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Good Deal or Not? “Renovated and spacious” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm 17 Comments

This house is located at 5213 13th St, NW:

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The listing says:

“Renovated and spacious. Hardwood floors, main & upper levels. 3 large bedrooms & 2 full baths upper level. Double living room main level, separate dining opens to extra room and exit to deck. Lower level family room w/ 3 finished rooms & separate laundry room. Lots of storage, workspace or extra bedrooms & full bath. Side entry to lower level, 2 car parking w/ alley access.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $585,000.

  • Ward One Resident

    Seems nice. Kitchen is a bit dark, but easily fixable. Great front porch and nice deck. Odd that with apparently a lot of space, to have the stackable washer/dryer.

  • $363 per sq/ft seems like a lot in that neighborhood.

    • I thought so too at first, but of the handleful of comps within a few blocks of here that show up on redfin, similar bungalow-style houses (4BR) sold for $316, $419, and $395/sq/ft. I love it, but it’s out of my price range by a long shot…

  • Florista

    Where are the bedrooms? Would be nice to see…

    • Hello Goodbye

      Bedrooms? The 12th, 15th, and 16th pictures.

  • So, Just Sayin’

    Wow. That’s a lot of house for much less than a rowhouse in Columbia Heights. I guess the only hitch is that there’s nothing nearby in terms of services, right? You’d have to bike or drive to enjoy C Heights, Mt Pleasant, Takoma Park, etc. Or is there some nearby business I’m completely forgetting about?

    • zrc

      Nope, you’re dead on. I’ve been lusting after houses in this area, because I love the bungalow style. However, in terms of walkable options, you’re basically stuck with what’s on Georgia Ave (which is only one block to the east), and that’s a bit far up beyond the newer businesses that have come in. There are options, but not a lot of the hipster-friendly stuff like what has opened closer to the metro. That said, it’s not terrible price-wise for what you get, and just saying that makes me cringe.

      And yes, I’m fully aware that this comment makes me look very pro-gentrification. But hey, I like walking safely from my house to cool bars and restaurants. Sue me.

  • Good deal! This is one of my neighbors’ houses, and I have been inside, so I am prejudiced. But I cannot say enough good things about this neighborhood (and this style of house–even on the hottest days, the front porch is an awesome spot for cooling off with a drink). Location-wise to orient you, you are a block from CVS, Popeyes, and Three Little Pigs on Georgia Avenue and only a couple of blocks to the strip in upper Petworth with Moroni Bros and Fusion. One block from Hamilton Park, and one block from both the 70 bus line on GA and 52/54 bus line on 14th.

    • Also, you’re only 3 blocks from Rock Creek Park!

    • bfinpetworth

      Living that close to Popeyes would be a BIG problem for me! That chicken is addictive!

  • I think the house is totally sweet. I, too, love those bungalows and looked at a few when I was house hunting. I thought the same thing, Ward 1Res, about the stackable washer and dryer. The price sounds high to me, but it’s probably fair given the good condition of that house.

  • Rich

    Probably a good deal for someone whose work or other obligations makes them car bound, despite wanting to be in the city. Looks like the kind of home you’d find in a small Midwestern town.

  • MK

    Love that block. That whole section of 13th Street has some of the best examples of Sears and Roebuck kit homes in the city. I hope the exteriors don’t get messed-up, I mean over renovated to death by today’s current crop of architects whose taste is only in their mouth.

  • Anon3

    I love these bungalow homes in this area! They’re so cute and look cozy but so spacious. I think this is price is right for the location and quality of the home. It looks well-cared for; I might put a lighter paint color in the kitchen though. Too bad the two front windows aren’t wider. Those are totally minor observations though – makes me want one of these bungalows even more now!

  • DCMonkey

    It’s a good deal. You can always change paint color and it has lots of bedrooms and bathrooms. The “services” in that area will pop up quicker than you will realize and looking back at this old listing you’ll wish you had tried to buy it. (No I don’t work for the realty company or am friends with the owners or even live in the neighborhood but I live and own a little south….) I wish I had the money to buy it!

  • Not Scott

    Another foreclosure flip, IIRC. With so many bedrooms, I wonder how large they are?

  • Brian

    I’ve lived in the neighborhood for three years without a car. I walk to the Georgia Ave metro, Thaitantic II, Red Derby, Red Rocks (and other great 11th St restaurants, Yes Organic and Second Wind Crossfit Gym. There is a lot within 1.2 miles…and the walk is good for you!


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