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Featured Property: 1208 Gallatin St NW
Legal Subdivision: 16th Street Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: 16th Street Heights
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Concrete Driveway Basement: Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple Original List Price: $779,900.
List Price at Contract: $749,900.
List Date: 10/2/2014 Days on Market: 13 Settled Sales Price: $737,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 11/14/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No Original GDoN post is: here. The original listing can be seen here: here.
There were some comments in the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post about the sales history of this property, so here is are the links with pics:
The earliest listed sale of this property that we have access to data on is this 2011 listing, which shows the property condition as not fancy and staged, but definitely livable. You can see pics on that link (click the camera icon to the left once you open the link). So, in 2011, in livable condition the home sold for $315,000. Three years ago.
A little over six months later, the home was updated and sold for $640,000. and you can see those pics on this link.
A little more than two years later, the current sale occurred (see subject link above) in basically the same condition as the previous sale and very close to $100,000. in added market value.
On the original GDoN post, one commenter expressed concern at this ascent in price. According to Real Estate Business Intelligence, the median price for detached homes in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood during the third quarter of 2009 was $519,900. In the third quarter of 2014, that median price had gone up to $777,000. As we’ve seen in other Good Deal or Not reviews of neighborhood value history, this type of increase is not unusual for neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.
The listing agents were Melinda Estridge and Scott Sachs of Long and Foster. Chris Fries of McInearney Associates, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.
This house is located at 1208 Gallatin Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“HUGE PRICE REDUCTION, BEST HOME AT THE BEST PRICE! totally renovated craftsmen bungalow! Sun-filled entertainer’s delight features open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, custom backsplash, upgraded lighting & ss appliances, hand layered stone hearth, gorgeous hwd flrs, vaulted ceilings & french doors, off street parking, 2-story deck w/hot tub leads to Zen garden & outdoor living. Total tranquility.”
This rental is located at 5429 13th Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Beautifully refinished original parquet flooring on main level and hardwood upstairs. Brand new SS appliances, including a commercial grade gas range! Fully fenced-in backyard and pet friendly. Newly fully finished basement, including a bedroom and full bath with laundry. Close to Wal-mart, Rock Creek Park, Georgia Ave Petworth station and bus stop across the street. Above DC voucher amount.”
I live in a rowhome in 16th St Heights, in where the alley is so narrow that it is barely wide enough for a vehicle. That means that the only way for DPW to access your trash bin is for you to open your gate, and push the bin right up to the alley way. Within the past year, the trash collectors have wizzed by on a number of occasions, driving through the alley and never picking up any trash. When I called repeatedly for a special collection, they say that I MUST put the can in the alley way. Been there, done that. What happens is that the private trash collecters (that service the retail/apartments down the road) barrel over the cans left in the alley for special collection, leaving them debilitated and full of trash. Trash is strewn all over, and the cycle of trying to remove the trash and debilitated bins removed continues. I call the DC service center to report dumping and to request special collections. Nothing happens. I then get multiple fines for “dumping,” and in most cases was never actually alerted to these alleged notices that I received. The DC service center conveniently loses my call records (although I have been keeping my own). I keep fighting these fines on the grounds that they can’t fine me when they don’t do their job or properly notify me. This has escalated to the courts and they have put the onus back on DPW’s, and they continue to allow the same problems to fester (meanwhile I’m still uncertain whether I will be held responsible for hundreds of dollars in fines).
Recently DPW has stopped collecting my trash, but seem to take the neighbors. Retaliation? This week, while my gate was left open to allow them to try to collect my bin (without it running the risk of being barreled over by another truck), someone snuck in to my backyard, broke into my shed and stole my brand new $900 bike, that was securely locked to a bike rack and probably removed with a lock pick or bolt cutters. The police responded to my call to report the theft and were extremely helpful, and suggested that DPW should be to blame for consistently leaving me vulnerable….ehm!
My attempts to resolve the trash collection issue have not been resolved. I have contacted Muriel Bowser’s office but still no resolve. And because I must leave my gate open to allow for collection, I was at greater vulnerability to theft. Or perhaps targeted, since the trash people seem to apparently have some disdain for me now… Does anyone have a recommendation for a competant and responsive human being in DPW to resolve this?
All I want is for my trash to be collected, to be able to maintain better security of my back yard, AND I want my beautiful new bike back. It’s truly distinctive and I’ve attached a picture of it. So if anyone sees someone riding it around DC, it’s likely that they stole it. Please let the cops know because you don’t want your property to be next.”