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GDoN “Spanish Villa. Brilliance awaits” edition

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm 15 Comments


This house is located at 7308 Alaska Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Shepherd Park Spanish Villa awaiting your renovations. Front veranda, patio, expansive basement with exit. Updated kitchen, 2 year old roof, French doors, separate dining room, enormous living room with fireplace, elevated corner lot, detached garage, hard wood flooring, close proximity to Rock Creek Park, public transportation, shopping and entertainment. Sold strictly “As Is”. Brilliance awaits.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 full/2 half baths is going for $700,000.

  • textdoc

    I wonder what the backstory is on this one… looks like somebody renovated the kitchen and then abandoned the project.

    • Anonymous

      What’s with those cabinets underneath the counter, though? The counter looks like it overhangs them by several inches.

      • textdoc

        Hmm… I think that’s an optical illusion caused by the cabinet-sized space in the corner (as well as the cabinet-sized space on the far left, next to the exterior door) not actually having a cabinet in it.

  • stacksp

    Could be a real gem

    • textdoc

      Yeah — it’s got some really nice Art Deco touches. (No idea what it would cost to make the necessary renovations.)

  • anonymous

    I see a popup in this property’s future…

  • HaileUnlikely

    I don’t know the story, but tax records indicate that the owner of this house also owns the house across the street, and is taking the Homestead deduction for the house across the street but not for this one. Owner bought this house first, for $210K in 2000 (that would have been very low for Shepherd Park in 2000 – guessing it was in bad shape at that time), and then bought the house across the street for $610K in 2004. My wild guess is that she originally intended to fix this one up, but then the house across the street went up for sale and she liked it better and decided to buy it, and no longer had the time/interest/money to continue renovating this house after buying and moving into the other one.

  • Almost impossible to evaluate deal or not with so many unknowns in an obvious “project house”.

  • JusttoNote

    It should be noted that since this is in Shepherd Park it’s zoned for Deal and Wilson. I would not say it’s the best deal, it probably needs some work, but for those looking to have kids it may be worth it to buy and get fixed up.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Agreed. And I love this location (I live 5 blocks away but on the other side of GA Ave and thus am zoned to Coolidge). There is a house a couple blocks from me, also zoned to Coolidge, comparable in size and condition, presently listed for $600K, which I suspect is about right. Same distance from all relevant present and future amenities. I wonder if the difference between the two represents a reasonable estimate of the effect on property values of being zoned to Wilson vs. Coolidge.

    • stacksp

      Big fan of Shepherd Park. I like the access to upper NW, Whole foods in SS, 495, and the schools as mentioned above.

      • v

        grew up there. AWESOME neighborhood

  • Rich

    Awkward lot–Not a lot of privacy. The concrete patio looks like it needs work. My recollection of Alaska is that its partly one way which keeps out through traffic but makes it awkward. Well located for whatever happens to the old Walter Reed and the area round the DC line (new Harris-Teeter). And close to the Park. OTOH, the Georgia Avenue commercial strip has a way to go, though. Not really well located for Metro, and a hike, at best, to DTSS.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Alaska is not partly one-way (perhaps it used to be; I’ve lived 5 blocks from here since 2012 and can say confidently that it is two-way all the way from 16th to Georgia).
      I’m hoping that new Harris Teeter actually happens sometime. Douglas is notorious for sitting on property for a long time before doing anything. This was originally supposed to be completed in 2016. They still have “for lease” signs up on vacant storefronts where the proposed Harris Teeter would be going.

    • v

      alaska is not partially one way. it runs from 16th street to basically georgia ave. Has never changed in 38 years.


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