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GDoN “in sight of Rock Creek Park” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm 34 Comments

4239 Blagden Avenue Northwest

This house is located at 4239 Blagden Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful location in sight of Rock Creek Park w/ easy access to biking and jogging trials. Home features bright sunlit rooms. Main level features large living room with F/P and wall of windows. Separate dining area and office area too! 3BR & 2FB on main level. Walk out lower level with family room, powder room, and access to two car garage. Property conveys “AS-IS “.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $749,000.

  • transplanted

    Fantastic deal, will go for well above list.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I love so much about this house. Not every single thing, but the positives outweigh the negatives by a lot in my book.
    One possibly-major exception: the grade of the back yard. I don’t like the way the land slopes toward the house. I have minor water problems now that I hope to be able to correct with some minor regrading of my side yard later this year (saving up $$$). This house is at the bottom of a long steep slope, so I can’t help but be a little nervous about water problems and also expensive foundation issues like some of the houses on the sloped parts of Mount Pleasant also enjoy.
    In any event, somebody must have thought it was a good deal – it’s under contract already.

  • Very cool. The style reminds me of my old place in McLean that backed up to Great Falls Park and was loaded with windows to take in the views. Looks in good shape, should go over list price.

    • anon

      Except the house in McLean probably didn’t prompt its owners to put bars on all the first floor windows, as some owner of this house did.

      • HaileUnlikely

        To each their own. This ain’t exactly a high-crime area. The current owner will probably put bars on the windows on their new home too, regardless of where it is.

        • Rich

          Were you here for the 80s or 90s? Ground level and first floor window bars became common place throughout large chunks of DC. they were very prevalent in Crestwood & 16th Street Heights. I even recall looking at a 1st floor condo in Cleveland Park that had them. The crack epidemic really impacted all kinds of neighborhoods in the District. My general impression, too, is that people often are touchier in responding to crime in the city than in the suburbs even in relatively low crime neighborhoods.

      • You are correct, it did not.

  • Eleven

    Yes, please.

  • Rich

    Perhaps the “as is” is because of an estate (the usual reason), but I worry about these “built into a hill” designs. There is so much potential for water problems, soil erosion, etc. I’ve driven past this house many times. I think the other flaw is that there isn’t much of a yard, sloping or otherwise.

    • lucie

      Maybe that, but I’m also worried those ceiling tiles have asbestos and would have to be removed and professionally remediated (or painted over and never touched).

      • HaileUnlikely

        Asbestos is basically a given in any unrenovated house built before the early- to mid-1980’s. (Production of asbestos tiles ceased in the late 1970’s, but builders continued to use what they already had in stock until they had used it all up.)

  • anon

    This house had a pending sale in about 5 minutes last week. Curious how much above ask they got.

  • Condoer

    The commercial toilet paper holder and feminine product disposal bin in the bathroom crack me up! Cool house.

    • textdoc

      I didn’t notice that, but I did notice in the other bathroom that there were five lightbulbs above the vanity — two of which appeared to be frosted and working, and three of which appeared to be clear and not working. Surprised the realtor didn’t do something about that — it looks sloppy and is easily fixed.

      • stacksp

        It sold in 5 min. They were the least bit concerned about that impacting the sale lol

        • textdoc

          Fair enough.
          Still looks sloppy, though, which isn’t in keeping with the rest of the house.

          • stacksp

            I missed it the first time around. Had to take another look but I get where you are coming from.

  • Matt

    Also I think this was redistricted for high school from Wilson to Roosevelt, huge property value loss.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Yes indeed.

    • anon

      no – Bow Wow got them grandfathered into Wilson

      • hupster

        Best MB nickname ever.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I might be mistaken but I believe that only applies to children already in a certain grade in DCPS, and that younger children and children not presently enrolled in DCPS will be zoned to Roosevelt.

        • neighbor

          That’s right. Any new kids will be in boundary for Roosevelt.

        • gotryit

          That’s incorrect. It’s a geographic right until 2022. So someone moving into the house with middle school aged kids now would be able to send them to Deal / Wilson.

          • gotryit

            On second thought, that may only apply to the middle school part. I’m not sure what would happen if someone moved in with high school aged kids.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Hmm. If this is true, and it may well be, then the “Enrollment Boundary Information System (EBIS)” on the DCPS website returns information that is either incorrect or requires additional information that one must learn about elsewhere in order to comprehend the significance of. As a naive user, which a typical person without kids or a typical family moving here from out of the region would be, I just found the link to the system, plugged in the address, and it said Wilson for 2014-15 but Roosevelt for 2015-16.

          • gotryit

            But if a kid were to be enrolled at Deal under this grandfathering, then they could continue on to Wilson.
            It is really convoluted.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I would say that the mechanism by which a person who is not a political insider can be assured of the school to which their child will be zoned, given their address, does not exist.

          • gotryit

            I think the school lottery people (myschooldc) are pretty knowledgeable and helpful.
            Part of the purpose of redrawing the boundaries was to make simple pyramids. The grandfathering of middle schools, coupled with continued feeder rights makes it confusing, at least through 2022.

          • Anonamom

            Perhaps I can shed some light; there are two mechanisms by which a student gets to progress to a school “by right” – being in boundary, and being in a feeder pattern. An 8th grader at Deal has right to attend Wilson regardless of where they live because it is their feeder high school. So the boundary changes would not affect them. So a student grandfathered into Deal would essentially also be indirectly grandfathered in to Wilson.

  • Troy

    That should really be a topic of discussion unto itself; Does the choice of house you buy depend upon the schools involved or the school district? Or was this already discussed in previous popville times…
    On another note looking at the pictures of this house it looks haunted in a good way and all those brown appliances a la the Brady Bunch wonder what stories if any this house could tell…


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