GDoN “Bathrooms are all new and beautiful” edition

726 50th Street Northeast

This house is located at 726 50th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“FULLY RENOVATED home featuring 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Over 1,500 square feet of living space. New kitchen with SS appliances, custom cabinets, backsplash, and granite countertops. New hardwood floors throughout main level and new carpet upstairs. Home has a new roof, windows, siding, HVAC, and High Eff hot water heater. Bathrooms are all new and beautiful. Home includes off street parking.”

inside

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $389,900.

44 Comment

  • EckingtonDoodle

    Seems to be missing a window on the front….

  • HaileUnlikely

    Pictures from before the reno show the house as having had two windows on the 2nd floor (the other one was not on the other side of the front, it was right next to this one). They removed it when renovating. That’s sure odd.

  • I live around the corner from this house. We were wondering why they got ride of the window during the renovation. The house used to have 2 upstairs windows that matched the two downstairs windows.

    The house needs some major curb appeal but that seems the norm for any reno’s/ flips in the Deanwood area. The developers don’t spare a penny for curb appeal.

    • +1 – I live a couple of blocks away and the developers in Deanwood are pretty standard when it comes to design. I understand it gives the new homeowner to put their personal touch on it but a few flowers or some small bushes and trees wouldn’t hurt anybody.

  • Less than 2 miles away from the DC Eagle.

  • When I saw the picture, I got the momentary unease I get when I see a one-eyed dog or cat.

  • Aeems to be missing a lot of windows – a free-standing house masquerading as a row house, pretending the building doesn’t have side walls – renovated with as few windows as it could possibly have,

  • Ummmmmmm… I honestly can’t say why the bothered to remove a window. It may make sense from the inside but curb appeal matters and this one may be groomed and painted but removing that windows was stupid. They had to have been able to make a window work even if it meant moving both windows or changing the size of both. It looks like they may have put in a master bath. In today’s market a master bath is important but having it look like it does from the outside may mean some doing bother to even go in. Curb appeal matters because people often make decisions on house by just driving by and anyone driving by would notice the window and start calculating the costs to fix the situation.

    I wouldn’t buy this no matter what because every time I walked up to the house the window situation would bug and fixing it after the fact would be too expensive. This looks like some lazy, short term, and cheap decisions.

  • I feel like it’s winking at me.

  • They took out the window because that’s probably where they added a bathroom. After 83 photos of the kitchen you finally see upstairs photos showing the new bathroom at the front of the house. 21st century: when every room in your house suddenly needed a toilet. Toilets for all.

    • In my house, three people can take dumps concurrently while enjoying the benefits of indoor plumbing.

      This is the best time to be alive.

    • Hard to tell from the photos, but it seems like there should’ve been some way to add a bathroom without getting rid of the window — like positioning the toilet under the window and adding blinds or some other privacy thing.

    • Or just have a bathroom with a window. You can add half curtains if you don’t want full ones or frost the glass (you can even do this temporarily with translucent contact-type paper). It helps with ventilation and more light is always a good thing (my fantasy is a giant bathtub under a huge window).

  • Ugly inside and out – not a good deal at any price

    • HaileUnlikely

      Developer bought it for $155K in November and probably spent <$75K on the reno. Definitely not a good deal for the next buyer. Possibly a good deal for the developer. Probably would have been a good deal if an owner-occupant picked it up for $155K pre-reno and had their way with it instead.

  • All I can keep thinking is that if I lived here and someone asked me if I lived in a barn I’d have to say yes 🙁

  • Really should have done stackable washer/dryer. Or at least not make one of them front loading. That would be very annoying every time you did laundry.

  • Not only is there an upstairs window missing in the front, the street-level door and windows somehow look awfully short and squat to me.
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    I feel sad for this house just looking at the photo of the outside — I haven’t looked at the interior yet.

    • The interior is equally sad.

    • I think that it is a camera angle thing making the front windows look short and squat. I drive by this house often and while we always notice how odd the upper windows look I don’t think we’ve ever noticed the squat windows. I will try to pay attention the next time I go by there. The photos of the living room make it look like a cavern so I am again thinking weird camera angle or lens issue going on. Actually just all around bad photography. The house appears to have a dozen closets but no actual pictures to highlight the closet space. And only tight badly framed bathroom pictures. You don’t even see the shower, just the tiled edge, in what appears to be the master bath.

  • This photo should have been a caption contest

  • What’s with all the houses with fronts that look like backs? Seriously, who designs this and tells themselves, “yes, this is what a house should look like.”

    • as soon as I read this comment, I realized this house would be dramatically improved by adding a front porch to that concrete slab.

  • Wow, it is zoned R-5-D (high density apartment), so there might be quite a bit of upside potential if several lots could be assembled and there is a market for apartments. Unclear to me why this small area, which is mostly low-density single family houses, has such intense zoning, esp. since so many neighboring blocks have low-density zoning.
    The tax assessment picture from 2004 is at: http://citizenatlas.dc.gov/mobilevideo/20040715/DF104658.jpg
    Looks like they also removed a window from the side of the house. And I still don’t get these very open floor plans, seems like living in a barn.

    • Interesting — in that photo, it looks like there really ought to be a window directly above the door to balance things out.
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      The photo of the renovated house made me think that the the house originally had two upper windows — centered across the house — and that the flippers had removed one. But the CitizenAtlas photo shows that the original two windows were directly above the two downstairs windows.

  • Even setting aside the strange issue with the windows one should pay nearly $400K to live in this area of the city. Barely any amenities nor is it adjacent to any neighborhood with amenities. Unattractive housing stock. Low density suburban sprawl. Not exurban sprawl but sprawling nonetheless. This area has none of markers that were evident in places like Petworth, Eckington, or even Kingman Park etc.. The land use of this area has more in common with suburban Maryland like Landover than or Bladensburg than the DC neighborhoods that are hot markets right now. Transformation for this area will take 15+ years.

    If the market were rational the developer should have been able to buy this for closer to 80-100K and the flipped price should be like $220-259K.

    Before I get flamed. I’m not saying people should avoid moving to this area. Just that they shouldn’t pay a premium to live here. You’re not going to recoup that premium anytime soon. You could end up underwater. The market here if it was rational should be in the 200s with starter home type prices… That type of investment over time can improve the community. The type of appreciation you see in Petworth in the exception in the U.S. – not the norm…
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  • It looks like they only watched the first 10 minutes of every flip or flop episode.

  • Only a few permits; No permit inspections:

    726 50TH ST NE

    5179 0030

    PC19098655

    Post Card/Electrical – General

    2016/01/15

    Permit Issued

    2016/01/15

    Installation of not more than 10 new outlets and not more than 10 new lighting fixtures for a residential, commercial or industrial project.
    726 50TH ST NE

    5179 0030

    PC49008931

    Post Card/Building

    2016/01/16

    Permit Issued

    2016/01/16

    Replacement in kind of up to 800 square feet (74.3 square meters) of gypsum board. Replacement in kind, when applied to architectural features, means replacement with a feature of like material that replicates the existing feature in proportion, appearance, texture, design, detail and dimensions.
    726 50TH ST NE

    5179 0030

    PC60222939

    Post Card/Building

    2016/01/16

    Permit Issued

    2016/01/16

    Repairs of rear porch and steps in a single family dwelling.
    726 50TH ST NE

    5179 0030

    PC64077114

    Post Card/Building

    2016/01/16

    Permit Issued

    2016/01/16

    Interior demolition of non-bearing elements in a space up to 5,000 square feet (464.5 square meters)

  • I really hate the lack of a window. More siding!! No thanks.

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