Good Deal or Not? “ample room for pets” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm 25 Comments

This home is located at 735 Kenyon St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Newly updated 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath rowhouse with hardwood floors throughout, brand new open kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, exposed brick, central heat and air, balcony off the master bedroom. Deep landscaped backyard. Great deck, lawn, ample room for pets, gardening, parking, and entertaining. Close to 11th St, Wonderland, RedRocks, Room 11, METRO. WalkScore 92.”

You can find more info here and a virtual tour here.

What do you think of the reno itself? Does $499,000 sound right for this 3 bed/1.5 bath?

  • Tres

    Cowabunga! Serviceable house. Don’t like the floor to ceiling railing. Cute in a petite kind of way.

  • Sleepy

    Denitely a good deal. Good location for the price.

  • fl

    I like it a lot and bet it will go for very close to asking if not at that point.

  • DCster

    Great yard, interesting front balcony. Nice walk score too. I don’t know what the street is like, but I think the price is about right. I wonder if the surf board conveys ;)

  • Tres

    Serviceable house. Don’t like the floor to ceiling railing. Cute in a petite kind of way.

    This is definitely a lot more than this house coulda sold for in 2008.

    • Tres

      Oops. Double post. Thanks 2 martini lunch!

  • Anonymous

    What is that block like? So close to Wonderland, Meridian Pint and the 64 bus line, but you couldn’t pay me to live on that block if it were Harvard Street.

  • rooty tooty

    I’m super jealous of that backyard space.

    I’m also a little baffled by the selection of the door on the second floor landing/balcony. You’d think you would want a glass door, not a solid panel one? It wouldn’t make it any less secure, given the two large windows.

  • Engrish

    I moved onto the block in the fall. It is really nice with the Caesar Chavez Charter School renovated at the corner of Sherman. The only complaint is that it is a busy road in the mornings and afternoons and it seems like a main drag into Columbia Heights from the east as North Capital dumps onto it.
    For the most part it is a safe street with no gang activity etc.
    It will be even nicer once the Sherman Ave project is completed.

  • man-child

    “Ample Room for all of Your Guard Dogs” since you’ll need them unless you want to be robbed, beaten or worse.

  • Anonymous

    I just bought a house on this block and so far it seems nice enough. The location is unbeatable. Our 2 bed/2 bath is a similar sq footage on a much smaller lot (only a very small patio in back and no front yard). We paid 399 in March.

  • Anony

    When I clicked on the link to the photos the house in the photos did not have stainless steel appliance as mentioned in the add, nor were there granite countertops. Did I somehow get linked to the wrong house? It also mentions an open kitchen, and I saw a galley kitchen. I’m a bit confused.

    • Engrish

      The virtual tour picture show the kitchen pre-renovation. The Redfin website pictures show the kitchen post renovation. Not sure why there is this error.

      • Anony

        Ah, thanks. Not the best agent, to post old pics like that…

  • 14th St Heights

    Cute house, but tiny. That teeny kitchen with no counter space (and no granite as advertised) would be a deal killer for me.

  • LisaT

    It’s really cute indeed, but I don’t think it’s $500,000 cute.

  • textdoc

    Very cute. The chief drawback in my mind is that it’s about equidistant between two Metro stations (Columbia Heights and Georgia Ave.-Petworth), rather than being close to one of them.

    Are those radiator covers in the pics of the master bedroom and the living room?

  • Anonymous

    500k and only 1.5 bath and no basement? I hope it sells for that, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • MichelleRD

    wow, I haven’t seen a rowhouse with the switchback staircase like that in DC. Very interesting.

    The backyard is certainly special but the house seems small for that price.

  • me

    Nice house but in one of the scariest parts of NW DC crime-wise. If you’re willing to live on the edge for a few years, it’ll be a fantastic investment… like many other parts of this gentrifying city. I’m not sure I’d want to be walking to either CH or Petworth metros, though.

    • Anonymous

      (dramatic gopher)

      and this post was going so well…

      • me

        On the upside, all the good stuff from Dupont gets taken to your neighborhood!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, great house! I think it’ll sell for close to that, and be worth a lot more in a few years. Lots of renovations all around, and Sherman/Georgia Ave are transforming quickly!

    • me

      I agree. Sherman/Georgia is going to be a fantastic commercial strip. Already some good anchors there.

  • eli

    super cute and i love the neighborhood, but i’m not paying 499k for 1,000 sq feet.


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