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GDoN “charming home” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth June 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm 15 Comments

811 Dogwood Street Northwest

This house is located at 811 Dogwood Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Located in the heart of Takoma/Brightwood, DC, this charming home is within steps of red line Metro, downtown Takoma Park and new Walter Reed Development. It features 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath, washer/dryer, central A/C and a large basement and attic, ready for your finishing touches. Freshly painted, with front porch, large backyard and detached garage, this home is open June 12th from 1-3pm.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1232 Sq Ft 2 bed/1 bath is going for $485,000.

  • Anon

    Assuming no serious structural defects, this seems like a good deal.

  • Dan

    Fantastic deal. This is a wonderful neighborhood. A few houses down has been a pit stop on the WABA 50 states ride each year. So you’ve got some good community-minded bicycle people nearby.

    • HaileUnlikely

      The WABA pit stop house is actually right around the corner on 8th. The side of this house (today’s GDoN) faces the back of the WABA pit stop house.

  • Alex

    Cute house on a very charming (and hidden!) street. It will likely go for higher. I live a block away and the walk to the Takoma metro is pretty easy.

  • also anon

    It’s super cute but the one thing I think is weird is that there’s central AC but there are still window units in at least one of the pictures? I’d definitely get the central AC unit checked but I imagine you’d be able to tell if it was working well with the weather we’ve had lately.

    • HaileUnlikely

      FWIW I went to the open house yesterday, was perplexed by the window unit, and noted that the outdoor compressor was running at the time. My guess is that the previous owner used the window unit to be able to cool this room independently of the rest of the house for whatever reason, and that it simply did not occur to them that having the window unit at the open house would look mighty strange and invite this sort of question.
      I have to give props to the agent for taking photos that manage to make rooms look much larger than they actually are. This house is tiny. I am suspicious of the stated square footage, and suspect that it must include part of the attic and/or basement. There is no way that the finished living area of this house, which is all on one floor, is anywhere close to 1232 square feet. It is likely in the 800-900 square foot range. It would not be difficult or expensive to turn the attic or basement into usable living space, but they do not have anything like 1232 square feet of space that one is allowed to actually count for this purpose. (In fairness to the agent, the square footage is from tax records – the agent didn’t fabricate it, but I’m certain that it is incorrect nonetheless).
      I live nearby, I like this house quite a bit, I like the neighborhood a lot, it’s about half a mile to the Takoma Metro, 4-5 blocks from a 52/54/70/79 bus stop (Georgia & Butternut), and a longish but manageable walk to the S2 line (Alaska & Fern), and is a block and a half from the future Walter Reed development. If I were on the market today, I’d probably be interested. That said, think it is probably a bit overpriced in relation to an honest accounting of its actual size.

      • textdoc

        Interesting. I always like hearing from people who’ve been to the property in question, especially when the in-person experience is markedly different than the photo-tour experience.

    • HaileUnlikely

      P.s. The window unit was not running, yet it was nice and comfortable in the house – the AC was clearly operational and was doing its job quite well.

    • spookiness

      I would have removed the window unit for the open house, but having a window unit in the presence of central A/C is not that weird. In my last place I had one in my bedroom, and had the central programmed to go up overnight. I like my bedroom chilly, I like the white noise, and the window unit kept the upstairs room a more constant temp than the central would. No sense in keeping the whole house chilled during sleeping hours when I really only needed to cool my tiny bedroom. BTW this house is not perfect but cute and if I was in the market it would have my attention.

      • anon

        I wonder at this – because in my experience, using one window unit at night when sleeping used as much electricity as having central air cool my next 1200 square foot apartment 24 hours a day to the same cool temp all the time, and that apartment with central AC was on the top floor in the baking sun with no shade trees nearby, which my previous apartments were not – not top floor, and some shade.

  • textdoc

    Looks cute and seems like a good deal… but if the house has central A/C, why is there a window unit next to the fireplace?

  • Pixie

    This house is really cute, I love the screened in porch and it’s on a quiet street. It seems very small though.

  • Greg McE

    I wonder if someone’s including the screened-in porch as part of the square footage? Is that even legal?

    Regardless, I’ll be shocked if there isn’t a bidding war for this property.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I think they might be. I wouldn’t question the legality in such a way as to accuse the owner or agent of doing anything wrong, though. I looked up the square footage in the tax records, and the tax records, which I’m pretty sure are wrong, do indeed say 1232. I’m not sure if real estate listings are *required* to use the square footage from the tax records, but I believe they pretty much always do.

    • HaileUnlikely

      p.s. I walked by this morning on my way to the metro and there were more people at the house looking at it. One looked like he might have been a home inspector, perhaps a buyer conducting a pre-inspection.


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