421 3rd Street Northeast

This house is located at 421 3rd Street, Northeast. The listing says:



You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,125,950.

31 Comment

  • Damn dawg, on a Tuesday?

  • Wow. This just does not look like a 1+ million dollar home, IMHO. Seems overpriced by $175-200k.

  • While I am certainly no home renovator and do not have a floor plan, I think I would have preferred bigger bedrooms/closets than having 3 full baths. Having one master ensuite and then one full bath for the other two would give you some extra space to work with on the bedrooms. Maybe that’s just personal preference, but when you’re dealing with space restraints in DC, I don’t know if most people would prefer an individual bathroom for each bedroom once you’re beyond 2. The only situation would be if someone bought this to rent out to 3 people (which that 3rd bedroom is tiny).
    Regardless, it’s overpriced.

  • Bah! What the hell is with these new places with the weird tray-ceiling things?! I hate it!

    • They are certainly…aggressive. I think you can have more toned down versions that are ok looking, these are very bold.

  • I don’t know if it’s the staging, but the first floor looks really cramped. Maybe swap out the dining room and living room? Just a few chairs in that front entrance where the couch is, a couch where the dining room is, and the dining room where the sitting room is? There’s not really even room to pass through the living room as it is now, and the space by the front window is wasted. 1796 square feet should look much more open, even in a narrow house. Also a less busy rug in the narrowest part of the floor might help

    • Also for 1.126 mill the circuit breaker should not be next to the front door…

      • That is what I think. Having it there and uncovered (for the listing photos!) seems to indicate that flipper took an easy (read cheap) choice of locating it, which is at odds with that price point. People paying that price point would have expected that to be a little less obvious.

  • No basement apartment and over $1 million? Seems high to me. Three en-suite bathrooms is an interesting choice, but I guess nice- minus the tile choice. I very much dislike this sudden coffered ceiling trend- looks very gaudy to me.

    • 3 full bathrooms on one floor in a 1700 sq foot house is a bit much, at least in my opinion. Unless this is for the rental market where 3 roommates could have their own bathroom, but I’m not sure who’d pay that kind of rental price in this area. But otherwise you’re looking at a couple that probably use that 3rd bedroom as a home office, or a family who would have a small kid in that 3rd room. Seems like a waste of space to have an en suite bathroom for a tiny bedroom.

    • I like coffered ceilings and have the original one in my dining room, but these new ones are way overdone as in way too much crown. I agree that makes them look gaudy.

      Totally agree about one too many bathrooms upstairs. When I lived in a group house, three of us shared a bathroom. NBD. However, I think it’s nice for one bedroom to have an en suite bath.

    • Argh – enough with the stupid strip of glass mosaic tile in every shower/bath!

      • Agreed!
        At least the backsplash in the kitchen is nice and plain. Too bad they couldn’t have done the bathrooms similarly.

  • Is that the fuse box beside the front door? At least paint it or hang something to hide it, geez.

    • That is a really unfortunate spot for a fuse box. It is also off center and really low to the ground so the owner won’t even be able to really cover it with art or anything. It will take some creative decorating to hide that thing.

    • Agreed – awful location. Apparently the box has to remain unpainted to be to code or pass inspection or something, which is why it is always left bare by flippers (at least that’s what someone posted on another thread like this when I mentioned it).

      • “Apparently the box has to remain unpainted to be to code or pass inspection or something” — Crap. My mom took it upon herself to paint the door of my condo’s electrical panel. (She gets a little carried away sometimes when she’s visiting and does stuff without OKing it with me first.) I guess this means someday I’ll have to figure out how to get the paint off.

    • Does anyone know if the location of the fuse box is based on code, too? My apartment is a recent renovation and the fuse box is also RIGHT by the front door, totally exposed. Luckily, a set of cheap ikea shelves covers it and is easy enough to move if actually need access to the box.

      • HaileUnlikely

        The precise location of it is not required by code, but the maximum distance from where the service line enters the house (this will be inches from electric meter on the exterior of the house, wherever yours is) to the fuse box or circuit breaker is. I do not know what the maximum permitted distance is, but that is a dimension that the code specifies, and is short enough that, for example, if the service line enters the building through the front, you aren’t going to be able to have the circuit breaker be in the back. I suspect this is mainly an issue in houses without basements and in houses where the basement is a separate unit with its own certificate of occupancy. In most ordinary single family homes with basements, the circuit breaker is in the basement, within a few feet of where the electric meter is on the outside of the house. If you can’t put yours there because you do not have a basement or the basement is a separate unit, that is when you end up with it somewhere weird, like right next to the front door.

        • I’m puzzled about a renovation sort of like this in my neighborhood. All of the houses except the end units have their meters on the back. The electrical lines run through the alley, with little offshoots that go into each house.
          This new renovation split an existing SFH into two units. I was really surprised when I saw that they’d put the two electrical meters on the _front_ of the house; it mars what it otherwise a really nice facade. And now that Pepco has forced all of D.C. to get “smart” meters, there’s no longer any need for electric meters to be accessible to meter readers.
          I think I saw a Pepco truck in front of the house the other day. It made me wonder if there are electrical lines running under the street//sidewalk, and if (for whatever reason) the developer thought it would be better to put the meters on the front of the house and run the electric line under the yard than to have the meters on the back and use the existing electrical line/offshoot thingy.

      • I was noticing that it looks like they built an entire vertical soffit (?) that includes the electric panel — if you compare the exterior of the front door/window and the interior, there’s a place in between the window and the door that protrudes beyond the walls, but there’s no corresponding inset on the exterior. Makes me wonder if there’s other stuff running through the soffit, like ductwork for A/C.
        But as I was saying about the house in my own neighborhood… I don’t understand why a developer would put an electrical panel/meter on the front of a house if there was any option to put it on the back. (Especially if everyone else’s meter is on the back.)

        • Was just looking at the photo again and am no longer so sure that’s a vertical soffit — maybe the inside wall does actually match the outside wall.

  • It is a pretty great location though. Right around the corner from that Mass Ave strip, close to Stanton Park, close to Union Station, close to a bunch of government offices. Not sure if they will get $1.1m for it, but I see the appeal.

  • This house was on the market in May 2015 for $650k, went under contract quickly, but then went back on the market in September 2015 (this time for $781,110, which I thought was an odd choice…). Sat and sat and went under contract in January 2016, only to go back on the market in March for $750k. From the WaPo property records, looks like a developer bought it on May 25, 2016 for $680k and then flipped it. Not bad to double your $$ in three months. But if it were me, I’d worry there’s something structural with the house to have it keep coming out of contract.

  • For “All with luxury baths,” I was expecting something fancier than a basic bathtub or shower.

Comments are closed.