GDoN? “Espresso self-closing kitchen cabinets” edition

2261 13th Street Northeast

This house is located at 2261 13th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“A beautiful Cameron renovation. Everything new! 3 levels of open living space. Gleaming hardwood floors. Top of the line stainless steel appliances. Granite counter top. Espresso self-closing kitchen cabinets. Crown molding. Large entertainment area on lower level. New deck. Nice backyard w/parking. Close to subway and shopping center.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $439,900.

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  • justinbc

    Slightly better than boring renovation with convenient access to the worst Home Depot in America, but at that price it’s definitely within reach for a lot of people who say there are no cheap “nice” homes available in DC.

  • No deal –

    864 Sq. Ft.
    $509 / Sq. Ft.

  • Don’t know too much about home prices in that area but with an 11 minute walk to the metro, it certainly seems like a better use of $440k than a tiny one bedroom in Dupont (especially with the front and back yards, parking, and potential income suite (there’s no kitchen in the basement, right?).

  • Perfect for someone who doesn’t own a tv.

  • This particular part of Brentwood is pretty similar to Trinidad in terms of safety, IMO, but much cheaper and with Metro access. It’s not exactly a picturesque area now and you will deal with crime in the short-to-medium term, but there are tons of large projects in the pipeline nearby and it should really change in the next 5-7 years.

  • At $4.99/2-pack from IKEA, I wouldn’t call self-closing cabinet dampers a luxury feature.

  • Layout is okay but 864 sq. feet is really small. For another 60k you can get a house that size in Hill East or Park View (although probably without the yard). Even if all the Brentwood developments go in I don’t see the value on this going up all that much.

  • That nook of Brentwood is rough. Plagued by crime and section 8 housing. Look as there are a couple of other homes within a couple blocks for similar prices that have not sold!

    • Looks like every property is under contract or sold in the last 6 months

      • SweetEpiphany

        Exactly. DCdude’s estimation is a little off. I just checked this property on Redfin too and they have it listed as a “Hot Home.” It’s only been listed for a day and already has over 120 views and 17 favorites. I doubt it will be on the market for too long.

  • agree that this neighborhood is undervalued, especially since it is walkable to the hd. and there are worse flips, even considering the carpeting.

  • I know its a personal taste thing…but ugh I hate that bowling alley feel. Although, I do like how they turned the staircase to include what could be a coat closet by the front door?

    • The staircase/foyer/coat closet is a smart use of space. However, neither of the bathroom vanities are big enough for a flat iron or make up bag, and having the third bedroom in the basement limits its utility (i.e. I wouldn’t put a child down there.)

  • I am amused at how the basement is staged in a way that looks like someone brought their porch furniture inside and arranged it so as to conduct a job interview with two candidates simultaneously.

  • SweetEpiphany

    As a current homeowner in the neighborhood, I think this is a good deal. I live about a block away from here and I think the entire area gets a bad rap because of the low income housing that’s nearby at Brookland Manor and the colorful characters that hang around there. I won’t make excuses about the fact that, yes, the area has a higher crime rate than other parts of DC, but the crime rate isn’t really that high in the District to begin with so I don’t see what the big deal is.

    I’ve lived here for a little over a year and never had an issue with crime or feeling unsafe. I happen to pass by this house every day on my way to work. It’s a 10 minute walk to the metro and close to a shopping center where you can buy all your essentials — groceries from Giant, household items from Home Depot, clothing, accessories and home decor from TJ Maxx. You can also take care or your banking needs at one of the 3 banks within a 5 minute walk of here — Citibank, TD Bank, and Bank of America. If you’re feeling hungry in a pinch run across the street and you’ll find a Subway, a Caribbean restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, and a 7-11. MGM Roast Beef is short walk from here, as is Rhode Island Row where you can grab a bite at Sala Thai, Chipotle, Bergami’s Pizza, Jersey Mikes, or Carolina Kitchen. If you’re feeling lazy about walking to RIR or the metro, this house is literally a 1 minute walk to buses that will take you to the Rhode Island Ave metro station. These buses also stop at Union Station, Washington Hospital Center, and the US Post Office to name a few places. The house is also about a mile from Union Market, and the new Angelika movie theater that’s under construction over there.

    I agree that things could be better in Brentwood, but don’t discount the potential here. I’m sure someone will snatch this property up, since it’s a nice looking renovation. I agree with Eponymous that there are a lot of projects that are going to change the area in a few short years and the naysayers of today will be wishing they had bought in the area way back when.

    • ^Truth – I bought several years ago for way under 250. Pretty happy that i’ve almost doubled my investment. Haters gonna hate.

      • Hiphopanonymous, haven’t seen you much on this board recently — nice to see you back!

      • brookland_rez

        This is true. I was bored last weekend, couldn’t ride my motorcycle due to weather issues. I took a walk and actually walked through the neighborhood to the Giant on RIA. I picked up a few things and walked back to Brookland. I was thinking the neighborhood really wasn’t that bad. Minus Brookland Manor (which will soon be torn down), there’s a lot of nice housing stock through there. And you’re within walking distance of all the shopping and Metro. It really is a convenient area.

  • SweetEpiphany

    Just as I predicted, this house is now in a “pending” status on Redfin, so it’s basically sold. That didn’t take long at all.

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