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GDoN “the jewel of Dupont Circle” edition

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm 29 Comments

This house is located at 2014 Hillyer Place, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Hillyer Place – the jewel of Dupont Circle; 4 lvls of original details incl 7fp, intricate woodwork, high ceilings & more; well maintained but could be spectacular w/renovations/updates- Main level- double LR w tall windows in front & back, and pocket doors; LL-kitchen & Dining room w french doors to private patio w pool&OSP; upstairs has 5BR/2BA; stairs to roof that is SCREAMING for a roof deck;”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,599,000.

  • Elkhaert

    If they built stairs to the roof but didn’t bother putting in the actual deck, my guess is there is some problem with the permitting. At 1.6 mil, if they could put in the deck they would have, much easier to sell with the deck already in place.

    • TriniSoFlo

      wonder if the ran into issues with the historical district busybodies…

    • Rich

      It may be that they used to have a deck and it was in disrepair so it was removed. Unless the realtor has a lot of old furniture and granny drapes, it may be that the furnishings are indicative of an owner who was not able to be making of all the levels and that they let what was ever on the roof fall apart.

      • anon

        I’m guessing that’s it – the old deck was removed – as the access to the roof does not look at all new.

  • Bobert

    Anyone else see the outdoor pool as little more than mosquito breeding ground?

    • theharleyquinn

      Yeah, I would cover the whole thing over for a full backyard patio. It’s really too opulent to be a useful pool anyways

    • Anonymous

      Not if it’s got a pump/filtration system. I just think it doesn’t look like an inviting pool to take a dip in, I’d rather have more patio space.

    • TX2DC

      +1. I thought to myself, “Is that a pool or a fountain?” It definitely needs a mosquito dunk.

    • Rich

      It looks more like a pond than a pool. I’m swimmer, but if I had the cash for the house, the first thing I’d do is get rid of the “pool”. the decor does appear to be something for grandma.

      • Truxton Thomas

        “A pool and a pond. The pond would be good for you.”

        • Dash Newton

          Do you take drugs, Truxton?

          • I’m assuming every day.

          • dcd

            Whoa, did someone step on a duck?

  • LedroitTigah

    My 86 year old great aunt would love the décor in this house. me, not so much.

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  • LosLobos

    Seems like they’re low balling it and going for a bid war, no?

    • textdoc

      Yeah, that’s my guess.

    • Rich

      Perhaps, but it has some shortcomings–all those stairs (and kindof narrow at that), the kitchen is clearly older and a lot of buyers would want to do a gut renovation. Some of the bedrooms are quite tiny. Two baths for lots of bedrooms and I’ll bet they are both above the 1st floor (probably over the kitchen)–one looks quite small. I’d wonder about the age of the systems (perhaps it needs an electrical update) and what the basement is like–all we see is the poolside dining area.

      • textdoc

        The kitchen struck me not so much as being older, but as having used the absolute bottom-price option for handles/drawer pulls. Even just swapping out for nicer-looking handles would improve the look of the kitchen considerably.

      • LosLobos

        So about $250K worth of repairs/upgrades to bring it up to par? So my guess is that this should sell for just under $2MM

        • Rich

          The “flaw” in the house (and hence the “low” price) might be the layout–see next post.

    • LedroitTigah

      Did you notice that the kitchen for the house is in the basement? “LL-kitchen & Dining room w french doors to private patio w pool”

      • Rich

        Interesting—I only noticed the dining room part. It makes sense, though, for the age of the house–basement kitchens used to be very common because they’d be cooler in summer and here you might serve on a back patio. Given that the house has a lot of original details, perhaps if it’s had long-term ownership (e.g., within several generations of a family) they might have opted to keep the original configuration.

      • anon

        Kitchens were always on that level originally in these houses. In a house with a parlor floor that is this formal, many would prefer to keep it on that level even now (I would – I like access to the garden from the kitchen level and not having to lug groceries upstairs, as long as the lower level gets plenty of light, which this one seems to.)
        But this house is NOT in its original configuration – there’s a kitchen on the third floor that was added (the caption notes that this was originally the master bathroom.) I’m guess they priced it low because they figure that if someone wants to use it as a single family, they will want to remove that 3rd level kitchen (whether they redo the basement kitchen right now, or not), and if someone wants to use make a rental unit, there’s still some work to be done. And that red-tiled bathroom hurts my eyes, so I’m guessing they figure someone will see that as needing some work as well to tone it down.
        It’s a nice house, though – I’d certainly consider it if looking for such – and will go for more than listed at, unless there’s some glaring structural, electrical, or plumbing problems, or the like, hat aren’t evident.

  • MadMax

    Love it, can’t believe it’s going for this low, even with the needed work.

  • bruno

    The living room — so frozen-in-time Jackie Kennedy! I’ll take it!

  • Truxton Thomas

    I actually really dig this. If I could afford it, I would keep much of it as is.

  • crayons

    Great bones to this house. Great location. Love it!!

  • Wow

    Beautiful house and the price seems very low. Must be hoping for a bidding war.


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