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Capitol Hill Real Estate, 1909

Posted in Capitol Hill, Real Estate with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by Kent

Kennedy & Davis N. Carolina

Capitol Hill Real Estate, 1907

Posted in Capitol Hill, Culture and History, Real Estate with tags , , on July 25, 2009 by Kent

638-40-42 South Carolina Ave.

The Things You See … When Going to Open Houses

Posted in Capitol Hill, Real Estate, Renovation and Restoration with tags , , on July 20, 2009 by Kent

Poorly installed small sinkMy partner and I went to an open house yesterday that was a train wreck. All in all, it didn’t look too bad on the surface, but the more you allowed what you were seeing sink it, the worse it got.

One of the things that jumped out to me as a HUGE red flag was this little sink which was probably no more than 9″ x 12″. There were two of them, one in each condo of this former single family and store structure.

Poorly installed small sinkThe first bathroom that had this was a bit odd. This small sink is designed to be attached directly to the wall without any support from below. The stand that the builder decided to install is from a much larger sink set, and it forced them to get really creative in connecting the two pieces. It was filled in with … I don’t know what the gap was filled in with. It wasn’t porcelain like the basin or pedestal. It was some mystery product.

The second bathroom that had this basin at first appeared better, until I remembered that it is not a drop in basin. So as I looked around the counter top it looked like it was cut to fit the shape of the sink. Ok, wacky, but not completely horrible … until I looked underneath.

When I viewed underneath I quickly saw that the sink was not attached to the wall. It was not attached to anything. The only thing holding it up was the plumbing and the trap. There was also a lot of goop (mastic, mystery adhesive, who knows) just glopped on to keep the sink in place.

I gotta tell you. If a builder can’t handle getting a couple of sinks installed correctly, I really question everything else they’ve done and would not be comfortable living there. See images below.
Poorly installed small sink
Poorly installed small sink

Woodley Park Real Estate, 1910

Posted in Culture and History, Real Estate, Woodley Park with tags , , on July 18, 2009 by Kent

Woodley Park Homes

2014 15th Street NW is a Head Turner

Posted in Real Estate, Shaw with tags , on July 15, 2009 by Kent

2014 15thI haven’t reviewed a property in a while, mostly because there isn’t much that excites me these days, I haven’t been to an open house in a while, and there is nothing really on the market in my neighborhood that hasn’t been there for several months.

That said, I think this new listing is worth a look. Personally, I think the listing price of $1,199,000 is a good value. I’m basing that on similar properties in Columbia Heights that have sold for $999,000 in the last six months that are not as clean or fixed up as this one is. Its ready to go. It has four three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a nice deck, back yard, two off street parking spaces, and is just a half block north of U on 15th street.

When you consider that it is move in ready and has a legally rentable basement, it becomes a better value.

Look at the listing here (MLS DC7105692) which includes a virtual tour. Whether you agree with me or not, I’ll be shocked if this is on the market for long.

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Park View Real Estate, 1908

Posted in Culture and History, Park View, Real Estate with tags , , on July 11, 2009 by Kent

442-446 Newton Street

Then and Now: 519 and 521 Rock Creek Church Road

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Then and Now, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 1, 2009 by Kent

Moore & Hill, Inc. Ad May 29, 1910Then: 519 and 521 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, newly completed and offered for sale in this ad from May 29, 1910. Ranging from $4,950 to $6,250, the only major differences in these homes besides the price is the size of the lot and the choice of smooth stucco, textured stucco, and red brick.

519-521 rock Creek Church RoadNow: 521 Rock Creek Church Road sold on March 26, 2009, for $525,000. It was originally listed nearly a year earlier for $703,500, if memory serves.