Good Deal or Not? “GLORIOUSLY SUN DRENCHED” edition

by Prince Of Petworth July 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm 19 Comments

This home is located at 3531 Porter St NW:

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The flier says:


You can find more info here and photos here.

$875,000 sound right for this 4 bed/2.5 bath in Cleveland Park?

  • Jessica

    Other than some slight bathroom updating and a removal of all the really ugly wallpaper, the house is gorgeous. I am in love with that part of town for its family friendliness and great restaurants (not to mention metro access).
    I think it is worth what it is listed for. If they took the time to do some minor bathroom updates and remove the awful wallpaper, I think they would get far more than they put in to it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve seen a blow-up doll in a listing.

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  • Clairol

    Not to me.

    • Kev29

      Good luck finding something cheaper with 4 bedrooms in that zip code.

  • Anonymous

    Nice area, but Porter is a main road, lots of traffic in your front yard. But no shootings, gangs, loudmouths, or litter all over the place.

  • Petworth Res

    So…I don’t care if I’m the only one to say it but this house is over-priced. Other than minor updating and keeping things neat and tidy, this house has had nothing new done to it. Basically, it’s a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath with a full bath in the basement and a bed next to the ish stack. I don’t care if you paint it white, it’s still a toilet stack.

    Oh, and where is the central air?…

    • Clarissa

      For many people, not having anything done to a house is a plus. When I was househunting, I specifically looked for homes like this. Everyone doesn’t want to see an old house gutted and styled in the new open floorplan. I love the old/original bath tile.

      Course, my home is in much cheaper Petworth… not sure what homes in that area run, so I can’t speak for the actual price – only that lack of updating doesn’t, per se, render it worth less money for a certain group of buyers. And we can’t see whether they’ve done the truly important interior fixes to plumbing, wiring, etc.

      • 14th St Heights

        LOL again on the open floor plan discussion. And, Clarissa, I TOTALLY agree with you.

      • Tres

        Well it may be true that it doesn’t render it less valuable for a certain segment of buyers, the majority of buyers nowadays prefer updated. So on average (being as a greater number of buyers are willing to offer more for a specific type of updated house), updated houses cost more.

        This is generally a cute house, but if I were offering on something with these finishes, I’d be deducting for bath remodel, basement digout/renovation, and the hassle factor. So, whatever the market value was on a comparable that was flipped, minus maybe $90k. That’s how a buyer like me would operate.

  • It says right on the listing that it has central air . . . so chill (pun intended).

    My only thing with this house is that the area is basically suburban — without all the suburban amenities. If you’re sacrificing everything that downtown has to offer, then why not just move to the actual suburbs and get a house in a good school district?

    • dreas

      What are you talking about?

      It’s 2 blocks from Wisconsin and there are a bunch of restaurants and a grocery store right there. You can probably walk to the Cleveland Park metro in 10-15 minutes and there are more stores and restaurants on that part of Connecticut. It’s in-boundary for Eaton; I’d happily send my kid there. The commute doesn’t require getting on the Beltway, 66, 50, or crossing a bridge. Even driving, you’re downtown in 30 minutes max in traffic. You’re not sacrificing anything–you’re getting the best of both worlds.

      • You mean suburban stores and restaurants and all kinds of rich white people. Cleveland Park is the burbs.

        • Anonymous

          maybe you don’t know what the word suburban means.

        • Jessica

          You know, lots of rich white people (mostly living off mommy and daddy while they wear too-tight pants) live in Columbia Heights

          • Anonymous

            do they mostly live off of mommy and daddy? is that closer to 90% or 55% of them?
            also, how do you know?

        • Anonymous

          A “snob” etworth posters poo-pooing Cleveland Park – that’s rich, but not as rich as people that actually i]live in CP.

  • textdoc

    This seems to me like a good deal for the area. A friend of mine was lusting after a house in Cleveland Park not long ago… until she learned that it was like $1.75 million.

  • Anonymous

    It is a definately a fair price for that neighborhood. Nice yard, parking, nice area, well maintained, etc. The bedrooms are a little small and its too bad there is only one full bath on the second floor, but if the bedrooms were bigger and there were more baths it’d be over 900K easily. I think it will sell quickly for asking price.


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