GDoN “Perfect for commuters!” edition

This house is located at 724 Columbia Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Well maintained, 2 level, DETACHED home in Columbia Heights. Beautiful hardwood floors, 2 large bedrooms with full bathrooms, half bath on main level, sky lights and spacious rear yard, with deck. This home is located across from the park, with all major bus routes, on the corner. Only 4 blocks, to Columbia Heights metro and Target Shopping Center. Perfect for commuters!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $699,999.

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  • That price seems ambitious.

    • I too think that’s an ambitious price. If this house does in fact have a deep back yard, then that’s a pro, but it was numerous cons — it’s on a busy east-west route, its curb appeal isn’t great, and it has a tiny front yard. My recollection is that the block also has a lot of litter, and several houses that don’t appear to be maintaining their properties very well.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Wow. You don’t have to move to the outer limits of the city to get a fugly siding-clad box like mine. Seriously, this is considerably nicer than my house inside and arguably somewhat nicer than mine outside (yes, really, my house is kind of hideous), and I demonstrably value function over curb appeal, but I did not know that there were houses this ugly in Columbia Heights.
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    Seriously now: at this price point in this general area, not a terrible deal. I think this specific area (Columbia & Georgia) makes it a bit less appealing than it otherwise might be, though.
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    Finally, I get the idea that there is no basement. Can anybody confirm whether these houses have basements? (I don’t care if it’s finished, but I would want to have an actual basement.)

    • I’m sure they’re trying to get out before the park is turned into Park Morton Housing. Better to sell now than before it goes up.

      • I suspect it’s probably the reverse — once the mixed-income housing goes up, it should help revitalize that stretch of Georgia and surrounding blocks.

        • I realize now that the 700 block of Columbia is the one immediately west of Georgia, so I semi-retract that statement.
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          The fact that this house will be opposite a construction site for a few years is not in its favor. Once the construction is completed, though, I think it’ll add rather than subtract value. And the renderings I’ve seen for the Bruce Monroe site show the housing near the northern edge and western edge of the site, so most of the noise will be a block away from this house rather than directly across the street.

        • This is true but THIS house may get lost in the shuffle as more attractive properties come to market.

  • With that size yard and proximity to Metro, I think that’s a pretty decent deal. The two full baths are key, even if they could stand some updating.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I’ll grant that it’s not far from the metro (0.6 mi to Columbia Heights, 0.7 mi to Petworth, 1.0 to Shaw/Howard), none of those are walks I relish the prospect of taking after dark every day for half the year for several years. Proximity to decent bus routes and downtown are probably better perks than proximity to Metro.

      • That’s a fair statement. I live about an 8 minute walk from the Columbia Heights Metro Station in the other direction, and I take the bus instead whenever I want to minimize walk time. The challenge with buses, of course, is having to contend with traffic. Columbia Heights is still so spotty (I feel safe on my walks home, but every once in a while something weird or scary happens), but I still think the convenience of this spot still makes it a home worth consideration. This same home in Mt. Pleasant would go for much more, but the walk to the Metro is often much longer, and bus routes further away.

  • It’s actually in Pleasant Plains, on the same block as Bruce Monroe Park.

  • Siding is not very attractive but seems like a good deal for a SFH in the area with a small yard. It’ll go for that or slightly over.

  • there are some really long blocks there, so it’s not really that close to the CH metro. it would take a good 15 minutes to walk there. thats the same amount of time it would take to walk from 18th & columbia coming from the other direction. i mean, that’s not awful but it’s not “close” in a ‘perfect for commuters’ way, especially when carrying stuff.

    • When I think of “perfect for commuters” I think of where I live, which is a 5 minute walk to the orange/blue/silver line, and a 5 minute drive to 295 or 395, with a frequently running cross-city bus that picks up right in front of my house. That location has proven itself to be incredibly helpful for wherever work takes me. Being stuck way up in Park View is not ideal for commuting, IMO.

      • Seconded. I lived in this area for a couple of years and loved a lot about it, but commuting is really only good if you’re heading to really specific areas of downtown. Especially with what’s coming up for metro this next year.

      • It’s right on the crosstown H bus line, right on the north/south 70s bus line, across the street from a bikeshare station, and exactly .5 miles from the green line. For public transportation commuting it’s very well located.
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        On the other hand, if your commute involves driving out of the city then it’s pretty bad. It takes a long time to drive out of town in any direction.

        • Not really. I used to drive from Park View to the Alexandria (right off 395 though so once you’re on 395 you’re there) and it took about 35 minutes door to door, some days only 25.

          • I work in the same area and it only takes me 15 minutes, 20 at most. So I do think you waste some time driving through the city.
            I knew when we bought our house that my partner and I would need to drive to VA a lot, so that’s why we didn’t even consider locations that are deep in the city.

          • Fair enough. I rarely have occasion to go that way. I’ve driven regularly to Tyson’s Corner, Reston, and Rockville, and they all have sucked. Maybe next time I have to get to Virginia I’ll try 395, even if it seems slightly out of the way. Heading through town to the Key bridge is maddening.

          • JCM – Avoid the Key Bridge! You can usually get to the same destinations by taking Rock Creek Parkway to the Watergate and then using the (tricky) entrance ramps to get to I-66 or 50.

          • Thanks textdoc, that’s good advice. I’m actually avoiding all of Virginia lately, but I’ll keep it in mind when I have to go back there.

      • I live “way up in Park View” – right at the edge of Ward One and the beginning of Petworth, two blocks from the Georgia Avenue Metro. If I were selling or renting my house I would describe it as perfect for commuting because it’s two blocks from the Green-Yellow lines, which connect with every other line at some point; and two blocks from several major north-south and east-west bus lines. I’m about 15 minutes away from major highways (395 or 495) but I don’t consider that to be a major disadvantage.

        • Howdy, neighbor!

        • I’d say that’s a major disadvantage, unless you don’t foresee ever getting a new job. I guess I just like to be prepared though.

          • Disagreed. Unless your job field is one where most jobs are in the suburbs, proximity to 295 and 395 isn’t all that important.
            If you work in the District and have to take the bus to the Metro — rather than being able to take one bus all the way or walk to a Metro station — it gets to be a real pain.

          • Aren’t most jobs in the suburbs though? I guess there are a few fields where they’re mostly city-based but practically everyone I know has to leave the city to go to work unless they have some teleworking deal.

      • Fair but as @jcm mentions unless you are driving out of the city either south or west (north and east would be an advantage) then you are being quite picky as this is pretty darn convenient for commuting.

        One could argue that your house that you say is “perfect for commuters” is not if you work in Silver Spring or Dupont Circle

        • HaileUnlikely

          It’s great if you work in Silver Spring. Reverse commute on the 79. It doesn’t get much easier than that. (I get your overall point, though)

        • That’s a good point. My partner and I are usually working out in the VA/PG County suburbs so our location works for us. I forget that there are people who work in Dupont Circle or Silver Spring!

  • This house is crummy

  • Ick. I think the reno is atrocious with what appear to be really low-end fixtures and appliances. Add to that the vinyl siding ala outer burbs, and this place is just depressing. Columbia Road is noisy as well. But it’ll probably fetch this price.

    • HaileUnlikely

      The reno was done in 2004. There was a lot less high-end stuff in this area in 2004. I do agree about the siding, though (I live in an equally-ugly aluminum-clad house, but I paid considerably less than half this much for it)

  • Is that the preferred crown molding treatment for a soffit? Looks kind of tacky.

  • I lived in Park View for a while two blocks from the Petworth metro and the commute was the best part of it. I worked in Chinatown so it was either a 10 minute metro ride or 20 minutes on the 70 bus.

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