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Featured Property: 1243 New Jersey Ave NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Original List Price: $750,000.
List Price at Contract: $750,000.
List Date: 09/22/2011
Days on Market: 4
Settled Sales Price: $840,000.
Settlement Date: 10/11/2011
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Type Of Financing: Conventional
Original GDoN post is: here. The GDoN post for the same property from 2010 is here.
The listing can be seen: here. To see the photos, after opening the listing link, scroll through the arrows on the main pic.
This sale is a perfect example of something that I try to remind both my buyer and seller clients about regularly. Real estate markets are not static. Of course, some situations are more predictable than others, but any moment in time is just a snapshot of conditions at any particular location. In this specific case, we are looking at a property that had been previously listed last year, with three different listing agents, at prices ranging from $799,000. to $899,000., for a total of 468 days without a sale.
This year, with pictures suggesting that the property is in similar if not the same condition as last year, the property was not only on the market for four short days, but apparently there was more than one party who wanted it. In fact, somebody wanted it so much that they paid almost a hundred thousand dollars over the asking price. Yes, I even called the listing agent, Alan Dalton with Re/Max Allegiance, to make sure that this is correctly entered into the MLS. Two of his team members confirm that it is.
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The property is in a challenging spot, given that it’s across from a corner with regular traffic turning onto New York Avenue to hit 395. The surrounding neighborhoods are seeing changes that missed them during the early 2000s renovation boom. To the East, Truxton Circle and NOMA are certainly picking up. A few short blocks away, a brand new construction piggyback condo closed on 9/30/2011 for a net of $614,000. To the west side of New Jersey Avenue, the Mount Vernon neighborhood has seen some commercial and multi-unit transactions that are or will likely contribute to the development activity.
I recently reviewed the recent sale of another large Victorian structure smothered in formstone (or some variation of Field Stone, or Permastone) that is not too far away from this subject property. Perhaps it’s making a comeback in popularity?