GDoN “CHARMING Cleveland Park Cottage” edition

by Prince Of Petworth September 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm 46 Comments

3024 Macomb Street Northwest

This house is located at 3024 Macomb Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OFFERS DUE BY 5PM ON 9.14.16 on This CHARMING Cleveland Park Cottage is NEWLY RENOVATED with a FABULOUS LOCATION. Charm Charm Charm. Original detailing includes a stone FP and lighting fixtures. Sylvan views from large rear terrace. New Kitchen, CAC, LL full bath and BR with separate entrance too.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $1,190,000.

  • Linc Park SE

    That roof peak bedroom looks like an Escher painting. Is that bed tiny looking or what?

    Stacked w/d in basement looks annoying to use. Why didnt they just make the counter on the left higher, and slide one under it?

    Outside paint is hideous imho.

    Just dont see it being worth the asking. The West Elm staging doesnt help.

    • ET

      While I am not a big believer in interior staging exactly “matching” the feel of the exterior, one would think a smart stager would not have two so disparate styles for no other reason than it so so jarring. The inside looks like an interior of one of the new condo developments not a family house in Cleveland Park. Price seems a bit high.

      • I’ve almost never seen a house not staged with this kind of stuff. I don’t know if they have agreements with retailers or not, but it’s always the same faux modern crap.

        • ***

          I’ve always just assumed the home staging company has a warehouse and just reuses the same items place to place, occasionally replacing or adding a new item as needed. Given the wear and tear, I can’t excuse them for not making a huge investment in unique or expensive items.

    • AMDCer

      Re: the staging – whatever – I wasn’t looking at the furniture, I was looking at the fantastic architectural details of the house.

      • stacksp

        I never get why people get so hung up on the staging when you are replacing all that stuff with your own ideas, furniture and concepts.

        • ET

          Staging just like bad or no staging can be distracting. Staging should at the same time make people see themselves living there but without being too in your face or overly personal. Sometimes it is done to camouflage flaws or trouble spots but it is still setting a mood.

          • anon

            Yes, where you really need to work hard to sell a place. No work at all is needed to sell a place like this, staged haphazardly or empty – they sell instantly due to demand.

          • textdoc

            +1 to “Staging should at the same time make people see themselves living there but without being too in your face or overly personal.”

    • Anon

      Could you even reach the controls on the stacked washer/dryer? The top one has buttons pretty much at ceiling height! I’d also be kind of worried about vibration and having the top unit falling… Usually these stacked W/D have side support.

  • AMDCer

    I love this house! Yes, I would change the trim paint color on the outside, but that’s about it. Also, thumbs up to the listing just for using the word sylvan.

    • jdegg

      I love this house too! It just needs new paint.

      But I bet the closets are absolutely tiny because there is not a single one pictured. In fact, we don’t even see closet doors.

      • ***

        Guessing given the vintage of the home, closets, especially large closets, were not a thing yet. Furniture based clothing storage would be typical.

  • Oh my goodness this is just way too cute. Love it.

  • anon

    I live nearby, and houses on this block sell immediately – which is why they can say offers due in a couple of days. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was basically sold already. Not overpriced. No need to nitpick – change the laundry room around if you like – easy to do. House aooears to be in condition where nothing much needs to be done. Staging style is irrelevant in places that sell this quickly – the furniture works to show what each room has room for, and that’s all that’s needed. I would eventually paint the exterior a different color – not so much because this one is terrible, but because it reminds of my first childhood house’s color, and I don’t like to be reminded of that place. Houses need be painted eventually anyway, so not terribly hard to change the color when that’s needed, though you will have to work to cover a darker color with a might lighter one.
    Location is superb – easy walk to metro and shopping, and yet you have the greenery and walking trails of Tregaron conservancy basically in your backyard – that place is truly sylvan. It isn’t clear from the listing if you have much of a usable backyard – though most houses on this block have lovely terraced yards leading down to the conservancy land.

  • ShawTime

    Am I supposed to live in it or eat it?

    • anon

      Ha – like a gingerbread house?

      • ***

        I would love for the new owners to paint it like a gingerbread house!

      • Anon

        Oh man, Christmas decorations on this house would be so fun!

  • Count Pheasant

    I just continue to find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that there are so many people in this city who can afford mortgages of $4,000/month or higher (before insurance and maintenance costs). I mean, on an intellectual level I guess I get it, but I have this visceral, “wtf who ARE these people?!” reaction every time.

    • It might not be the financial markets capital of the country, but many of the most important decisions in the world are made in this city. Most of those people associated with that through various employments streams along the way are well compensated.

    • anon

      Really? In a town where you can’t rent a one-bedroom apartment for much under $1600, and can easily pay close to $2000 or more for a decent-sized one, you can’t imagine 2 people who are a couple and both working paying twice the cost of a decent apartment for one for a whole house? When you look at the price of decent sized two-bedrooms, which approaches or well passes $3000, you can’t see someone needing or wanting more than two bedrooms paying more than that? With an income tax deduction for mortgage interest and property taxes, it comes out as costing less than renting a place with at many bedrooms in most cases. Obviously, people have to be fairly well paid to afford this, but salaries are high in this town for many, I think (federal gov. and DC gov. jobs pay much, much higher than similar state and city gov. jobs in other large cities I’ve lived in with similar (Boston) or higher (NYC) housing costs. This isn’t the realm of the super-wealthy if there are two adults with good salaries. Though they are likely to have graduate professional degrees in order to earn those salaries in many cases – but there is a large highly educated population here.

      • Count Pheasant

        As I said, on an intellectual level on I get it for all of the reasons you took the time to list, but I have a visceral gut reaction to the absurdity of the price and the fact that there are so many people in this city who can afford it.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Lots of reasons, but a big one is couples buying property together. You don’t even have to be a lawyer, though there are lots of those in DC. Two GS-15s are making ~250k a year together. Then as always not everything is as it seems: many people live well beyond their means.

    • Bob

      GS15 is about $130K. Junior lawyers at big firms are making at least around $200K. World Back/IMF people make good salaries and don’t pay income tax. So, it’s pretty easy for a highly educated couple to make $300-350K per year in DC. If this hypothetical couple purchased a condo in Logan Circle in 2008, they probably would make a good profit selling it now to purchase their family home in Cleveland Park. Combining the profits and their savings, I would imagine that a $250K+ down payment would be relatively doable and would drive down the monthly payment. I think it’s mostly these types of people that buy the houses plus some trust fund babies and embassy staff with huge housing allowances.

      • Anon

        Not to be off-topic, but this misc-characterization always bugs me: Bank/Fund staff do pay income tax. Salaries for US staff are adjusted so that their after-tax pay is equivalent for foreign staff at same level, but they do file and pay taxes. Doesn’t change the overall point that they are very well compensated, which is definitely true.

        • anon

          Foreign Bank workers do not pay US income tax .. what they pay to their home countries, I don’t know. But they do have a lot of disposable income, and they do buy property here.

    • ***

      Considering fresh-out-of-school lawyers start at 6 figures… I had an acquaintance who in the course of 2 years completely paid off her Georgetown Law School loans, bought a condo, a new car, took 2-3 multiple week out of country vacations a year… needless to say, there are a LOT of people making money hand over fist. Alas… I am not one of the lucky few (not that I am complaining… I would NOT want to be a lawyer, accountant, etc).

      • Reno Reno Reno

        Hate to break it to you, but your acquaintance was independently wealthy and quite possible not actually employed (no lawyer, much less a fresh-out-of-school one, has ever been able to take multiple week vacations, much less 2-3 of them).

        • Anonymous

          +1. In fairness I would not expect *** to know details about an acquaintance’s financial situation but some rough guesswork and a little math should tell you that there was almost certainly some other piece to that puzzle. And even if it was what it seemed, it’s not a typical case.

        • ***

          Possible… although I would say a fair portion of the “young” DC crowd is being fueled in some or part by mommy & daddy’s money. That said, pretty sure she walked in Day 1, out of school, to a starting salary of $125,000+

        • jumpingjack

          +1. No junior associates are able to take multiple 2-3 week vacations a year. They rarely get to take vacation at all. (I took one two week vacation during my total of seven years in Biglaw.) And most attorneys (especially from schools like Georgetown) graduate with $150k-$200k (or more) in debt, which would be extraordinarily difficult to pay off in two years, even at Biglaw salaries.

  • Anonamom

    This house was featured in a WaPo article one day last week. Apparently the house has never been sold before and has been kept in the family since it was originally built. I love these kit houses, and it’s amazing to me how well they have stood the test of time for the most part.

    • west_egg

      Correct. I also heard that it was originally purchased from Sears for $2,000 or something along those lines.

    • textdoc

      washingtonpost . com /news/where-we-live/wp/2016/09/09/a-cleveland-park-gingerbread-house-is-for-sale-for-the-first-time/

  • Idontgetit

    Although there are a shocking number of interior walls up on the main floor, I still love this house.

    • anon

      Funny – I love those walls!

      • Idontgetit

        I guess I forgot to use the Tongue-in-cheek font.

        • anon

          Oh, I figured you were probably being sarcastic.
          But since so many have written on here recently that they prefer(!) those old houses to have their ground floors ripped and made to look like a modern, open condo, I wanted to put my vote in for leaving old house architecture largely alone.

  • LionofLedroit

    The seller could demolish the (lovely, quaint) home and erect a plastic tent on the property and it would still likely go for asking. This location is yuppie family kryptonite – i.e., the “Park Slope” of DC.

    • anon

      Funny – I used to live in Park Slope and now live near this house, and never thought of them as comparable – Cleveland Park seems so not population dense and closer to suburban to me to make that connection.
      But then, I don’t have kids. I see what you are saying for those seeking a place with decent public schools for the elementary age set, and a generally kid-friendly neighborhood. Though from dining out with friends with kids, I must say the restaurants in Park Slope and other areas of Brooklyn are FAR more kid-friendly than the restaurants in DC, even those in the yuppie family kryptonite neighborhoods.

  • stink eye

    Looks like a great deal to me! supper close to the metro. Plenty of space. I’d pay $1.2m for based on what condos in the city are going for. Wouldn’t be surprised if it goes for well over asking.

  • Bluewaves

    Guven the 1929 build I would say this is a Sears Barrington. Pretty neat for how well maintained it is.

    • anon

      It is. I read that on another site that posted this house last week.

    • anon

      I wish one could order these kit houses now! They seem to be great houses (if properly put together, which most of them, or those that have lasted til now anyway, seem to have been.) Seems like Sears and Wards and all the other companies that sold kit houses had a great solution to the need for nice homes at what was probably a good price for the time, whether you had the skills to construct the kits or hired someone to do it for you.

      • Rich

        You generally found a builder. Before WWII, it was much more common for people to buy a lot and have a house built than after the war when large scale suburban development increased the number of large scale builders.


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