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Good Deal or Not? “classic columned front porch” edition

by Prince Of Petworth July 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm 18 Comments

This home is located at 1535 Monroe St, NW:

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The flier says:

“Beautiful rowhome in the heart of Columbia Hts. Dramatic bay front 1908 home w/ classic columned front porch. State-of-the-art open kitchen w/ granite cntrtps & SS/applces. Open kitchen/dining perfect for entertaining. Lge rear deck off kitchen + rear balcony off 3rd bedroom. Renovated bathrooms. In law suite with kitchen. Walk to metro, shops, Gym, Target, Giant, Coffee shops & mor”

You can find more info here and photos here.

Always fun for me when former houses of the day go up for sale. What do you think of the inside? $659,900 sound right for this 3 bed/2.5 bath?

  • Kev29

    No parking, no central air, no thanks.

  • MichelleRD

    Hmmm. I thought a sweet deal even with no parking, but no A/C is definitely a deal breaker. Might also be a little too close to the noise of 16th Street. But beautiful house.

  • Rosie

    I was just looking at this one on Redfin this morning! (not that I’m on the market OR could afford it) And I really like it. And it’s actually a whole house, not just the bottom or top “condo unit” like a lot of others are. And the location – can’t beat it!

  • andy

    I really like what they’ve done with the place. Cost is pretty good for location. That block of artily painted rowhouses is very nice. Heart of Columbia Heights.

    And window units aren’t the end of the world.

    • 14th St Heights

      Having lived in a rowhouse with no central AC for 15 years, I agree it’s not a deal breaker. While central AC is sweet, window units have gotten smaller and more efficient and beat the hell out of paying $20,000 to install central ac and then have to pay for the carpentry to enclose the ductwork.

  • Lisa

    I fell in love with that house when I first moved to DC. The block is gorgeous and the location is great, but I just loved the exterior, especially the color. I think the inside looks great. The A/C thing sucks, but I grew up without A/C and could suck it up (until I found a way to fix it). Too bad there is absolutely no way I could afford this place.

  • oneal

    To be honest, price is way to high for the size, location, and amenities fo the property. I am sure the seller will have to drop that price 50 K before getting any nibbles.

    • Kev29

      It has sold for over 600k before. And $396 per sq ft does not seem insane in that location. But I just can’t imagine paying 660k for a place with window units, maybe it’s today’s weather.

  • Anonymous

    If that price is close to where the market is, then the DC area is in another housing bubble.

    • Kev29

      DC was never in a housing bubble… bubbles burst. DC has very sought after centrally located neighborhoods in a strong job market – hence the continued high prices.

      • Anonymous

        yes and no. we did dip pretty significantly.

  • Maestrobe

    Good deal. It would cost about $15K to add CAC to that house.

  • Anonymous

    Surprised to see it listed at that price, especially for that block of Monroe; expected to see it listed for at least $680. One house on the block sold recently for just under $700k, and another house is listed for slightly over $700, so definitely a good deal.

  • Annony

    Beautiful house inside and out. No central air isn’t an issue for me. And I’d be fine with street parking (not bad on this block) or going car-less since it is so close to metro and good bus lines.

    Definitely a good deal.

  • textdoc

    It looks very attractive (and nicely decorated and photographed)… but the lack of central A/C and off-street parking would make me pause.

    It looks from the Redfin satellite-view map like there might be space in the back yard to add parking.

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think it’s somewhat misleading to describe a mostly-but-not-completely-finished basement (exposed pipes) as an “in-law suite”?

    • Annony

      It doesn’t look like there is an alley behind the house

      • textdoc

        Ahh, that explains it… I was thinking that the grey line was the alley, but upon looking at it again, it’s the property line.

  • TOM

    Agreed. The house that went for about 700k doesn’t have parking and the third bedroom doesn’t even have heat. This house is on a much quieter section of the block and in much better condition. I think it is a great deal at 659.


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