GDoN “Chestnut staircase” edition

by Prince Of Petworth March 27, 2017 at 11:45 am 19 Comments

1117 4th St NE

This house is located at 1117 4th Street, NE. The MRIS listing says:

“Stunning Federal located 2 blk from metro & walking distance to H St Whole Foods. Adorned w/ original wood doors & brass rosettes & hardware, gleaming wood floors & Chestnut staircase, grand mstr bth w/ Waterworks Terrazo tiles & Kholer fixtures, Diamond kit cabinets w/ endless Quartz counters, English bsmt with sep kit & bath, central vac, both HVAC and Radiators. Open Tue 12-2, Sat & Sun 1-3”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $738,000.

  • A bidet but no bathtub? In fact, it doesn’t appear to have any tubs…which I could live just fine with, but I imagine others, especially people with small children, would find off-putting.

    • navyard

      Why would anyone in this day and age get a separate bidet when they can get a Toto Washlet? I’ve never figured out how you get from the toilet to the bidet without making a mess.

  • Anon NS

    Not really for me – but I think it’s very nice. Curious what others think about this price for this house/location.

    • anon

      This block of 4th St is definitely not the nicest. I avoid it when walking to the metro. That and the horrible layout explain the price of this house (I was initially surprised to see a renovated home going in the $700s in this area since several homes have sold in the $900s in the past year, albeit closer to H St than this one). I think it’s a nice looking home, but I just couldn’t live with that upstairs layout. I do like all of the original elements though.

      • anon

        Really? I walk that block frequently and never had a second thought – curious about your reason for avoiding it. (FWIW I’m a 30-something woman.)

  • Dash Newton

    Kind of a strange upstairs floor plan. You go through one bedroom to get into another? The hallway in the foyer looks narrow, probably why they try to knock out these walls, but appreciate having a front room with a setup like this one.

    • Anonymous

      I was going to comment that it lists only 3 bedrooms, but after looking at the floor plan, technically it has only two (correct me if I’m wrong), based on the premise that a true bedroom cannot be accessed via another bedroom. This explains why the 2 back rooms aren’t listed as 4th and 5th BRs. However, it looks like the larger of the 2 BRs can only be accessed through the smaller one next to it. So is that still a bedroom?
      But yes, it’s a strange floor plan.

    • west_egg

      Yeah, the bedroom setup is odd (and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not to code). Probably the compromise they had to make to get that uber-bathroom. You’re correct about the narrow foyer/hall; it’s very typical of these homes. Like you I prefer having a separate living space where the cold/hot air doesn’t come wooshing in, but to each their own.
      I do like the little transoms above the doors upstairs.
      They’d be doing themselves (and their eventual selling price) a big favor by repainting the living & dining rooms a neutral color.

      • JoDa

        I know someone who owns a nearly identical home *very* nearby this (probably built on the same blueprint at the same time), and, yes, they sacrificed direct access to the back right bedroom to put in that big ol’ bathroom. This could *probably* be made a “code” 3-bedroom by putting a door from the bathroom into the back right (master…it is the largest) bedroom where the linen closet is now. Of course, you then lose the linen closet, but you don’t have to walk through one bedroom to get to another.
        The two “rooms” off the back bedrooms, noticed by Anon above, are the former sleeping porch. They’re not only far too small to be bedrooms, but there is no way to create direct access to them from a hallway without making all the rooms basically useless and ending up with two large(er), interior bedrooms with no windows.

        • JoDa

          Redact that the back right is the master. Still the same layout as said friend’s house, and they just have a less pronounced wall between the bedroom and sleeping porch, so use the combined back right “rooms” as the master because it’s bigger than the front when combined and without a giant bathroom. Point still stands, having to go through one bedroom to get to another is, beyond “not code,” annoying. Gawd, the fights my sister and I would have gotten in if we woke each other up going to the bathroom in the middle of the night!

      • JoDa

        Also, yes, the paint is just too bold, in too big/important rooms. It doesn’t need to be white, tan, or gray, but Mulberry and Grape have limited appeal, and are among the first things a buyer will see when entering (I like the living room color as a color, but it would clash/be too dark with my furniture).
        I’d also add, buy a real mirror for the half bath. Doesn’t need to be spendy. A framed mirror from a home goods store will do, and not look so haphazard as those mirror tiles.

  • Anonymous

    It has some nice presumably original features, like the wood, the iron radiators and the transom glass. But the minimal staging isn’t doing it any favors. Nor are the columns separating the DR from the kitchen. They should’ve removed them and run a support beam across the top to completely open up the space or left a partial wall and created an island of some sort, especially since the kitchen is short on counter space.

  • Easyenough

    Redfin shows it as underpriced and Zillow as overpriced by about 40k each. In my book they lose 20k on the paint scheme and uninspiring back yard but the location is impressive.

    1109 Oates st. NE has similar bones, a bit nicer flip, in a less central location about eight blocks away, and it’s asking 815k and is getting a lot of traffic.

    That makes 1117 seem a bit low to me. Can’t wait to see what happens.

    • anonymous

      Totally two different listings. 1109 Oates is a full gut job and an end unit plus a better layout and outdoor spaces. I’m more interested to see what 1109 does.

  • aglets

    the fake Klimt in the fireplace is tacky

  • Anon X

    I dont think the stairwell is chestnut.

    • anon

      I was going to say wallnut, based on my home nearby.

  • IDontGetIt

    MMM…that tiled backsplash in the half bath?

  • Herbie

    Is that table and chair plywood? Why is the exterior brick not painted? House is stepping over dollars to pick up pennies.


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