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GDoN “exposed brick, crown molding” edition

by Prince Of Petworth July 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm 13 Comments

43 Girard Street Northeast

This house is located at 43 Girard Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Charming, beautifully maintained, classic DC rowhome. This home features hardwood floors, exposed brick, crown molding, and rental basement. Spacious kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and kitchen island. Fully open first floor living and dining space. Great bus lines and off-street parking. Great location within minutes of Bloomingdale~s restaurants.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $724,900.

  • anon

    UGh. As with many of these renovations, would far prefer a house with exterior brick left unpainted, walls left in first floor, rather than leaving ridiculous post to bump into, no trendy boxy ceilings, no recessed ceiling lights, plaster left (or repaired) on the side wall rather than exposed brick, nice hardwood (preferably original) in second level rather than carpeting, no glass door on bathtub shower, and something on floor besides carpet in the basement.
    A house renovated like this is not a good deal to me, at any price – I’d never buy one.

    • Anony

      Disagree, I like it and it holds some charm and character which is lacking in the move-in-ready market…only issue is that it is in a Metro desert

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    • anonymous

      The problem is- you don’t know what condition the house was in when the developer purchased it. Some of these homes are in bad conditions. I’ve got original hardwood floors in one of my properties- they are worn- but I can’t sand them down because they’ve been sanded to many times before. As far as the exposed brick- that’s something that can easily be fixed. I exposed brick in my home- and when I or new owners(if I sell)get tired of it- it can easily drywall over it.

    • french streeter

      I don’ t think that brick is painted, it looks like it’s tan brick rather than red.

    • neighbor

      I agree with some of the really large houses, but with smaller houses like this one the rooms end up being tiny. What the hell does one do with a 10′ by 8′ living room in the day of 80″ televisions?
      The open floor plan is much more suited to the types of families moving in to these homes (young couples with 0 to 2 kids).

      • anon

        You’d be surprised by how many people are buying these kinds of homes that do NOT fit your supposed demographic.
        If the walls are there, you make the openings wider as you want – but the ceilings and basic structure is still there. You can also add french of pocket doors to openings (which were likely there originally) – even people with kids (especially?) like to close doors sometimes.
        Drywall is not as good as plaster – especially for insulating from noise from the row house next door.

        • PetworthMama

          1. Some people prefer exposed brick. My entire house is exposed brick on every wall. I love it and would never plaster it or cover it. I’m sure I’m not alone and I doubt the exposed brick will make this a bad deal for the right buyer.
          2. I typically like separate rooms except as neighbor notes, in small homes where every room is then tiny. Again, you rarely see homes that are not opened up these days so there is clearly a market for this.
          3. I would not be surprised by how many people are buying these homes. I don’t live exactly near this one, but where I do live, nearly every home on my block (five in the last two years) has been purchased by a young 20/30s couple with no kids or single people. Demographic and census data supports that argument as well.
          4. I personally do not mind carpet in JUST the bedrooms, but I understand that is less common and most people prefer hardwood floors. Most developers I know would keep original hardwoods if they could because it’s cheaper than replacing even with engineered hardwood. So my assumption when they don’t is that they couldn’t.

  • Angry Parakeet

    The footprint cutting in allows for great windows but I’d rather have the sq. footage than a nasty dank weed area outside. Also a big red flag on the house next door. If you buy this house the one next door will probably end up being gutted and flipped so you have to put up with construction and possible damage for a year.

    • anonymous

      But without the cut out(called dogleg) You’d have a windowless middle bedroom.

  • Emily

    I don’t know about this neighborhood. It’s a relatively small block of homes sandwiched between a hospital, a university and a cemetery. The restaurants and bars in both Bloomingdale and Brookland are long walks. I know that the McMillan park development is likely to happen, but they haven’t even completed the development approvals process — they likely won’t break ground until 2017 or 2018.

    I know this price has become standard for renovated row houses of this size in NE, but I have a hard time believing that buyers are going to be willing to pay it for this location when the same amount of money will get them within walking distance of H Street, or closer to the metro, or a grocery store, or just… anything.

  • Lori

    The house shows very well. Seems to be priced right for the neighborhood!!!

  • NEresident

    I actually live in this neighborhood, called Stronghold, and it is great. Moved here four years ago. The front is not painted, that is the color of the original brick. I did my home house history at the library and mine is very much like this one just we have original detail and walls within. Anyone interested should walk the street and chat with the super friendly residents of this neighborhood of deadened streets. We are quite unique.


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