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GDoN “Fabulous 3,350 square feet character rich home” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth July 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm 18 Comments

26 Longfellow Street Northeast

This house is located at 26 Longfellow Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“OPEN HOUSE! Wed & Thurs 8a-7p. Fabulous 3,350 square feet character rich home w/ a row house price. 4 bdrm 3.5 baths 3 level, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, spacious hallways w/ extra storage on all 3 levels! Natural light, bay window, deck, fenced rear and garage lift parking. Very Quick access to Metro Subway, shopping, cafes, etc. This listing may not last til the weekend, so come see at OH”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $865,000.

  • anon

    cue the vitriol for the open floor plan…

  • neighborp

    Chandelier is obviously gaudy but otherwise it looks decent. The price is reasonable given the square footage, but the house is out of character for the area. Personally I wouldn’t want to be the homeowner with the house worth twice as much as every other house on the block.

  • CT

    Is the power meter attached to that wooden pole in the front yard?

  • transplanted

    I like the house a lot but wouldn’t pay that much to live in a place without good schools. Maybe a family that’s already won the charter school lottery will feel differently.

    • transplanted

      On second glance, what on earth is in the front yard? I thought they’d rigged the for sale sign to something odd, but is that the power line?

      • anon

        Must be temporary. If they had to leave the power in the middle of the front yard it would not be on wood like that.

  • MRD

    Beautiful transformation based on Google street view of the house it was before. But way to steep for that neighborhood.

  • Mona

    100k overpriced! we decided not to spot there on our house tour last weekend just to stop encouraging this outrageous prices. But of course some crazy Dc buyer might bite…

  • K

    Is that the power line and box rigged in the yard? If it is why would someone do that over the normal side of the house location. I would be afraid my stupid kids would try to climb on it. When I was a stupid kid that would definitely be something I would have tried.

    • P.D

      It is likely pending final completion/installation by Pepco. It is very common for this type of a renovation to have the power supply come from the street like this and then have Pepco install the meter on the side of the house once renovations are completed and final inspections have been approved. Unfortunately Pepco is running 3-4 weeks of backlog in NW so the developer must’ve decided to list the house while awaiting installation.

      • K

        ok that makes way more sense. the house is beautiful (not my style but still beautiful) and the weird power box light pole in the front just didn’t match the house.

      • textdoc

        I guess the side of the house is typical power-meter location for fully detached houses?
        All (or almost all) of the rowhouses in my area block have their power meters on the back of the house. (I think I’ve seen an end unit that has them on the side.) However, a recent rowhouse-to-condo conversion in my neighborhood has its two power meters on the front.
        It’s a shame the developer did that, as it mars what is otherwise a really nice facade. It might have made sense in the days when someone actually needed to physically access the meter to read it. (I imagine this house is going to use its back yard for parking and will have a roll-up garage door.) But now that Pepco has made everyone use “smart meters,” those two meters really didn’t need to be on the front.

        • Cassie

          DC code hasn’t changed.

  • Janie4

    Why is there no door on the shower in the master? And it’s pretty well done. Not my taste (I hate engineered hard wood floors, and I think those type of kitchen cabinets are grease magnets), but the guest bath is nice, and the master closet is great

    • anon

      I’ve noticed a lot of homes that are missing shower doors or curtains, what’s up with that!?

  • anon

    Re: location, it is within plausible walking distance to the Fort Totten Metro. Also, if you’re one of those people who expect Kennedy Street to take off over the next 1-3 years, it will be very well positioned to benefit from that.

    • Maybe it will take off but in the meantime, I live a couple blocks from this house and I am weary of being called a “white bitch” every time I am out walking the dog. I am not sure I can wait anymore for that transformation! And I can’t imagine folks paying this much are going to love that either.

      • Ft Totten

        I can accept that this may have happened to you a couple of times (which sucks), but I seriously doubt that this happens every time you’re out walking the dog, or frankly even frequently. Unless you have uniquely sociopathic neighbors. I don’t know anyone else who lives around there who’s had your experience.


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