GDoN “RUN DON’T WALK BECAUSE THIS ONE WILL NOT LAST!” edition

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This house is located at 2422 2nd Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! RUN DON’T WALK BECAUSE THIS ONE WILL NOT LAST! THIS HOME FEATURES 2 BR 2BA, CENTRAL A/C AND HAS A ENGLISH BASEMENT WITH KITCHENETTE. HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT, NICE PATIO AND YARD. THIS HOME IS IN MOVE IN CONDITION. COME SEE TODAY! NOTE: NEW ZONING REG ALLOWS YOU TO RENT YOUR LOWER UNIT WITHOUT A C of O. PERFECT FOR 1ST TIME HOMEBUYER OR CASH FLOW INVESTOR!”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $489,950.

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  • What new zoning regs are they talking about?

    • Exactly – what??

    • I was wondering the same. That said it seems like a decent house that was relatively well kept. While I’d say the price is accurate it will most likely go for above asking.

    • I saw a form on the DCRA website One Family Dwelling Basic Business License where “No Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is required for one-family rental licenses.” but there isn’t anything on the for or the page that indicates that this is in some way new though the date on the linking page is from 2013. I do know that a lot of zoning stuff was changed in DC recently – though what most people were looking at was the pop-up, corner store, and parking parts – maybe it has to do with that.

    • Bowser just announced this within the last week or so — something about taking this responsibility off of DCRA’s shoulders willl allow DCRA to handle other matters…or some other nonsense.

      • I imagine you still need to get your place inspected to make sure it meets the legal requirements (e.g. 7′ ceilings, proper egress, etc). What does not having to get a C of O really absolve you from?

      • According to the new zoning regulations, for any accessory apartment, “the property owner shall obtain a Residential Rental Business License from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the property shall be inspected for relevant housing code compliance.” While this falls short of requiring a certificate of occupancy, an inspection is required, and if the all the requirements of the inspection are not met with 45 days, the business license may be revoked. In addition, the new zoning regulations require that either the basement apartment or the rest of the house be owner-occupied, and there are limits on the number of people who can live in the accessory apartment or total residents of the structure (depending on zone) and limits on the size of the accessory apartment. Otherwise, BZA approval would also be required. (See Subtitle U of the new zoning regulations)

  • The refrigerator doors have been mounted to open from the wrong side.
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    I don’t see a dishwasher. It also looks like the “opening up” of this kitchen removed a lot of cabinet space.
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    The listing mentions a basement with kitchenette, but I don’t see it in the photos. Nor are there photos of the bathrooms. I wonder how much work the house needs.

    • “The refrigerator doors have been mounted to open from the wrong side.”
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      This is quite an interesting assertion. I’d like to hear more about this.

      • The way the kitchen is situated, the “hinge” side of the fridge should be the left side, not the right side.
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        Top-freezer refrigerators are usually made so that either side can serve as the “hinge” side.

        • I agree – this drives me nuts.

        • “The way the kitchen is situated, the “hinge” side of the fridge should be the left side, not the right side.”
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          This sounds like a personal preference, though you’re stating it as if it were law. Is this like Feng Shui thing or something?

          • Anonymous 4:40, I’m going to assume that you’ve never lived in a place where the refrigerator doors opened on the wrong/nonintuitive side, or you’d know exactly what I’m talking about and how annoying it is.
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            Here, if you open the fridge door about 45 degrees, the opening points toward the living room. If the doors were mounted the other way around, the opening would point toward the rest of the kitchen.
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            It’s not a great kitchen layout regardless, but the fridge door orientation makes it worse.

          • textdoc, I think you and I just have very different definitions of “annoying”, “wrong”, and “intuitive”. I’ve lived in places that make this fridge look positively delightful in all aspects.

        • I usually think about it as having the door open on a side that has a convenient counter to stage the things you want to put into the fridge, and to place the items you take out. In this case, there really isn’t a convenient counter on either side. The stove is across the way on the right and what seems to be a relatively narrow ledge across the way on the left, so basically a poor layout, and not clear to me which side is better as the hinge side.

          • Thank you, I think this is kind of what I was getting at. The fridge is “over there”, and whichever way the doors open it’s not obviously more or less convenient for anything in my opinion. If I had to take a stand I’d say the doors as they are make it easier to use that closest counter space while you’re taking stuff in and out of the fridge, but really that’s just a vague preference. I think I was just struck with the way textdoc stated it as if it was a blatant violation of a long-standing law.

          • HaileUnlikely

            FWIW I agree with textdoc that it’s a dumb way to orient the fridge and that anybody who prefers it that way obviously prefers to do things wrong, but I don’t notice that sort of thing, and if I do I dismiss it immediately, when I’m looking at a house for sale. The value of the fridge is well south of <0.1% of the value of the house. I don't care if the fridge is present. I don't care if it's turned on its side and being used as a bench. Easy to fix.

    • Yeah that kitchen is super tiny/terrible layout. If I were the buyer I’d move the kitchen to that back room space and create a larger dining/living area and half bath where the kitchen is now.

  • I live near this home and they have been sprucing this up for a long time. Not sure what they did because it still looks tired. That kitchen… ugh… But it is walking distance to RI Metro and they are going to do away with Foreman Mills so its in a good location.
    It will go above asking for sure.

  • I’m not in the market, but I really like this. It’s a nice size, particularly for a single person looking for a condo alternative.

  • It’s already under contract, so I guess it’s a good deal.

  • It’s almost like they were trying to squeeze in as many hokey real estate cliches as possible, in all caps at that. I should switch professions.

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