GDoN “Great 1930’s traditional colonial home” edition

GDon

This house is located at 1346 Somerset Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 1930’s traditional colonial home w/front porch, 3 bedroom 2.5 ba, wd flrs thru-out main, 2nd+3rd lvls. New kitchen appliances, Crown molding, finished attic 4th bedroom or office. Walk-out bsmnt has 1/4 ba,rec rm,storage rm, utility rm+lndry rm, 1 car garage, 2 blocks to Rock Creek Park, close to planned redevelopment of Walter Reed& easy commute to red line metro. Being sold AS-IS.”

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This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $640,000.

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  • This is a seemingly great buy for a very traditional home that appears to be very well kept up. The one thing that clearly contributes to the relatively low price is that the house is not air conditioned. Also — it seems to have only a one car garage. Still, this is really a great value (based on the pictures) — and I especially adore the master bath.

  • I Dont Get It

    Is that stain on the dining room floor where they found the body? J/K, I like this house.

    • Well, not kidding – those stains on the floor bother me. They look like urine stains from pets when the floor was carpeted. And thus likely sunk deep into the floorboards. Besides being unsightly – which might not be a problem for me, as I cover most areas of floor with area rugs – they can sometimes cause smells, and even allergies. I would not want to live with them. I love old floors, and have lived only in places with them – a few over a hundred years old, the rest getting close. All were gorgeous – not entirely perfect, but gorgeous, and none with pet stains. But I would not want to live with these – I’d want to replace them for sanitation sake. Since I prefer old floors, I’d probably look for a place with original floors in good shape instead.

      • You could get a flooring company to replace just the affected areas — that’s what I’d do if I wanted this house.

  • I don’t love the kitchen and the floors look like they could use some work in places, but that’s a really nice sized flat yard and I like this neighborhood. Leaning towards thinking this is a good deal, but I don’t know what it costs to upgrade the HVAC in a 4-story house.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I would love to buy this if I could afford it. I lived literally around the corner from this (ok, around the corner and one block down) for my first 9 years in DC. I would much rather buy something well kept up like this than buy a flip. If planning to stay for at least 7-8 years, value will certainly appreciate a whole lot once the Walter Reed development is further along (seriously though, no delusions it will be sooner than 7-8 years)
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    This is a longish but doable walk to Takoma metro, 1-2 blocks from all three major north/south buses, and five blocks from the E buses if you need to go east/west.
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    Only significant negatives for me are: 1.) if you want to commute daily to somewhere not served any of those and don’t want to do it by car, and 2.) there is a grocery store in convenient walking distance but that store really really blows.

    • +1, especially the comment about the grocery store

    • I definitely love the true 3/2 on the second floor. That is a really good find for this price point. Would be interested to know if the finished attic access is through the upstairs hall or one of the bedrooms.

  • Given it’s being sold as is, I imagine the inspection would find some not-so-great things in the foundation. The space where the walls meet the ground doesn’t look that great.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Quite possible, but wouldn’t jump to conclusions. These days in DC, virtually everything that is not new construction or a flip is sold AS-IS. The space where the walls meet the floor looks perfectly normal to me.

    • Ugh, “as is” has become the norm in DC. It does not mean there is something wrong with the house. It means there will be multiple offers on the house and they’re *probably* not going to fix anything the inspector finds. However, our house was sold as is and we found a few minor things during the inspection, which the sellers agreed to fix and pay for.

  • I’m guessing the windows are old (if not original), the basement has probably seen some water and the “half-bath” is actually the traditional DC “toilet in the corner of the basement.”

    It needs some-to-a-lot of work.

    • I’m not really here to argue, but rather to say that I found windows were much cheaper than expected to replace (even 30 of them at a time), and that keeping water out of the basement was as easy as replacing gutters (but I guess that doesn’t account for damage done before you re-gutter).

      No frame of reference for prices in that neighborhood. My dream hood is the more ritzy bit above Walter Reed.

      • Agree on all accounts. Even the dream neighborhood. I had a wet basement in one of bmore rentals. We put in two sump pumps at opposite ends of the basement with a l-shaped trench at the corners. Drylock the basement walls and floors. Been good ever since.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Dan and stacksp: Agreed on all counts. If willing to go up a wee bit in price, and “settle” for a rowhouse vs. fully detached, check out 1210 Hemlock St NW. I would buy that in a heartbeat if I could afford it (I live very close to here, but on the other side of Georgia, which is distinctly less ritzy and is zoned to Coolidge not Wilson)

  • I saw this earlier. I like it. Its in the neighborhood that I am seeking. Going to check this out.

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