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GDoN “HUGE Corner lot on a shaded tree-lined street” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm 33 Comments

901 Jackson St NE

This house is located at 901 Jackson Street, NE. The MRIS listing says:

“HUGE Corner lot on a shaded tree-lined street. Renovated home with front porch, hardwood floors, arched entry ways, fireplace. Open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, marble counters.Designer lighting throughout. Finished basement, off street parking, deck and a massive fenced yard. Three blocks from Metro (red line). Steps away from Brookland shops and restaurants. OPEN SUN 1-4”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $599,000.

  • Moe

    Conveniently located RIGHT on top of the Metro tracks.

    • anon

      is there extra pollution that comes from the train tracks? i get the noise, which is kind of a personal preference on how much you can put up with, but pollution is a different issue.

      • Anon

        Even though the metro runs on electricity, brake dust is a problem. Non-metro trains burn fossil fuels for propulsion.

  • northeazy

    I am new to this home buyer stuff. Um, why does this place seem very nice and affordable? Can a seasoned pro school me as to why this is a horrible house? I mean, it looks awesome to me. So I am immediately skeptical of it.

    • NewHomebuyerToo

      I’m a first time homebuyer that just purchased a house last week in Brookland. Over the past 3 months I’ve put in 2 offers, and thought about putting in other offers, for various houses in Brookland and the trend I’ve noticed is that the sellers price it at what looks to be an enticing asking price that appeals to a wide range of buyers knowing that folks will escalate on a large scale. One of the houses we were interested in, which was farther from the metro than this one but about the same size, it escalated to $100k over the asking price. Prices are so scattered in Brookland so it’s hard to put a pin on the market trend in that neighborhood, but I guarantee you this house will go for much more than $600k.

      • James W.

        The question isn’t what this house will sell for next week, but what it will sell for in five years.

    • James W.

      The biggest drawback is that it’s directly across the street from a train that will pass within 100 feet of your house dozens of times a day. And despite being listed as a 3 bedroom, it is a rather small 1,170 sq ft. But I don’t underestimate the willingness of buyers in this market to throw money at anything even remotely affordable.

      • Anon

        “dozens of times a day”
        That seems rather ambitious for the Red Line these days. ;-)

        • James W.

          Yeah, I halfway thought that when posting. I guess there’s at least one person out there who loves SafeTrack.

      • navyard

        meh, I never minded the noise from trains. I spent many summers in a house with train tracks (Amtrak) in our back yard. I grew up in a house next to the NJ Turnpike. I think you get used to those noises much faster than airplane traffic (at least I do)

    • JoDa

      It’s not horrible. As others have noted, it’s across the street from the Metro and CSX tracks. That’s the major drawback. No central A/C & radiator heat so it’s an expense/hassle to add. Kitchen is really small and not a great layout. Overall square footage is small, making all but the master bedroom tiny (not helped by having what looks like a nursery that couldn’t qualify as a 4th bedroom taking space from other rooms without being particularly useful). The bedroom over the back porch is probably *really* hot/cold (appears to only have electric baseboard heat), so additionally problematic as an actual bedroom. 1 1/2 baths, up and down, so no powder room on the first floor and only one shower.
      The plus sides are that yard (of course), proximity to the Metro station & stuff around it, and a quiet area (except for the trains). Probably priced about right to balance those pros and cons. A block away (even the other end of this block…a little distance from the tracks can make a big difference) with a slightly more functional kitchen and a full bath in the basement and it would go for more.
      I’ll add a “local” note if you are really interested in this…this sits right where the Metro trains enter the tunnel under the CSX tracks. They toot their horns when entering that tunnel. It’s not quiet. I live about 3 blocks off the tracks, and can hear it easily if faintly. If you’re going to look at it, sit outside and listen to those toots for a while. Think about that happening from 4:30-6:30 AM until after midnight every day (trains have to go to the ends of the lines to start service and back to the yards after service ends). It may not be super-annoying to some people, but consider whether it would drive *you* mad.

  • AMDCer

    That yard is huge! House is adorable – I think it’s a great deal, but I suppose some people wouldn’t want to be right by the train tracks.

  • anon

    I like the character of this house, and damn, that lot is huge! I have two boys who would love to live adjacent to metro tracks, I would never have to buy another toy again.

  • CathedralHeightsMetro

    Dang, for that yard, I’d say maybe living next to the Metro track could be worth it. I WOULD GROW SO MUCH FOOD.

    • netflix

      Haha – is your name in reference to the Cathedral Heights Metro that made an appearance in House of Cards?

      • CathedralHeightsMetro

        Yep. :)

    • SML

      I’d be weary of growing food in soil that’s close to a rail line. Lots of contamination coming off those trains and train tracks.

  • textdoc

    Looks very nice! Thank God for the plain white subway tiles in the kitchen backsplash — that’s going to age much better than those trippy super-busy mosaic ones.
    Not really a fan of the teal-ish tile or plexiglas water-shield thing in one of the baths. And I wonder why the basement ceilings were left unfinished. But otherwise I like the place.

    • northeazy

      I kind of thought the basement ceiling was cool–like industrial chic hipster blah blah blah but still cool.

      • Mt. PP

        I think if they put a ceiling in, the clearance would be too low to be considered living space…building code or something like that.

        • JoDa

          This is probably why they didn’t finish the ceiling, but I’ll agree with northeazy that they’ve done it fairly well here so that it looks like a feature, rather than a bug.

    • anon

      Agree on the white subway tile – I like it – though I’d prefer it to have white grout. And taller upper cabinets would be nice, with a real vent above them that vents the stove to the outside – I mean, it is a house, so you can have an outside vent.
      It is nice to see the walls on the first still up, and no modern can lights dotting the ceilings, and the old radiators still there as well (some of us prefer radiator heat to everything else) – it still looks like an intact older house with character. Too bad it is too small for there to be a powder room on the first floor.
      When I see those upper porches turned into room with heating added, I assumer they aren’t year-round useful. I also wonder how sturdy they are, especially when there is nothing but posts beneath them (not saying this one doesn’t look sturdy) – but then I also wonder about the structure when there is an enclosed porch below, too.
      This looks like a nice house for somebody.

  • Brooklander’s Brooklander

    Well under-priced. $699K is more like it. It is a little on the small side for a Brookland row home, not having a full sleeping porch addition, but that yard is huge.

    • Brookland or Brooklyn

      THis happens a lot in Brookland. People price homes for less than they are worth to generate more interest and start bidding wars. This house could easily go for $699k by the time it sells.

  • lina

    I believe the priuce point is due to only having 1.5 bathrooms. Also the house is renovated, but not gutted – that makes a big difference. In addition, I am not sure, but I believe the basement celilings are below the legal occupancy (i.e. lower then 7’6). All that being said, that yard is amazing!

  • Dogg

    I don;t know how much of a pain/cost it is to put in, but there is no central A/C. I

    • JS

      It’s another 10K – 15K for a house this size.

  • Dognonymous

    I didn’t see it on the MRIS listing, but Redfin has the square footage at under 1200 square feet. Small house, big yard. Not a bad trade if that’s what you’re into.

  • Easyenough

    As someone who made an offer in that neighborhood on that kind of place not that long ago, that seems like a good deal at even a 100k more. A lot of brookland is close to those tracks – so once you decide on western brookland you are deciding on frequent train noise.


    Awww… this makes me sad this house is on the market. The people who live here throw the largest block party that I have ever seen every year.
    Regarding the metro I believe this is the part where the train goes into the tunnel so you actually don’t hear much. Frankly metro isn’t a big deal you can hardly hear it…its the CSX trains that run on the tracks immediately next to the metro that are loud and in the middle of the night, but you learn to tune them out. I hardly hear them anymore.
    I live around the corner and while my lot is way smaller than this I am really hoping this house goes for over list. It looks like a nice place.

  • anonymous2u

    I don’t understand all the small house sentiment? It is over 1700 Sq ft and 1200 Sq ft above grade. I never thought that was tiny for the city, hmmm

    • James W.

      It’s 1,200 square feet – which is small by any standard for a 3 bedroom single family home. You can enhance your home’s value with drywall, paint, and carpet for your basement – but it’s still a basement.

  • Herbie

    Should have painted brick. Never renovate and not paint. Looks drab


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