Good Deal or Not? “A House with a View for People with a Vision A Country Style Home” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm 28 Comments

3001 N Street Southeast

This house is located at 3001 N Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“A House with a View for People with a Vision A Country Style Home with the convenience of the City. A Beautiful Country Style Home with the entertainer in mind. Spacious Main Level boast a Side Hall Stair, Formal Living Room, Open Plan Dining Room / Eat-in Kitchen, Den and Full Bathroom, Rear Door to Rear yard. Master Suite and two Additional Bedrooms on the upper level, with a split HVAC System.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $420,000.

  • Anonymous

    I have to imagine something like this would turn a dandy profit when gentrification spills EOTR in the next several years.

  • kbloomingdale

    What a gorgeous porch!

  • sbc

    It’s high but not insanely so for the neighborhood, which is not particularly close to the metro (though there are buses and it’s a easy drive to a lot of places). Very little retail, and if I lived in that general area I’d probably try to be in bounds for Beers instead of Randle Highlands.

    I’d say good deal if the basement were finished and there were some historic touches or really nice finishes on the interior. So maybe it’s about $30k more than a good deal.

    • AMDCer

      Yeah, looks like someone stripped all the character out of it in the 80s, judging from the lighting.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a lot of house for the money (in DC), but I personally wouldn’t want to live there (lack of easy access to various amenities).

  • Anonymous

    Oh gosh, so beautiful!

  • DCNative

    I’m not crazy about the interiors but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the porch!!!!

    • textdoc

      Same here.

  • Anonymous

    HUGE lot, lovely porch, and tons of curbside charm. The interior is liveable (I’d add in lots of artwork), but that kitchen is BUTT-ASS UGLY. Obviously the location is meh, but I think it’s a good deal if you’re in DC for the long-term and and if you could get it for $399K.

    • Anonymous

      A little color on the walls would do a lot, too – form the photos looks like everything is painted with a harsh white. I think the kitchen could be transformed with new countertops, maybe new cabinet fronts. Lots of nice light, and it could actually stand to be closed off a little, with an added gain of more cabinets. It’s not the most glamorous gourmet kitchen, but certainly more than functional as is.

  • Eponymous

    Not. This is one of the better (and higher-priced) neighborhoods EOTR , but I’d be surprised to see a place in this condition go for over $400k.

  • Anonymous Coward

    This picture is from such a weird angle. The house across the street is not tall enough to use to take the picture from.

    Realtor used a drone?

  • Alex

    I don’t know the neighborhood, but that’s a lot of house for $420k. The actual lot freaks me out a little. It looks a tad precarious perched on that hill. Like it could topple right over.

  • aaaaa

    looks like a great place to get stabbed

    • SW,DC

      lmaoooooo. that’s mean

  • Anonymous

    This is expensive for the neighborhood but still something to point at when you hear the eternal complaints about housing not being affordable in the city.

    The schools aren’t great but they’re not great in Petworth or Trinidad or Brookland either. The transportation isn’t great. But it’s a couple of blocks from the 30s line just like Glover Park. The neighborhood amenities aren’t great. But neither are they in Brightwood or Crestwood.

    This is a decent house with a lot of space in a close-in neighborhood that has a few negatives but at that price, should be affordable to most couples in the city with more than enough space to raise a family.

    • Anonymous


      • EvilStevie

        +1. This is a lot of house for the money. I imagine that this neighborhood and Hillcrest will be among the first EOTR to gentrify. I’d recommend this location for a couple 5-years out from having kids/8-years out from preschool. When the time comes, you can try to lottery into the Capitol Hill schools if you’re not comfortable with your in-bounds option. And this location has plenty of amenities. You’re minutes away from the Potomac Ave. Harris Teeter and 8th Street restaurants via Penn. Navy Yard is only 5 minutes down I-295. If you’re looking to raise a champion speed skater/professional hockey player, Fort Dupont Park has the only indoor ice rink in town and it’s dedicated to youth sports!

        • DK

          I’m curious to know what you mean by “gentrify” in the case of Hillcrest. Hillcrest has been a bastion of upper-middle-class AA families since I grew up there as a child. It has been virtually isolated from the crime and drama of its surrounding neighborhoods all my life. There is money, families, and good neighbors there to this day. You know enough about the neighborhood to predict is as “among the first EOTR to gentrify,” so what does that mean, exactly? What would it look like to you?

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I’m confused too. From what I know about Hillcrest it doesn’t have gentrification potential because it is already a pretty well off area full of professionals and families.

          • Boring White Guy

            Pretty sure when they say “gentrify” they mean that “white people will deign to live there.” There goes the neighborhood!

          • Administrator

            Don’t be naive, or try to troll. Hillcrest, Chevy Chase, and Shepherd Park are the same distance from downtown. This house/corner lot is worth at more than double in Chevy Chase and at least double in Shepherd Park. Imagine a non-racist DC where Hillcrest competes for the same buyers as Chevy Chase and Shepherd Park. If this happens, prices in Hillcrest will escalate very quickly. Many people would call this gentrification.

          • DK

            I thought that gentrification was about the entry of the more well-to-do socioeconomic classes as residents into an area. That happened decades ago. Apparently, what you’re saying is, for “many,” it’s about race. Thanks for your POV.

      • Anonymous

        Yep. I’d like to see more EOTR GDONs for that reason!

        • h st ll


  • Wow… love it!

    Reminds me of the Frederick Douglas Home on it’s own little hill.

  • ET

    What I am finding very interesting is looking at this on StreetView.

    This is the only house up on a hill like this, the rest is at a much lower level either because it was graded or because it was just at lower elevation. For me this is a reminder that D.C. was a little more hilly that certain parts would make it seem.

  • Jesse

    Right next to some of the best cyclocross trails in the city. Good deal.


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