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Good Deal or Not? “Converted 2-Unit = width & muscle, Converted Store-Front = height & drama” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth April 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm 27 Comments

225 F St_ne

This house is located at 225 F St, NE:

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The listing says:

“Imagine 40 friends yelling “surprise!” Converted 2-Unit = width & muscle, Converted Store-Front = height & drama, marry the scenarios & stop the presses. A Star is Born for buyers tracking the ever-elusive trifecta of acceleration, efficiency and head-turning quotient. Mercedes body, Prius price w/BMW under the hood. I think your EKG is red-lining. Did I mention the shadow of The Capitol Dome?”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $788,000.

  • Anonymous

    Did the agent have a stroke just before writing that? It’s nothing but word salad.

    • Thomas Faison is the realtor and he ALWAYS uses over-the-top descriptions like this. I think they are funny and he must have fun writing them.

      I like this house. The front windows are quite something, although from the outside the curb appeal is lacking. I also don’t like the lettering in the window although I suspect that is a historical feature they are retaining. I think this is a good price for an interesting property in a good location.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, but this isn’t over the top. It’s nonsensical.

        • I’ve actually seen far stranger from this agent. One listing was just Beatle’s lyrics.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      As a medical professional, I can without doubt ascertain that the listing agent had a stroke. Classic case study.

  • Florista

    I don’t understand what the agent’s talking about (EKG’s? trifectas?), but I like the re-purposed storefront idea. Seems like something cleverer could have been done with it, though…old-time pharmacy tile in the entire front room?

  • jch

    Why do i need two doors ?!?!?!?!

    • Anonymous


      Otherwise, it was cute.

    • Anonymous

      Which door to use?!? So much anxiety!

  • Anonymous

    It’s a nice house inside but the storefront makes it weird and I’m guessing hard to sell.

    • Anonymous

      This home needs the entrance and walkway reoriented towards the left (from outside) and the right door converted into a large single pane window. They could add some plantings outside to provide more privacy and still allow natural light. Maybe a front patio space outside the new window. The entry lined up with the stairs would be less quirky.

      Not a total deal breaker, but the 2 front doors is odd. It also has window unit AC rather than central air

      • +1.

      • Anonymous

        Historic District = You’re not changing anything on the outside including the two doors.

        • Anonymous

          not true — this kind of proposed change would require approval but would likely be granted. Judging by the brickwork I suspect this home has already had it’s exterior extensively altered. What I proposed is simply sealing the existing door and placing a comparably sized window in its place

  • tommy

    Sweet deal, amazing location, no questions asked.

  • I usually defend a Realtor for the corny blurbs they write… but BMW? That house is much more like an american made minivan… Quite suitable for family living, but the basement and kitchen need some updating.

    Also, most of these pictures show no window coverings. Is that how people lived in the house? Or is it just temporarily staged that way? I never get how these houses have wide open windows.

  • rbinpetworth

    I need to know what color green that was in the bedroom. Love it.

  • Anonymous

    The panning and zooming in the slide show is going to give me a stroke! Ugh.

  • Tiny. I love the location, but 3/4 million?

    Sometimes I hate DC. Usually when looking at property listings and rent prices.

  • Anonymous

    2 doors equals hilarity — you can have wacky roommates and have a freeze frame opening sequence shot of them entering simultaneously , a la The Odd Couple or Laverne and Shirley. See? Hilarious!

    • Anonymous

      The agent should have had YOU write it up. Your blurb is much more convincing than his, which just sort of makes me want to back away warily.

      • Anonymous

        where do I sign up?

  • MaxwellTheCat

    This ad should be in The Onion.

  • I found this ad and submitted it. I thought the two door aspect was hilarious, and certainly unlike any home I had seen recently. I agree that it could be redone differently, but the idea of owning an old store as a home is pretty cool (if it were better utilized).

    • soozles

      +1. And I love the color in the dining room!

  • Anonymous

    Dang, I don’t think I *have* 40 friends…guess that knocks me out of the running for this place (well that, and I’m about $787,500 short on the purchase price…)


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