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“Brookland house sells for $1.483 million – this is a record”

by Prince Of Petworth September 1, 2016 at 10:22 am 65 Comments


Thanks to a reader for sending word about 1230 Quincy St NE this 8 bed/6 bath sold for $1,483,000 on August 30th.


“Think this is a record high price for Brookland”

Brookland’s Best! HUGE! Real Luxury. Unmatched attention to detail. Sub-Zero, Wolf Range Kitchen with walls of cabinets, Huge living space, with fireplace, walls of windows! Plenty of room, even the in-laws! Master bedroom, dual vanity bath, massive walk-in closet, balcony. Roof-top deck. 2bed/2bath in-law suite. Yard for pool, tennis courts, and room to spare. Video tour on YouTube.

Last month we we ogled this one that sold for a mere $1,195,000.

  • Bloomy

    So tasteful. love it.

  • also anon

    Weird this home never even showed up for sale on Redfin but it is on Zillow. I wonder why. I usually think Redfin is more accurate/timely.

  • JP

    Really incomparable to anything else. 8BR and 2BR in-law suite. But WOW!

    • JBiz

      No, every house in Brookland is now worth $1.4M

      • brooklandrez

        I hope so!

    • Jim Likes Real Estate

      Agreed. Where do you get the comps for something like this?!

      • Anon

        Eh, I kind of have a feeling that the whole entire comp process (as it currently stands) is largely bullshit for rapidly changing neighborhoods, at least my experience. It makes sense in a relatively stable market with many actual comps (say, a large condo building or an established cookie-cutter neighborhood), but when things get weird, all bets are off.

        • The comps, and appraisers (many, not all), is just ridiculous for major work on a house or changing neighborhoods. We had someone offer us $200K more than our house appraised at 2 months after we refinanced, without even seeing the inside.

          • JadeinDC

            Yes appraisals are so arbitrary because the VA appraisal can be so different than a conventional one. Most of the time, they only look at location, number of bedrooms, and sq feet. So a 2000 sq foot home with 2-2, could be worth less than a 1400 sq ft one that 3-3. And the condition, fixtures, appliances etc are not considered. So appraisal is not the same as market value, especially in DC’s low inventory, seller’s market. What people are willing to pay and appraisal is definitely not the same.

        • Jim Likes Real Estate

          I agree with you. I have only bought one house in my life, but isn’t the comp/appraisal process critical to secure financing, assuming of course that this wasn’t a cash deal. I guess if the buyer put 20% down then the financing wouldn’t be a problem regardless of comps/appraisal. Certainly it would be worth $1.2 million.

  • Truxtoner

    I don’t know about the price, but that house is gorgeous. I love everything about it. So classic and without all the standard flipped BS. Definitely a big difference when someone renovates their own home than when a developer does it. (And if I’m wrong and a developer did this one, I’d like to see their other properties.)

    • Bloomy

      me too!!!

  • Dognonymous

    I walk past this one every day. It’s amazing. The deck off the master bedroom is the stuff of housey dreams.

  • Brookland mom

    WOW!!!!! As a brookland resident, YIPEE!!!

  • ArchaeoG.

    Was this house on an HGTV House Hunters episode? I remember a couple buying a large property in need of reno with a view of the basilica in Brookland and this house looks familiar.

    • Girl on a Hill

      I was wondering the same thing!! It looks similar…

    • Truxton Thomas

      The Google View shows a major reno underway. Not sure about HGTV, though.

    • DCborn

      You are correct! The house was on House Hunters. Incredible to see the transformation. The guys that sold it are friends of mine and it’s even more beautiful in person if you can believe that!

      • C

        One of my favorite episodes of House Hunters and it’s still on my DVR. Did the guys stay in the area?

      • Anonymous

        Damn. Any idea how much they sunk into the renovation? How long was the construction process?

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Wow, I saw that episode. Holy shhhh, bought for 545k 3 years ago and sold for 1.483 million. I realize they put a lot of money into it, but even so they made a killing.

      • Anon

        If I remember correctly, I believe the owners said in the House Hunters episode that they spent around $500K for the renovation. So yeah, they have done well. Toured the inside of this house a couple of years ago on the Brookland House and Garden Tour. It was very impressive.

  • I want this house

    Why can’t I have this house, or one as tasteful

  • Cool. Now that 8 bedroom homes are being sold, can we stop keeping track of the highest in the neighborhood?

    • Next threshold shall be $1.75 million – you shall have a respite until then. Unless we see another really cool one of course…

      • Is there any other neighborhood where people obsessively track these things? I don’t understand the fascination with Brookland…

        • Anon

          I doubt it’s just Brookland, but rather a slew of rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. I remember a similar post for that one wide building in Trinidad that was listed above one million.

        • Anonymous

          It’s where UMC people priced out of Cleveland Park are buying…and will probably have a similar cache as CP in 20 years’ time.

          • Anon


          • Anon

            Never mind, got it: upper-middle class.

          • Isn’t part of the appeal of Cleveland Park, and similar adjacent neighborhoods, the schools? How do the ones in Brookland compare?

          • anon

            This place reminds me of added-onto homes in Cleveland Park and other NW neighborhoods – with the added on part larger (it seems) than the original house. There’s the original 3 or 4 rooms on the 1st floor, and then an enormous kitchen/second dining area/second living area off the back. Which leaves room for the McMansion style master suite above. Really, not my thing. While I like houses with some room in them, and not just tiny, cramped rooms, these houses, while nice, are way more space than I, and most people I know, would ever need or want. They just seem like a waste of space unless you are living with a whole crowd of people.

          • BLand

            To justinbc: Many great charters nearby and people are optimistic about the elementary school that this house is probably in-boundary for. Yes, part of Cleveland Park appeal is the schools — I’m not sure if that was always the case or developed over time.

          • textdoc

            Brookland already has cachet, and that cachet will continue to increase… but Cleveland Park is a neighborhood with longstanding cachet, and I don’t see Brookland reaching that within 20 years (if ever). As Justin alluded, part of the appeal of the west-of-the-Park neighborhoods is the schools.
            Upper-middle-class people have been priced out of Cleveland Park for a long time now (at least as far as single-family detached houses as concerned — less so with condos, especially smaller ones).

          • anon

            There are still occasional Cleveland Park and nearby neighborhood houses for under a million, or just over, but they tend to be the smaller houses, the ones that aren’t added onto, and so aren’t as appealing to people who want multiple bathrooms and family rooms that renovated homes have, but they do sell quickly. The schools are a huge draw. Brookland will be that popular if the schools improve, which can happen when the richer folk move into the neighborhood and the parents work to make the schools better.

        • Ashy Oldlady

          Part of the appeal is location. It’s a quick drive, Metro or bus ride downtown. From Brookland? Not so much.

          • BLand

            Ashy: Are you referring to Cleveland Park’s appeal being the location in contrast to Brookland? Brookland is very convenient — don’t forget, downtown has been growing East for some time. Cleveland Park is a 4 mile, 20 minute drive to Metrocenter. Brookland is 4.2 miles, a 22 minute drive. Brookland is just one extra metro stop to Metrocenter. For folks who work in Chinatown, on the Hill, and NOMA, Brookland actually may be more convenient than Cleveland Park. And of course Brookland is close to development at Union Market, H Street, and Ivy City. Brookland is also about the same distance from 14th Street Corridor as Cleveland Park is, and is closer to all restaurants/bars in Shaw, Petworth, etc.

            The location is precisely why Brookland has been so popular (and a key reason why I chose to live there). It’s a suburban-feeling neighborhood where you can have a yard, is close to a lot of new and exciting things, and not as expensive as neighborhoods like Cleveland Park. But I actually would prefer Brookland anyway — more and more young families are adding to an already-rich community. Basically, exactly what I imagine Cleveland Park was like 20 years ago.

          • textdoc

            “Basically, exactly what I imagine Cleveland Park was like 20 years ago.”
            I wasn’t here 20 years ago, but Cleveland Park 15-18 years ago was not like Brookland today. Dupont Circle had seen its fortunes go down and then back up again, but as far as I’m aware, that wasn’t the case in Cleveland Park.
            I like Brookland a lot — don’t get me wrong. But I think imagining that Brookland in 20 years is going to be like Cleveland Park is now is highly wishful thinking.

        • siz

          definitely there is a lot of attention paid to this in bloomingdale, esp on the listserv. i think the high prices are especially notable in neighborhoods that have massively gentrified in the last decade.

        • anon

          Large detached homes and equally large yards, easy commutes to anywhere in the city via car/train/bus, quietness, relatively low crime

          • Anonymous

            Ashy Oldlady (great name)

            Are you saying Brookland is not quick drive downtown?

            I left Wizards game (I was parked near the building museum) started car and I was in my garage in 11 minutes. (I timed it because I’m a nerd.) A cab from shelly’s took 12 or 13 minutes with a stop to let my friend off @ 7th & H. The Metro (when reliable) is right there, I admit the G8 bus is not fast.

          • Sorry if my post wasn’t clear… I understand precisely why people love the neighborhood of Brookland, I just don’t understand why they constantly track what the highest sold house there is (contrasted to never reading that for other neighborhoods).

          • anon

            They could be tracking it bc they want to buy there and are afraid with this trend that they’ll eventually be priced out or they currently own and they are pleased with the current rise in sales prices

          • textdoc

            Justin — I think it’s just in neighborhoods that are “up and coming,” and in which a house selling for x amount would have been unthinkable y years ago.

  • Jim Likes Real Estate

    House is super nice but also very unique for that area and DC market based on number of bedrooms and amenities.

  • neighbor

    Man are they going to regret buying that after Trump wins the election.

    • Anon

      Huh? Republican presidents have been great for (DC) business!

  • Anon

    1.4 in Brookland is nothing! Anyone notice the house that sold on the UNIT BLOCK OF Q ST NW for 1.06? And that’s without a yard or parking, if I’m not mistaken.

    • AnonV2

      And unit block of W NW for 1.275 ….

      • Well now you’re just marveling at Bloomingdale (and Truxton) Real Estate…

      • Anon

        Eh, guess I’m not as surprised about the northern part of Bloomingdale – at least that’s not less than a half-block from N.Cap/Fl.

  • AnonV2

    If that $/sq ft is correct at $270 that is downright cheap compared to comps, but I suspect this is the finished basement included, which is technically a no-no even if its finished. Even at ~$430 for the above ground finished space it’s about what Brookland SFH are going for these days. Just goes to show how huge this place is.

    • pp/sqft often scales down drastically the larger the home gets

      • anonymous

        This. It is disproportionate with the rest of the neighborhood. Not a good investment IMO

  • stacksp

    Brookland already has two great schools but its kinda good that they are being kept a secret because the charter lottery is tough enough as is.

  • Anon

    haha and meanwhile my friend’s house three blocks away gets robbed today

    • stacksp

      lol you can use that statement for a lot of neighborhoods in the district

    • Anon

      And why is that funny?

  • brooklawn

    Its so silly to talk about a school as if it isn’t a product of the clientele feeding it. If more UMC people with the money and understanding to prepare their children to do better in school, the better the school is. Pedagogy doesn’t really change from neighborhood to neighborhood its the impediments to teaching that change the school and implementation of teaching practice.

    So if a lot of new people come into a neighborhood… with the same respect for education… the schools will reflect that – its that simple!

    • textdoc

      This tends to improve schools more on an elementary-school level, though, as middle schools and especially high schools draw from a wider area.

  • anonymous

    We looked in Brookland 2 years ago, liked the neighborhood feel but prices are much too high for what you are getting in terms of amenities and location. The one turn off for me is that it is not adjoining to any other desirable neighborhood and doesn’t give me a feeling security especially spending $1M+. Not a chance, maybe if you plan on being there long term because you probably won’t be able to resell when rates increase

    • DonJuan

      Where did you buy instead?

  • Brooklandbrows

    This makes me happy. We closed in early February 2016 on our newly renovated 1924 rowhome. Ours was a 4 bedroom 3.5bath, front &wood fenced back yard &deck. We got in at a good time and now I see lots of renovations on my side of Brookland. Brookland is booming!


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