Sunday, February 13, 2005

1611 New Jersey Ave

Price: $675,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2.5
Fireplaces: 4!
Basement: Yes, legal unit

Sorry no pics as the camera feature in the Palm decided that it didn't want to work.
Well in the group of $600K houses this is the better one, even though it doesn't have a backyard. I didn't see any mold in the basement and there were some very neat features with intercoms and such. The thing that I really liked was the kitchen. There were cherry like (could have been real cherry whaddaikno) cabinets, granite countertops and a gas range. It was a thin kitchen but the lights looked really nice. Better yet, similar set up downstairs in the rental unit.
In the past the 1st floor front room might have been two rooms, because the current living space has 2 fireplaces. Corresponding upstairs there are two bedrooms with fireplaces as well. Fireplaces for everybody! Ok, well not the person who gets the back bedroom.
It was the back bedroom that really sucked. I went down this thin hallway the bedroom has expecting it to open out into this large master bedroom. Nope. It was a small bedroom with an ity bitty window. It left me asking, how the heck you get furniture back here? Does anyone ever ask that question when they remodel? Modern furniture big, no likey likey teeny tiny hallways. The same thing for the rental unit, with the sucky tiny 2.5 foot wide hallway leading back to the bedroom. A fair number of tight corners, but it's a 19th century house and those the breaks.
The workmanship was fair. It wasn't as bad as somethings I've seen but there were some minor faults. Some rested with what original things were kept with the house, and others were simply forgivable and fixable. There looked like an honest effort to make the house aesthetically pleasing, even if the goal wasn't met.


At 2/14/2005 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep seeing these houses with extremely dumb floor plans. It worries me that nobody will actually buy these houses.

At 2/14/2005 12:44 PM, Blogger Mari said...

I keep saying that one day I'm going to go to an open house, not in Shaw (or Columbia Heights) and see if stupid layouts, so-so workmanship at high prices is the norm.

At 2/14/2005 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the norm, always trying to turn a closet into a bedroom

At 2/16/2005 12:33 AM, Blogger onlineguy said...

Isn't it horrifying that $675K sounds like a reasonable price for a 3-bedroom house?


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