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GDoN “in the heart of it all!” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm 36 Comments


This house is located at 468 Ridge Street, NW. The Redfin listing says:

“Live in the heart of it all! Spacious 2bd/2.5ba home with an open floor plan, hw floors, tons of storage, ADT, upgraded eat-in kitch w/ granite countertops, SS appliances. Master BR w/ vaulted ceilings & in-suite BA. W/ D in unit. Large private rear patio. 2 gated prkng spaces. 2 blocks to Metro, groceries, I395. Walk to top dining/entertainment in Shaw, Bloomingdale & more. Minutes to Capitol Hill.”


You can see more Photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $749,000.

  • That Man A

    What made you discontinue the popville real estate page?

  • condoer

    What is that mini-door on the left???

    • Anonymous

      Where else would you keep the gimp?

    • Macly

      Access to the back patio.

    • textdoc

      I was wondering the same thing. Maybe a cubby for the trash/recycling bins (if this is a street with curbside pickup rather than alley-side pickup)?

    • ridge place

      A lot of older houses in the neighborhood have archways there so you can access the stables in the rear of the house with your horse (not kidding). Most just have bars there now, I’m guessing this was horse access initially and at some point a full door was installed and part of a wall was put in making the archway smaller.

      • JS

        This is the right answer. When this house was built cars didn’t exist, so easy horse storage was the premium amenity of the day.

  • eleven

    Ridge Street is not my favorite, but I’m going with “good deal” on this one. Two parking spaces — SWOON. Patio area is nice, and there’s a shocking amount of space inside. I think it’s priced right.

    • eleven

      In response to some of the comments below re: this location, I’ll clarify that I live in this same neighborhood and love my particular block (very accessible to downtown, 9th Street, etc etc.). I just don’t love little narrow Ridge Street, which is in an awkward spot between 1-lane roads and is a bit quieter than some of the other streets in this neighborhood. But as I said, still a good deal in my opinion.

    • lestermester

      it is priced great. Sure it is still expensive, but this is DC, and that is decent square footage, from the pictures the spaced is designed well, updated, fenced in patio, and 2 parking spaces right by the Mt. Vernon metro. It isnt shaw, but this place isnt far from Chinatown, NOMA, U st, and Shaw. Out of my price range, but still a good deal for some yuppie dinks out there

  • mcd

    Seems pretty fairly priced to me. Not a perfect location, but I think that street seems pretty quiet. Nice outdoor space and good layout overall, parking a plus.

    • Neighbor Nearby

      Curious why you don’t think it’s the perfect location? I live one block south on M Street – and think it has all of the key attributes of a city location – 3 blocks to the Metro, 24/7 grocery store, restaurants, etc.

      Not trying to start a battle but more interested to hear what would be a perfect location?

      • Seamus

        I had the same question. The amenities cannot be beat and you never need a car to get anywhere. What is perfection, then? Or is it more like “it’s not Dupont/Cap Hill” etc? Not being snarky, truly wondering.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Why is it hard to understand that people have neighborhood preferences that go beyond a metro, grocery store and restaurants? You could live by pretty much any metro and have all of these things, so what makes one better than another? Personal preference, feel of the neighborhood, crime, schools, etc. I live somewhat close as well, but I wouldn’t call where I live or this location perfect.

          • Seamus

            It’s not hard to understand? Just wanted the person to elaborate on their definition of “perfect.”

    • ridge place

      It’s close to everything but the nearby public housing makes it less than ideal. A block in almost every direction is a little weird, and you’re 6-8 blocks from any nice commercial area with heavy pedestrian traffic.

      • Truxtoner

        It’s a lot closer to nice commercial areas than that, not sure what your’e talking about. It’s only four blocks to everything on 9th Street and even closer to the 7th and O stuff and City Vista.

        • Seamus


        • Anon

          To say nothing about all the stuff by 5th/K (24hr Safeway, restaurants galore, etc). I don’t live here but have friends who do and think it’s a great location.

      • tom

        Used to live around the corner on N, and comment by “ridge place” is spot-on.

        • Seamus

          How long ago? I live here now. I’d say Ridge Pl. is partially correct.

    • Truxtoner

      My guess is people think it is too close to the coops at 5th between N and O. I think Ridge is less heavily trafficked as well but that area gets pretty congested during rush hour with people trying to get to the 395 tunnel. But otherwise, it’s pretty ideal to me.

  • Suse

    What is that stuff over the front door in the foyer?

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I am not expert, but it looks almost looks like a gas meter.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Is it me, or does the front of the house to the right look like the back of a house?

  • Unconfirmed, but the parking may be partially owned by the church next door and church cars have a right to park in these 2 spots on Sundays. Meaning the owner would have to move their own cars on this day.

    • Anon

      Owners own both spots outright. Agreement with the church for partial use on one spot.

  • Seamus

    I live nearby. They do own both spaces.

  • soozles

    I don’t understand why they don’t put trim around the closet doors. The other doors have trim. I think it makes it look like the cheap renovation that it probably is. $750K for two bedrooms and no basement? Seems high to me.

    • Anonynon

      Are you talking about the folding clothes closet doors? Trim around those would be absurd.

      • Anonynon

        Meant to remove “clothes” – trim around folding doors period

  • Anonymous

    On picture 5, looking at the step, it seems as though either the kitchen floor is sloping down to the right or the living room floor is sloping down to the left.

  • NorthPetworth

    I just love all this artwork – it looks like the same artist, any ideas where it’s from?

    • Hello, I am the stager for this property and I was lucky to use Kelly Walker’s art. Her website is kellywalkerfineart.squarespace.com all the pieces in this property are available.

      -Drew Foxwell
      [email protected]

      • djaz

        thank you!

  • Stephen

    Listing Information
    Listing Price Information
    Low Price: $749,000
    Original Price: $749,000
    Listing Information
    Listing Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017
    Status Change Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:59 AM
    Contract Date: 2017-01-09
    Last Contingency Type: Other
    Last Contingency Expires: 2017-01-23
    Contingency: Other
    Type: Exclusive Right To Sell
    Not a Potential Short Sale

    **As per listing, under contract 1/9/17, on the market for four days! Someone obviously likes the house and the neighborhood!


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