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Good Deal or Not? “Not Just Enhanced but HIGHTENED!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth February 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm 21 Comments

1177 3rd Street Northeast

This house is located at 1177 3rd Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Not Just Enhanced but HIGHTENED! A NoMa connection w/a Capitol View.10ft hgh ceilings soar over an open 1st lvl w/antique whiskey stained flrs, fully equipped grmet Kitchen, pwder rm, laundry & storage closets. Fenced rear w/private PARKING +auto Garage Door. Front MBR w/full BA & 2nd full BA is shared by 2 rear BRs. Spiral stairs to Roof Top Deck for a City Vista. 1blk METRO,2blks shopping & more”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $639,000.

  • TG

    Hopefully the quality of the renovation surpasses the realtor’s command of the English language. By the way, I would like to make a motion to eliminate the exclamation point from all written commercial materials. Do I have a second?

    • Anonymous


  • JJ

    The bedrooms seem pretty small.

  • Anonymous

    What’s up with the lower rear window that’s too small for its frame? The whole rear addition was added in the past year, so it’s not like it’s a window that broke over time and had to be replaced with something of a different size. Someone just didn’t measure right when they were framing? It doesn’t give me much faith in the construction quality overall.

  • Truxton Thomas

    I love it when things get hightened. Sarcasm aside, it looks like a pretty good deal.

  • Nicole

    There are A LOT of doors on the first floor.

  • Angry Parakeet

    I’ll bet those sweeping views will be obscured by new high rise development within 3 years

  • Grand Funk

    Good deal being so close to NoMa metro. Window in rear as anonymous 1:13 pointed out does raise potential concern about quality of construction though.

  • Anonymous

    Is that a full/double bed in the master? I know it’s difficult to get three bedrooms into such a narrow house but these just seem excessively small.

    The renovation isn’t going to win any awards for originality but it’s a perfectly fine renovation and for even a small three bedroom that seems about the right price and what it will go for.

    • ET

      It was probably 3 bedrooms originally. My house is a bit smaller physically and was originally 3 but when it was renovated in the 1970’s they took it down to 2.

  • Anonymous

    Bad deal. This house shares a wall with the liquor store next door. I walk by here on my way to/from the metro every day and I’ve been watching the progress. It looks very cheap from the outside and considering a house on that block sold for almost $200K less in December, I’d say this is way overpriced. The only difference is the roof deck and that capital view will be obscured as soon as the trees get their leaves anyway.

    • Anonymous

      1127 3rd sold for 455k in December and 1113 3rd sold for 420k this month, but both were 2 bedroom/1 baths with smaller square footage (and 1113 pretty much needed to be gutted). This is a 3 bedroom/2.5 bath. For all that I think the bedrooms are ridiculously small, it’s still not going to go for a comparable price to those two.

      • Anonymous

        True, but this is only around 200 sqft bigger than the one that sold for $455k. Yes it has more bedrooms and bathrooms, but they are crammed in. Personally I’d rather have a two bedroom with decent size rooms than a cramped three bedroom. I was thinking they’d start at $550k with this one and was quite surprised at the price when it came on the market.

  • Whiskey stained floors…what? Can’t imagine how cramped it is with 3BR and 2.5BA squeezed into 1,000 square feet. This does not seem like a good deal at all.

    • Anonymous

      my house has red wine and margarita stained floors.

      • Can’t wait to see their next listing featuring “baby vomit stained carpet”.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going with bad deal. The house had an addition put on in the back which can always be tricky. Also, I have no idea how they fit two bedrooms in the back of the house, they have to be absolutely tiny. You have the corner store on one side, which the realtor pics convenient crop out, and a somewhat active front porch house on the other side. I ride past this house all the time… the deck is pretty interesting but it’s really exposed. Just a flat platform with railings and the “outhouse” entrance. The only thing it really has going for it is location.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Though, have you seen the other houses with roof decks on that block? They’re absolutely hideous. Other than the awful bright yellow color, at least they kept the exterior of this one pretty simple. I definitely don’t think anything on this block is worth over $600k, but I’ll be curious to see if anyone else does.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, as I said, the deck was interesting, just because it’s a “corner” unit so has more open exposure. But surprised they didn’t add like cool privacy walls or anything.

  • textdoc

    A very minor quibble, but why on earth is the toilet paper holder in the first-floor powder room mounted next to the sink, rather than closer to the toilet?
    It looks like the whole room is small, so maybe it’s not as much of a reach as it appears, but it makes me wonder what else in the house has been arranged in a non-intuitive way.

  • pwedz

    pretty nice that you can wash your hands while sitting on the pot or, alternatively, wash your backside while taking a pee.


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