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GDoN “Immaculate bright row home less than 2 blocks to H ST NE” edition (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm 42 Comments

This house is located at 1515 Neal Street, NE. The MRIS listing says:

“Immaculate bright row home less than 2 blocks to H ST NE. Total renovation in 2015 featuring hardwood floors throughout, custom waterfall marble counter top, Viking gas cooktop, back deck overlooking huge grassy yard and over-sized garage with automatic door. Fully finished basement in-law suite with kitchen and separate rear entrance. New roof, systems and appliances.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $759,000.

  • Deebs

    Is Trinidad (especially this part) really this high now?

    • Hookdntx

      Yup, there were 2/2 condos that just sold on Childress for $500k+

  • cpt12

    why is that kitchen sink so tiny?

  • Cranky Old Bastard

    That island is an abomination. This style is not going to age well.

    • Hill Denizen

      I really dislike waterfall counters. With rare exception, they serve no purpose other than to show people how much money you have to spare.

      • MadMax

        Art on a wall “serves no purpose” either, but people still buy it.

  • JS

    This house was just sold in Feb. of last year – wonder why it’s back on the market so soon.

    • Hill Denizen


      • Anonymous

        If I’m not mistaken this close to original asking price before it sold last year. It sat on market for many months. The buyers at the time got a good deal or say a huge price reduction when they bought. They won’t make any money- and I’ll almost bet this stays on the market for a long time as it did previously. Nope- not this area-not now-I foresee a huge price reduction if they plan to make it move.

        • Anonymous

          Looking at PIVS, there was a stop work order for illegal construction Jan 20, 2016, and lifted Jan 29, 2016, shortly before it sold for $699,000. There were 9 postcard permits issued in April and May 2015. There were no permits for installing central air conditioning. There is no certificate of occupancy for a basement unit.

        • Herbie

          Shows as pending right now on redfin. Not sure what the offer was at but I doubt it is far from asking.

      • JS

        No, it sold for 700K.

  • Anon

    Nice house, but it’s right on top of Bladensburg and the 7/11. I would not be crazy about that.

  • LedroitTigah

    2000 sq ft but it looks small – am assuming the basement is part of that sq footage.

    Going with ‘not a great deal’ on this one.

    • Anonymous

      The tax assessment records show the square footage as 1,374 SF, so the 2,088 SF must include the basement, which seems consistent, IMO, with the photos.
      It also shows that the house was sold in February 2016 for $699,000, and currently has a homestead exemption. The tax records don’t show central air conditioning, but that is frequently behind, even when proper permits were issued for the installation.

  • PettyShabazz

    I really like it, especially the island as it has more character to me than the all white islands. What I cannot stand is the glass oven hoods. It is going to be a massive headache to keep that clean from grease and stains :(

    • JMR

      Our hood is identical to the one in the photos. In the 4 years that we’ve had it, there has been no problem keeping it clean and absolutely no build up of grease or stains, and we cook daily. A regular wipe-down with a water and white vinegar solution works wonders at keeping glass and stainless steel shiny and clean.

  • KellyKapowski

    Oof, tough crowd. I think this house is super gorgeous but I guess it’s just my style? Anyway, I think a beautiful renovated 4 bedroom for $760k is a good deal. The location is not ideal, true, but unfortunately $760k is a “affordable” for 4 bedrooms in DC these days, so I think the price matches the location.

    • KellyKapowski

      The backyard and garage is also really nice.

    • JMR

      You’re not alone. I also think it is a very nice looking house. Tough crowd, indeed.

    • Anonymous

      Yes- for the type of house the price is good- but not for that location- at least not now-definitely the most expensive house on the blcok. The west side of Trinidad are now in the low to mid 800’s and couple will be coming on the market soon in the 900 range. So if one is scared about being priced out- then sure this is a good purchase for them- to hold long term.

    • DF

      Yep, I think this is one of my favorite recent GDoN’s in recent history. Love all the white, and the blue bedroom color. Layout is really nice. Can’t comment on location; wouldn’t want to live in NE.

      • MadMax

        Really, all of NE? You should get out more.

  • The Future

    It will go for $780K.

  • Franny

    Something must have happened…the house just sold~14 months ago for $700K after being on the market for quite a time.

    Considering the transaction cost to sell (~9%) this person is going to come out of pocket even if they get this asking price. Wonder why they are selling.

    • Anonymous

      location location location. Someone probably thought they could wait it out. That’s probably just it.

    • JMR

      I suppose it could be that someone had a job transfer, requiring them to move out of the area. Maybe, but hopefully not, there was a divorce or break up and the house has to go? Maybe they are having triplets and need a bigger house? :-) Maybe they came in to a lot of money somehow and decided to buy a ranch in the country. I hope it’s one of the happier scenarios!

      • Womp womp

        Counting on a Democratic administration to keep a government job perhaps…

      • Reality check

        Spot on JMR, I know the people selling–they love the house and don’t want to leave so soon but are having to leave due to work.

  • mctdc

    We looked at this house in late 2015 when we were house hunting. I remember liking the large yard, the main floor and location. However, the upstairs level was completely awkward. IIRC, it seemed like they were trying to squeeze in too many bedrooms and bathrooms. I think there was something awkward about the hallway and/or door ways, too. We passed on it because it was too much space for the two of us and because of the upstairs.

  • TriniSoFlo

    This is a good deal. The first 2-3 blocks of Trinidad(Florida, Morse, Neal) where houses face North/South have really large lots(with a few exceptions). This block of Neal also has lots of setback from the street, with large front yards.

  • ET

    That kitchen counter looks like it takes up a huge amount of space on the first floor particularly this is a DC row house and not a large suburban house. I guess I am old fashioned, I want more to the first floor than the kitchen counter.

    • anon

      Eventually the entire living space will be a kitchen island. I hope this trend dies soon. I too want more than a giant island.
      Also, this reminds me of when cigarettes were getting longer and longer and people started smoking 120s.

    • JMR

      “I want more to the first floor than the kitchen counter.”

      You mean like the separate living and dining areas that this house has? I have a very large kitchen island in an open layout living level. It serves as much more than just a kitchen counter (we have one of those too). When entertaining, it serves as a gathering spot and a place to put out platters of hors d’oeuvres and beverages. It’s an awesome place to spread out when I’m teleworking. With some stools, it serves as an additional dining area. (a great kiddie table for large family dinners!) It’s a nice, hard, flat surface for doing projects. Food prep space is much less restricted than on a counter with a backsplash. Long live the large kitchen island!

  • Reality check

    Tough crowd for sure! I actually know the people selling this house, they love their house, are sad to leave and never I intended to move so soon, but are moving out of D.C. due to a job transfer. Sorry to burst your bubble Franny–nothing juicy, just life throwing surprises at people. Glad to see there are still people like JMR in the world!

    • Reality check

      And I bet this house is worth $1milliom easily in 5 years or less.

      • Cranky Old Bastard

        Just as likely: the current million dollar homes will become $750K homes if the GOP passes the budgets it wants.

    • JMR

      It’s a beautiful home. Your friends have excellent taste! I hope their move goes well and they make a new home soon!

    • JoDa

      Eh, you can’t read too much in to it. On other GDON’s, people are trying to justify why places without central air or with high condo (not coop) fees are still good deals at nearly (or sometimes more than) this price point. Seems like a matter of taste more than anything. I’ll admit that I don’t understand the trend of granite/marble down the sides of the island (could I get some shelves? I’m buying a place with a fancy kitchen because I like to cook, which means I have lots of pots, pans, dishes, gadgets, etc.), but it’s a trend, so it’s not out of place. I also am among the minority that likes open floor plans, since they don’t cut me off from my friends when I entertain (even in a small space with no door in the kitchen entrance, my galley kitchen leaves me out of the fun until dinner is cooked…would far prefer to have friends circulating past and socializing while I finish up dinner). Plus, seeing how often my brother’s kids run into door jambs in their old-style home with all its separate rooms, I assume it’s safer for kids to NOT have a lot of walls in their way. ;)

  • Womp womp

    Are those cement tiles I spy in the lower level bathroom? They are so pretty!

  • Wendy Testaburger

    …and it’s pending already after 1 day!!!

  • MadMax

    This looks like a pretty high quality renovation, especially for North of H Street. I would prefer to live on the South side if possible, but overall I would say good deal. I also don’t think there’s such a thing as “oversized” garage in most of DC.


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