GDoN? “Less than 3 miles from the National Shrine” edition


This house is located at 4508 20th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“THE PRICE IS RIGHT! Move In Ready 3Bdrm 1 ~ bath detached home with 3 finished levels in well sought Michigan Park. Sunroom, Fenced corner lot with room for expansion; Metro bus right across the street. Less than 3 miles from the National Shrine, the revitalized Brookland shops and restaurants, Medstar Wash Hsptl Ctr, 15 mins from the University of MD. Estate Sale, Closing help available.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $399,999.

8 Comment

  • HaileUnlikely

    For a family who is accustomed to driving most places, intends to continue to do so, and wants a fully detached house, this probably is a uniquely good deal. For others, solid deal, especially given the condition and that it is fully detached, but by no means a uniquely good deal. Believe it or not, you can still get a semi-detached house within a mile of the Fort Totten or Takoma Metro Station for this amount or less, and at this stage of my life, that is what I would (and did) opt for.


    Trying to sell this on proximity to Brookland seems a little bit of a stretch to me, though (we don’t advertise real estate in Takoma as “3 miles from Petworth!”). More seriously this is 1 mile from Shoppers Food Warehouse (I’d do a lot of my shopping there if I lived a mile from one), 1 mile from Glut Food Coop (seriously worth checking out if you’re into that sort of thing), 1.2 miles to West Hyattsville Metro.

    • saf

      I am just over 2 miles to the shrine. I am in Petworth.

      That headline seems silly to me.

      • Yeah. “Less than 3 miles” in a city that’s 10 miles square seems odd.
        I just checked the listing and the realtor has a 301 phone number — maybe he/she is far enough outside D.C. not to be familiar with it.

  • justinbc

    “Less than 3 miles”, wow, that’s really pushing the listing definitions! I didn’t even realize we had a National Shrine (I always just called it the Basilica, never knew the whole name). The property itself looks in pretty good shape. I wish people would remember that other, less popular neighborhoods like this exist when they’re bitching about a lack of affordable housing in DC and bemoaning the typical “I’ll never be able to own a place”. The down payment on this place would only be $14,000 if you used an FHA loan and actually paid full asking price. You could probably easily get your lender + seller to cover most of the closing costs on this deal too.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Agreed in spirit, though I have lots of friends who don’t have incomes large enough to ever be able to afford the ~$2300/month PITI that this would work out to be in that scenario. The buyer would have to be making north of $80K gross for that to be nominally affordable, and I know lots of individuals (and even some families) who bring in waaaay less than that.

      • justinbc

        Well yeah of course not everyone can afford it, but a lot of people who could and complain that they can’t afford to live in Logan, Dupont, the Hill, etc just don’t even look.

    • It USED to be the National Shrine, but Pope Someone or Other elevated it to a Basilica 10/15 years ago, and now sports the mouthful of a name: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

  • This is close to my neighborhood and there are a lot of great things going on other than the National Shrine. I wish listing agents would get to know a neighborhood before they say lol-worthy stuff like that in a listing. Apart from that it looks like it needs a little TLC but otherwise it seems like a great affordable fully detached house that so many people believe don’t exist in DC.

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