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GDoN “everything a homeowner could want” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth February 3, 2017 at 11:50 am 27 Comments

429 Delafield Place

This house is located at 429 Delafield Place, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“This completely renovated row home by H2DesignBuild has everything a homeowner could want. The home is 4 Bed/3.5 bath and includes, Italian Marble, Select HW Floors with walnut stain, custom Trex deck, secured parking, front/rear basement entrances, wet bar, porcelain foyer tile, and Pella windows. Located in the heart of Petworth approx 15-minute walk to the metro.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $694,016.

  • P

    Very nice, I like. The price seems low to me. I wonder if that’s due to distance from metro, or perhaps sq footage on the lower side, or the loss of original details, or inability to rent out basement… still I would think it’s a good deal when others are going for 900+

    • RESME

      The price IMO, is a little high.

      I live pretty closed to there, and while I do not have exact Square footage, you can get slightly less updated, and 1bd 1bath less for $100k less. If anything it is priced just right, assuming Trump does not destroy the economy of DC.

  • DF

    We live on this block and love it. Bought our place last year for more than $100k less but this is a complete remodel. Great ideas for a kitchen in this space.

  • JS

    It seems nice enough, but the two non-master bedrooms upstairs look pretty tiny.

    • textdoc

      +1 on the non-master bedrooms — if they look small in the professional photos, they must look tiny in real life.
      I also think it looks wrong that the front porch railing doesn’t match the railing that goes down the stairs.

      • soozles

        My thoughts exactly on the railing. That one looks terrible.

    • DF

      Our house up the block has only one bedroom in the back, a huge master. We lose a bedroom but without kids it works out well with a spacious guest room in front (the usual master in these houses).
      I agree, those back bedrooms are super tiny.

      • Fieldela

        We live near here, with two kids. We easily fit a queen bed, two dressers, a console table in the master bedroom, with space to spare. The two non-master bedrooms work fine for young children – each holding a bed, dresser, book shelf, chair, hamper, etc – though they’re obviously not spacious. We turned a small room in the basement into a guest room, and it easily fits two beds plus storage. Point is that the house isn’t huge, but can certainly fit the needs of a young family of four.

    • KY Ave

      Even the master is tiny — there’s only a bed in it. No dresser or other furniture.

      • textdoc

        That is a good point — I hadn’t even noticed that.

  • anonymous

    This doesn’t have everything I want – I want walls downstairs!! Knocking out all of the archways and walls like this makes the space seem a lot smaller.

    • MM

      Agree – really dislike the open floor plan

    • pedant in black

      Came here to say the same thing. What does everyone have against walls?!

      • anonymous

        it makes having adult size furniture almost impossible in some of those original layouts. Unless you have a wider than usual row home or one of the larger brownstones type- the walls take up way to much space.

        • anon

          My experience is that tastefully maintained/updated rowhomes with interior walls intact are some of the most sought after properties in DC. They almost always get snatched up quickly, and at least at the listing price. The open floor plan flips are a dime a dozen. I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s almost easier to knock down the walls than to try to work around them.

        • pedant in black

          I’d still rather have walls. Where do people hang all their art without them?!

          • anonymous

            You still have the perimeter walls. The other walls that dived the rooms have about 2ft of space on each side- so not like you’re loosing much wall space.

          • DC_KT

            Plus, even if your furniture has to be a bit smaller, walls give you some place to put the furniture. “Couch in the middle of the room” gets old. I’m curious to see how people will view these open concept designs in 10-20 years, if it will seem hopelessly “early aughts” and dated, or if they’ll be like, “yeah, I can’t believe houses ever used to have WALLS!”

        • Fieldela

          I love having an open floor plan. We turned the open area of our basement into a home gym and office. We keep our living room open too – no coffee table. The original layouts are a little cramped, and spacious feeling is real nice, in my opinion.

  • anon

    Good lord, it’s 996 square feet not including the basement. That is tiny — some interior rowhomes not far away have an 1800 square foot footprint. Also, 4th and Delafield is far enough from the metro that a walk becomes a royal pain. I’d buy further north towards Kennedy Street and get more space for this amount of money.

    • Guillermo Brown

      I know it’s what the listing says, but how can this only be 996 sf? If the stairs are 3′ wide, then this is what, a 16′ wide row house (fairly typical width). And it’s what, 30 feet deep, maybe more? Thats 960 on 2 levels. Maybe they’re not counting the basement?
      Overall I think they did a nice job using the entire rear for the kitchen. Looks like a space I’d want to cook in. And the finishes on the front a rear porches look pretty good

    • Fieldela

      For some reason, the square footage of these houses shows up weird on official DC records. I think they don’t include the basement for some reason. Look at some of the nearby houses on Zillow, and you’ll see they claim more like 1600+. It’s definitely not 996.

      As far as the metro goes, it’s one mile to two metros – Petworth and Ft Totten. However, there are two bus lines (one on Kansas and one on New Hampshire) that will take you to the metro in about 5 minutes, or further into downtown. They’re super convenient, sometimes faster and less hassle than metro.

  • Anony

    Looks like they got a deal on White Marble! I’d also question that 4th bedroom legitimacy (upstairs pic #18). Needs to be at least 70 sf and that is darn close. Overall not a bad redo.

  • Elkhaert

    Not sure that really counts as the “heart of Petworth.” More like the forehead.

    These houses are really narrow there, and those other two “bedrooms” on the second floor are pretty much unusable for anything other than a nursery. They should have just gone for a 3/3.5 and made the second bedroom on the second floor also a master.

  • anon

    Live on the block and love it. Rowhouses on the block are on the smaller side. Open floor layout works well with the narrow width. Location is surprisingly convenient. About a 20 min walk to Petworth Metro and about the same to Fort Totten, 12-15 min walk to Upshur St, 62 and 64 bus stops a couple of blocks away to Petworth, Fort Totten, Takoma.

  • TropicBird

    Nicely staged! Good job on the bathrooms. Would still be looking for a comfortable place to sit/stretch out with those couches though…
    I live near here and it’s an EASY 17 minute walk to the Green line, but usually you take the 64 bus (runs up to red line at Fort Totten, down to Green line at Georgia Ave., and all the way downtown.)
    It is pretty close to Washington Latin, Barnard DCPS, EL Haynes, Slash Run, Looking Glass, Petworth Citizen…parents will like the short-drive proximity to the Stoddert soccer playing fields at Carter Barron, Hamilton Rec playground and the awesome playground/spray park at Takoma Rec.

  • soozles

    I’m thinking the stove set-up in the kitchen does not meet code. I tried to get a five-burner in my kitchen reno but couldn’t because the Btu output would be too high without a hood instead of a microwave above it. There has to be a certain amount of clearance for that much Btu.

    Agree about the tiny bedrooms and open floorplan. Such a shame.


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