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GDoN “Featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth May 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm 31 Comments

Photo by Jason Dixson Photography. www.jasondixson.com

This house is located at 3215 17th Street, NE. OP writes: “It’s one of my favorite bungalows in Brookland.” The MRIS listing says:

“Classically restored/modernized Craftsman Bungalow in sought after Brookland! Featured on HGTV~s Curb Appeal! Lovelyfront porch w/ swing & flagstone steps/walkway. Backyard oasis includes screened porch, patio, mature landscaping/trees, fenced yard, off street parking/carport/shed behind. Updated kitchen w/ new Quartz counters. Plenty of storage throughout. Private lot on great street.”

Photo by Jason Dixson Photography. www.jasondixson.com

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 bath is going for $799,000.

  • stink eye

    Less than a mile to the metro… this is severely under priced. My guess is it’ll sell for closer to 1m.

    • anon

      I think it is price at or at little high if anything. Great house for sure, but typically the houses that are nearing $1M in this area are guts. I much prefer something like this, but I would be quite surprised if it went significantly over ask.

    • Anon

      20 minutes to the metro is quite a hike if you are reliant on the train for most transportation. This is a fairly small house as well.

      • anon

        You would likely walk three blocks and take the G8 to the metro when you were in a time-crunch. You could enjoy the neighborhood (and maybe stick a little more closely to the amenities on 12th St. NE and Monroe Street Market) on the weekends.
        And maybe you’d own the car. But I live close to there and don’t find mine necessary for most intra-city things.

    • MadMax

      “Less than a mile” … isn’t really much of a standard. I would say you need to be at least less than half a mile to actually bank on quantifiable Metro accessible dollars. This is smaller than the other homes selling for 1M in Brookland as well.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I basically agree with this, though I’d also add that for people who intend to use the metro daily, the quality of the walk matters a lot too. I’d rate this as a better-than-average less than a mile. Located a little further north, one could be equidistant from the metro but have to cross both South Dakota and Michigan Ave to get there. From this house you can have a nice chill walk and never see either of those.

        • anon

          I’d agree with this. But I find the quiet and relatively dark Brookland residential blocks a little unsettling to walk through at night. Better than having to cross an auto sewer, but not as pleasant as walking up nearby 12th St, which is still a little sparse on foot traffic (though that should be changing soon), but at least well-lit with open retail.

  • Anon

    I don’t know pricing in this area (GDoN), but I love this house. If I was in the market for a single family…

  • MadMax

    Very cute house, solid price, should have no problem selling.

  • Brookland Vet

    Priced a little too high for the area. $100K less and it would go with multiple offers in a weekend.

  • maxwell smart

    The kitchen might be updated, but the layout is terrible. Why would you put the sink on the opposite side of the room from the refrigerator? Why?

    • MHillPark

      My guess is that the sink and dishwasher are where the original (tiny) kitchen was, and they expanded the kitchen into another part of the house that didn’t have water hookups. When they expanded, I surmise they saved money by not extending the pipes and placing appliances that don’t need water hookups on that side of the kitchen. I’m not sure it’s the best cost-saving attempt since it limits the functionality of the kitchen, but that’s the best rationale I can fine.

    • west_egg

      Interesting. Personally I’ve never considered the adjacency of the refrigerator and the sink to be particularly important.

      • Truxtoner

        Sink to dishwasher to me is far more important. Mine are across from one another (dishwasher in the island) and I kinda hate it. You rinse a dish and then have to drip it across the floor to the open dishwasher.

        Also sink to stovetop seems more important as well. I’d hate to fill a pot and have to carry it this distance every time I cook.

        • HaileUnlikely

          What a weird setup. That requires extra plumbing hookups that otherwise would not be needed if the dishwasher were located next to the sink.

          • Truxtoner

            I have a prep sink in the island as well. But it isn’t really ideal for rinsing dishes off and what not. I also hate any dishes sitting on the island or in that sink. So, admittedly a bit of a self imposed problem but I definitely wish the dishwasher was by the main sink and the island was all storage instead.

        • west_egg

          Not having the dishwasher immediately adjacent to the sink would drive me nuts!! Good point about sink to stovetop. In fact the only thing I dislike more than carrying a newly-filled pot of water across the kitchen is carrying that same pot full of now-boiling water back to the sink to drain.

      • maxwell smart

        The work triangle in this kitchen all around is terrible. The refrigerator/sink relationship is important because generally you are removing food (produce) from the refrigerator that needs to be cleaned and prepped before cooking. It would be impossible to cook in this kitchen with more than 1 person – you would be constantly running into each other.

  • MHillPark

    Oh, I adore this – everything about it. That attic bedroom and attendant bath with amazing shower is so cozy and comfortable.

  • Stacys

    I remember when this was on Curb Appeal. I’ve always loved this house.

  • Truxtoner

    It has curb appeal, but IMO, that’s where the appeal ends. I hate the inside of this house — every room. It looks like it’s small, has no closet space, and the bathrooms are all very outdated. Claw foot tubs are cute and all, but I would hate to have to use one every day. For Brookland, it’s also a small(ish) lot. I can’t see this selling for much above asking, if anything and definitely not a million as others are saying. There are far nicer houses in Brookland for a million bucks.

    • Dognonymous

      I think it’s potentially good if you’re into bungalows, but it’s not quite to my taste. I agree that it looks small, especially the pint-sized bedrooms, but the listing does say 2100 square feet. Wonder if they’re including the basement or other fringe space in that.

      • Truxtoner

        Yeah, the sq ftg seem off unless counting basement. I could even deal with smallish rooms and limited closets but it just reads very dark and dingy to me in the photos. Totally turned off to that. To each their own. It looks like mostly a big renovation project to me on the inside.

        • textdoc

          It does look cramped to me… but not “dingy.”

      • anonymous2u

        Definitely counting screened in porch and low ceiling basement (same height as doors which means it’s likely 6’8″ish if they are even standard height doors).

    • soozles

      Not that it is relevant to this house, but I just have to register that I use my claw foot tub everyday. When i renovated and added a bathroom, I had a cast iron claw foot tub put in. It has a hand shower and is wonderful.
      Oh, and I think this house is adorable, but totally agree the kitchen sink needs to be by the stove and refrigerator. It would be great to have it by that window.

  • kate

    It’s adorable, but the rooms look itty bitty, causing me to wonder if it’s worth the price. However, I’ve lived in DC for almost 20 years and given how expensive everything has gotten, all houses for sale seem a bit inflated to me these days.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Love this places, so cute!

  • Michael DiGuiseppe

    Fantastic house. I’ve been in it. Its shocking to me what people will say on these comments. We all need to be a bit more positive.

  • Rich

    The space is misrepresented. It’s an attic turned into a somewhat cramped bedroom and a similar thing with the basement. It’s really a 2/1 with a finished basement that seems to have a second bath. The square footage is probably closer to 1100. on the plus side, I like the woodwork, radiator heat and general sense of original character. It’s overpriced for what the space really is, but some value should be ascribed to it not being a typical flip.

  • Salamander

    Wow–on the West Coast, this would be considered a super desirable, very original, gorgeous river-rock front porch bungalow, with signs everywhere that it was well loved and is comfortable.

    In San Diego’s North Park, or Seattle’s Wallingford district, this would command good money, and the claw-foot tub, original molding, large tree, etc., would be considered very desirable. Lots of folks prefer the original details over “remuddling” that strips an old house of charm.

    However, that strip of Rhode Island Avenue near 17th is currently pretty doomed by DC City planners–it is earmarked to go to all low- very-low and no-income housing projects with no retail or community space on the ground floor, so the walkability of Rhode Island Avenue will suffer for decades, because no retail means no places for pedestrians places to walk to, even though that contradicts the Small Area Plan for that area. (City officials in this city never read their own plans, and councilmembers certainly do not consult with astute urban planners before passing laws.)

    The house itself is stunning, and the yard looks huge, the box-beam ceiling is lovely, and the molding is probably all oak and irreplaceable chestnut trim. I think an old, real river rock porch (not “cultivated stone”) adds tremendous value to a house, and such a classic bungalow with boxed-beam ceilings is a huge find.

    Potential buyers should do due diligence to find out about what is slated for the nearby strip of Rhode Island Avenue, which McDuffie’s office and the Mayor’s office may have relegated to becoming a social services strip, with multiple homeless shelters and homeless service centers, unmaked addiction treatment centers, etc. City officials working for the Mayor and for McDuffie routinely flout both Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan’s directives for an area, sadly rendering those two sources of information into apparently useless guides as to what might happen in the future to any given area.

    City planning or lack thereof can torpedo a section of a neighborhood, especially when it is weak to begin with, as Rhode Island Avenue is currently is–littered, empty of pedestrians at night, pretty high crime in sections, etc. This beautiful house is probably OK due to being being three and 1/2 blocks away from Rhode Island Avenue, however.


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