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Good Deal or Not? “unique curved stair” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm 18 Comments

This house is located at 1523 Monroe Street, NW:

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The listing says:

“Beautifully renovated & restored 1907 Victorian. LR w/ bay & orig stained glass, reception hall w/ unique curved stair, large DR, stainless kit, 2 screened porches, patio, 3BR 1.5BA up plus excavated, fabulous lower level w/ kitchenette, bedroom & bath (could easily be a separate apt). CAC, lovely details, wonderful tree-lined street w/ own block association.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $690,000.

  • It’s nice, I just think the stairs eat up a lot of space that could be used for something else.

  • Wow, great house. Love that staircase. Really nice basement. The kitchen could use some sprucing up, but I think it’s a fair price and will sell quickly.

  • Anonymous

    It’s already under contract.

  • Built in 1907 means it’s not Victorian; it’s better described as Edwardian. Queen Victoria died in 1901.

    • Anon X

      People try to be so smart with this. But, Victorian is a style. You can build a Victorian house today. I think that its probably imperative to actually say “victorian style” if you’re building it today – but if the vintage misses the mark by 6 years, its not a big deal.

      Or are you suggesting that the style of house changed instanly. Did architects around the world say upon her death, “the queen has died, long live a new style of house”?

  • Ward One Resident

    This is a great block. The neighbors are all really close and they have a fun block party every year.

  • dcd

    I saw this place Sunday, and it’s fine. Main disadvantages are no master bath, the typical wasted-space foyer sitting common to non-gutted rowhouses, and no parking – and that’s a tight block for parking, with not a lot of options nearby. I also don’t love the idea of having to hit that section of 14th Street every single time I want to drive somewhere. If I needed to move, though, I’d definitely consider it.

  • Not really a fan of the stairs… Just makes moving things up and downstairs a pain. Otherwise nice details.

  • ew

    The stairs remind me of the inside of an old pirate ship.

  • M

    Crying! I just bought a smaller house for about that price in a neighborhood I like a lot less. Better schools where I bought, though.

    • The price seems low to me for a renovated house in that area. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to have gone over the asking price.

      • js

        The kitchen doesn’t look like it’s been renovated any time recently, nor do the bathrooms for that matter. However, I love the fact that it wasn’t “renovated” by ripping out all the downstairs walls, installing seizure-inducing backsplashes, and covering the entire upstairs with crappy berber carpeting.

        I actually wanted to buy this place but couldn’t get my stuff together in time. With basement rental income, this place becomes an even better deal.

        • Well, I started writing my post before having seen the pics, so I was going on the “Beautifully renovated & restored” description. (I finished it after having gone through the pics.)

          I did think to myself, “Hey, wait! Those kitchen cabinets look like the ones in my old place! I’m surprised no one’s criticized them yet!” ;)

          “Renovated” doesn’t always have to mean “renovated within the last 15 years,” does it?

          I guess when I see a listing for a circa-1900 rowhouse and it says “renovated,” I’m assuming that it will have air conditioning, a dishwasher, and sinks that don’t have separate taps for hot and cold water. And probably not anything that smacks of the 1960s or 1970s, like fake wood paneling, pink sink/toilet/bathtub, etc.

    • Hmm… looks like it doesn’t have any off-street parking, though.

  • lb

    Saw this place on Sunday. There is no parking, and as someone already noted that is a tough area to park. Also, Monroe is one-way, so you’d be a slave to 16th to get to your block and to 14th street to leave. It was frustrating enough just driving to/from the Open House. I couldn’t imagine doing that daily.

    Then again, if you are lucky enough to work downtown and don’t need a car, this place is probably perfect because the S buses are just a few steps away.

    It was not totally renovated, though. Many of the windows looked to be in bad shape, there was zero closet space, no master bath, and the kitchen was nothing special.

    It will be interesting to see what this goes for. It was not a good deal for me, but clearly someone found it to be suitable.

    • M

      The house I bought has no parking either, and less access to public transport :(

      The things you mention (kitchen, bath, closets) are all do-able renovations, I think, though replacing windows does give me pause. I think an investment in fixing those things up would be well-repaid if you kept the house 7-10 years.

  • mike

    Looks like a good price, actually.


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