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Good Deal or Not? “1926 Italian Villa” edition

by Prince Of Petworth — March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm 15 Comments

This home is located at 4301 Argyle Terrace, NW:

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The listing says:

“This 1926 Italian Villa in Crestwd with soaring ceilings & exposed beams feels like Old World Europe, yet its gourmet Kitch & updated Baths have modern living in mind. Main lvl has spacious LR w FP & vaulted ceiling, sep DR w exposed beam, TS Kit, FB, Sunrm, 2 BRs & 2nd FB. 2 more BRs/3rd FB up Exercise loft above Kitch. Unfin LL w storage/laundry area. 2 Car Attd Gar.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $898,000.

  • Tobin

    Love the potential of the house (very unique feel) but I feel like for 900K it should be more….refined?

    • Anonymous

      It’s got 4 good-sized bedrooms and a bonus room! What more could you want for 900k inside DC?

      • Susan

        Central Air

      • Tobin

        Central Air is the number one thing. Also, the kitchen and baths aren’t what I would expect for 900K. Look to be lower end. All that said, I still expect this place to go quickly. Just a little expensive for me.

      • What more? To be in-bounds for a school I can confidently send my kid to.

      • Anonymous

        An acceptable elementary school. And this house doesn’t have one.

  • parkviewj

    Love the property–Not a bad price

  • susan

    Love this house – but price seems high for a place that does not have central air. Is does have a TON of potential though and if I had the money I would make an offer

  • ah

    This is a nice looking house, but how does it resemble an Italian villa? I’m not sure there’s a single “villa” style, but they typically involve much flatter roofs with terracotta tiles, to begin with.

  • I love this house. Looks very unique and rustic with all the wood trim in the rooms, and the sunroom is awesome. But is up with those dining room chairs…are they plastic?? So strange.

  • Anon

    I know it’s all real estate jargon, but this place says “English Country Cottage” not “Italian Villa” to me.

  • PJYatCapRiverFront

    Places like this will always seem “a little high for 900k”, but I think that is the general idea. At a price like that, there’s usually going to be room to negotiate. You list at 900, and then maybe entertain some offers at over 825-875k. I honestly think it is pretty competitive at that range, and allows the buyer to put their own touches on it.

    I think it is a great property and a good value, with some improvements. While not really metro accessable, this neighborhood is very convenient to Cleveland Park without the high $/sf

  • Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant! Maybe if it was 3 bedrooms. I don’t have need for four. But still, WAAAAAAAAAAANT!

  • It was built at a cost of just $12,000, beginning in April of 1926. Architect was G.M. Hostetler

    • nettie

      According to dollartimes.com, $12K in 1926 is equal to $151,288 today!
      I think the house is gorgeous.


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