GDoN “Wonderful Brookland Bungalow!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth October 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm 17 Comments


This house is located at 1216 Michigan Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“Wonderful Brookland Bungalow! Glowing hardwood floors, Fireplace, updated kitchens/baths, tons of light pouring in. 4 bedrooms. Huge basement with high ceilings provides for lots of storage, family room, or future in-law suite! Very large fenced-in back yard with a detached garage and off street parking. Walk to Metro, shops, restaurants. Come live the sweet life! OPEN SUN 1-4”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/1 bath is going for $659,000.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Michigan Avenue is very busy, the sidewalk is basically right up against the road with very minimal buffer (although there is a decent buffer right here), and people drive extremely fast here. If not for that, otherwise an excellent deal – love the house itself.

    • textdoc

      Agreed — I really like the house itself (with the sole exception being that purplish bathroom), but being directly on Michigan Avenue is a significant drawback.

      • anon

        But that is what might make it a good deal to someone. My house is on a busy street and does not have a parking spot or much of a yard – however, the same house with all of those things, I would not have been able to afford.

    • anon

      I live directly on a busy street and I enjoy being that much closer to retail and the main thoroughfare’s transit and auto accessibility. To each his own. For what it’s worth, the buffer of this yard AND the grass streak between the road and sidewalk AND streetparking between traffic and the grass is more than “minimal.”

  • the totten.

    I don’t think it’s a great deal. I agree with the assessment on Michigan Ave. Wouldn’t want to live directly on it. Also, it’s a cute house, but 4 bedrooms and only 1 bath wouldn’t work for my family. Will be interested to see how much they get for it.

  • ET

    Is that a wall I see right between the living room and dining room?

  • navyard

    Love the house, but the wall molding makes me crazy. Why are doorways and windows trimmed in? Looks like someone with OCD did it. I would have to rip the extraneous pieces off the wall. But I love everything else. Even the unique character of that purple bath tile.

  • dcgator

    1 bathroom—gotta be a dealbreaker for most, right?

    • sbc

      yeah but there’s a lot of room in the basement to finish things off and add a bathroom–even a half bath. It also looks possible to convert part of the top floor and wind up with a really nice master suite. Someone who could live with 1 bath for a while and then renovate, or who has enough money to add a bathroom right away, would be fine with it.

      I love the window seat and books upstairs. LOVE.

    • Anonymous

      2 if you count the “very large fenced-in back yard.” Just blame the dog if anyone says anything…

    • anon

      Eh, there’s room upstairs or in the basement to put in another half bath at the least.

  • anon

    I love how they chose kitchen cabinets that actually fit the style of house! There’s pretty much zero counter space, but that’s probably part of the trade-off with a bungalow.

  • Anonymous

    Nice house, sellers NICE equity, the front door is not centered with the steps, that bugs me. Walk out basement is very functional. That back porch and some electrical don’t look up to code, that’s to be expected. They have added ‘full’ second levels to other houses on Michigan and I am not a fan. I want the bungalow charm from the street so I would love to renovate this house over time adding an addition to rear to expand kitchen and add bath / powder room etc. I would do the basement later. With 100k + some sweat equity this house could be great and the comps support recouping the money invested.

    • textdoc

      That did bug me too (the steps and front door not being centered in relation to each other).

  • AMDCer

    That basement is immaculate – impressed!

  • Ellen

    This is a sweet place;it reminds me of one of the houses that my family lived in when I was a kid. I like the front porch and the back porch is pretty sweet, too. I’m not nuts about the wall moldings and chandeliers which don’t really fit the character of this type of house…but that’s just my humble opinion. All of the bookshelves on the 2nd floor look great; nice and cozy.

  • MRD

    What a lovely house. Good deal.


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