GDoN? “wet bar w/custom cabinetry & beverage refridge” edition

3404 22nd Street Northeast

This house is located at 3404 22nd Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Totally renovated light filled arts and crafts style home. Coffered ceiling in living/dining rooms w/wall mounted FP & huge kitchen w/granite & top of line appliances. Home audio/intercom. Master suite w/rain shower, soaking tub & custom tile. LL exposed brick & wet bar w/custom cabinetry & beverage refridge. Porch, deck & fenced yard for outdoor entertaining. Large det. 2-car garage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $847,000.

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  • Emmaleigh504

    It’s a little beige and open, but it hasn’t been stripped of all it’s personality. I like it.

    • Huh? I didn’t see anything that looked like originial character – it’s a nice, higher end flip, but still a flip. It sold for 350K last fall.

      • Emmaleigh504

        The ceilings and arch are nice, usually you don’t see anything like that left. I don’t know if they are orginal, but it’s better than a giant white box.

        • The ceiling is called a coffered ceiling and they’re coming back in vouge. I’ve seen them in several different flips. They were in style back in the day – I’ve seen older houses with the original stained wood coffered ceilings in their dining rooms and they’re really quite neat.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I prefer them painted, I’m not a fan of plain wood. One day, when I inherit my parents arts and crafts house I have great plans for their coffered ceilings in the dining room. It’s already decorated with the game plates on the plate rail, so I’m going to hang antlers straight down from the recessed part of the ceiling. Then when I’m rich I’ll switch the chairs out for horn chairs.

  • binpetworth

    Hmmm…lovely freestanding home with a nice yard and great sized rooms or, I could save $47,000 and live in the craptacular Ella/Ava instead…hmmm…tough choice here.

    • 22nd st NE is a pretty far commute into farragut or metrocenter. Might as well live in Friendship Heights.

      • right right right. forgot 22nd street ne was on that underground rail line that reliably gets people from friendship and beyond to and from farragut/metro center in under a half hour.

    • I wouldn’t pay $800K for either one, but if I had to choose, I’d choose the Ella/Ava. It’s a much more desirable neighborhood to me. This house is quite a bit more attractive, but location matters more to me, and I wouldn’t want to live in Woodridge.

  • Anyone else notice how the furniture in the basement is not facing the television?

  • There was a similarly sized house on Hamlin (about the same distance from the Metro) that sold in the low 800’s a little over a year ago. Similar in the quality of the finishes too. Prices have gone up quite a bit since then, so I’d say this is pretty fairly priced.

    • Oh, and totally speculative, but – if good things keep happening at Burroughs it might actually look like a steal in five years. See houses around the Hill’s better elementary schools.

  • WTH!!! What is up with the taxes? $14,815 a year?!?! That cannot be right. On another note, I like the house, finishings, and yard.

    • Probably was vacant before the renovation. There’s a much higher tax on vacant buildings.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Its never good to look at the taxes because they will either be artificially low (based on the purchase price/assessment of the previous owner) or high (vacancy rate). You can just calculate based on the purchase price (.0085 x purchase price (assuming that is what it will assess at)).

  • With as cold (and white) as it is outside and chilly as it is inside all I can think of when I look at those interior photos is BRRRRRRRR. I understand stagers are going for a certain look but I am not sure polar is good particularly in a house like that.

  • It’s just so. much. white. White walls, white baseboards, white cabinets. white counters, white doors, white backsplash. And the staging is so white/neutral as well. The only thing not white in the house are the floors and ceiling fans.

    This tends to be the most soulless aspects of most flips. I know stain grade trim is more expensive and you have to stain it. But my god, this house needs something different on the inside.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I never get the complaint about how the walls in flips are white. It is an easy color to paint over, so you leave it white and the owner can paint the walls whatever color they want. Seems completely logical to me.

    • Yeah, I don’t understand this common complaint either. Walls are easy to paint. And in the kitchen, you very soon add a whole lot of color (pots. mixers, fruits, dish towels, kettles…or maybe I just have a lot of clutter in my kitchen). I guess I am not surprised that a house where nobody lives looks sterile.

    • I had the same issue, but the cabinets, and counter tops, and bathroom tile are neutral too, and much harder to replace.

  • $850K for Woodridge? Really? REALLY?

  • Personally, I love the white and think this is a beautiful flip. If you like the house but don’t care for the white walls there is something called paint that is a reasonably inexpensive fix.

  • HaileUnlikely

    What I always found attractive about this neighborhood was the ability to find halfway decent, livable, large houses at prices that were still affordable at least by DC standards, e.g., this pre-flip. Is there a lot of flipping going on over there now?

    • Yes, there’s lots of flipping activity – but it’s mostly non-livable houses that I see being flipped. It’s still possible to find a livable house for a very reasonable price, and unlike some other popular ‘hoods (e.g. Trinidad), a good percentage of the houses in Woodridge have been well maintained.

  • With this house you would undoubtedly own the most expensive house on the block. Not always the best investment according to real estate experts. A nice spacious home with good yard but for approaching the $1M mark, nooo thanks!

    • not far from this house on Monroe is a house that is under contract for nearly a million so not the most expensive house in neighborhood

      • “Under contract” means an offer has been accepted, but the sale has not yet gone to closing. The offer price isn’t public until the closing has been completed.
        The house with an asking price of nearly $1M may be under contract, but not necessarily for the asking price.

  • 850 in woodridge? Wow, DC.

  • Ha no way. That area has less than zero appeal to me. Worst case you could cross the line up US1 and get a nice house in University Park for less money. Pretty funny to see what people will pay to say they live in DC.

    • some will pay more to live in DC because of the increased schooling options, what with the charter schools, etc.

    • It’s about a 40 minute commute to Farragut from here, versus 50 minutes even if you’re pretty close to the PG Plaza Metro. The Green Line still isn’t convenient to as many DC jobs as the Red Line. And if you drive, Woodridge is significantly more convenient – less than 20 minutes to downtown versus 35 for University Park. And there’s at least one decent public K-5 option in Woodridge (plus quite a few very good charters nearby). Not sure what the options are in UP, but I looked in both areas when I was buying and public/charter options didn’t seem acceptable anywhere in PG County.
      I can see why it wouldn’t be worth the big price difference for everyone, but the two neighborhoods are not at all equivalent.

      • not at all equivalent.
        people who say things like jd have little real clue about the neighborhoods they are talking about.

      • A friend of mine lives in University Park, and if I remember correctly, it actually has a good elementary school. So parents don’t really have to worry about landing a spot at a magnet school (or whatever) until middle school/high school.

      • Good information parent and epon, thanks. I just state my personal viewpoint. Mind you, I don’t work downtown nor do I have kids so yeah theres that. For reference I live in DC and work in PG. I have many colleagues in PG with kids that tell me the school situation is a nightmare.

      • University Park is much farther out. These are very different neighborhoods.

        Also, if you save a couple hundred thousand by living in University Park you might want to pay for the 8am Marc train into Union station (20minutes no stops).

    • you think it’s merely “to say” one lives in dc?

  • Love the house and the flip. But not keen on location and price… yeah granted 5 bd but whoa 850!

  • I guess it would be hard to find a turnkey detached home of this quality for this price in DC. But, you could certainly find a detached home that may need a little work in a much better and/or more centrally located neighborhood.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I suspect that people who live in the more “centrally located” hoods vs. Woodridge by and large want different things. I find a lot to like about Woodridge. I live in Takoma and I like it. I’d rather move to Woodridge than Bloomingdale or Columbia Heights or Logan Circle (though I’d rather stay in Takoma than any of the preceding). I could probably be happy in Mount Pleasant but can’t afford it and came to terms with that a long time ago.

      • I agree as well. But I would rather live in Takoma Park, Shepherd Park or Colonial Village over Woodridge. At this price point, you can get into those neighborhoods and I can’t imagine what Woodridge offers that those don’t. At least with those you are close to the 16th street corridor, the red line and the conveniences of Downtown Silver Spring.

  • I think this is a stunning house and it looks huge with what appears to be nice lot and a great garage. (I love white walls but would certainly paint some of them.) It looks like a superior flip job to me, which is unfortunately all to rare in DC.

    Woodridge has a small downtown that has growing appeal and in 5 years might be a bit like Takoma Park was a decade ago. That whole area has a bit of an artsy feel–Brookland, Woodridge, Langdon Park.

    I was raised in a 1920s tram suburb of a west coast city and these old tram suburb homes with great architecture, off street parking, leafy streets, garden-able lots and small local downtowns are hard to beat for folks like me who want nearby urban life with aspects of village life combined. (I love Takoma Park, historic Hyattsville, University Park and Shepard Park as well, not to mention Cleveland Park!)

    I bet they get 800 K for this. It is very pretty.

  • First of all this isn’t Woodridge it is Brookland. Dividing line is South Dakota Ave and this is on the West side and north of RI ave so it is Brookland. That is why the realtors have priced it at 850k. Brookland has taken off. If this house was in actual Woodrigde, south of RI and/or east of SD ave the price would be around 700k. I think the only thing missing from this house is a fireplace. Would have been nice if they had left the original as I am sure it did have one.

    • Hmm most people I know in the neighborhood seem to consider 18th the boundary – but I’m not sure what the official boundary is. In any event, the distance to the Metro has much more of an impact on value than the official name of the ‘hood. This is pretty far from the Metro, especially if you’re walking at night. There’s a bus, but reliability is only so-so.

      • The western boundary is 18th between RIA and SD. Brookland has a better perception than Woodridge, or is known at all, so people keep creeping it outwards.

  • I think the house looks great from the outside, but it has had all the original character removed. I don’t like old houses that are flipped to look like modern condos. This house had character originally, I’m sure. The coffered ceiling is obviously added on, as they do in new construction, not original. What people were complaining about with the white is not the white painted walls, that’s easily painted, but the white woodwork, and doors, and to some the kitchen cabinets – all of which would have originally been stained wood in a house like this. I would much prefer a house renovated not in this manner, but one that kept the original character of the house, and restored it, not whole-sale renovated it. The developers buying up houses don’t do this, though – you have to find one someone restored sensibly themselves, or buy a wreck and do it yourself – though it is hard to compete with the developers when buying unless you have all cash, and cash to fix the place up. Our housing stock is being depleted of character with the flipper developers, which is a real loss. There is a limit to how much the value of these houses will rise in the future, v. ones that were restored, where the inside matches the outside.

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