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GDoN “ready to make your own” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm 20 Comments

This house is located at 176 U Street, NE. The MRIS listing says:

“INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! 3BD/1BA Eckington Rowhouse ready to make your own! Main Level features Living Room, Separate Dining Room, and Kitchen. Upper level has 3 full bedrooms, full bath, and wood floors. Partially finished basement adds the possibility of even more living space. Close to transit and schools. Minutes from Capitol St shops/dining.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $469,900.

  • Kingman Park It

    Oh my lord wood paneling!

    That said, seems like a really solid deal to me… It’s pretty hideous but easily livable, and priced like it needs tons of work. I think that’s a tough find in DC.

  • This house is kind of my childhood for sale–ceiling tiles, funky bathroom wallpaper, wood paneling on the walls. It’s almost a shame that someone will probably flip it into something all white/gray and soulless.

    • dangerous dave

      You may not see any soul in the current environment of gray that renovations currently see, but I think they can be done with taste and allows the new occupant to have a clean slate to add color were they want. People generally love it, so you are the minority.

      • Something Like Anonanon

        I see your point about giving people a blank slate, but plenty of people are very tired of all of the gray.

        • JS

          Luckily, researchers have developed technology that allows homeowners to change the color of their walls. Some companies even provide this service for a nominal fee!

          • soozles

            Speaking of which, I need a painter for my front porch. Anyone have someone they’d like to recommend?

      • Dude

        The all gray has quickly gone from really chic to pretty tired. I guess it’s just the safest bet for today’s market, so it is a rational decision for flippers to go with all gray … but I’d love to see a little variety.

  • anon1

    I think I can count on one hand the number of shadows I see in those photos. Kudos to the photographer for making wise use of a tripod and then painting the room with light.

    • west_egg

      The overhead fluorescent lighting doesn’t hurt, either ;-)
      In all seriousness, you’re absolutely right. I’m astonished when I see listings without professional photos. The internet is how people shop for houses these days. Put down your phone and ante up a few hundred bucks, sellers.

      • Easyenough

        I listed something a couple weeks ago and was astonished at how terrible the photos were. I took the same photo with my cell phone camera, and it came out twice as well. Luckily the buyer never saw the pictures, but here’s my public safety message – review listing photos before they go live.

    • ET

      And I think this makes it look better than it was – a feat that I would have thought impossible given all the paneling…..

      You don’t see houses in this stage of history come to market as much as you used to. When I was looking and bought in 1999 this was more the norm for houses – renoed in the 1960s/70s but due for another but with the basement partially finished.

  • AMDCer

    Honestly – not bad. It will need a lot of work to bring it up to date, but it looks clean and well-maintained.

  • Is it just me, or does that living room look like the waiting room of a dentist’s office?

    • textdoc

      Hah! Good point.

    • Anonymous

      To me it looks like a drawing lesson on perspective.

  • flieswithhoney

    Shh, PoP, please stop posting all of my short listed homes. :)

  • anon

    I love how these houses that were fixed up in the 60’s and 70’s always have bars in the basement — I saw a lot like this when I was house hunting about 5 years ago!

  • P

    Classic beauty. I wish I could make this my side project, a lot of original features hidden under there, ready to shine once again. Hope it goes to someone who will love it as it deserves, and it will give you joy.

  • getaninspectionfirst

    That price is really awesome, but I wonder what problems would it make it so low. Renovated and structurally sound I imagine this could sell for over $700k,

    • Bdylan89

      I live one street over. A house on this same street fully renovated sold for 800k a few months back.


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