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Good Deal or Not? “built-in bookcases” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm 25 Comments

5031 41st Street Northwest

This house is located at 5031 41st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Charming Ch Ch home, just off Wisc. Ave near Fort Reno Park. 3BR/2BA, offers large front porch, liv rm w fireplace, built-in bookcases, sep dining rm with custom french doors to tiered rear decks, HWF, high ceilings, SS kit, fin lower LVL w FB, REC rm, kitchenette, Laundry and ext ent. East access to 2 Red Line METRO’s, restaurants, grocery store and multiple shopping venues. OPEN SUNDAY 2-5”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $799,000.

  • Anonymous

    This is a beautiful house. I really love the front porch and back patios. What great space!

  • Emilie504

    I could totally live here. I wonder if they would throw in the dining room table and sideboard.

  • Anon

    Gorgeous house. Back patio is really nice. My only concern are the size of the two non-master bedrooms. Other than that, looks like a great deal.

  • Anonymous

    Is this price for real? For a really cute house in that neighborhood with Murch as the zoned elementary school, it seems like it might be too good to be true…

  • Pixie

    This is the kind of house I’d get if I could afford a house. I absolutely love that front porch!

  • It’s cute if your job doesn’t require Metro access and you would be driving anyway. Considering it sold for $750K five years ago I would say that’s pretty fair appreciation.

    • Anonymous

      I think that it’s a bad walk to the Friendship Heights metro.

      • Anonymous

        * “don’t think”

      • Hrmm, yeah, I guess that’s not too bad now that I route it.

      • Stavros

        4 blocks to Friendship Heights, 5 to Tenleytown. Not bad at all.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a 10 min walk to friendship heights. Totally undervalued.

    • recon::decon

      It’s not even a half mile to Friendship Heights and the 30-series of buses is right on Wisconsin. That seems pretty dang close to me.

      • Well yes, It’s more than half a mile, but it’s also closer than I originally thought, as I noted above.

    • Anonymous

      it’s like 2/3 of a mile to Tenleytown Metro. bfd. That’s about a 12-15 minute walk at most

      The bigger deal is that it’s zoned for Murch even though it’s closer to Janney. That’s not a bad consolation, but I’d take Janney

  • Oh_Sweet_Thing

    Oh, man, do I hope that houses like this and in this price range are still available in 7 years or so when we are looking to upgrade.

  • Ryan

    The only factor that might keep this house from selling for over $900K is it’s size (only 1,200 square feet) and no backyard (often expected of a detached house). Has everything you would want from a single family home. It’s a great deal, but it should escalate in to the high $800s.

    • I’m guessing the finished basement isn’t included in that 1200 sqft (as it shouldn’t be).

    • dcd

      It’s a cute house. But as you say, it’s listed at over $650/sq. foot, has a tiny kitchen, two miniscule bedrooms (and the “master” isn’t exactly sprawling, either. That’s a lot of money for 1200 square feet, finished basement or not. I don’t agree that it’s underpriced.

    • Rich

      This is a very common house–with many variations. I grew-up in a similar house that was close to 2000 sf. We had an eat-in kitchen (a real one, not a tiny nook) and bigger bedrooms, as well as slightly different placement of the stairs, but otherwise very much the same–the porch was enclosed (but winterized ) and there was an upstairs sunporch. The 1200 sf can’t include the basement. Lots of people have raised families in houses this size w/o any problem–DC real estate isn’t cheap, but no “needs” a mini-mansion and often a lot of space goes unused.

      For comparison sake, it’s not unlike a lot of rowhouses for size, but with more privacy and green space, as well as an attic and a convenient location. I wonder if they want a bidding war. OTOH, Fort Reno is the historically blue collar section of this neighborhood and that may still depress prices despite the school zoning, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Wowza, this seems like a great deal. I know folks that live in a similar house a few streets over, and paid over $900k for it.

  • JJ

    Beautiful house. I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • textdoc

    Looks very nice — if I had kids (or was planning to have kids), I’d definitely be checking it out.
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    The only thing that would really give me pause is that the second bathroom is in the basement — not very useful in that location. (I’m also not a fan of the wallpaper in that second bedroom, or of the two bright shades of blue on the porch floor, trim, and ceiling, but the paint and wallpaper are more easily remedied.)

  • Anonymous

    Amazing deal – should go for over asking proce

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I’d buy this over similarly priced houses in Bloomingdale or Petworth any day of the week. At least you won’t have to endure the stress of the DCPS lottery.

      • Anonymous

        + 1000

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