Good Deal or Not? “Alarm in the house!” edition

DC8515150 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 317 Todd Place, NE. The listing says:

“Alarm in the house! beautifully renovated town home in great Eckington area, close to Metro and restaurants. brand new kitchen with new cabinets, SS appliances, hardwood floor on main and upper level, marble counter tops, two parking spaces in the back, nice deck and so much more. owner licensed realtor.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $729,990.

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  • The combination of the warm-toned kitchen cabinets and the cool-toned counters and backsplash is a little off-putting. I don’t know a ton about the neighborhood, but it’s pretty close to Metro and some major bus lines, so I guess I’d call the price good, if not necessarily a “good deal”.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I don’t like it either, it looks like the warm tones and cool tones are competing. But it would be an easy fix, just paint those cabinets a cool pink.

    • epric002

      yeah, the cabinets look yellow- ick. but really, if you open your ad with “alarm in the house”…you’ve got nothing better to highlight?

      • Seriously! That was a strange choice. Implying that the house is in a dangerous neighborhood is not exactly going to increase the amount of offers they get.

      • Andie302

        I assumed this was added after they had an issue with the alarm going off and someone showing the property not having the information necessary to stop the alarm from sounding.

    • The “competing” is the least of the kitchen’s problems–the backsplash is ugly, marble is impractical and the obligatory stainless steel appliances don’t match anything other than the ugly hanging lights. For the price of the “upgrade” to stainless, they could have gotten a decent sized sink instead of the one that probably came free with the countertop. They probably could have chosen better colors for the cabinets but also could have bridged them better to the countertop. Even if they remove the cheap backsplash and do that, they’re still stuck with the lights and the appliances.

      The realtor clearly doesn’t have faith in the neighborhood. Security systems aren’t exactly rare in DC anyway.

    • “off-putting” is so polite of you; I was going to say it’s downright ugly

  • $700K for a Home Depot special that’s not even tastefully done. No thanks.

  • Agree with that. But then, I tend to find the kitchen and bathroom choices in these developer jobs off-putting all the time. I just can’t understand why they make them so ugly.

    • I heard recently that developers / designers intentionally put in unpopular finishes so that the house dates and owners have to invest in a reno after a few years. While the cynic in me can see that, I do think it’s a very holistic and long-sighted effort to force business and one that at least somewhat undermines the whole industry.

      • I don’t think they intentionally put in unpopular finishes — they want prospective buyers to like the way it looks. But they do often employ trendy finishes… and trends age.

        • Esp. if the flipper is colorblind which appears to be the case here.

          • Actual LOL!
            Yeah, this one is puzzling. My guess is that the yellow cabinets were there to begin with, and they added the countertop and backsplash. They should’ve painted the cabinets white.
            If they actually CHOSE new yellow cabinets to go with a countertop that color, then, well… they’re insane.

          • I feel like the cabinets are actually a cream color, but when put against that countertop/backsplash they read suuuuuper yellow.

          • That kitchen will look fine if the walls are painted a deep red or purple.

  • The location is more or less convenient but I really don’t like that neighborhood. Very few trees and sandwiched between a bunch of busy streets and industrial property. Maybe that will change as Brentwood and NY Ave develop, but it just doesn’t have a great feel to it.

    • What is the zoning on the industrial properties? I mean I rode the MBT at the WABA event, and it just seemed like they were begging to be converted into/replaced by high end multifamily residential.

  • Couldn’t they have removed the chain-link fence from the front? It detracts from the front.

  • All that money on a flip and still a chain link fence.

  • The “alarm in house!” comment made me think this was going to be a Faison listing…then the lone excited sentence seems funnier and funnier on its own.

  • Speaking of alarms, what are your thoughts on whether an alarm is sufficient deterrent from burglary that one might consider not having a gated front door or security bars on a front window? Do would-be burglars seem to avoid houses that are clearly alarmed? Or do they just not care?

    I’m buying in a transitional neighborhood and would prefer to rely solely on an alarm, but do not want to live to regret not just putting on the barred security door and bars.

    • It really depends on what burglars want and it depends on the neighborhood. I lived in an Atlanta neighborhood with a worse rep than its actual reality. Things had reached a point where few people had burglar bars anymore. Children played in the street (which I know gives middle class DC area parents a stroke, but is a sign of safe neighborhood in much of the rest of the world) and most of us only used our security systems if we were gone overnight or longer, partly because we also had neighbors keeping an eye on things. The things of value I had that may have been visible were not things that could easily be resold, so someone looking in wasn’t going to be impressed. Some people put bars over cheap locks or doors with windows which just screams stupidity and I know of situations where burglar bars were easily removed–the newer and more expensive ones usually can’t be taken off easily, but I’ll bet more thought goes into the ugly cliched backsplash than into updating burglar bars.

    • One might look at the rash of break ins that occurred in Carver Langston as an example of why you should never remove your bars even if you have an alarm system- especially in a “transitional” neighborhood (there was a post about it a while back).
      I live in a safe neighborhood and I actually had bars reinstalled when I bought my house. Why make yourself an easy target? The harder it is on a would-be burglar, the less likely you will be to become a victim.

      • I guess the expense of adding the bars and the aesthetics. But I don’t disagree with you.

        If you have any recommendations on where to get them or having them installed, would love to hear them.

      • Also, I guess by transitional, I was thinking more transitioned than Carver Langston, but not sure that matters very much. Truxton Circle/Eastern Shaw?

  • This house sold for $425,000 in June. Is the renovation worth $300,000? I don’t care for Eckington that much. I say not a good deal.

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