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GDoN “Victorian, historic, 4 story” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm 17 Comments


This house is located at 1807 Riggs Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Victorian, historic, 4 story TH w/authentic millwork, crown & picture molding, On super convenient location ~ walk to Dupont restaurants, shops, Metro! Gourmet new Kitchen, DR with fireplace. Small deck/balcony. Lovely LR with bay window & fire place. Large MBR with bay window + 3 spacious BR, 3.5 renovated BA. . Gorgeous roof terrace! Separate metered, fully finished LL 1BR/1BA in law suite.”


You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,550,000.

  • anonymous

    Give me flipper grey interior anyday over this paint job. Also the white baseboards and crown moldings clash with all of the other wood work around windows and doors. Don’t like. Hard pass.

    • Anonomnom

      You’d pass on a downtown decent priced single family home because of the paint scheme? Seems odd to me.

      • Petworther

        Indeed those sound like me the words of someone who has never considered buying a house.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Sounds more to me like somebody who has never attempted to sell a home. What I mean by that is: yeah, a lot of people will pass on a house that they’d otherwise want because of the paint. As somebody who has considered buying and bought a house, I can tell you that I paid no attention whatsoever to the existing paint. (At my budget I couldn’t afford to be picky about that sort of stuff.) Somebody who can afford this house and didn’t enjoy painting would likely think nothing of paying a pro a couple thousand dollars to repaint a few walls.

          • Anon

            This pro.

        • anonymous

          Yup. Noooo clue at alllll. Those were just a few of the things i didn’t like…i actually hate the front of the home plus the choppiness of the place. So yeah still a hard pass.. Now give me that old glory that was on here the week before and I’d be in RE heaven.

          • textdoc

            “Those were just a few of the things i didn’t like…” That may be, but the things you originally cited were all things easily remedied with paint. Unsurprising that people thought that was a flawed basis on which to give a house a “hard pass.”

  • petworther

    That seems like a pretty decent price for this place. It’s hard to find a full house in that neighborhood. Given the expectations for houses in that price range, it probably needs some updating in the kitchens and bathrooms., but not over 100k worth of work. That said, the previous owners made some VERY questionable choices on paint color.

  • truxie

    Haha, I love the paint colors! Disclosure: I am colorblind. Further disclosure: I also love flipper grey.

    • textdoc

      Actual LOL!

    • Someone in a Flipped home

      Yup — flipper grey is better than builder beige.

  • Anon

    The odds of this going to a developer are pretty pretty high, so any/all questionable aesthetic choices are largely moot. *
    *previous owners must’ve been colorblind and seemingly friendless?

    • textdoc

      What makes you think the odds of this going to a developer are high? Usually that’s applicable only when the asking price is low and the house needs significant work. Neither is the case here.

    • I Dont Get It

      Friends don’t let friends use vessel sinks!

      • textdoc

        I forgot to post a warning for you. ;)

  • Qzie

    Seems like a reasonable price for a single family in that neighborhood that needs some cosmetic work and with a legal rental that could fetch some great mortgage offsetting rent. Besides having to repaint, and yes, vessel sink–the biggest drawback seems to be no parking.

  • kate

    What’s with all the boarded up fireplaces? If you’re going to block them off why not remove the mantle too? The lonely mantle sans fireplace aesthetic is looks depressing.


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