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GDoN “like having two lots-one for your house & patio & another for your fab garden” edition

by Prince Of Petworth May 31, 2017 at 11:55 am 34 Comments

This house is located at 410 E Street, SE. The MRIS listing says:

“Rare,Rare opportunity to own an elegantly renov close in semi-detached home w/enormous,professionally landscaped rear,front & side yards (underground sprinkler system).It’s like having two lots-one for your house & patio & another for your fab garden.Flexi flr plan w/open LR/DR or very lrg LR,stunning center island custom kit, FR(or DR)w/view of rear yard oasis,fin lower level w/wet bar,BR & BA.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,950,000.

  • PetworthMom

    They really should have decluttered before listing.

    • AK

      … And turned off Fox News.

      • Anonymous

        I think people who might actually purchase this house won’t be too bothered by the Fox News in the photo or the “clutter”.

        • Anonymous

          The house could show better but for serious buyers in this area clutter probably makes little difference. Once serious buyers decide on price range and neighborhood they will consider any quality listing that shows up. Inventory is too low and there is too much competition to worry about clutter. This is a really nice place.

          • MadMax

            Capitol Hill is lovely, but there isn’t exactly the same glut of $2M homes you’ll find in Georgetown and areas NW of that. If you’re asking that here you ought to put in more of an effort.

          • Anon

            Agree– whenever a house in Capitol Hill goes on the market for over $1.5 mil it tends to sit for a while. Capitol Hill is hot, but the super-rich still gravitate towards other neighborhoods.

  • Let’s get it started

    You rarely get to see a high-priced house with so much of the owners’ actual possessions! I’m seriously fascinated by these people. They use a whole bedroom as a closet full of suits, use another whole bedroom as an exercise room, stuff the place with oversized furniture and decor out of an American history professor’s office, install TVs everywhere, and pay someone to landscape the crap out of the yard. Conclusion: high-income Capitol Hill workaholics with no kids and few hobbies other than exercise and patriotism.

    Snarky, yes, but it’s so fun to peer into these rich people’s lives.

    • LedroitTigah

      I find all the photos of the guy by himself really weird and narcissistic.

    • LedroitTigah

      And there are pics of kids – I suspect this is someone’s pied a terre in DC.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Ahem, American history professors have much better taste.

    • Commentator

      It looks like they entertain a lot outside, too, based on the restaurant-esque multiple high tops and the four patio heaters out there. The setup isn’t really family-oriented and more like conversation areas so could indicate an active social life, although if this is a Congress critter (as indicated below) that could fall into working versus leisure and support your conclusion.

  • LedroitTigah

    Just sold in 2014 for $1.5m – what kind of improvements merit the bump in price?

    Also, ugh re the clutter and crap they’ve put in their home. Try harder.

  • Anonymous

    “Staging” bedroom 2 as a walk-in closet and bedroom 3 as an exercise room/den doesn’t do them any favors. Also, there is no off-street parking.
    I am sure that some potential buyers will wonder what, if anything, can be built in the side yard.

  • Anonymous

    I want the back/side yard….Those wood floors are the worse- they show every little scratch and speck of dust.

  • MadMax

    Nice house, yard, and right across from the park for kid/dog owners. But I think it’s a bit overpriced. Based on the condition of the presentation and the price their real estate agent really isn’t doing them any favors.

  • Ugly Betty

    EEEK! What real estate agent let them put this on this way — declutter, declutter, declutter. Show at least one of the two extra upstairs bedrooms as a bedroom. Don’t try to put 5 bar stools at that tiny counter. Get rid of the rocking chair that’s right by the front door …… the list goes on.

    • Anon

      Yes yes yes! The 5 bar stools = overkill.

    • Janie4

      Actually, I find the clutter useful for photos (not so much for actual showings). Almost all of the listings in DC are flips or staged with no actual stuff – so you don’t know where people put their things. With this one, you have a sense of the space involved, and what storage exists. Plus it’s been professionally cleaned and phootgraphed, so it’s a lot better than some of the photos where there is a lot of stuff, and it looks sketchy as hell.

  • stacksp

    Really nice home. Very nice landscaping. Interior and exterior looks well thought out with the heat lamps and custom hanging closets in one of the bedrooms

  • HaileUnlikely

    FWIW, current owner is, oddly enough, “23 D STREET SE LLC,” with mailing address in Florida, and not receiving the Homestead Deduction.

    • lucie

      23 D St. SE was owned by Rep. Vernon Buchanan of Florida, and had exactly the same decor when it was listed in 2014 (down to the bedroom furniture), which is when this place was purchased. Wikipedia seems to indicate he’s quite wealthy, so I assume this is his DC-based residence. Would explain the Fox news and lots of pictures of him.

    • Ben

      And “23 D STREET SE LLC” is owned by “ASHFORD PROPERTIES SE LLC” out of Denver CO. The story continues…

      • MadMax

        I’m sure Jared Kushner is involved somehow.

        • Bloomy


      • smk78

        Sandra Buchanan, Buchanan’s wife, is listed as the manager of 23 D St SE LLC. Great choice for someone who wants to further line the pockets of a wealthy Congressman who’s been investigated by the FBI and IRS and voted for Trumpcare!

        • JKSU

          I mean the giant silver elephant on the kitchen table kind of gave it away for me

  • Vermonster

    Pass. Not enough kitchen stools.

    • Lexicon

      Ha! Actually laughed out loud!

  • Elkhaert

    …where is all the clutter everyone is complaining about? I don’t particularly care for their taste in decor, but this looks fine from a “clutter” perspective to me. Just looks like someone actually lives there.
    Y’all are weird sometimes.

    • Elkhaert

      Though I agree the five bar stools is a bit weird. But it’s not like they convey with the house.

    • Andie302

      If I was the listing agent I would’ve had them remove nearly everything from the kitchen counter, take down at least 75% of the wall hangings, probably turn one of those two bedrooms back into a bedroom, and remove a LOT of the small pieces of furniture (end of bed and in the hallway for example). The photographs would be much better with this effort. Maybe they just said “let’s see if anyone wants it the way it is” …for nearly $2M.

    • dcd

      Are you kidding? Just as one example, the amount of crap on the kitchen counters is staggering. It’s one thing to look lived in, it’s another to just have random jars/bottles/whatever strewn everywhere.
      Also, that kitchen looks like it has a prep sink as its only sink. Odd choice.

    • textdoc

      It isn’t quite “clutter” in the normal sense, but there’s excess stuff that’s distracting and would have been better off removed for the photos. Like the whole rack of boots in the master bedroom, and the air purifier.
      There’s too much stuff on the walls, and that whole display of photos in the dining room (?) should come down.

    • ktana


      My personal preference is definitely more minimalist, but this doesn’t appear overly cluttered to me. Just someone with more traditional tastes/preferences, and not an empty house that’s been staged with the same derivative West Elm furniture.

      The Fox News channel, however, might dissuade me from purchasing, particularly if I thought the sales price was giving a nice profit to the owner. Sorry, not sorry for this country’s deep polarization seeping into fantasy real estate sales.


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