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Good Deal or Not? “amazing flagstone patio and roof deck” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth December 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm 20 Comments


This house is located at 1516 1st Street, NW:


The listing says:

“Another stunning renovation by DC’s premiere developer; WSD. 2BR/2.BA with amazing flagstone patio and roof deck with sweeping views. H/Ws throughout, exposed brick on two levels, and an open floorplan. The “perfect” kitchen with marble countertops and SS Samsung appliances. En suite master bath w dual sink and huge shower. Generous closets in BR’s. In super hot Truxton/Bloomingdale!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $649,000.

  • Anonymous

    Great deal!

  • bloomies

    Um, no. Terrible deal. Only 2 bedrooms. Looks cheaply done. And the location is most definitely not “super hot.”

  • Anonymous

    I kind of love this. The only thing I don’t like is the tile in the second bathroom. Also, those kitchen counters aren’t marble, they’re Kashmir White granite. If there’s basement storage, I’d say good deal.

  • dcreal

    Wow..I think this is my first ever Great deal choice. Comparable to the 2bdrm condo market in the area, this is a great deal plus have private yard and no condo fees etc…

  • Anonymous

    Great deal.

  • JoeEsq74

    Did I miss the “roof deck with sweeping views?”

  • joeschmoe

    Too bad someone was murdered in the street a block away last weekend.

    • Anonymous

      I actually told someone jokingly the other day that the best way to find a good deal if they were house hunting in the city was to monitor the police feed for murder locations.

  • jcap

    Unclear if this has the unfinished cellar/basement room that many of the houses in this area have. Also, as someone else mentioned, where are the pics of the roof deck? With a nice deck, I think this could be a good deal. I like that the exposed brick revealed some sort of old, bricked over window.

    • textdoc

      I was curious as to what the deal with that window was — it looks like it’s on a party wall with the house to the left.
      All I can think of is that maybe this house and the adjoining house were owned by the same person, and there was an archway connecting the two inside??
      Either that or this was elaborately created with brick facing, which is possible but doesn’t seem very likely.

      • Anonymous

        It’s essentially a light well. All of the houses on this block have a back section of the house that is just a little bit thinner than the front section. That’s what this window is looking out on.

        You can see the roof deck from the back of the house (I’m a neighbor), but they don’t have the stairway up to it installed yet. Not sure how that’s gonna work.

      • Anonymous

        i don’t think you’re talkign about the light well. you’re talking about the archway that was used by the original builder to move between houses during construction. once construction was complete, they were bricked up and plastered over. Subsequently, a renovator removed the plaster, exposing the arch. These are very common because they made it much more efficient to work on a row of houses without constantly going out the door around front and back in the next door.

        • textdoc

          Interesting! Thanks.

        • Anonymous

          That’s really cool and my favorite part of this house.

  • textdoc

    Looks very nice.
    I don’t know enough about pricing for the area to opine on whether it’s a good deal. The only downside I see to this house is that the neighboring houses (and possibly the rest of the block) aren’t nearly as nice — the house on the left in the photo has a deteriorating paint job, and the house on the right has formstone. This makes me wonder if the block is fairly transitional and if this is the nicest house on the block. (Conventional real-estate wisdom is that you don’t want to have the nicest/most expensive house on the block.)

  • Anonymous

    An almost identical house on the same block sold over the summer for $400K, but it was not renovated (it was certainly livable, but needed updating badly). These houses were all 3BR originally, they probably combined two of them to make the master suite. I think this side of the block is all above-grade structures (no basement), and no off street parking. That makes it less appealing to many. For what homes are going for in the neighborhood it’s not a terrible deal, but put it two blocks north and it would have already sold. There’s still a value hit for being south of Florida Ave.

  • Anonymous

    There is a telltale “door” for a crawl space, so that means no basement. Doesn’t seem like such a good deal without at least having that additonal storage…

  • WSD sure is always proud of themselves for making every rowhouse in DC look virtually identical.

    • Agreed. And they do crap work. As an owner of a WSD flip, I spent the first two years of ownership fixing every dangerous hack they did. I am pretty sure that WSD couldn’t find their own ass using both hands and a flashlight. The fact that they cut so many corners is probably why their places remain on the good deal end, but I would not purchase another one of their properties. Whoever buys this, get yourself a smart inspector.

      • Anonymous

        Ugh sucks. I’m feeling the pain of a bad flip job right now. Not WSD, and we were the second owners after the flip. They cut almost every joist under the kitchen and bathroom to the point that it was no longer supporting anything. We’re pretty lucky we weren’t killed and thankfully our contractor found it and is fixing it. Just sucks to buy a house that you think only needs cosmetic updates (it was builder grade everything) and then end up pretty much having to start from scratch.


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