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Good Deal or Not? “wet bar” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments

This house is located at 2425 Franklin Street, NE:

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The listing says:

“RARE NEW CONSTRUCTION in Woodridge! Open, spacious floor plan w/ inviting living room. Gourmet kitchen w/ granite countertops, ss app, island & separate pantry!Large, open dining area w/ bay windows. New bamboo wood floors, elegant crown molding & chair railing. Fully finished basement w/ large rec room, wet bar, full bath & 4th bedroom!Gated driveway w/ room for 2 cars!Convenient location just mins from downtown.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $489,000.

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea where this is but it is a cute house

  • “just mins from downtown”

    Also, “just blocks to the White House!”

    • Anonymous

      bringing it back!

  • RozCat

    Great looking house. Looks like a steal at 489K. What’s the block like?

  • nathainel

    I don’t know about that block in terms of crime, etc, but I do know it is an ugly block. The house is located next to a vacent lot and a ghetto looking market. Also the minutes to downtown is a straight lie. Driving it is 15 minutes or more especially much longer with traffic and you are not near the metro.

  • anon

    Are the buildings up to code and inspected? If the answer is “Yes” then there’s nothing to see here. You can’t legislate aesthetics on new construction.

    Sellers are under no obligation to sell to the little guy. My guess is that this developer offers straight cash, no inspection, no agent fees, no fuss. It sucks getting shut out of these deals if you are trying to buy a fixer-upper, but no-hassle money talks a lot louder than a sob story to most people.

    • BLand

      I can most guarentee you parts of his homes are not up to code. On one of his homes off Kearney Street, the rear blacony metal railing, extacly the same here, is screwed on by dry wall screws. Saw with my own eyes. Yeah getting bought out is the way of life, that’s just tuff sometimes. But what about the poor people who buy them. The reason why I chose to not talk about the astetics is because thats irrelevant, but in my opinion they are terrible, what style home is this, vinyl siding with Stucco front on what type of house, doesnt’ matter. He will do this to a victorian, bungalow….

      This is absolutely no way good for our neighborhood. Just because something is up to code or inspected, and as you said money talks, probably talks enough to pass inspections too, doesn’t mean it has to happen. I guess the unfortunate part is they are selling.

    • Anonymous

      Why would a developer buy a new constuction house?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Ed. Note: You can’t make wild anonymous accusations without proof. For example saying the material comes from timbucktu without providing proof is unacceptable. If you have proof feel free to email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail

  • Nikki

    Looks a lot like the houses Habitat for Humanity built in Deanwood.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone noticed there are metal bars over the basement and first floor windows and glass doors? If that doesn’t scream bad neighborhood I don’t know what does.

  • ET

    Can someone tell me what is going on with the difference in these pic with what is on streetview. It looks like they may have bought a one story bungalow and added a floor. Heck it looks like they bought the neighbor house and did the same thing. But I may be misunderstanding what I am seeing. Also, if I have the right streetview then there are several surface parking lots that would make me feel like I was living in the middle of a parking lot if I lived there. You can fix crappy flip jobs (if you choose to or are forced to) but you can’t change location and the surroundings. Size would indicate that it wouldn’t be cheap but I don’t know about location. But hey, there does seem to be a bus that goes right down that street.

    I will say the photos make that look great. Of course someone driving by might just keep going with the street parking lots, the church/housing at the corner of 24th and Frankilin.

    • ET- I believe the street view you are looking at is probably a google street view which may be about three years old.


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