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Good Deal or Not? “Renovated for the fussiest buyer” edition

by Prince Of Petworth August 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm 20 Comments

This house is located at 1300 Taylor Street, NE:

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The listing says:

“Uniquely HUGE brick colonial. One of Brooklands Statley Classics.Renovated for the fussiest buyer. A total show place. 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Family room off kitchen, NEW KItchen, features Granite counter and Stainless Steel appliances. New CAC, New Baths, refinished wood floors, Finished Lower level, Garage, walk to METRO.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $639,000.

  • kam

    I don’t know about the fussiest buyer part but nice house sans the bathrooms.

  • anon

    Chuckles….The half a dozen recent comps (past 6 months) in the surrounding few blocks say this thing is overpriced about 60-70 bucks a sq/ft, or 100K.

    Just another flipper trying to double his money in 3 months.

  • Ronald


  • white tile

    My husband and I just went tile shopping this weekend and I was trying to convince him that white or cream colored subway tile can look elegant. However, it looks pretty awful in these bathrooms. Is that because of the grout color? Or quality of tile? If I had seen these photos before we went out I might not have pushed for the subway tile.

    • Phoebe

      No, something is weird about those tiles. I have white subway tiles in both my bathrooms and it looks great. Not sure what happened here.

      • It’s the dark colored grout… Needs a budget of 5,000 for re-doing the tile work in the bathrooms…

        I’d also be worried about flooding in the basement. It looks like all the floor paint/carpet is new, and there is a pretty serious slope down there.

        I wouldn’t buy a place like this in that location for more than 490k.

  • Brooklander

    My husband and I just went to the open house for this place over the weekend and simply don’t think it is worth the price. That was backed up when we went to another open house after, where our neighbor the listing agent (of the second house) mentioned he thought this one was overpriced by over $150k.

    The first problem is that it’s in a horrible location at a very bad intersection. Add to that the so-so renovations, small bedrooms, and kitchen that lacks storage and counter space. The “family room” is also really odd and cut off from the rest of the main floor.

  • Anonymous

    the folks that flipped my house used that same front door, which must mean this was done with the cheapest possible home depot materials like my place was.

  • PetworthRes

    Uniquely huge? I found the listing on Redfin and it says the square footage is 1,606 sq ft. My very typical Petworth rowhouse is 1,750 sq ft. To put 5BRs 3.5BAs in a house that small means a lot of tiny rooms.

    • kac

      Yeah, my parents’ house is about 1350 square feet and it’s a three-bedroom, one-bath ranch (and one of the bedrooms is very small). Fitting an extra two bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 250 more square feet seems like a bit of a stretch. Maybe the listed square footage for this place is wrong?

      • Brooklander

        I wonder if the square footage doesn’t include the basement (just the top two floors)? One of the bedrooms and a full bath were in the basement.

    • SF

      1,700 sq ft is pretty big for a Petworth Rowhouse. Unless you’re including basement sq footage.

  • This one is an odd duck — some things seem to have been completely redone, and others seem to have been left as-is (or close to it).

    The kitchen reminds me of my own, and not in a good way — by making it an “open” kitchen, the flipper has gotten rid of a good bit of cabinet space. It’s not quite as bad here as it is in my kitchen, but I bet it’ll still be a problem for whoever buys this house.

  • AngryParakeet

    Seems the best use is student group house with those multiple tiny rooms and huge refrigerator. It’s overpriced so maybe the buyer can get it for a lot less then rent to students and that would cover the note. Also that garage is impractical with its steep angle down hard in to the garage – both bumpers would scrape coming and going.

  • Those bedrooms and the family room are tiny as hell

  • mmm

    grout lines look too wide in the bathrooms, which makes it look messy / dirty.

  • Anonymous

    The bathrooms are new? God.Awful.

  • Anon

    Someone put some shutters on that poor house – it’s naked!

    • Anonymous

      Putting shutters on that house would be like a ricer putting a new shiny chrome muffler on his ’84 civic. And, I’d rather an ’84 civic than that house.

    • Anonymous

      shutters? i guess it also needs a telegraph machine and a place to tie up your horse


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