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GDoN “all just steps away!” edition

by Prince Of Petworth February 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm 15 Comments

1313 Emerald St NE

This house is located at 1313 Emerald Street, NE. The MRIS listing says:

“A GEM OF A HILL HOME ON CHARMING ONE-WAY ONE-BLOCK EMERALD STEPS FROM H STREET, PARKS, TRAILS, MORE! 3BR/1.5BA WITH PRIVATE OUTDOOR OASIS! Exposed Brick Walls, Decorative Fireplace, Pocket Doors, Steel and Stone Gourmet Kitchen with Bonus Nook, Full Sized Laundry, Storage, Hardwood Floors and Dual-Zone HVAC! Lincoln Park, Eastern Market, H Street, Whole Foods, all just steps away!”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $699,725.

  • JS

    Note: Although this house is not in an historic district, there is a pending application to designate this one block a HD. Probably worth thinking about, especially if the buyer plans on replacing that horrid front door.
    Also, I’m irrationally bothered by the fact that the trim for the under-stairs storage doesn’t match the angle of the staircase.

    • Pleasanter

      +1, I was just about to comment on this. It looks like a lazy job – not taking the time or care to make sure the angles and finishes matched and looked uniform.

    • Neighbor

      The pending historic designation for this street is interesting–the support was close to 50/50 on the street, and a few of the supporters have sold and moved out, but the ANC went ahead and supported it. One of the ANC reps is a resident of the block and was very much an advocate of designation…

      • Thunder

        Sorry wrong House. Beware of 1317.
        This house does not have the stop work orders or deck. This owner may be selling because of the proposed historic designation.

      • Anon

        Emerald Street resident here. “Thunder” is misinformed. The renovation that had two stop work orders is a different house (two houses down, also on the market). This was a quality renovation done by previous owners.

        And yes, expect to see more homes become available on this street in the near future from people that have no desire to put up with NIMBY asshole neighbors who want to control what kind of windows the residents select.

      • Thunder

        The opponents of the historic designation never produced evidence of a 50-50 split. There was no petition to oppose the historic designation. There was a petition to delay the ANC vote, and they got that time.

        • Neighbor

          Referencing the list of signatures put forth by the supporters for historic designation, which was 50/50 (without counting houses that have since sold).

          • Neighbor

            Sorry–the houses that have since sold were part of the original 50/50 is what I meant.

      • Here’s where the historic district business stands and how it went down:


  • HaileUnlikely

    A couple of unrelated observations: 1.) the hardwoods run across the width of the house rather than along the long dimension. I wonder why that is? Somebody explained it once, and it made sense, but I don’t remember.
    2.) This house has seen a great deal of turnover in the past several years. The buyer will be the seventh owner of this house since the beginning of 2004. I wonder what’s up with that.

    • soozles

      I think running the floorboards that way makes the house look wider.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Fair enough. I meant from a structural standpoint, one normally lays the strips perpendicular to the floor joists, not parallel to them. I remember now that somebody explained that oftentimes a new hardwood floor is laid right on top of an old one, rather than directly over the subfloor/joists, and that then the new strips are laid perpendicular to the old ones.

  • soozles

    I generally like this house, especially since they kept the walls. I think it’s kinda sweet and functional.

    One shortcut that I hate, which was done here, is putting a rectangular window into a rounded opening and then building over the corners. It looks terrible in that front bedroom. Spend a few extra bucks and get a custom window that fits. It looks really cheap otherwise.

    • Anon

      To be fair, it’s a LOT more than a few extra bucks. But I fully agree that it looks cheap AF.

  • Michael Shaw

    I agree I like that they kept the walls. It’s a Charming house on an equally charming street. I think the updates in this house are similar to the updates you will see all over the hill- updates are done by several owners over time.


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