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Good Deal or Not? “Elegant original features” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm 22 Comments

This home is located at 1750 Lamont St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Rare opportunity for a grand Lamont St row house. Elegant original features, flexible updated floor plan perfect for contemporary living. 5BR + family room, den & 2 sunrooms, roof deck, columned front porch, gorgeous rear patio & garden, full basement, 2-car garage, central A/C, wood floors, 2 fireplaces. Walk Score = 92, walker’s paradise!”

You can find more info here and photos here.

This 5 bed/2 bath is yours for $1,195,000.

  • caballero

    Wow, what a great house. And a great location. I would, however, like to see the basement. And only having two bathrooms might be a problem for some folks.

    I don’t know if it is priced right, but I sure would like to live there.

  • ano

    I wonder if anyone has ever fallen through the opening in the wall at the bottom of the stairs.

  • CE

    I love it. No idea whether the price is right but the sunrooms and roof deck are amazing. And such a pretty block.

  • WDC

    Love it. Sounds like a decent price, too. I’d take this over a comparably-priced but smaller house in AU park.

    On the other hand, I don’t really understand giant master bedrooms that need to be filled up with sofas and armchairs. Do people really lounge around their bedrooms like that? Isn’t that what the living room and family room are for?

    • Dittie

      I was thinking the same thing about the master bedroom

  • mmm

    would be better with some color (that’s a lot of WHITE), but great house.

  • Anon

    Having two bathrooms is a big minus for anyone who is looking for a house this big. No way this sells at the current price.

  • Anon

    I think it’s overpriced due to the unfinished basement (no income-producing apartment) and there being only 2 bathrooms, with not even a half-bath on the main level. I like it overall and really like the addition though. I’d guess it would go for somewhere in the mid-800s.

    This isn’t a big deal, but it looks like they have the dining room set up where the living room should be and vice versa. When I bought my house, the previously owners also had done that (dining room was main room when you enter, then you walked through the living room to get to the kitchen) and I never understood why they set it up that way. Of course it’s easy to fix when you move in.

    • textdoc

      Yeah, I was a little surprised by that too.

      I think it must be that they rarely use the dining room (there was a table in the kitchen), and maybe for that reason they wanted the “frequently used” rooms close together. I would’ve thought they’d change it back for house-selling purposes, though.

      Another possible reason for the reversal… the house faces north, so maybe they figured they’d get more light in the living room if it were closer to the back of the house.

      I thought about furnishing my house’s dining room as a living room and vice versa, because the dining room is quite a bit bigger. But both of those rooms in the Lamont Street house look big, so I don’t know if that would be applicable here.

    • Anonymous

      It will get bid up.

      When you can afford this kind of house you don’t rent out your basement for chump change.

      • textdoc

        Methinks even if the buyers didn’t care about whether or not they could rent out the basement, they’d still want a finished basement just for their own use — pool table, rec room, etc.

      • Anon

        Chump change? If you could rent the basement for, say, $1500, that would cover about $300,000 of the mortgage (assuming a 30 year mortgage at 4.5%).

  • Lady

    Peek-a-boo, I see you. There are interior windows and peek-a-boo spots in every room. You can’t be modest in this house. I totally dig it though, but predict it will sell for less.

    • textdoc

      Hmm… I think the thing with the interior windows is pretty typical with rowhouses in Mount Pleasant (and elsewhere) that have taken their sleeping porches and turned them into sleeping rooms.

      I was having trouble keeping track of which room was which, but as long as each bedroom is connected to a sunroom to which no other rooms have access, I don’t think it’d create a modesty issue.

      Overall the house looks nice… but it seems overpriced compared to other rowhouses in Mount Pleasant.

      • textdoc

        Sorry; meant to say “sunrooms,” not “sleeping rooms.”

  • Hung Jury

    Rare opportunity to be bent over and taken from behind.

    • caballero

      Rare? That’s the most common opportunity there is.

  • Pub

    Way over priced by at least 250K. I wonder what these people were thinking. I thinkthe homeowners are geting greedy and are confused becuase all other home in Mt P go like hot cakes. Over a million in MT P still requires at least a semidetached home. There was a corner unit that sold for 850ish at the end of the block.

  • DC buyer

    A house nearby just sold for 1.2 million (1821 Lamont St). What were you thinking?

  • Pub

    No, I was thinking of 1800 Lamont St that was sold for 875K.

    I can’t find recent sales records for 1821 Lamont. But last pllace (according to Zillow) does have 3.5 baths.

    I think 1728 Park Rd is worth the 1.2M pricetag if only for it’s wraparound porch.

  • kbp

    Agree with others that with only two bathrooms and no finished basement space this is overpriced. I’d say more like $900,000.

  • Anonymous

    No half bath on the main level is a big minus, and that kitchen is a pit. The rest of the house is beautifully done, though.


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