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GDoN “Museum-quality restoration” edition

by Prince Of Petworth — November 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm 19 Comments


This house is located at 946 T Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“One half block from Metro, renovated and masterfully restored, 1894 Corner Victorian with over 4400 SF of light-filled rooms incl. in-law suite. Museum-quality restoration boasts period details incl pocket doors, crown moldings, original fireplaces, natural wood moldings & wood floors. A 2-story Carriage House provides parking & storage w/ all utilities. Modern systems incl 2-zoned HVAC.”


You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $2,550,000.

  • 9th Street Neighbor

    I’m fairly certain this house has already sold.

    • ustreeter

      It has a contract but very sketchy on taxes, only assessed at $731,000, which probably means didn’t use permits and OTR didn’t find out about improvements.

      • anonymous

        So If I bought a home and decided to fully renovate it how does the assess the home going forward? Especially if I was receiving the homestead tax on the home before the full gut? Doesn’t that prevent my taxes from being raised beyond a certain percentage? I understand how they can do it on a flipped home where a developer bought it for low then resold at higher price.

      • AnonV2

        You are assuming speedy coordination between these two agencies. If the work was done recently it might not have been reviewed by OTR yet. I bet in many cases OTR might wait for flips to sell instead of doing an interim assessment. The settled sale price will do most of the work for them.

        • stacksp

          That’s exactly the case. At the next tax assessment and/or sale, the taxes will be adjusted.

      • also anon

        We bought a renovated house and the tax assessment wasn’t changed until the next year’s tax bill. The reassessment doesn’t occur when the permits are submitted it occurs when the next tax bill is prepared.

      • permits

        it was permitted, but back in 2010, so the permit would have expired and this work likely done illegally. Here’s what they got permitted:


        • 9th Street Neighbor

          This permit that you quote seems to cover the improvements. You comments that “the work is most likely illegal” is specious, as all of the major systems are delineated on permit. Most of the other stuff is fairly cosmetic. Your assertion is a bit unsubstantiated and rash.

          • ustreeter

            So the systems all had permits, but when the house was bought it was vacant and blighted, so to make it look like is does would have entailed a gut rehab.

          • JayDC

            ustreeter-doesn’t look like a gut rehab to me. There’s a lot of original detail. Cleary the bathrooms and kitchens have been updated but most of the original home seems to be intact. Not a gut.

  • LedroitTigah

    I had to force myself NOT to go to this OH, because it would have been too painful — so much WANT, but not enough $$! I always pass by this house on the weekends, and Ive always thought it was so beautiful and big. The pictures look SO beautiful.

  • It’s a good thing they have a bench beside the front door, because I’m swooning! This is exactly the type of place I’d buy if I suddenly struck gold/discovered I was a Vanderbilt, etc.

  • Idontgetit

    Is it too late for me to find a Sugar Daddy? A Sugar Grand Daddy?

  • wdc

    BRB, going to inquire about selling a kidney.

    • Anon

      but they said millions 🙁

  • anon

    Nice restoration of all the original details. Though I have a lot of quibbles about how well they incorporated the modern stuff – the kitchen, bath, and washer/dryer.

    • JayDC

      I agree. I would have found a different place for the w/d. Other than that, I think the home looks stunning.

  • Janie4

    I love a lot of the stuff, but I probably would have lightened some of the stain on the trim work – the doors seem way dark compared to the window trim.

    I myself would not have gone with natural wood cabinets in the kitchen. To contrast with the rest of the house, I would have gone with off-white, which would also be period correct. And the cabinets wouldn’t have been glass fronted, even if they were natural wood. That wasn’t done then, and it makes the cabinets seem too busy.

    I liked the bath.

  • XXX

    I really hope the home is protected in some way. Otherwise, whomever purchases it can gut it and dispose of all the original features much like what happened to (what used to be) the exquisite B&B on Q St NW between 13 and 14. We neighbors almost cried when the contractors threw away original stained glass windows and the staircase so they could gut it and make it condos. They promised the prior owners that they would send items to salvage, but nothing was in writing and everything went into the dumpster as the neighbors watched.


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