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GDoN “features a mature topiary garden” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm 29 Comments

4016 21st Street Northeast

This house is located at 4016 21st Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Surburb in the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a single family 3 bedroom 1.5 bath home in the heart of Michigan Park. This charming single family home features a mature topiary garden, gleaming original hardwood floors, unpainted wood trim and casing throughout. Needs your vision and rehab. Enjoy Brookland, Riggs Park and Rhode Island Ave developments & Metro bus. Sale is “As Is”.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $345,000.

  • PewPew

    Very Good deal even without the best transit accessibility.

  • HaileUnlikely

    If I were on the market, already had a car, and was ok with driving to most places, I would absolutely make an offer on this. If there were a legit grocery store closer (I like Yes and I love Glut Coop just across the MD border in Mount Rainier, but I mean a full size grocery store), scratch the car, I’d still be interested.

  • Angry Parakeet

    Retirement-ready! I’d be leaving in the stair elevator but remove the rehab tub. I can’t help but wonder what is under the lawn carpeting since it seems kind of puffed up.

  • Timebomb

    This place might not seem so remote if/when the commercial strip on the 2000 block of Bunker Hill wakes up one day.
    That said, I don’t like the “suburb in the city” marketing point, because people shouldn’t buy in the city under the assumption that development will never come near them, you know? There are a lot of undeveloped areas around this neighborhood that could turn into pretty much anything someday.

    • Anonoline

      I thought “suburb in the city” meant a single family house with a yard and maybe a place to park a car. None of those things are going to go away, and why would anyone want to live in the city but be opposed to having restaurants and retail and other housing nearby?

      • Timebomb

        Detached houses aren’t all going to be bulldozed out of existence, no. But they aren’t likely to be built often going forward, and decently-sized buildings are going to continue to be built up around them. And people in these neighborhoods will complain about that, because it impedes their ability to drive and park easily all of the time.

    • anon

      For most people a single family house equals suburb. Also, close in SFH neighborhoods are usually the most ferocious NIMBYs. If you buy into one you are usually hoping that the “character” does not change.

      • textdoc

        The SFH designation includes rowhouses — what you’re thinking of is _detached_ SFHs.

        • Timebomb

          Rowhouse neighborhoods tend to be pretty NIMBYy as well.

      • Timebomb

        Yes. This is all true. And they mostly make dents in development plans without really stopping them from happening, all while wasting a lot of their own breath, as best as I can tell.

      • gotryit

        I live in a detached SFH, and I hope the large (industrial?) building across from me is developed into apartments / condos / row houses… more neighbors instead of a blank wall…

        • Timebomb

          I also live in a detached house and want the same for the several gas stations and surface parking lots surround my area. Based on interactions with my neighbors, I’m pretty sure the more active ones will do everything they can to prevent it.

          • Timebomb

            I’ll note that I want retail on the groundfloor of those buildings too. And restaurants and bars as well. Literally anything rather than nothing.

    • HaileUnlikely

      This house is some distance from any undeveloped land except for a couple of parks – this is not an area with vacant lots and vacant storefronts. The neighborhood is pretty well filled in with detached single family homes. Lots of people in any neighborhood including higher-density ones would likely oppose bulldozing dedicated green space. Thus, in the case of this specific house – the aesthetics of the immediate vicinity (~3/4 mile radius or so) is not likely to change a whole lot in the foreseeable future.

  • Anonymous

    Those are some of the worst realtor photos I’ve ever seen. They look like bad proofs for a lighting fixture catalog.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I wish I could easily post the ones that were used for the foreclosed home that I bought a few years ago without revealing my exact address. One showed visible poop on carpet.

    • textdoc

      I couldn’t figure out what the photo before the one of the washer-dryer was. It looked like a baby gate, but that didn’t seem to fit the context (elderly person(s) with mobility issues).

      • mwmp

        it’s a step in shower to avoid slip-and-falls

        • textdoc

          Thanks; that makes sense.

    • CamerasAreNotforIdiots

      I agree the realtor took terrible pictures. Close ups of the faucets, but you can’t see the bathroom. No good shot of the kitchen, half the pics have the top cut off, and the other half have the bottom missing. Did the person taking these pics just take them while rollerskating through the house? And THAT guy makes a commission selling houses?

  • akoyasyd

    It’s not all that remote. The G8 goes right by there, and car2go or uber or a bike get one to a bunch of places quickly and cheaply. Grocery is walkable with Good Foods Market. Gym is walkable with KAAOS. Coffee is walkable with Zekes. Great dining is walkable with Nido. Green space all around. I would say pretty good deal.

  • details

    Please please please I hope this isn’t bought to a flipper who will strip out all the walls and woodwork.

  • Mark

    Looks well cared for, if not exactly in modern tastes.

  • LJ

    I like the garden a lot, and the house has nice woodwork. The ‘as is’ thing seems to signal there are problems with the house, or that you will need to put money into it. It’s still cheap though for all that SF.

    • kate

      I was sort of thinking that is an estate sale and the executors of the former owner’s estate are more interested in selling quickly than making a big profit. But you still might be right about hidden damages.

      • textdoc

        That was my guess too (estate sale).

      • Blithe

        That’s what I’m thinking as well — either an estate sale, or someone handling the sale for an elderly owner. What “as is” might signify is that the person handling the sale does not personally know if there are any problems with the house, and is not able or willing to have the house inspected and have work done prior to making the sale. Prospective buyers will, of course, have an inspection, and can negotiate the price given the results of the inspection, but probably shouldn’t expect the seller to make any repairs in order to seal the sale.

  • Only a real estate agent could look at shrubs badly pruned to within an inch of their lives and call them “topiary” (mature or otherwise).

  • a_w

    I think this house goes for $415K


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