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Good Deal or Not? “SOARING SOLAR SENSATION” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth April 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm 27 Comments

This house is located at 231 17th St, SE:

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The flier says:


You can find more info here and photos here.

The reader writes, “I always marvel at how ugly this pop-up is, and now it’s for sale. The inside doesn’t impress me either. No way I would pay over $400K for it. I’m curious what others in PoPville think.”

What do you guys think of the house itself? Do you agree with the reader who sent it in or does $585,000 for this 3 bed/2.5 bath sound right?

  • Anonymous

    damn that’s ugly…

  • srsly


    Just looking at it feels like getting punched in the sack.

  • nathaniel

    What is the point of a master bedroom that you can’t close a door on. I get if you live by yourself, but how many people are interested in a three bedroom live by themselves.

    Also that living room is ridiculously narrow. I am not sure how much it is worth, but less than 585. I wouldn’t buy that house period no matter the price.

    • textdoc

      +1 on the master bedroom with no door.

      • Anonymous

        isn’t the master bedroom it’s own floor? i could deal with that with housemates or kids.
        also, i have a 3br house and live with just my wife. one room is an office, the other is storage/ guest bedroom. i bet a lot of people do this.

  • rabble

    Who would want to be the owner of such a crime against humanity?

  • pop-up owner

    kill it with fire.

  • My cousin used to own the house 4 doors down…we always laughed at this popup…

  • Slap stuff on and call it solar. The photo of the guys working on the solar panels doesn’t work for me. It tells me, along with the ugly popup part that some one was working from a checklist.
    Add more sq footage…. check
    Make it green (um buy some CFLs from IKEA, find some guys to throw a few panels on roof)… check.

    Also the backyard look like crap. Seriously, rake those leaves, go to HD grabs some pansys and mulch.

    • Matt

      The guys installing the solar panels are wearing shirts that say “Standard Solar” which is one of, if not the, most respectable Solar Installers in the area.

      That said, it just’s lipstick on a barnyard animal.

  • ET


    No wonder they took the photo that way. It totally minimizes, at least as much as possible with a large pop-up of course, because on Google Street View it is way, way more obvious. I would never buy this because I just can’t get past the horribly obvious pop-up. If it was a lone house just built larger than it’s neighbors but built larger I could live with the obvious difference in height but you can tell by the block that the developer build all the houses in the row with a symmetrical plan and this pop-up just throws it out of balance and look stupid.

    (I would say this house is an example of why the Barney Circle area wants historic neighborhood coverage).

    All that said 17th has a reputation for being a bit of a speedway so I don’t know if I would live on that street period.

  • Tburn

    Two blocks from the Blue Line Stadium Armory Metro, close to Safeway,lot’s of restaurants & parks. Kind of goofy looking house but you can’t beat the location.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a waste land out there?

    • Anonymous

      what restaurants are near there?

      • BrennaLM

        10 min walk to eastern market (either down 8th st or up Penn ave), or a CaBi bike ride away from H st. 2.5 blocks from the metro, LOTS of space, big kitchen, etc, yeah that’s a decent starting price for that house.

        • Anonymous

          it’s .9 miles to eastern market from this place. thats a quick pace you walk to do that in 10 minutes. i’m a fast walker and i can walk about .5 miles in 10 minutes.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I think you must be looking at a different house. This one’s nowhere near 8th or Penn.

  • Dittie

    I would not want a skylight in my bedroom…..how am I supposed to sleep in on a sunny day?!?

  • CE


    That is all.

  • SF

    Well, come on, it’s worth more than $400K. I don’t care for it and a lot of others obviously don’t either, but the proximity to metro + renovations (hideous as they are) pushes this higher. $585, however, seems ridiculous. I say $499K, and they should feel happy to get it.

    • Anonymous

      I agree completely.

  • rc

    I went to the first open house a couple weeks ago. The renovation appears to have been done well, the floors are solid, and it feels roomier inside than appears in the pics. Great bathrooms. The pop-up is ugly by definition, but at least they went to the trouble of using brick instead of vinyl siding… The back garden can be converted to parking. Overall it is a bit too modern for me – no historic details remain at all. Price is much too high.

  • MJ

    SE 17th? $585K? Are you f*cking kidding me?! No.

  • Da Don Diva

    Cripes that fugly!

  • H Street Landlord

    Huh? Have ya’ll tried to buy a house lately? Location is good, big house (horrible popup!), solar panels are worth at least 20k etc.

    Houses all over the city are bumping in price. What is so hard to understand?

  • Rosie

    I don’t think it’s that bad. Maybe if I saw it in person I’d change my mind. But with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths you really can’t get a better deal in DC, close to a metro. Sure it’s not the best area, but that’s why the price is that low. (Yes I said low) This place in CH or Petworth would be over $750K!

    • Anonymous

      that’s pretty high on the pissing post. well done killa.


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