Good Deal or Not? “Progressive Light & Soaring Heights” edition

by Prince Of Petworth December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm 18 Comments

915 9th Street Northeast

This house is located at 915 9th Street, Northeast:


The listing says:

“Progressive Light & Soaring Heights. This enhanced brick & stone Federal, just steps to all you’ll ever need. 1st lvl -10ft high ceilings, exposed brick, sep Living & Dinning areas, Gourmet Kit +Family Rm w/ wall of windows & access to rear deck, yard & 2 car adjacent OSP. 2nd lvl- 2 front facing BRs, full BA, lndry Rm & Secluded Mst BR Suite w/ Jacuzzi tub, sep shower & dual size walk in closet.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $799,000.

  • Anonymous

    No way in hell I would pay $800K for this homely renovation.

  • dcreal

    I love having the extra sitting space beyond the kitchen. But if this has NO basement I think it is over priced by 100k.

  • I actually think it’s pretty fairly priced given recent comparable sales nearby. It may drop 25K due to seller credits, but I wouldn’t expect much more. It’s one of the nicer homes I’ve seen on this particular block.

  • Anonymous

    I love that they didn’t paint the brick! $800k seems like a lot, but I bet it sells for around that much

    • Anonymous

      The problem with raw brick is that you must repoint, or the ancient mortar bleeds sand. All the time. Onto your hardwood. On the other hand, you can clear coat.

      • textdoc

        I thought the OP was talking about the exterior, not about any exposed brick on the interior. (I haven’t seen the photos yet, so I don’t know whether there’s exposed brick on the inside.)

      • Anonymous

        yep – I was talking about the exterior. The trend in DC seems to be to paint over the bricks, I really like that they left this unpainted.

        I was thinking about exposing some bricks inside my home, so this is really handy to know.

        • The last house I was in had raw exposed brick, with corresponding sand always appearing on nearby bookshelves, books, glassware, etc (anything near the wall). The one I own now has a beautiful clear coat glaze on it and I almost never have that same problem unless I’m specifically cleaning it or installing things.

          • Anonymous

            Did you install the clear glaze over the bricks? If yes, would you mind sharing what you used?

          • gotryit

            I’ve used that stuff over bricks – it’s not an 100%, but works pretty well. I think it’s called WetLook, and you can get it at a paint store like Duron. I think it’s billed as a masonry sealer. Gloss gives a more flashy look, semi-gloss is a little more subdued – but both can look great.

  • jim_ed

    What makes the light progressive? Does it subscribe to Mother Jones and shop at Whole Foods or something?

  • gloomingdale

    That 3rd bedroom sure is spacious!

    • Yeah, that seems common in these when they steal room from the 2nd BR to turn it into a 3rd.

      • dcreal

        Not in this case. These style homes usually have 2 front facing bedrooms, where there is a second ‘true” bedroom, and the 3rd basically a nursery sized bedroom. Usually the size of the second bedroom is the one normally affected when they add a mastersuite bath.

        • Yeah we saw one just around the corner on K St when we were shopping for our place. The 3rd bedroom aka “nursery” barely felt big enough to store a dog in, let alone a person.

          • Anonymous

            People were much smaller back in the day.

  • Fonzy

    Does the house next door have bars on the transom? It may be the nicest home on the block…

    • textdoc

      “It may be the nicest home on the block…” — by “it,” did you mean the listed house, or the one next door with bars on the transom?


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