Good Deal or Not? “Backyard has plenty of living space” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm 26 Comments

318 Bryant Street Northeast

This house is located at 318 Bryant Street, NE:

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The listing says:

“Recently renovated property in Edgewood. This house features hardwood floors, granite countertops, new cabinets, stainless steel appliances and new windows. Basement is fully finished with a full bath. Backyard has plenty of living space with a deck and brick pavers. Close to the metro.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $449,900.

  • Anonymous

    Damn good buy, and I don’t even really like/live in that neighborhood.

  • Just 2 blocks from 3 (Yes, 3!) cemeteries! Excellent location that everyone want to stay at, forever! Hah. Full disclosure is important.

    • anon

      Actually, lots of people love to live adjacent to cemeteries. I don’t see that driving down property values next to Dumbarton Oaks, for instance. They are a great place to walk around and provide needed green space in the city. You also at least know the residents won’t be making a lot of noise ;)

      • ET

        You hope residents won’t be making a lot of noise ;)

  • llr

    Priced Accordingly I think, but it will be bid up to 500k.

  • Anonymous

    living next to a cemetary is like living next to a park. it’s nice.

    • anon

      +1 so true.

      • Oak Hill Cemetery is gorgeous, wish I lived near there.

    • It’s always harder to sell a house next to a cemetery… Probably because it’s harder to watch walking dead episodes on AMC at night when you live next to a cemetery?

  • Anonymous

    seems like a great deal to me.

  • JJ

    What a great place. I’m sure it will go quickly and for higher.

  • DC Owner

    This house is way too small and the neighborhood is ridiculously dangerous. Totally not worth the list price.

    • Sir Douchy

      “ridiculously dangerous”?? I’m assuming the last time you visited the neighborhood was 1994.

    • Cochrynn

      Yeah seriously, that is a pretty silly comment. I tried to buy a house in Edgewood and I found it to be a quiet, pleasant little enclave, buffered from the city by the cemetery. Seemed like nice neighbors. It’s no Georgetown but it’s far from ‘ridiculously dangerous’.

    • AMDCer

      I love the size of this house, it’s what I’m looking for. I’m currently in a one bedroom 600 sq ft condo, so this would be a step up without having buckets of extra space to maintain/clean/furnish, etc.

    • anon

      I’m assuming you are bidding on the place and trying to discourage competition. Otherwise this comment makes no sense.

    • Anonymous

      I live in this neighborhood (around the corner from this listing actually) and it’s neither “ridiculous” nor “dangerous.” Do we have our share of crime? Yes, but what neighborhood in an urban environment doesn’t. Please educate yourself before making generalizations.

  • AMDCer

    I’m really tempted, but my office is moving soon and I’m not sure exactly where it will be. Don’t want to move until I know what the commute will be. Living near a cemetery is great – open green space, and very quiet – besides, I have relatives in both Glenwood and Prospect Hill Cemeteries.

    • I, too, have relatives at Glenwood (one of the first obelisks as you drive in the circle), and would love to live near it, or in the main cemetery office!
      Don’t understand why normal, sane, people would worry about living near a cemetery – afraid the haints are gonna get you?!

  • Anonymous

    You can’t even see the cemeteries from this location. You can, however, see the strip mall located on Rhode Island, which is much worse than a cemetery in my opinion.

    • AMDCer


  • really cute!

  • It’s a great little house but “Backyard has plenty of living space”?! I don’t think so.

  • Finally a (slightly better than) basic renovated house that’s commensurate in price for the level of fixtures and work, although as others have noted I doubt it sells as low as the list price.

    • Anonymous

      I guess by “(less than) basic renovation” you mean a reno that hasn’t stripped all the charm from the place. I’d pay more for this kind of reno than some of the pricier but sterile places that are posted all the time.

  • Looks nice.

    Some flaws (one minor, one not so minor):

    – Very little cabinet space in the kitchen. Depending on how a kitchen is oriented, this can be one of the perils of “opening up” a galley kitchen. (Mine is similarly cabinet-deficient, thanks to the previous owners having opened it up.)

    – The fact that there’s an over-the-door towel-hook thing on the back of the (master?) bathroom door means that the bathroom needs more and/or bigger towel racks.


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