GDoN “Another gorgeous renovation” edition

This house is located at 1507 Queen Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Another gorgeous renovation by Dilan Investments. All new systems,Custom cabinetry, marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors on 2 levels. Gorgeous baths with high end fixtures. New roof.Seller prefers Monarch Title.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $429,900.

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  • Good price and yes, gorgeous house, wish I could get this. Long time ago I lived in a room on this very same street absolutely loved it, especially the location of the neighborhood just a slight bike ride/walk to anywhere downtown wise D.C. (BTW; the pet postings, photographs and the real estate postings on this site are superb please keep them up!)

    • Seriously? Two months ago this same house sold for $240K. You’re telling me in less than 2 months they’ve been able to renovate properly over $180K in equity? Buyer beware…….

      • Are you new to DC jaredd? This is how it works. I’d put money on a bidding war.

        • HaileUnlikely

          780 square feet. I would not put money on a bidding war.

        • Seems like a decent deal but GregM sounds like the realtor selling the house because a “long time ago” the neighborhood was not so nice, and isn’t close to downtown DC.

          • I’m not saying it’s a good deal, I’m just saying, watch. DC is crazy and people come at it with desperation for some reason.

        • No doubt there will probably be multiple offers, given Trinidad is the new Bloomingdale. I’m just saying for a turnaround that quick, I’m not so sure of the quality of the renovations.

      • Yeah, that actually happens a lot with renovations. I’d be more worried that they flipped it in only two months than the price increase. I’m pretty sure I paid $200K+ more for my house than what the person who flipped it paid just six months earlier. And I have little doubt I could sell my house for more than I paid tomorrow. Welcome to DC.

        That said, $550/sq ft is a too high for Trinidad. Although I imagine the basement space is not included in that square footage and that has some value obviously. It’ll probably sell for close to that though. It’s hard to find a standalone condo alternative house in DC anymore. Some people just do not want HOA fees or neighbors above/below them.

      • With DCRA oversight and thorough inspections this reno will no doubt be of quality and lasting durability

  • Similar to my old house. These simple ho-hum on the outside houses often renovate easily and beautifully on the inside.

  • I Dont Get It

    Two vessel sinks?

  • HaileUnlikely

    Pretty nice, and a rare opportunity for a nicely renovated house at this price. Given that less than 2 months ago it sold for $190K less than this, it’s not exactly screaming “Good Deal,” but on the other hand, given the apparently decent quality of the renovation including supposedly new roof and systems, a buyer at this price is probably only paying a premium of perhaps $75K or so relative to if they had attempted to undertake the renovation on their own. I.e., for a flip, this is probably a better than average deal.

  • 67 V St NW went on the market Friday, and by Sunday had three offers and is now under contract. For $1.095M. It is totally gorgeous inside, in fact, one of the nicest renovations I’ve seen. But it’s just crazy crazy crazy that rowhouses in bloomingdale are now fetching well over a million bucks. The concept of “good deal” is not applicable to real estate in this market.

    • 23 S St NW just sold for more than a million, too.

    • I think you’re talking about 77 V St – 67 is the popup in progress. Either way, it just seems crazy that the two story rowhouses are going for more than $1M

      • yep, that’s what i’m talking about. And yes the fact that the two story rowhouses are now >$1M is wild. The 3 story + basement rowhouses nicely renovated have been over $1M for a while.

    • Not far away there’s a somewhat similar rowhouse listed for $1.2mm.

      • on 2nd st nw…

        • that’s on my block, actually, and makes me a very happy panda. Seems a bit overpriced compared to the one on V street – I toured both last weekend. The V Street renovation really is about as nice as I’ve ever seen anywhere in the region.

          • It seems like that kitchen needs and island or something. Also- that lower deck might not be legal, unless these greased the palms or the had an inspector that over looked it. It ceeates a non conforming courtyard. I tried to do the same thing and they wouldn’t approve it. They wanted me to build the deck the entire width of property and down into the alley.

  • jim_ed

    I’ll go ahead and say that I think its a really ugly renovation that will look very dated in a few years. Also, I wouldn’t be very keen about buying a house in Trinidad without a security door and window bars. That said, any renovated house in DC for under $500k that isn’t actively on fire is probably a good deal, because they don’t call this BOOMTOWN! fer nothin.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Especially with the all-glass front door so everybody can see in and see how nice my newly-flipped house is. I don’t understand why I so commonly see all-glass doors, that to me look more like storm doors that go outside of real entry doors, on all of the new flips. Is it just so prospective buyers can look in and ooh and aah, or is it because buyers now want that and value the light and the ability to show off their house more than they value a modicum of privacy?

      • jim_ed

        Seriously this trend absolutely baffles me. Two flips on my block have gotten it; one covered it with a decorative screen so you can’t see in, and the others have just let it ride, so we can see inside their open plan living room and see what they’re doing anytime we walk by. There’s no way I could live like that. If I wanted to zero privacy while being at home, I could live in my in-laws basement for free.

      • It’s probably because middle rowhouses are so dark. I’ve considered replacing my front door with a glass or half-glass door. You can put curtains or a shade on them, and it wouldn’t show off the interior of my house any more than the two windows already do.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Fair point. I’ve seen it on end units and fully detached homes in which light was not an issue, though. I suspect that it is the developer being a bit of an exhibitionist — exhibiting his sweet flip, not his you know what.

      • They do it because it is dark in those houses without it. If you haven’t figured out, flippers do not construct logically for livability, they do what will sell and more natural light sells (in photos and otherwise). Never mind, actually living in it and dealing with people constantly peering in and temptation to break that glass door to steal that TV that they are watching from the sidewalk

        • I don’t get this. Why are they more likely to peer in and/or break a door than one of the two windows right next to the door?

    • Why would one need bars and a security door in Trinidad? Are you going by perception or do you have inside knowledge that me as a resident of Trinidad dont? Just for a record I dont have any of them.

      • jim_ed

        If by ‘inside knowledge’ you mean ‘the ability to google DC’s crime map’ then yes! I do. Burglary rates in Trinidad are high. This isn’t a value judgement on the neighborhood, it’s just the truth. A year over year comparison within 1500 feet of this home, compared to say…. mine in the far reaches of Petworth that includes some high crime areas, shows 120% more burglaries per year on average. That’s a huge difference even between two ‘developing’ neighborhoods.

      • northeazy

        Oh this is insufferable. You know darn well Trinidad is dangerous. I live around H st. Let’s meet up , Holbrook Terrace and Queen, and try to make friends with our neighbors. How is 9:00 pm? Bring a nice bicycle too. And don’t forget your iPhone 6 so we can jot down all the numbers of the new friends we make.

        • Yup. Because those cross streets make up the entire Trinidad neighborhood. You probably don’t even know your neighbors where you live. Where as i can name all my neighbors 5doors down on each side of my home and across the street.

    • There’s privacy, and there’s security – two different issues. More windows is always nice for more light. Privacy is easily obtained by the buyer putting in window treatments that provide varying levels of privacy while maintaining the ability of light to penetrate through them to the inside. Security is more expensive. I wouldn’t live in any neighborhood without bars on front windows that anyone can reach. And on a glass door. And even on a door without windows, unless I specifically spent a bundle for very high security (think spy level) doors and door frames. Which I would do, for windows and doors, if I lived in a house in the city. One thing I like about condo living high up – no worries.

  • Too bad they painted over the nice red brick. And it’s especially obnoxious if it’s the only house in the row that’s painted.

    • Someone has to be the first. It will be a matter of time before the rest of them are flipped and painted especially if this sells for that price.

      • There’s no “has to” about it. It seems like flippers almost inevitably choose to paint formerly unpainted brick houses, which is unfortunate… but even in neighborhoods where lots of flips are taking place, the turnover process within any one particular row is generally not so fast.

        • Well it’s a good thing we all don’t share your taste or preference, because the brick on those buildings are ugly. There are some homes that have beautiful brick work and I agree those are worthy of keeping as is, but not in this case.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I suspect that most flippers just paint the brick to hide the deteriorating mortar that is in need of extensive and expensive repointing. I don’t mind the look of painted brick, but I dislike when developers paint flips because I suspect that they are often (not always, but often) using it to hide stuff.

          • I looked at the Google street view and I think it looks much more attractive and charming now. I don’t know if I’d want to deal with the maintenance of painted brick, but I do think it’s more attractive in this case.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Given the surface area of the house, painting represents an investment of $250 in materials and perhaps 4 person-hours of labor. I’ll grant that it looks more attractive now, but it turns my stomach that a flipper can fetch thousands more in resale for a trivial investment (I mean the exterior paint, not the whole flip) that creates long-term maintenance costs for the buyer. I’d give them a pass if they repointed first, but no developer would ever do that, as repointing will never fetch its cost in resale value because most buyers are too dumb to pay attention to that sort of thing.

          • justinbc

            I wouldn’t say dumb, but maybe ignorant. Depending on where you’re coming from repointing might be a thing you’ve never even heard of, or had a reason to.

          • west_egg

            Justin is correct — a lot of buyers are clueless when it comes to brick maintenance (all kinds of maintenance, really) and have no idea that there’s extra upkeep involved with a painted house.

          • Funny you said NO developer would do that, when in fact they did it on my house. I actually was the one who wanted it painted, and they waited until we closed on the loan, and then they spent the next 3 days painting my home with what I wanted. Otherwise they had NO intention of doing so.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I’ll concede the technicality, but speaking colloquially, I’ll still call that “dumb.” And if the deterioriating mortar weren’t hidden by paint, a buyer should at least be able to see that it is crumbling and guess that that might not be optimal, even if they don’t know the word “repointing” or how to do it or how expensive it is to have somebody else do it for you.

  • Looks like a great starter home to me. Though I am surprised it’s permissible to run the downspout from the porch out onto the sidewalk like that. Don’t these typically go into a boot and then subsurface drainage?

  • justinbc

    You know that old nonsensical saying “I don’t see color.” people used to throw out in race discussions? Well those same people apparently got into interior design. I guess when you’re flipping a house in a month you don’t have time for things like accent colors.

  • JayPea

    I bought a house from this developer (who flips a ton of houses in D.C.) a little over 6 months ago…and I love it. His M.O. is to buy and flip in 2 months, and he uses a lot of the same fixtures, paint, and finishes in all his houses. For what it’s worth, the home inspection was a breeze, the house has had very few issues, and the contractor who supervised the flip came out to quickly address the issues we did have.

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