GDoN? “Brick end-unit row house” edition

423 Longfellow Street Northwest

This house is located at 423 Longfellow Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“FIRST OPEN SAT 1-4PM. Best value and lowest price for single-family in Petworth/Brightwood! Brick end-unit row house, borders North Petworth and Brightwood. 3BR 2BA, partially finished walkout basement. Front and rear fenced yard. Excellent bus routes to Ft. Totten or Georgia/Petworth subway. Close proximity to shopping, restaurants.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $369,900.

17 Comment

  • So, the table and chairs make the dining room(?) look like a conference room, and I’m perplexed by the sunken floor in the basement. Seems like a tight fit to get your clothes in the washing machine.

  • Horrors, no granite countertops.

  • This is a good deal right? It needs updating, but is definitely liveable in the meantime.

    • It’s really small, but yes I think it’s a good deal. Even if you put $100k into it you’re still all in at 469k!

  • Considering an end house a few blocks away on Kansas just sold for this same price, despite needing a total gut job, id say good deal.
    Pros: relatively quiet one way street, several grocery stores nearby, close to the E2 line to Fort Totten/63 line downtown, Bikeshare around the corner, close proximity to Takoma/Petworth/Silver Spring areas.
    Cons: that apartment building in your backyard, smaller house for that area

  • jim_ed

    The price is enticing, but I’d make sure to do some extreme due diligence before buying. The building immediately to the left is non-profit owned low income housing. Sometimes these kinds of buildings are great neighbors and other times….they’re not. Would definitely ask around. Also, what you can’t see in the picture is that immediately behind that wooden fence to the left is that building’s dumpster, which I wouldn’t be thrilled about living directly next to. I also wouldn’t want to have Missouri Ave in my backyard, which people fly down loudly at all hours.
    At the end of the day, I say not a great deal. 350-400k is the going rate in this neighborhood for unrenovated, smaller rowhomes. You can probably find something equally nice without a dumpster directly outside of your home.

    • How did you know that the building to the left is low-income housing?

      • jim_ed

        Its got a bizarre name and I pass it fairly frequently, so I use teh googles to find out what it was. Its called the ‘Terrific Inn II’, and according to the website of T.E.R.R.I.F.I.C. Inc, which is an acronym for “Temporary Emergency Residential Resource Institute for Families In Crisis”, that property is for special needs low income families.

        • I have to give them quite a bit of credit for that acronym. That is AMAZING (amazing is not an acronym here)

  • This is without question a good deal, yes it needs updating, but it’s not horrible. Truth be told, for many people this really would be an ideal first house.

  • I’d say it’s a decent deal given the current market, not a steal given the fact of an apartment building next door, it needs upgrades and it’s really close to a busy street, but looking at Redfin this morning, there are literally less than a 5 houses currently listed (not under contract) with 3 bedrooms under 400k in NW. If you add in NE, you get up to about a dozen or so…. slim pickings.

    This house fits the bill in that it’s livable and has pretty good transit options. I wouldn’t necessarily want to live there, but I can definitely see how someone would and I expect it will sell relatively quickly (maybe 30 days?).

  • Who puts a TV there? Obviously there are no gay people living in that house!!

  • And only a 3 minute drive from todays midday shooting incident .

    Reader reports “20ish shots fired near 8th and Emmerson” just before 2pm

    As a potential home buyer, I am really getting scared off by all of seemingly unresolved violence in the Petworth/Brightwood neighborhood, as well as all over the city.

    • jim_ed

      I wouldn’t put too much worry into it, honestly. The violence is hyperlocal – its centered arond 8th and Jefferson and 9th and Farragut, give or take two blocks in each direction from both. Other than that, it’s actually a really pleasant, safe neighborhood.

  • goaldigger

    I hope no one opens the front door too quickly or the knob is going right into the TV (really awful and unhelpful staging).

  • Creative use of wide-angle lens to make the inside look twice as big as it actually is.

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