GDoN “Everyone will envy this location” edition

by Prince Of Petworth March 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm 30 Comments

604 R St NW

This house is located at 604 R Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Perfect location. Less than a full block from Shaw Metro and steps away from groceries, DC’s hottest dining and downtown. This property has been professionally maintained and is perfect for a busy DC life. Pregame for brunch on the deck in the back, entertain in the expansive dining room and living room, and rest up to do it all again in the four bedrooms above. Everyone will envy this location.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 bath is going for $857,000.

  • Hill Denizen

    This place is so bizarre. Looks more like an office building crossed with a halfway house than an actual home. Exit signs? Will you forget where your front door is? And would it really have been that much to carpet that one bedroom? So strange.

    • textdoc

      I imagine it was a rental — maybe some kind of hostel or Airbnb-type setup.

  • Andie302

    I saw this in person on Friday and there is a lot of potential but it also needs a lot of work. I would say the floors need to go right away, the configuration of the kitchen and a full bathroom toward the rear is a little weird, and the basement is not the full footprint of the house. That being said, if I were in the market at this price point, I’d be up for this project. It could be gorgeous when finished!

    • textdoc

      Agreed. And it looks perfectly livable as-is… just some odd/questionable design-choices (like two different types of cabinets in the kitchen).
      I’m surprised they didn’t put a dishwasher into the kitchen — this looks to have been renovated recently enough that it seems like a missed opportunity not to have done so. But maybe they figured their Airbnb guests would just mess it up.

      • textdoc

        * their Airbnb guests or rental tenants

      • Andie302

        I think this was some sort of non-profit organization before. There were exits signs, a camera system in the basement with active cameras on both entrances, and definitely a weird/questionable set up in multiple spots. There were also 5-6 twin beds dumped in the rear of the property the day we were there (and all other furniture had been removed). When I saw that in the agent listing description that made a lot more sense to me. It’s very sterile/institutional.

        • textdoc

          Ahhh, that make sense. Maybe some kind of group home or halfway house.

    • Anon

      Yea, I imagine this is close to shell pricing anyway. I’d be all over this were I looking right now.

      • textdoc

        I would be surprised if this were shell pricing. The house has central air, for one thing. The plumbing and electricity might have been updated too. For all we know, there might be perfectly decent wooden floors under the carpeting upstairs.
        Just because the house’s interior is unattractive (carpeting, meh kitchen, so-so bathrooms) doesn’t mean that the existing renovations have no dollar value.

        • Anon

          Do you think someone with the ability to afford a $860k would want to live in a poorly updated group house? Surely they’ll want to make a plethora of changes, like new floors, bathrooms, kitchen at the minimum. But I wouldn’t be surprised that upon tearing these things out, they’ll unearth a number of other issues that will need to be addressed (plumbing, electric). This is the sort of project one would take up only if they had sufficient cash to address what I assume to be a number of costly issues.
          I’m not claiming this house isn’t livable as is (clearly good enough for a group home, eh). I just don’t think someone would want to spend close to $900k and not make wholesale changes throughout.

          • textdoc

            That sounds perfectly plausible to me. The advantage of a place like this vs. an actual shell is that the purchaser could actually live there and redo things one at a time. (Except the floors, which it would make sense to uncover and/or replace before even moving in.)
            It’s also entirely possible that that won’t happen and that the house will be purchased by a developer with an all-cash offer, and that the developer will chop it up into three separate condo units (if the zoning permits). In that case, the house might as well have been a shell… but I’d imagine it will still cost more to acquire than an actual shell would.

  • Autoexec.bat

    Who the hell pregames for brunch? I thought brunch was the pregame.

    • MHillPark

      This is my question too. This is a real estate agent trying to sound hip and failing miserably.

  • Certainly not the worst we have seen, but some how one of the saddest. Seems crazy overpriced. And when will people start realizing that recessed lighting/pot lights is always terrible? Sure, you might need it in a basement, but otherwise, it is just plain and always bad.

    • Anon

      I think this may be the 37th time you’ve voiced this same exact opinion on canned lights. I do believe that it’s been noted.

      • Wow – I hope you soon have more going on with your life than keeping track of my opinion on canned lights!

        • Anon

          It’s not that hard – I just keep a spreadsheet open.

    • Rich

      They work fine in many places, esp. if a ceiling has been dropped to accommodate the central air that other posters like, in which case they preserve the sense of having relatively high ceilings. They’re also easier to manage than chandelier type lighting., which needs a lot dusting and look better than the half globes that this unit also has.

      BTW, what’s that stuff on the floor in several of the rooms?

      This is certainly more than livable and someone who wants this much space over the long run could make it very attractive. An affordable alternative to places over $1m that are cheap flips that people probably will need to redo before they resell.

    • Anony

      Why do you always hate on recessed lights??

      • Recessed lights are harsh spotlights. Have you ever sat beneath one? Of course they might be necessary in low-ceiling basements, but otherwise they are just terrible. It isn’t a choice between dusting chandeliers or having ugly “nipple” ceiling fixtures. There are plenty of low-profile ceiling lights now available. I just think one’s home – whether owning or renting – should be lovely and comfortable as possible. Bad lighting is just un-necessarily bad.

    • Truxtoner

      Your nonsense opinion to canned lighting aside, this is not remotely “crazy overpriced.” A renovated house in that area at that size is $1.2 million or more. Assuming no structural work, this is a pretty good deal for someone who wants a renovation project.

    • LedroitTigah

      People will start realizing that when its an opinion that is reflected in housing prices. As of now, a lot of the more expensive homes have plenty of recessed lighting, so I hope you realize most folks apparently don’t agree with you

  • AnonV2

    This End Up furniture!! I honestly didn’t know they were still making it.

    • textdoc

      Apparently they are!

    • Jack

      That furniture is my entire childhood right there. Except we had one of the couches and two of the armchairs.

    • LNontheHill

      To me, it says “dorm furniture.” Since my dorm was a 100-year old rowhouse (or “brownstone” as they said up north), this looked oddly like my college experience!

      • textdoc

        +1 on furniture for common rooms in dorms.

  • Loganite

    No, just no.
    File this under: How to take a period home and ruin it.

  • M

    I live around the corner. This was in fact a halfway house – at least for the last 10 years since we’ve shared an alley with them. Glad to see it on the market, hope it sells for asking or above, but definitely needs some work.

    • ET

      I wondered about that Exit sign which I thought was bizarre that its previous use explains -likely some DCRA code requirement –


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