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Good Deal or Not? “sun-drenched end unit Victorian,c.1900” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth December 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm 19 Comments


This house is located at 1908 6th Street, NW:


The listing says:

“Charming,renovated & sun-drenched end unit Victorian,c.1900 in fabulous LeDroit Park.Fully renovated w/period charm intact:6 gas fireplaces,some w/orig mantels.Charming kit w/breakfast nook,”pressed tin” & glass block.Second floor family rm/game/rm incl. pool table.Large master suite,huge bath.Each bedroom w/ en-suite bath. Blks to Metro,HU, H.Theater,Elllington Plaza, mins to Dwntn.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $789,900.

  • monkeyrotica

    I think the fact that someone got stabbed out front adds the sort of vibrant urban cachet that you just can’t find outside FloRhIde.


  • Anonymous

    I question why they wallpapered the refrigerator

    • +100. ICK!

    • Yeah, when I submitted this that was my one major flaw :) Aside from that I thought it was a pretty darn good deal.

    • Eponymous

      I think that’s actually tin. But, yeah.

  • K

    I can’t speak much for whether or not this is a good deal, as I don’t know the neighborhood well, but I love this. Love the character. Kind of confused by what’s going on with the refrigerator though

  • wdc

    I can’t speak to the deal-ness of it, but I love it. I love every bit of it. I’d have to get in there and slam some doors and tug on some towel racks to get a feel for the quality of the reno, but it looks darn good.

    Oh, and I think that fridge is faced with pressed tin, like you’d traditionally find on a ceiling. And I think the question is, why aren’t we ALL doing that??

    • and the answer is- because it looks atrocious :P (fwiw, i loove a good pressed tin ceiling/backsplash)

      • wdc

        Nope, you’re mistaken, it’s awesome. ;)

        Or perhaps I’m just reacting to all the cookie-cutter we see in recent renovations. I go into these slideshows with a sinking feeling, like if I see one more cherry/ stainless/ granite kitchen I might lose my mind, run home and redecorate with linoleum, formica, chintz valances, and rooster/ gingham wallpaper.

    • Anonymous

      Personally I think it looks awful. I’d much rather see a high quality antique reproduction appliance (which, I know, are very costly) than a cheap modern fridge plastered with what is probably fake tin ceiling.

  • Blithe

    I would decorate VERY differently — especially the kitchen, but I love the house. I’d go with: good deal.

  • Anonymous

    I wanted to check out this house yesterday but the open house was closed early because of the weather, what a lazy realtor! The weather didn’t affect the other 4 open houses I went to yesterday.

  • lmfb

    I’m going with Good Deal! The kitchen layout is a little funny, but overall the house is beautiful. In this neighborhood it seems like you only get rather generic flips costing way more than this, or houses that need a lot of work to be livable for somewhat less. In fact, this is not that much more expensive than some condos in the neighborhood, so it’d take it. And, FWIW, I think the fridge is kinda cool.

  • bb

    Definitely a good deal. Lots of charm and what looks like original features. I’d be a little wary of the noise right there as it’s close to the hospital and the thrum of Florida Ave, but otherwise it looks like a keeper. And if we ruled out every house with a stabbing nearby, there’d be nowhere to live east of Rock Creek Park…

  • Eponymous

    I think that this portion of Shaw is one of the most charming areas in the city. And you can’t beat the access to the Metro and U Street. But the kitchen looks VERY cheaply done, and there’s no outdoor space at all as far as I can tell. Odd layout too – I don’t think you could comfortably seat six people in that dining room. In light of that, this seems fairly priced.

  • Anon

    Funny, I just installed the same “pressed tin” (milled aluminum really) as a backsplash. Love it and think putting it on the fridge is pretty creative. There’s a lot of design I don’t like here too but agree with others that at least it’s more interesting than a bland stainless/granite flip.

  • Lmi

    I absolutely love it!

  • Anonymous

    If I were in the market I’d be running to submit an offer on this place. Aside from the kitchen it’s absolutely gorgeous. I love all the original details and the fact that it doesn’t look like a flipped shell like most other redone houses.
    My one complaint is that kitchen. It looks like they were going for an antique but updated feel and totally missed the mark (yikes on that fridge and counter choice). The whole thing would need to be redone in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely nice place and nice location. Getting an entire house in a nice (and getting better quickly) part of town, that close to the Metro, and under $800K……..kind of makes me wish I didn’t buy a year ago.


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