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GDoN “Bungalow nestled in parkland” edition

by Prince Of Petworth September 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm 37 Comments


This house is located at 3035 Rodman Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Classic 1920’s Bungalow nestled in parkland w/ all the amenities of Wisc.&Conn Ave NW, and Metro at your doorstep. Inviting front porch welcomes you to this 4BR, 2.5Ba home. Large Foyer opens to LR w/ built-ins,a grand DR w/ views of park, plus a main lvl BR, home office & kitchen. 2nd lvl Master Ste w/ architectural windows, 2nd BR & FBa. LL Rec Rm w/ walk-out to gardens.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $995,000.

  • houseintherear

    omg love love looooove (except the kitchen)

  • Susan

    Wonder why it is being sold “as is?”

    I LOVE this house and if I could afford it, I would be making an offer

    • anon

      I’m guessing it’s an estate sale. The lack of remodeling is usually a giveaway.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      A realtor can chime in, but I am pretty sure every sale in DC is technically “as is.”

      • Timmy

        You can request an inspection with every property sale in DC. Or you can choose to waive the inspection and purchase as is.

        • HaileUnlikely

          You can still have a property inspected even with an AS-IS sale. AS-IS just means the seller refuses to make any repairs and the buyer acknowledges that fact. With an inspection contingency, a buyer can still have an inspection done and based on the results potentially back out of the offer. A buyer can also have a “pre-inspection” performed before even submitting an offer, to inform their decision of whether or not they want to even submit an offer, how much to offer, etc.

          • anon

            And, even so, if the seller doesn’t get an offer they want, repairs (or credit for them) are often negotiable, even on something advertised as “as is.”

  • jumpingjack

    This could seriously be my dream home (after I’ve eventually updated the kitchen, which looks serviceable in the meantime). That it’s merely twice my price range tells me that it’s a good deal. Though As Is makes me wonder. Only downside to me is no off-street parking – is Rodman easier parking than Porter?

    • AMDCer

      Where are you seeing “as is” in the listing? Is there a link I’m missing…?

      • jumpingjack

        I’m looking at the Redfin listing. Weird that they’re not exactly the same. “Classic 1920’s Bungalow nestled in parkland w/ all the amenities of Wisc. & Conn Ave NW, & Metro at your doorstep. Inviting front porch welcomes you to this 4BR, 2.5Ba home. Large Foyer opens to LR w/ built-ins, a grand DR w/ views of park, plus a main lvl BR, home office & kitchen. 2nd lvl Master Ste w/ architectural windows, 2nd BR & FBa. LL Rec Rm w/ walk-out to gardens. AS IS, offers due Tues”

        • AMDCer

          Aha – thanks!

        • Dupont Resident

          It’s “as is” because it has not been touched since the 70’s. It needs at least 200k of work, in my opinion. Great bones, lovely to look out to the Park but just a ton of work.

          • Cleveland Park runner

            What other than the kitchen needs to be done? I see $50k on the kitchen but don’t see the other $150k.

          • Cleveland Park runner

            nvm just saw your comment below

    • Cleveland Park runner

      Parking on Rodman is not much easier than Porter right at this spot. The closer you get to Reno, spots open up, in large thanks to the park.

  • LedroitTigah

    Im in LOOOOOOOVEEEE. But, yeah, no off street parking kind of stinks. But Im in LOOOOOVE nonetheless!

    • Bob

      I live around the corner. Street parking is no big deal around there.

  • DCbyDay

    I’ve found my dream home,. once the dream kitchen is added….
    If only it was in my dream price range….

  • Dupont Resident

    I went to see this house yesterday at the open house and the pictures look better than it does in person. The whole entire house needs to be redone. There is no central air in the upper floor and my head almost hit the ceiling at the top of the stairs (I’m 5’6″). The price is decent but literally every single room and bathroom needs to be redone.

    • jumpingjack

      Good info, thanks!
      [Mental note – hire this photographer when I eventually sell my place.]

  • anon

    Cute house. Would prefer an older kitchen (working, like this one appears to be) like this that I could renovate in time to my taste once I figured out what I wanted, to the overdone ones with ugly dark granite and lousy work triangles that i see in many renovated ones. The fact that there are no photos of the bathrooms makes me think they are in similar age and condition, so may (or may not) need renovation. And it looks like it needs central AC, from the looks of the AC sticking out of the second floor front facade. And I don’t like those sliding window shutters inside the master bedroom – these were likely installed before there were windows with the accordion shades between two panes that they make for skylight installations, which I’d prefer – so there’s some new windows needed, as far as I’m concerned, which makes me wonder about the state of the old windows. I’m not sure I like that master bedroom at all for sleeping in, with the two low sloped ceilings with windows, but perhaps another bedroom would make a better main bedroom. This place is adorable, but likely needs quite a bit of work to come up to the same state as the completely & nicely done homes around here that are this size that sell for around this asking price.

    • anon

      I see Dupont Resident, who posted as I was composing my post, confirmed my suspicions.

  • Count Pheasant

    I find the old kitchen kind of refreshing, tbh. It looks perfectly fine and suits my taste for nostalgia.

  • say what

    way underpriced. Must be priced for a bidding war. I think it goes for at least 1.2 mil

  • Rich

    I’m guessing its an estate or family member going into a facility (given the age of the kitchen which is probably 1950s), hence, as is. I wondered about the ceiling heights and given the comments about the stairs, I’m guessing the second floor is not usable for a person of normal height, which seems a bit more important than the usual preoccupation with central air. I once owned a craftsman and yes, I could have converted the attic, but it seemed pointless without raising the roof.

  • TropicBird

    OMG walk to Hearst, feeds to Deal and Wilson, inside the Cleveland Park pool club boundary, and they are seriously talking about putting in a pool at that rec center…this will go in days.
    I find it hilarious that people are saying they couldn’t live without central air or a new kitchen (have they never heard of a portable or window unit?)

    • Dupont Resident

      What about living with the inability to stand upright on the 2nd floor? Or the 2-300K in renovations that need to be done to the kitchen, bathrooms, and deck? Fitting the home for central air is only one of the issues and is a decent issue given the compact-ness of the home. I’m guessing in this neighborhood, vaulting the ceilings would be difficult to get approved. Just saying…location is fantastic…everything else is questionable. Sure it’s listed at 995K, but really its a 1.5 million dollar home for a decent living quality

      • Rich

        +10–if you can’t stand up the “need” for central is even more trivial than usual. I would worry about the skylights leaking and I wonder what the “master” is like in winter, as well as summer.

        The kitchen cabinets are ugly but frankly, a renovation looks like it’s something that could be done far in the future if the appliances work and there hasn’t been leakage.. Are the bath and a half that are unpictured what you think need the renov?

      • HaileUnlikely

        Just for the sake of argument, because I do not know real estate in that area at all – what would a house of this size in this condition likely go for if the attic were simply an attic rather than a hobbit master bedroom?

        • Anon

          Honestly, probably not much less. That mill is mostly just an in to the neighborhood.

  • textdoc

    A 4-bedroom house in Cleveland Park (or 3-bedroom, if the attic bedroom is dubious because of ceiling height) sounds like a good deal to me.
    DupontResident, how are you coming up with this $200K figure for the amount of work that needs to be done? (And does it actually _need_ to be done — is the house not livable as-is?) The kitchen looks functional, just old-fashioned — are the bathrooms also functional?
    IMO, there’s a big difference between stuff that needs to be done for structural reasons (replacing a deteriorating roof, repointing 100-year-old brick) or functional reasons (adding A/C to a house that doesn’t have it, updating electrical wiring), and stuff like replacing things that look outdated.

    • anon

      While that is true, the difference you note in your last paragraph, the difference is more likely to matter in an entry-price starter home. Most people paying $1 million for a house are going to want a kitchen and bathroom that don’t look and feel terribly outdated – that’s just a fact.

      • No it’s not a fact. The price is not set in a vacuum. I know a house that sold for $850,000 and is currently being completely gutted. The entire house completely gutted. There are many many variables that need to be taken into account.

      • Dupont Resident

        Agreed Anon. First, if you’re discounting any of the upstairs bedrooms because of ceiling height then it’s only 2 bedrooms (two are upstairs). To make the house livable with 4 bedrooms, that would require vaulting the ceiling$ and roof. That would require permits and structural changes. One of the “bedrooms” on the main floor had a built in desk that would need to be removed. Central air for me would be a non-negotiable. And, at 1 million $$ I’m not looking for an original 1950’s kitchen. There’s a lot of work to be done. I’ve renovated a home before and 200-300K is conservative when you’re talking so many obvious changes and the things you may find when you start opening walls.

        • At this point I’d be curious to know how much you think it’ll go for and we’ll revisit when it’s sold.

          • Dupont Resident

            Hmm…I would think that it may go for the 875-950K ask given the location, schools and fall market. I just don’t think it will be someone who has a 950K budget, I think it will be someone that can spend 1.2 million and will renovate. I’m not sure I think it’s over priced, I just don’t think it’s a “deal” as some of the comments were saying. I think the pictures are overly flattering and ultimately it will go to someone who can spend the money to bring it up to date.


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