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GDoN “a virtual Unicorn” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth October 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm 23 Comments


A reader writes:

“I am so so friggin in love with that house. Its in my neighborhood, and I pass by it all the time and just sigh.”

The listing for 408 U Street, NW says:

“OPEN SUN 10/30, 1-4pm! 3BR/2.5BA semi-detached home (circa 1876) nestled in the historic district of LeDroit Park. Rare + over-sized 3-car carriage house w/ endless potential (a virtual Unicorn)! Well-loved + beautifully preserved, this home boasts an expansive yard, antique brick terrace, original character, high ceilings + excellent finishes. Close to local eateries + Metro. Offers due Wed 11/2.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $899,000.

  • whoisyourmom?

    this is going to sell for well north of $1M, right?

    • Nathan

      I’d bet, closing at the list price seems way too low.

  • Sady

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up getting better than $1.1M. As cheesy as it sounds, this house really is a virtual unicorn.

    • house

      $1.1M is low – this is going to be crazy.

  • Anon

    Hahahaha at that price… right, this will sell for $900k, sure thing bud

    • Anon

      I’m actually in the market in this price range, but I’m not even going to bother with this one – but yea, gorgeous house

  • Caleb

    We live on this block! I can’t wait to see what this goes for.

  • navyard

    This must have just been redone. no window coverings on any of the bedroom windows? And it looks like the ceiling in one of the bedrooms may have had some patchwork painting done — but maybe just a shadow.
    Gorgeous-o inside. I love the windows at the back of the house — floor to ceiling with no visible interior trim. Really nice, clean feature. And it matches the casement doorways from the kitchen to the hall — nice way to let more light into the house. Architect did a great job.

    • anon

      Not necessarily just done – some people paint over damage from leaks and take down the window coverings when staging a place – and I do think this house’s furniture is evidence of professional staging.

      • Anon

        This was completely redone with great attention to historic detail. I selfishly wish that wasn’t the case as then I’d have a spitting chance at this house, but alas.

  • Bloomy

    This has to go for at least $1.1…. parking, too???

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Gosh, if only I had a million dollars (for many reasons!), I’d snatch this place up. Although I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the cherry wood kitchen cabinets. And for $1 million plus, I’d want more land. But oh well. Dreamers can only dream.

    • dcpolis

      lot size of 3,700+ sqft is big for dc and huge for a rowhouse.

    • Hill Denizen

      More land? Where in the city are you going to find more land for less than $1 mill.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Nowhere, probably. I’m just saying, if i’m spending imaginary money I want to spend it on an imaginary house with more imaginary land!

        • Anon

          You’re gonna need more imaginary money!

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Story of my life!

  • anon

    The photographer did a great job, but I can’t get a good sense for how functional the space is for actual living. The kitchen, in particular, looks like it would be a giant pain to actually try to prep or cook in.

  • karen

    This house looks horrible. completely unlivable. everyone should stay away. ;)

  • Anonymous

    There doesn’t seem to be a shower in the master bathroom, only in the hall bath. Seems like an odd choice.

  • LedroitTigah

    I cant even with that backyard – its friggin perfect!! Sigh…

  • wpk_dc

    Love this! So gorgeously redone — fresh and modern but with lots of original details. Perfect! Yes, this house will go quickly, and for waaaaaaay over asking price.

  • JT2DC

    I saw the house this weekend. The house is pretty great – the two windows in the living room are amazing, the lot is incredible, and the house had wonderful high ceilings – but it feels like it was a quick reno. They painted the floors black instead of replacing the wood floors and in one room upstairs they put carpeting in, probably because they didn’t want to put down wood flooring. Also, besides the new windows in the living room, the house still has original one-paned windows. You would need to replace them. That said, it is a huge lot and the garage is massive.


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