
      No vessel sinks!
      No “open plan” living room/dining room!
      No exposed brick!

      • Did you look at the kitchen cabinets though? Maybe they’re a nice brand, but they’re the same ugly shade (and very close in style) as the cheapest cabinets you can find at home depot.

        Good deal though. Great block. Very nice dark stained wood door trim everywhere. Been a while since we’ve seen one with this much carpet, right?

        • If they had trendier hardware, I doubt you would have commented. This is a very livable looking place without a lot of trendy junk.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Good deal if no major structural issues. I’d much much rather buy a house for $599K and upgrade the cabinets and crown molding myself for $10K than spend $675K on the same house but with nicer cabinets and crown molding.

        • The cabinets/countertop might not be super up-to-the-minute appearance-wise, but they look fine to me — they’re in good condition, and they don’t look particularly outdated. If it were me, I’d probably move in and keep those cabinets for another 10-20 years, and only then think about replacing them.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Same here. I’d be fine–no, thrilled–with that kitchen. (I bought a foreclosure 2 years ago for less than half the price of this and am fixing it up myself. Haven’t gotten to the kitchen yet, probably won’t for another 5 years or so. Compared to what I have now, this kitchen would be a dream.) The only thing I might do is replace the carpet in the bedrooms with hardwood. Again, I’d much rather do that myself than pay $100K+ more for a house where some developer did it for me.

  • I’m sure someone will notice the Formica countertops and shudder. Looks fine–I wonder if there’s water in the basement of something actually significant to keep the price down.

  • Nice house; I think this will sell quickly.

  • This doesn’t have the look of a traditional investor flip to me. It looks staged, but I bet the prior owners did any renovations and/or updates. Plus, no sales history is available.

  • Definitely a nice home with a lot of original details. Looks like they did renovations bit by bit over a long period of time. If there’s no sale records, my guess is that this is an inheritance property/childhood home and the owner showed it a lot of TLC. Good deal.

  • Love so much. I could quibble over the bulkheads on the first floor, the weird bump out in the wall above the range, the countertops, and the small bedrooms.

    The backyard is large and the basement walks out at grade. That would be a major selling point for me, even if it’s rough shape.

    Assuming there’s nothing wrong with the house, this is an insane deal.

  • Under $600k is cray. And mortgage rates aren’t even high right now.
    I visited 731 Princeton on Sunday, and for its sitting on the market, all I can think of is that maybe potential buyers like houses to be completely empty and staged, rather than lived-in, tastefully decorated, and extremely clean. It’s a great house. All three bedrooms upstairs are bigger than average, and you can’t really get much closer to metro in DC.

    So next time, in the spring, a couple walks by my yard in Park View and starts whining that they “can’t get into” a house in my neighborhood under $700k, and ask how/when/how much was my rowhouse, I’ll reach over my fence to smack them upside the head and ask them where they were in December.

  • WOW, finally a home that’s livable AND hasn’t been jacked by a developer.

    • My thought exactly. I would MUCH rather pay this price than $150-200K more for some cheap flip. This looks like a perfectly great house to live in, and you can do upgrades over time as you want. I have seen some very cheap work and finishes on flips that starts to deteriorate pretty quickly.

  • Good deal. I really love this house. Wayyyyyy better than yesterday’s GDoN full remodel for $725,000 in Eckington.

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