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GDoN “Whole Foods 2017!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm 13 Comments


This house is located at 1607 West Virginia Avenue, NE. The listing says:

“Welcome to your new home in Trinidad! Original HWF, granite,stainless, vintage glass door knobs,exposed brick,glass doors, breakfast room /florida room. Half bath on main. Bonus room off of bedroom. Finished basement w full bath. Fenced yard, privacy gate. OSP! Located close to Gallaudet,Atlas/H Street District , NoMa Red line metro, Union Market, Ivy City, and Whole Foods 2017! Open Sunday 12-3”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $675,000.

  • markus

    I fixed up a nearby house, and while I’d love $675k to be true, this is crazy overpriced. It’s smaller than many homes in the area, and on a main road with a lot of industrial traffic. Also one of the more crime ridden corners of Trinidad.

    • Emily

      I found the price high as well, especially for this far north. But I couldn’t find the square footage in the listing — do you know what it is? The facade makes it look like one of the narrower houses in Trinidad, though I suppose they could make up for that with the finished basement. But even if it were bigger, the price is too high. Compare it to the “GDON Revisited” house from last week, which might have been a little less updated inside, but was still very nice. Plus it had a lovely yard and deck addition (the rear exterior on this one needs a lot of work to make it an asset beyond the parking area), and it was much closer to H street and on a quiet street. It was listed for more than 100K less than this one and settled right around 600K. Makes me wonder if the flipper/owner spent too much on the renovation and is trying to make up for it in the sale price.

      • anonymous

        actually this house looks wider than the average Trinidad home, unless they used some trick on their camera to cause the illusion. I say this based on the dining room/kitchen. 675$ is pushing it for that location but not by much. That’s just the reality of the market in Trinidad these days whether outsiders(which hasn’t slowed buyers) believe it or not. One or two house- sure- but everything that hits the market is snatched up

        • Emily

          Realtor photos are notoriously misleading — they pretty much universally use lenses that will make rooms look bigger than they really are. You could be right that this house is as larger or larger than most in the neighborhood, but I don’t think you can judge by the photos. The dining/kitchen set up is pretty standard for the neighborhood (galley kitchen behind stairs with adjoining dining room), but the width both kitchen and dining room varies depending on lot.

          As a Trinidad resident, I agree that most people outside the neighborhood underestimate the going rate for homes. But this price surprises me, and I agree with the OP that the location is particularly less appealing given traffic on WV and the higher crime at that intersection. That’s why I’d be interested to know the actual square footage. There might be something I’m missing.

      • also anon

        The Redfin listing says 1386 unfinished and 1926 total including the basement. Seems like a good sized house. Maybe no “big” but bigger than a lot of DC houses.

  • UpperPetworth

    Price is outrageous for this location and house. Every finish appears to be the bottom-grade.

  • Shelley

    The renovations are closer to my taste than some of the others I’ve seen. Having said that, I can’t justify the $675K price tag. It doesn’t appear to be total square footage. Are the rooms are larger than comparable houses on that block?

  • jdegg

    Does it have central AC? No mention of it. All I see are radiators and fans.

    • textdoc

      I was wondering the same thing, but then I saw a vent/register thing on a wall. So I think it has radiator heat and central air (which I hear is the best of both worlds).

  • PotomacElle

    …and what are all of those white square things on the dining room walls?

  • DF

    Trinidad costs more than Petworth now?

    • tke98

      I don’t see too many $675K renovated single family rowhouses in Petworth anymore. They are usually $700K and up. If they have a in-law suite that is also a legal one bedroom apartment, they are even more expensive. But I also live 3/4 from the metro and prices go up exponentially, the closer you get to that.

  • Henry

    Trinidad and Ivy City residents will be making a lot of money in 5 to 10 years. The house is probably overpriced a bit but not by a lot. I’ve seen the knee jerk Trinidad = overpriced folks on the boards but they don’t know the going rate for the area. Times are a changin.


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