GDoN “complete renovation,maintaining the historical character” edition (reader request)

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

This house is located at 3302 19th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Picturesque TH nestled on a quiet tree lined street in historic Mt Pleasant.Stunning finishes+attention to detail are found throughout this complete renovation,maintaining the historical character..Fully renovated fin. LL in-law suite.Enjoy views of Rock Creek Park from new rear deck+landsc.yard. Winter views of Cathedral from fin.3rd floor; New systems. Det.2-car gar.Open 7/16 + 7/17 1:30-4:00pm!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3 bath is going for $899,000.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I hope that the developer has addressed the “serious structural issues” that caused the last owner to lose his shirt on this house. (See: https://www.popville.com/2016/04/gdon-revisited-mount-pleasant/#comments)

    • Ahh — I was wondering if this was the same house!! (Or a nearby one.)

    • tke98

      Thank you. Because even if the seller was trying to start a bidding war, I thought it was seriously underpriced.

  • HaileUnlikely

    This is the same house that the previous owner sold for a loss of nearly $300K due to “serious structural issues” that they were forced to disclose when selling. I hope that the developer has addressed those issues.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Apologies for duplicate, I though the first comment had not posted.

  • NHAve

    Oh good catch! I was thinking this seemed low for this size, location & condition. Hm.

  • anon

    Seems impossibly well priced for what it offers but as PP mentioned it had major structural issues. Even if addressed I’d want a structural engineer to assess.

    Not crazy about the wall demo in master bedroom and wonder how well sealed that former sun porch is.

  • Bill

    I walk by there every day, and they did do some major reconstruction. Looked like they jacked the house up replacing beams and pouring concrete, etc. The whole front porch was torn down and re-poured and rebuilt also. Apparently a bad drain at the entrance to the basement level in front had led to water breaking down the foundation in front.

  • Anon

    The cosmetic changes they made are nice — the basement was disgusting before.

    It looks like they may have had the backyard regraded, which hopefully addressed some of the previous structural issues.

    Old listing here: https://www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/3302-19th-St-NW-20010/home/10010468/mris-DC9562198

  • AJ

    Buy this house and you, too, could be beat by a roving band of teenaged thugs right around the corner from your home!

  • wdc

    In what way is the historical character maintained? It’s fine to gut a place (especially one with structural/ water problems) and replace everything with white and beige and grey and marble and bamboo and stainless steel, but call it what it is.

    • LittleBluePenguin


  • Anonymous

    WTF are you talking about?? This is one of the lowest-crime neighborhoods east of the park. Troll.

  • wobber

    If they properly fixed the foundation and drainage issues, then the basement floors likely would have been opened up, would it be that much more work to have dug out the basement to get a legal height clearance in the “in law unit”?

  • Mike Holmes

    I walk by often on my way to work and have talked to the developers multiple times. Seem like great guys. They completely removed and rebuilt the front wall and porch. Good amount of work but definitely knew what they were doing. Looks like a job well done. Seems like its priced for interest, will go significantly higher is my guess.

  • M
  • RockCreekRunner

    Man! Nice reno, but I wish they had replaced it with a ramen noodle joint instead.

  • Sean

    They obviously addressed the structural issues to the satisfaction of DCRA. They pulled a bunch of permits, including: “Structural repairs to existing front cellar masonry wall. Replace existing cellar slab with new concrete slab. Add new wet bar, utility closet, w/d closet, full bathroom and bedroom in basement. Rebuild existing front porch in kind”

  • quincycyclist

    “maintaining the historical character” = we replaced everything with modern stuff but left some window trim and baseboards, which we painted white.

  • anon

    I’d still call that trolling, even if the specific recent event is fact based. It was an aberration for MtP

  • GBinCH

    It looks like they did. Some of the photos are clearly a basement bedroom and kitchen/living room/dining room.

    • But the listings says “in-law suite.” If it were a legal rental with a Certificate of Occupancy, I imagine the listing would say so.

  • Er

    Looking up via PVIS, it appears that many permits were pulled between March and June including:

    “Structural repairs to existing front cellar masonry wall. Replace existing cellar slab with new concrete slab. Add new wet bar, utility closet, w/d closet, full bathroom and bedroom in basement. Rebuild existing front porch in kind. “

  • TJ

    WTF is right. Several teenagers beat a man one block away at 7 p.m. Thursday night near Bancroft Elementary. They were arrested in a nearby alley. It has only been five years since the final remnants of off-and-on drug dealing finally faded away on Monroe St., which is even closer. Mount Pleasant has fewer incidents of violent crime, but it isn’t immune.

  • Anonymous

    There is no certificate of occupancy for a basement rental unit listed in PIVS.

  • Shawnnnnnn

    Is this really massively underpriced though? I keep seeing people say that but $900K seems pretty normal for Mt. Pleasant. Maybe this would go for 1mil – 1.1 mil max, but for only 2250 square feet, that doesn’t seem reasonable compared to sales in the area. The renovation is nice though. I love the backyard.

  • soozles

    I’m not sure, but it seems to me that two of the bedrooms are in basement and not the main part of the house. It looks like two master suites plus two-BR in-law suite. And I’m guessing the character part is that they didn’t tear down the wall between the LR and DR to create those hideous bowling alley houses. I agree it seems to be a little underpriced.

  • M

    This was supposed to be a reply to ‘Anonymous’ above! Mah bad ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • AERzondzinska

    I totally agree. I’d steer clear of any renovation with such a crude feature.

  • AERzondzinska

    DCRA is satisfied with ramen for a foundation.

  • anon

    We went to the open house today. Lots of foot traffic. Betting it goes above $950k.

  • wpk_dc

    I absolutely LOVE the way the master bedroom opens up through those archways into that sunny sitting area!


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