GDoN “top-to-bottom renovation” edition

by Prince Of Petworth January 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm 30 Comments


This house is located at 1331 1st Street, NW. The Redfin listing says:

“Lots to love in this great top-to-bottom renovation: New AC, furnace and water heater. New plumbing in kitchen, new cabinets, granite tops and stainless steel appliances. New 6″ sold plank flooring throughout. Completely rebuilt full bath with new floor-to-ceiling tile & full body wash. New solid core doors. New Trex decking and 7 ft fence in back yard. New patios in front yard and rear yard.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $669,000.

  • hungeegirl

    the one (ugh) bathroom – is it missing a shower door?

  • Anon

    This is a solid deal that’s likely to be scooped up fairly quickly.

  • DCJoe

    Be careful on this one folks.


    Check for permits and inspections. Don’t want to end up like these folks


    • ET

      There seems to also be a permit tracing system that has the following along with 3 2016 permits issued between 9/20 and 10/7 (the two on 10/7 were supplemental for plumbing/gas the 9/20 was for electrical):

      B1613043 Alteration and Repair Permit 9/13/2016 JW DEVELOPMENT

      Interior demo/replacement of non load-bearing partition walls repairs/replacement in kind of existing furnace and AC repairs/replacement in kind of existing plumbing fixtures/piping repairs and installation of less than 10 outlets and light fixtures Plumbing and electrical permits will be obtained separately.

      Plan Review Coordinator Application Accepted 09/13/2016

      Structural Review Structural Review Approved 09/13/2016

      Issue Permit Permit Issued 09/13/2016

  • B’Dale Res

    Love all the trash bins!!!

    • Bloomy

      I know! If I were a photographer… or an agent… I would definitely take some of that staging effort and neatly arrange the neighbors’ cans.

      • TCircler

        Or take the photos on Wednesdays when the trash cans are by the street.

  • Anon

    I think it’s a good deal and would expect it to settle for over that price, although I wouldn’t be crazy about being across the street from a high school and half a block from SOME.

    • AnonV2

      The rows on these blocks do not have basements, so storage is pretty limited. I can’t tell from the photos, but there are one or two blocks that also do not have alley access in the back (there is a walkway, but no room for a car). Street parking can be tough. Even with those potential caveats, it seems priced about right.

      • TCircler

        Street parking is fine around there now that O Street is open. That block is a little fuller, but the block north is usually accessible for parking. And no, most of these houses do not have parking in the back.

        The issue is if you need to arrive during the day during the week. When school is in session, it’s tough to find a spot. But at night, it’s very, very easy. There’s a ton around there.

        I live nearby. I was very worried about SOME too, but it’s fine. I haven’t had a single issue from anyone visiting SOME. They tend to scatter and leave the immediate area in the mornings. This is also a hop skip and jump from NOMA and they are currently building three buildings on this edge of NOMA that will include food, retail, and a movie theater.

  • Jerry

    What a surprise! A listing in “Truxton Circle” with absolutely no mention of “Truxton Circle” because nobody knows it exists besides people on popville

    • K

      And many of the residents of Truxton Circle.

      • TCircler

        +1. We know where it is! And we don’t really give a damn if you don’t.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I wonder what proportion of buyers in DC already lived in DC vs are moving here from out of the area. If trying to advertise to a general audience that includes lots of people who do not presently live in DC, using names of micro-neighborhoods doesn’t really communicate any information to most readers unless it is perhaps Georgetown or Capitol Hill. I don’t think it’s a diss to Truxton Circle to omit the name from the real estate listing. A buyer moving here from out of the area won’t know Columbia Heights from Capitol Heights.

    • katemc

      I’m sorry you are so upset about the concept of Truxton Circle. One of my amazing former neighbors made this fantastic website to help more of the community find the history of their homes. She discusses the history of the name of the area: http://www.truxtoncircle.org/faq.html

      • wpk_dc

        +1 !

  • K

    This is a great deal if you are willing to take on the risk of buying a house with no inspection record and minimal permits for what appears to be a full renovation that only took 5 and half months.

    • Nathan

      I’ll give you the permit issue, but there’s no reason a quality full renovation can’t be done in 5.5 months.

      • Elkhaert

        Honestly, I would be more worried if it took longer than that. More time exposed to the elements, likely they found something seriously wrong, possibly lazy work ethic on finishes.

        • K

          5.5 months from closing to selling. Seems fast to me. But then again they didn’t have to wait for pesky inspections.

          • Anon

            This is perfectly reasonable assuming you actually know what you’re doing and/or you’re dealing with contractors who’ve actually done this before.

      • Anonymous

        +1. Five months doesn’t indicate the quality of the job, but it’s certainly enough time to do a good job.

  • CatieCat

    I’m just confused by the staging. Why put the dining room in that front room, so far from the kitchen? And living room where the dining room should be.

    This place looks TEEENNY to me, even with these wide-eyed realtor shots. But, for a DINK or even a couple with a baby, this is probably the perfect amount of space.

    • stacksp

      Place looks small to me as well…..

      • HaileUnlikely

        The listing says 1312 square feet, which I believe, and I don’t regard as tiny (my house is 1240 and I find it perfectly adequate). That said, my house is 2 floors of approximately 20 feet x 30 feet. This looks a lot narrower and deeper, which I think makes it considerably more awkward.

    • Not buying

      Because the room in the front of the house is too small to fit a couch.

    • pru

      Also maybe because the fireplace is near the kitchen, and a fireplace fits in better in a living-room rather than a dining-room?
      I’m confused by the photos about the size and possible uses of the third bedroom, which seems to be staged only with a slim desk in the middle and three chairs.

  • Truxton Thomas

    The Redfin listing incorrectly says the assigned elementary school is Garrison. I routinely see incorrect school information on Redfin, Zillow, etc. Anyone know why? It’s really easy to find this information (http://dcatlas.dcgis.dc.gov/schools/), so not sure what the deal is.

    • stacksp

      My guess is that its intentional manipulation and/or steering by the listing agent choosing to cite Garrison over Langley and Walker Jones

  • MDGirl

    Also, from looking at picture no. 11, it would be impossible to open the refrigerator door unless you opened the (pantry door??) first. Why would anyone put a refrigerator in that location?!


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