GDoN “1908 historic architectural gem” edition

606 East Capitol Street Northeast

This house is located at 606 East Capitol Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“A 1908 historic architectural gem w/ 5BR+DEN/3.5BA. Stunning restored moldings & details defining 4-levels of grand living space. Garden level is separately metered recently renovated apartment w/ cert.occupancy. Main level boasts original hardwood floors, 10’+ ceilings, multiple period fireplaces & open kitchen leading to private outdoor patio. Premier Hill location!”


You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,595,000.

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  • This house is awesome. No idea if it’s a good deal at that price, but I definitely want it

    • Agreed on all counts. I covet it.
      I wonder if perhaps it’s underpriced, given the location (though I have no idea what the comps are like).

      • justinbc

        I would say if it’s underpriced it’s not by much. The condition is great, with only period updates warranted although not needed. East Capitol carries a lot of desirability due to further setbacks and bigger sidewalks, with the negligible backyard is the only downside. Considering pp/sqft typically scales down the larger a house gets I think $570 per is pretty reasonable. I don’t know how competitive the bidding is in the $1.5M+ range, I can’t imagine it’s huge, so I would be surprised if it sold for much more.

  • There’s something about a fireplace in the kitchen that just makes me swoon. I think this is the first time that there isn’t a single thing in a house I would change (except the furnishings cuz my style skews more comfy). The kitchen, perfect. The living room, perfect. The basement, perfect. That arched detail in the bedroom!!!! PERFECT. PERFECT. PERFECT. Even the location is great. Oh how I wish I could afford this place!

    • I think the only thing that would bug me (if I was looking at this pricepoint) would be the lack of parking. But agree, the house is gorgeous and location is wonderful.

  • Obviously it’s a really nice home, but I’m going to be harsher just because I expect a $1.6M rowhome to be really nice. The main floor stove is new enough but not on-par with what you find in high-end renovations, and the downstairs stove is crap. The fireplace in the kitchen is cool, but the rest is not $1.6M caliber. The interior feels narrow for a rowhome. Yard is tiny, no parking. Again, I recognize the location and realize that you have to give up some of the foregoing, but I’m just saying there are others that I’ve liked more.

    • $1.6 mil is due to location is all its “historic charm” if you like to live in your grandmother’s house. If all the essentials were modernized (kitchen, bathrooms), then you are talking about a price tag of $2-mil o $2.4-mil.

    • It looks nice enough to me. Replacing the first-floor stove should be easy enough if you deem the current stove to be not sufficiently high-end. (Much easier than replacing something like, say, the kitchen cabinets or the bathroom tile.) As for the downstairs stove… that’s a basement rental. It doesn’t make sense to get something high-end for a basement rental. For one thing, it’s a rental. And a renter who wants really high-end appliances probably isn’t looking for a basement unit anyway.
      The front yards on East Capitol Street are enormous.
      As for “narrow for a rowhome” — I’m not sure where you are finding rowhomes that are significantly wider than this one. I can think of a lot of rowhouses that are significantly narrower (door plus one window rather than door plus two windows).
      I have no particular stake in this; I don’t live in Capitol Hill. But I’ve always admired the rowhouses along East Capitol Street and this seems to be a particularly nice one — all the more so because it doesn’t look like a cookie-cutter flip with an “open plan” first floor, exposed brick everywhere, etc., etc.

      • @textdoc. I’m with you on hating the open floor plans, but I do think there are other bigger, roomier, historically charming rowhomes in plenty decent locations that can be had for a lot less. Check out this nice end-unit steps from the Petworth metro, listing at under $1M. Now I fully appreciate that Capitol Hill is more than a cut above Petworth, but do you think this property is seriously worth 60% more than this one:

        • There are definitely “historically charming rowhomes” that can be had for a lot less, but to my mind that Petworth house you linked just can’t compete with the Capitol Hill one.
          The Petworth house appears to have retained the original woodwork and most of the walls… but its kitchen looks like a pretty generic flip to me, and it doesn’t have the molding that makes the Capitol Hill one so fancy-looking.
          Don’t get me wrong — I am very fond of Petworth and Park View. But house prices have skyrocketed to a point where I really question whether my house is “worth” what I’d have to pay for it if I bought it today. Yes, I know the market fluid and a house is “worth” whatever a buyer is willing to pay, yadda yadda yadda… but it’s incredible to me that prices in Petworth and Park View are now at this level despite the fact that there’s still a frustrating amount of litter on Georgia Avenue and side streets, there are shootings, there’s a surfeit of trashy bodegas, etc., etc.
          In contrast, the Capitol Hill rowhouse is in a much less litter-y environment. It might actually be in a good school district. (I’m not sure, but I think there’s supposed to be at least one “good” elementary school in Capitol Hill. For the Petworth house, I know Powell is “up and coming,” but I don’t get the impression it’s there yet.) AND it would be in easy walking distance for people who work in or near the Capitol building or the eastern side of the Mall.

          • The Petworth house is also a 4 bedroom v. 5. I think the photos also do the Capitol Hill house a disservice. It looks like pretty standard row home width to me. I also think the design is much more functional. The Petworth house looks like it has an addition that breaks up some of the rooms in an odd way. Assuming the bedroom with the bathroom in the Petworth house is the master, I’d take the Capitol Hill master over that. And I have nothing against open floor plans, but I think the Hill house strikes the perfect balance between historic and classic and modern living. Lots of kitchen space without having torn down separating walls, functional dining and living rooms too. Like I said, other than the frills, there’s nothing I would change.

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