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Good Deal or Not? “ORIGINAL POCKET DOOR BETWEEN LR & DR” edition

by Prince Of Petworth July 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm 28 Comments

This home is located at 3624 New Hampshire Ave, NW:


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The flier says:

“GREAT LOCATION, READY TO MOVE IN. COMTEMP-DESIGNED, 3BR, 3BA HOME IN COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. CLOSE TO GA & COL. HGTS. METRO & ONLY 15 MIN WALK TO ADAMS MORGAN & U ST CORRIDOR. KITCHEN W/ CHERRY CABS, GRANITE & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, ORIGINAL POCKET DOOR BETWEEN LR & DR, MBR W/ BATH, HARDWOOD FLOORS & FINISHED BSMT.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

Some may recognize this house as one of the first GDoN posts we looked at back in Oct. ’08. At the time the asking price was $519,000 (interesting to note the description is nearly identical from back then) – today asking price for this 3 bed/3 bath is $515,000. Sound right nearly three years later?

  • mmm

    “ONLY 15 MIN WALK TO ADAMS MORGAN & U ST CORRIDOR”

    lol.

    no idea about the price, but I think it is pretty horrible looking. The kitchen and bathroom both look like they are in the basement and are pretty ugly.

    • Rosie

      Ha I thought that statement was funny too. I don’t think I could run to Adam’s Morgan from there in 15 minutes!

  • caballero

    This some of the worst photography I have ever seen. The house looks like a dungeon painted up like a cheap whore.

  • MichelleRD

    Not much to recommend it other than proximity to Metro and Columbia Heights. Still doesn’t seem worth more than $450K. Space looks small and unappealing and I’d need something fabulous to tolerate living on that stretch of New Hampshire.

    • bobby B

      What is so horrible about ‘that stretch’ of NH?

      • caballero

        Traffic, for one.

        • bobby B

          My friends on 14th,16th,Connecticut,U Street, Mass Ave, Florida, etc… all say the same thing

          • caballero

            Yes, I lived on 16th St for many years, and I wouldn’t do it again, much less in a home I owned. Traffic, particularly the noise generated by traffic, sucks. Even if it’s white noise, it’s noise.

          • Jolly One

            I prefer treehouses, much more peaceful up there removed from all the ‘street noise’ …although I do get tired of particular breeds of singing birds

  • another area

    I had the same thought…maybe its bad photos but dang it looks really really dark. And one of those bedrooms looks to be about 5 feet wide. the location is good though. One day I hope these real estate ads will talk about all the great things in petworth/parkview and not just how you could live here but quickly walk to a better neighborhood. (and the U street has to be more than a 15 min walk). sigh….

  • Anonymous

    If I were the owner, first thing I would do is fire the real estate agent for taking pictures at night.

    Compared to recent GDONs this one does not seem much worse to me.

  • CoHi

    It looks like there’s an indoor light fixture in the front porch. That’s a little goofy. Maybe not up to code. I wonder what else is goofy with this place

    • photodork

      That is impressive. In my ‘large’ amd ‘full screen’ photos the front porch light fixture is made up of like 8-10 pixels…

  • Kyle W

    Still trying to figure out what makes it worth $200 grand more than it was when it last sold on the open market? Looks like it is worth about $320 to me, maybe $350 given a bit of appreciation over the past couple of years?

    • Rosie

      Sure… if it wasn’t in DC.

  • TEM

    Wow. I think this really goes to show how important good photography is when selling a house! I’ve got to say, I’m impressed with the amount of effort the agent must have gone through to avoid almost all the windows while taking the pictures. And like someone else mentioned, taking the pictures at night makes everything look dark and dank.

    It doesn’t seem to be a bad house–just really, really miserable photography!

    • textdoc

      This.

  • Kyle W

    Ahh, never mind, looks like they did do some renovations, with a nicer kitchen etc. Maybe call it 435.

  • Anonymous

    Have you guys bothered to check the comps? Renovated places of this size and close to the metro easily sell for 500k+

  • Tres

    This house is a little tragic. Don’t get me wrong, this will make a cute home for someone, but I just think they need to knock down every wall upstairs and start over. I’d prefer to see only two big bedrooms upstairs, or have them shrink the master and reconfigure everything to get 3 reasonably sized rooms.

    Maybe there’s a way to do that for this house without a lot of trouble, but in a worst case scenario, an owner might have to shift everything — bathrooms included. I’d rather have a well-configured house with the cheapest Depot finishes than a house with a room that looks like the long piece from Tetris.

  • Slick Rick

    Proximity to the metro is a huge factor. Also, many homes to the east and southeast of here (between Sherman and Park Place) have been renovated recently which is looking good for the neighborhood.

    I agree about the photographer getting a clue about taking appealing pictures…come on you’re trying to sell a half million dollar home and you take bad photos at night!! Get a new agent.

    Looks pretty decent, not a huge fan of the layout. Also, don’t see any photos of the finished basement with rear entrance? Probably will go at least upper 400s if not 500k

  • Slick Rick

    Big fault of agents is lying about walkability of things, i.e. AM and U street…probably exaggerating on other things as well.

    If he/she had a clue they would talk about 3 minute walk to 11th Street (Red Rocks, Margot’s Chair, Meridian Pint, etc…) and Georgia Petworth Metro (Sala Thai and Mango Cafe)

    Again…get a new agent! :)

  • RD

    i want to see this realtor walk a mile and a half in 15 minutes. i bet PoP could do it, but he’s a professional walker.

    • greent

      “professional walker” that made me chuckle.

  • DC Dude

    She should’ve used the word ‘jaunt’ therefore not implying walking specifically and opening it to the possibility of a 15 minute cycle,jog,skateboard,skip, etc… to U Street/AM

  • Eric

    This will sell quickly at this price or higher.

  • Rosie

    @ PoP – typo that it was going for $519K in 2008? Redfin says $319K

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