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GDoN Revisited by Hipchickindc – 1209 S Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am 19 Comments


Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1209 S St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Logan
Bedrooms:4 Baths: 4.5 Basement: English Parking: Driveway/Off Street
Total Living Area per tax record: 2881
Original List Price: $1,795,000.
List Price at Contract: $1,699,000.
List Date: 10/4/2013
Days on Market: 33
Settled Sales Price: $1,679,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 1/26/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here. To see pics, click on the camera icon after opening the link.

When this home was on the market in 1996, it was described as “exquisite, completely renovated and restored”. At the time, it sold for $330,000. Nearly twenty years ago, the agent identified the neighborhood as “Dupont”.

I’m sure the owners at the time thought they were pretty smart for selling a mere three years later for $495,000.

The 1999 listing points out a “state-of-the-art (approx.. $20,000) stereo system wired to all rooms”. I wish there were pics of the interior from those listings but back then all you got was an exterior shot (and the agent’s enticing description, of course).

Adrienne Szabo with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. represented the seller. No buyer agent is noted

  • Anonymous

    This is such a beautiful house!

  • Joe C

    Is this a (tastefully done) pop up? Looks very similar to the other houses beside it but with an extra floor which I would think is rare in the middle of a row, right?

  • Anonymous

    Sick wine cellar. That brick ceiling is gorgeous. Worth the money, IMHO. Much better deal than that $3.5m penthouse on Conn Ave.

  • Anonymous

    I’m this house’s neighbor! But only a renter. So, so jealous; such a great spot and a lovely home. If I had money…

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the owners at the time thought they were pretty smart for selling a mere three years later for $495,000

    You don’t know their motives for buying or selling it in ’99, and if all had ESP we could just shit bricks of cash at will.

    That’s actually a decent return in relation to the cost (infl adjusted closer to $700K in 1999)– probably a better return than one pay $1.6+ mil ($1.14 infl adjusted to 1999 — 14 yrs) will likely see in ROI as a % of investment cost. I remember that area even in ’99 and it wasn’t that hot. There was some grass roots energy among early Logan gentrifiers, but the area was nothing like it is today either there or elsewhere in currently fashionable NW neighborhoods (U St, Shaw, Columbia Heights, Mt Vernon Sq, Petworth, Ledroit, Bloomingdale, etc . . . )

  • annonny

    This is a huge amount of money, but from the photos seems like a good deal given the generally outrageous cost of Logan Circle real estate these days. Renovation looks to have been very carefully done with top notch finishes. Agree with others about the wine cellar – amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Oooh I remember this one. That wine cellar!!!

  • Wow, pretty chic. But if I had that kind of money, I would just buy two normal houses and live a double life.

  • I so want to know what that paint color is. I’ve been having the hardest time finding a light neutral gray.
    Other than the kitchen back splash (which is apparently just left over bathroom floor tile) there’s nothing here I don’t like.

    • dcdude

      Have you checked Restoration Hardware? They only have a handful of colors, but they’re all the right colors.

      • That’s not a bad idea, but the thing I loathe most in life is going to Georgetown. And for paint it’s even worse because I’d have to get the chips one day, a sample another, and buy it another day. Then if I need more it’s a fourth trip. I prefer to go to Annie’s because it’s convenient and they’ve been so helpful. And carrying 2 gallons of paint? Ugh.
        That said, I do really like the Restoration Hardware colors now that I’m looking at them. Though I don’t like that they use a non-standard system for their finishes.

    • Anonymous

      Grays are so hard. Try Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter or Hazy Skies. We ended up going with Benjamin Moore Silver Satin — beautiful if you want a nuetral, very light gray-white.

      • Ack! Everyone loves Revere Pewter so that was the first paint chip I got. It reads as beige in my place. Not gray at all. I’m honestly thinking of picking a medium gray I like and getting that at 25% tint. I think I’m just having a really hard time not seeing the light grays as anything other than their undertones. I’ve seen a few pictures of Gray Owl at 25% and 50% and I like it, though of course Revere Pewter looks good in plenty of pictures too.
        It’s just too bad BM can’t do partial tints in the sample size. And between the bathroom, bedroom, and failed living area samples I already have 8 sample cans of various paints.

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    • Anonymous

      I repainted one wall in my bedroom a very lovely color of a light grey (with almost a vaguely lavender tint). It’s quite lovely. I think it was Benjamin Moore.
      I have the swatches at home (out of town right now), but can post the name on Monday. It’s really a great color.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, the paint was Glidden and I got it mixed at Home Depot. Will report back next week….

  • Anonymous

    yup, if i was in the market for a $1.7M place in town, this is absolutely the one I would buy.


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