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Good Deal or Not? “unusual brick house” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm 20 Comments

This house is located at 3708 Albemarle St, NW:

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The listing says:

“unusual brick house with nice, fenced back yard, beautiful hardwood floors. enter from the right side door. lots of potential, nicely fixed up kitchen with sub-zero fridge. fabulous neighborhood and location!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $710,000.

  • classic_six

    It’s unusual alright.

  • classic_six

    How very strange – it is small, cramped, dark, uninviting. Even the backyard patio where light “abounds” is not particularly special. That’s a lot for a 2 bed/1.5 bath with a sub-zero fridge, which, by the way, I don’t even see pictured.

  • Florista

    Sure seems dark!

  • Anonymous

    cool, but the inside would have to be spectacular for it to go for 700k+. it looks pretty pedestrian.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with the description of this as a “nicely fixed-up kitchen”

    In all honeslty, the house would need a significant renovation to justify a 700k+ list price, even in that location. Either that, or a third bedroom. There’s also no off-street parking, apparently.

    Still, the location is prime and the outdoor space offers some potential, I would think it might be a good deal and sell pretty quickly if listed at 639k.

    A sub-zero fridge is nice, but hardly a substantial selling point given the issues the home presents.

  • Unusual because you’d have to be an unusual person to spend almost 3/4 of a million on a luxury barn.

    • Lemme fix that for you:

      “…3/4 of a million on a barn.”

  • Anon202

    Not all that unusual, except that is has a somewhat modernist-based look as opposed to the historic revival styles typical in that neighborhood, and most of DC. It does seem very dark – I looked at the interior photos, but didn’t even realize it had the big sliding door and 2nd story french doors, until I saw the exterior rear photo. Except for the location, $710k is too high.

  • Unusual, I say ugly.

  • anon

    Uh, no. Like others have said, it’s so dark and could use some serious updating. On top of that, the backyard looks like a breeding ground for rats.

  • Anon

    Yeesh. It seems really overpriced and the pictures aren’t doing it any favors. Over $700/sq ft is too much for the neighborhood, in my opinion.

  • sherman

    By a previous buyer who paid too much for it in 1962 and did not leave the house until she died.

  • I agree it’s an odd place, and probably overpriced given its size and need for upgrades. I can’t believe it’s as dark as it looks though because it has decent sized windows. Methinks it suffers as much from poor photography as anything else. Pablo, where are you when we need you?

  • Anonymous

    Nice Danish wall unit though.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, for a $710k house, you’d think they’d hire a professional photographer to take pictures with some natural light. These photos are terrible.

  • margaret

    The real estate agent who put together this listing should be fired — it takes a lot of work to produce really bad pictures in this day and age.

  • Anon

    Possibly the worst quality pictures I’ve ever seen. The agent should be fired. The property is unusual enough as it is – doesn’t need bad quality pictures shooting it in the foot.

  • John

    No, no, no, no, no

    Even for North Cleveland Park/ Tenleytown, that’s a ridiculous price for that house. Everything looks dated and dark and what should be a lovely outdoor space seems run down and overgrown… And no off-street parking.

  • I think she made a mistake and posted the rejected photos. None of these sell this property; all of them work against it.

  • Rich

    The wall unit is a reminder of why wood paneling was usually banished to to basement rec rooms. The kitchen does have some mid-mod charm and has a modern countertop and range. The dining room is tiny. The light outside should penetrate the rooms better. Does the bedroom have a juliet balcony or a real one–either could be a selling point. Still and all, a nice bedroom condo in a walking neighborhood would be a better buy than this place.


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