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GDoN “Bring your imagination” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 26, 2017 at 11:55 am 38 Comments

This house is located at 7562 8th Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Semi-Detached 3-lvl Gem in Brightwood. Sun-filled w/ Spacious Rooms,. Close to metro, downtown Silver Spring, and 495. Bring your imagination and make this home shine.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $359,900.

  • Rich

    The color scheme is blinding. If there are decent hardwoods underneath the carpet, the agent should rip up the carpet and show them. No pics of the bedrooms–I’m guessing they are either tiny or they’re cheating and counting the finished area of the basement as one of them. If the bedrooms are tiny, then this really should be considered a 2/1.5 for resale.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I’m pretty sure pics 20-29 are the bedrooms. These houses all really do have three bedrooms on the second floor. One of them is quite small (passable as a guest room or a bedroom for a young child, but hard to imagine for everyday use by an adult).

      • Rich

        You’re right. I thought the photo tour was ending with all those redundant basement pics. One of the BRs has two radiators which seems odd. I would wonder how old the HVAC was and how much it would cost to upgrade it.

        The location is a bit awkward for someone who wants to be carless or even car-lite. Still, it might be a better long term investment than places across the border for someone who has to drive a lot anyway. Unless development really happens at the DC/MD border, there won’t be a whole lot around there outside of carryout places, for quite awhile to come, even with Walter reed development.

        • HaileUnlikely

          FWIW I have lived one block from this house for a little over 4 years and get along fine without a car. At this location, I perceive greater benefits associated with being “close to downtown Silver Spring” than from technically being “in DC.” I go to the Silver Spring farmers market a lot of weekends, do most of my shopping in Silver Spring, etc. The Harris Teeter that Jamal Douglas has been promising forever will be 2 blocks away, if it ever opens (was originally supposed to be open by now; hasn’t even broken ground yet, now they’re talking about opening in 2019…)

          • Rich

            I see the the DTSS appeal and probably at lower cost than in SS or TP. OTOH, I generally find DTSS to be rather depressing and, yes, in the course of a year get there often enough to see it at different times of the day, etc., so I don’t need the chamber of commerce speech. The real draw would be long term appreciation esp. if the Gateway project ever happens and Walter Reed begins to take off.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Basically agreed on real draw being potential for long-term appreciation. For me, the other real draw was just being able to buy an actual house (vs. condo) in this price range in a reasonably safe area that is not like a 2-hour drive into the city or a several-mile drive to a metro station. (FWIW when I bought here the other areas that I was actively considering was the area a bit to the north east of the Fort Totten metro station. and the area to the east of Takoma over by 3 Stars)

        • MSModular

          This is a really short walk to Old Takoma Park (the metro station), and the walk to Downtown Silver Spring is pretty good as well. So the house is in an area that is pretty walkable in general unless you are exceptionally lazy about going to some place for dinner.
          The problem with these houses is they are all rather dated, and probably the worst of the houses in the neighborhood.
          A car is not really necessary for commuting or going out, but nice to have for groceries, but that has always been the case in DC. This is actually not a bad area for a carless lifestyle, I lived a few blocks from here in Takoma, and yeah…it is pretty easy to go without a car. I am a half mile from the metro and old Takoma Park (which is in both DC and MD), and about a mile from a ton of Resturants in Silver Spring in the Fenton Villiage neighborhood and Denizens. 1 1/2 mile and it is basically all of Downtown Silver Spring. So overall the area is pretty good to walk in. I pretty much have not owned a car from 3 years living here. Additional Bonus, you are close to Rhizome DC, which has become the top DIY venue in the city if you like weird and local acts. You also have to in between the Walter Reed Redevelopment and the Harris Teeter there is basically about to be a ton of new development close to this.
          So it is not especially an awkward location, and it does not necessitate a car.
          Again the very issue is this house may need a ton of work. Again it is mostly because they are dated, and not always well maintained. Very granny house.

          • MSModular

            I really meant to say live a few blocks from these houses, as I still live in the neighborhood. The Takoma neighborhood is probably the best neighborhood I have lived in the city. So it is a lovely area to live in and one of my favorite areas of the city because I own a house in the neighborhood myself. Though not one of these old douplexes.

    • anon

      Yes, showing the floorboards would a good idea. If they can’t be bothered to do that, a then a potential buyer has to assume the worst – that they are pet-urine-stained and need to be replaced – rather than the more typical need-a-good-sanding-stain-poly treatment – a far easier and cheaper (and often expected and budgeted for) plan. But of course there are some real estate agents who aren’t in tune with what the market for these houses wants. Still, not a bad house – but I wouldn’t buy it without seeing those floorboards first.

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Good god that carpet…

    • NH Ave Hiker

      also insane that it’s gotten to the point that this house is advertised for over 350k.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Word. FWIW a flip of a house of this size and style just went for $550K on the next block over (7600 block of 9th St NW; flip was in 2013; seller this time was owner-occupant who bought as a flip)

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          See, I think it’s a pretty good deal. I mean it’s very close to the Maryland line, but it looks like it’s about a 15 minute walk to the Takoma metro? Yeah, it needs a pretty big renovation, but I think you could do it for 100k? Maybe 120k. All in you’d be under 500k for a house in DC. Not bad these days. It’s a pretty small house though at 1088 sq ft.

          • NH Ave Hiker

            I didn’t say it wasn’t a bad deal now – just that it’s insane that home prices have gotten that high around here.

  • MadMax

    Looks better than Bar Pilar.

  • idontgetit

    “Grandma had no need to look at the world through rose-colored glasses.”

    • Elvis’s Mom

      Nice comment. Two thumbs up – would read and laugh again!

    • textdoc

      LOL, IDGI!

  • Anonymous

    Bring your imagination, your contractor, your reno loan check and a sledgehammer.

  • textdoc

    (rubs eyes) That is some carpet, all right!

  • Anon6

    Perhaps they could remake The Shining at this house. Cleanup costs would be minimal.

    • zipdc

      That was my first thought, too. Carpet looks just look blood gushing down the stairs. Wow.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Must have gotten a good deal on that carpet. It’s everywhere.

  • textdoc

    I don’t know what the comps are, but I suspect this is a decent deal. It looks like the house is probably livable as-is, even if cringe-inducing from an aesthetic standpoint.
    If it were me, I’d want to immediately rip out the carpeting and put in hardwood floors. I’d also want to put in central air. (It looks like there are window units that were installed in walls — I hope it’s not crazy expensive to fill up the wall holes?) The kitchen could use an update, but looks functional as-is. And some of the current aesthetic drawbacks could be fixed fairly easily (new faucet for the bathroom, new white or ivory toilet seat instead of the mint-green one).

    • HaileUnlikely

      Agreed with all of this. I would actually be surprised if there was not hardwood under the carpet. No idea of the condition, but this was built in 1948, and everything built back then had hardwood. Carpet became popular later, and when hardwood was already there, people put carpet over it, they didn’t rip out the hardwood.

      • anon

        Yeah, Haile said what I was going to say about hardwood under there.

      • textdoc

        Good point on the high probability of existing hardwood under the carpet.
        The more I think about it, the more I think this could be a good deal for the right buyer. Most people will be so horrified by the Red Sea of carpet that they won’t even given this place a second look.

  • Bobert

    Something something Red Wedding joke.

  • lisavfr

    I have those exact lower kitchen cabinets, same pulls and all and the exact same faux-wood, laminate countertops! Yes, they look just as bad in person!

  • Nancy

    Reminds me of the first apt. I had that was just mine. An efficiency with shag carpet that could charitably be called orange/yellow/brown mix.

    It was not the color of anything you want to think about. And to top it off, the only furniture I had was a massive lime green sofa.

    Ah, the life of the poverty-stricken student.

  • DCTransplant

    I’d come in like a wreckiiiing ball!

    • Elvis’s Mom

      And get rid of that caaaarpet y’aallll

  • MSModular

    Also as much as people are commenting on the carpeting the green walls are awful as well.

  • Laura

    Our house was covered in this red carpet — all three floors. The rest of it was covered in shitty .99 cent tan tile. We got our place for $420k, ripped up the carpet and tile and refinished the hardwoods underneath. Instantly added $$ to the house for 3 weeks of work and a few thousand dollars. It had been on the market for awhile, I think because of the cigarette smell and this horrible carpet. I’m glad we were able to grab it!

  • MrsK

    Complete eyesore of a house $359,900. Popville comments, priceless!

  • Sherm

    That’s quite a carpet and a really great price!

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  • HaileUnlikely

    7 days on the market and already under contract. Will be interested in final price and whether buyer is owner-occupant or flipper.


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