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GDoN “Sunny and spacious” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm 25 Comments

6004 Mclean Place Northeast

This house is located at 6004 Mclean Place, Northeast. The listing says:

“Gorgeous 3 BR, 3.5 BA w/ attached garage in Lamond Riggs. Sunny and spacious open floor plan w/ breakfast bar kitchen, granite counters, and SS appliances. Attached baths for each bedroom, and spacious walk-in closet & double vanity in master. Private attached garage and balcony off kitchen. Close to Ft. Totten Metro and Takoma Park Metro. Pet Friendly community w/ dog park and outdoor space.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $609,000.

  • Josh

    Can we stop calling absolutely everything in the entire district “close to metro”? If it was close to metro, you wouldn’t need a private attached garage.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Owning a car and using Metro are not mutually exclusive.

      • Dartagnan

        I agree with Philippe. In fact in my opinion being “close to metro” makes it even important to have private parking because chances are:
        1. Parking is tighter in the area
        2. Using metro means using the car less and it’s more important to have a place to keep the car. Since it is not moved on a daily basis, don’t have to worry about moving it for street cleaning.

        I live close to metro, and commute by bike. I find it very important to have a private driveway especifically since my car can be parked not moving for most the week. If I drove everyday it would matter less.

    • stacksp

      I think at this point agents and builders alike feel obligated to mention the proximity to metro but the reality is that anyone who plans to purchase over here is not too concerned with public transportation but more so are seeking a more recent/newer build with garage parking in a relatively safe neighborhood. Walk scores and local eateries etc are cancelled out as most are full time drivers

    • Bill

      Some people like to use the metro and also drive. It’s possible to want both.

      • stacksp

        That too!! Metro, uber, biking, car, walking, etc…. Good to have options.

  • HaileUnlikely

    It’s close as the crow flies, but the street layout in this area makes the walk a lot longer than it should be.

  • textdoc

    “Close to two metro stations” usually means “not very close to either of them.”

    • Anony

      1.3 mi to Takoma and 1 mile to Ft. Totten….not close to either IMO

  • Anon

    Well, it’s definitely cheap per square foot, though there’s a very good reason for that. If you need the space and don’t mind the (relatively) isolated location, this doesn’t seem like that bad of a deal. Though if I were seriously considering this property, I’d probably choose something in the nascent “Hyattsville Arts District” just outside of DC on Rt 1. You get many more amenities there, along with cheaper prices/sqft.

    • HaileUnlikely

      It’s cheap per square foot relative to some of the hot neighborhoods, but it is not cheap per square foot for this general area. There are nice older but well-maintained houses in Takoma with much much better access to the metro, downtown Takoma, Silver Spring, and the future development at Walter Reed for about the same price per square foot or slightly less. Other than somebody who really wants to buy new construction for the sake of buying new construction (all of the houses on this block were built about 3-5 years ago), I can’t see why somebody would pay this much to this to live right here.

      • Philippe Lecheval

        Not to mention, they look like something straight out of Chantilly or some other far away suburb.

      • Anon

        I agree with you, but I don’t think that anybody considering this unit is remotely interested those “nice older well-maintained houses” nearby.

      • textdoc

        Friends of mine used to live two blocks away in a nicely renovated 1940s house. It sold for $430K.
        The properties aren’t entirely comparable — my friends’ former house is a 3BR/1.5 BA with no garage, and is 168 square feet smaller — but I suspect you could get more value for your money with something else in this neighborhood.

        • textdoc

          Oops, I omitted the crucial point that it sold for $430K in fall 2015.

        • textdoc

          On the other hand, this is a townhouse and my friends’ house is a detached single-family home with a front and back yard.

  • petworther

    I guess it’s okay. I don’t love this neighborhood and wouldn’t want to buy there.

  • textdoc

    Where’s the usual scorn for carpeted bedrooms?

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      LOL, I hate all carpet in houses, but my wife says she likes carpet in bedrooms because it’s warmer. I’m like just throw down an area rug.

      • If there’s one place I wouldn’t oppose carpet it would be in a bedroom.

  • jim_ed

    I’m glad to see the infill of this giant piece of land with fairly dense residential housing, but I’ve always wondered who the target market is of people looking to spend 600k-800k to live a block away from a weathered part of PG/Montgomery counties. I’ve always assumed it was for public employees who by law are required to live in the district but want the suburban Maryland experience, but I could be way off base.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I personally would find it convenient to be so close to Galliher & Huguely (general construction supply) and Thos E Clark (Plumbing & HVAC supply), but I’m pretty sure the target buyer is less interested than I am in making frequent trips to either of those! At least they’re close to 3 Stars…

  • also anon

    Last sold for $503k in June 2013. A $100k increase in price in this neighborhood in about 3 years seems very ambitious but $503k in this neighborhood in 2013 seems silly too.

    • HaileUnlikely

      In 2013 they were brand new. I’m sure people overpaid to be the very first owners of brand new houses.

  • John

    I live in this neighborhood, a few streets over. It is a quiet neighborhood that mixes well with the surrounding areas. It is a very young neighborhood, mostly couples in their late 20s/early 30s with a lot of small children. We like it for easy access to the beltway and 95. We enjoy driving and rarely take metro except for Nationals games and things like that, so this location works for us. Close to Takoma Park and Brookland which has been convenient. Just my two cents. Not everyone wants to be in DC and live on top of a metro.


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