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Good Deal or Not? “GRAND 4-STORY VICTORIAN” edition

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm 24 Comments

3520 13th Street Northwest

This house is located at 3520 13th Street, NW:


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The listing says:

“SPECTACULAR, RARELY AVAILABLE GRAND 4-STORY VICTORIAN IN THE HEART OF HOT COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. FEATURES INCLUDE SPACIOUS MAIN LEVEL WITH 3 FIREPLACES, FORMAL DINING ROOM & KITCHEN WITH SEPARATE BREAKFAST AREA. LOWER LEVEL IS A FANTASTIC 1BR IN-LAW SUITE WITH FULL KITCHEN. 2 HUGE OWNER’S SUITES ON THE UPPER FLOORS. 2 CAR PKG & A SHORT WALK TO METRO & NIGHT LIFE.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 4 bed/4.5 bath is going for $949,000.

  • Is a basement considered a story?

  • Who takes a picture of a bathroom with the shower curtain closed?!

    I’m beginning to think these slide shows are bad for advertising, so many of them are horribly done and they really hinder the attractiveness of properties from coming through the photos…

    That being said, this looks like a huge house, the location is good too, but it’s also in need of a bit of updates…

    • Anonymous

      AND PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, IF YOU ARE A REALTOR YOU NEED TO TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK!

  • Anonymous

    I really have no idea so perhaps I shouldn’t comment but I am very curious to see how much it sells for. I’d love to live in that house. My gut tells me that it’s very slighly overpriced but that might just be what I’m hoping.

  • Underwhelming and something about the interior just made me think it looked tacky and cheap. If I had $949K to spend on a house, I think I’d look elsewhere…

  • DC

    I think this house was on the market twice last year for $995k. I think it stayed on the market for some time. It was clearly overpriced then (based on the fact that no one bought it), but maybe this is getting closer.

  • this place was on the market last fall, for around $1mil if i recall correctly. the redfin listing shows that it’s gone on and off, but not what the previous prices were. while it looks lovely, methinks it’s still a bit overpriced for the market. perhaps this year will be different? also, no backyard.

  • JS

    It’s a huge house in a neighborhood where most houses this size are turned into condos. Priced per square foot, it’s right in the middle of the road. The basement would knock a good chunk off your mortgage. It’s not a good deal per say but it’s probably reasonably priced.

  • great location and size, but sheesh, that interior is so dated!

    • Jamie

      While original finishes are not everyone’s taste, it is mine, and that “dated” interior makes the house more, not less, valuable. The quality and workmanship of original finishing — chestnut moldings, solid doors, and if you are very lucky, functioning, well-maintained original double-hung windows with nice storms for efficiency — is unmatched.

      Most houses with modern renovations will need to be renovated again in 10 years. You can’t fix vinyl windows. Cheap pine moldings gets dented. Hollow core doors provide no sound insulation and a misplaced kick means you need a newone. And, all that cheap off-the-shelf stuff makes your nice townhome look like something that should be in Manassas. On the other hand, that house looks beautiful, and it’s made of stuff that was put in 100 years ago and still looks great.

      • AR

        +1000000 Out of my price range, but I love this place.

      • Anonymous

        +!

      • And on this day, the smackdown was laid. And the Lord said, ‘It is good.’

      • +1. They just don’t make ’em like they used to.

      • Anonymous

        I couldn’t agree more. The parts of the house that look most “dated” are the new updates, like the bathroom tile and kitchen backsplash.

      • hma

        BOOM

  • Anonymous

    Love it. I don’t know that area well enough to know if it’s a good deal though. I’m also not sure why people are saying it looks dated. It has gorgeous original details and recently updated kitchen and baths. Unless it’s not your taste, you wouldn’t have to do a thing to it.

  • Anon X

    The A/C ducts are exactly what concerns me about adding A/C to an old row home. They look terrible.

  • DS Gal

    The layout seems choppy. For the amount of space, it seems cramped

  • I say good deal. I know this house well. It’s a huge space and well appointed. The basement if fully rentable and is 800+ sq feet on its own. It’s also steps to the metro, the Giant, and everything else.

  • Jamie

    Little 3 bedroom rowhouses with generic Home Depot renovations are going for over 6K. This house is worth $900K in today’s market. I would be surprised if they can’t get close to asking price. If you think it’s outrageous then you haven’t been paying attention.

    • Jamie

      … I mean 600K. And this house has a separate entrance. It says “in law suite” because the basement unit probably doesn’t meet code, but that never stopped anyone from renting before. $1500/mo right there. This house is worth it.

  • normal market price.

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