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Below Asking: A Look at Homes in the DC-Area That Recently Sold at a Discount

by Nena Perry-Brown

While examples of listings selling for above asking price are abundant, UrbanTurf is switching things up this week with an installment of Below Asking, highlighting three recently-featured listings that sold for under asking price.


$360,000 Below for 5,500 Square Feet in Alexandria

Despite only being on the market for 9 days, this 5,500 square-foot house on an acre-sized corner lot in Alexandria sold for $360,000 below its original asking price. A couple of steps down from the skylit foyer, the great room has a panel fireplace made of Maryland-sourced stone on either end, exposed beams beneath the vaulted ceiling, and three 20 foot-high dormers that evoke a skylight. Below, three sets of paned french doors open onto the lanai, which has radiant heat and is also accessible from the kitchen and the owner's bedroom. The latter spans the width of the house and has built-in shelving on either side of a closet, a raised brick fireplace, and a dressing room-like closet. The house also includes a wood-paneled office, storage, a studio with plate mirrors, and a sauna on the lower level, and the property has a kidney-shaped pool.

  • Full Listing: 8226 W Boulevard Drive (map)
  • Asking Price: $2.36 million
  • Sold Price: $2 million
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Square Feet: 5,448
  • Year Built: 1984
  • Listing Agent: Chris White, Long & Foster Real Estate

$64,000 Off for a Palisades Cottage

This cottage-like two-bedroom in the Palisades spent about a month on the market and had one price reduction before going under contract for $64,000 below the original asking price. The house is packed with charms, starting with the wide screened-in front porch and its painted beams. Wood beams float beneath the ceiling throughout the living and dining rooms, fanning out from the corner that demarcates the two. The living room also has a pair of skylights and a fireplace between windows, and the angular eat-in kitchen has a skylight, a hood above the stove and a white subway tile backsplash. The owner's bedroom has a wall of built-ins, a double closet, and an en-suite bath. The attic can serve as a spacious bedroom or bonus room, and the house also has a partially finished basement and a backyard deck. 

  • Full Listing: 2420 Chain Bridge Road NW (map)
  • Asking Price: $899,000
  • Sold Price: $835,000
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: Two
  • Square Feet: 1,472
  • Year Built: 1937
  • Listing Agent: Judy Cranford, Cranford & Associates

Photo courtesy of RealTour.


$250,000 Below Asking After a Year

Considering that this turn-of-the-century Cleveland Park Queen Anne-style house spent nearly a year on the market (minus a few months when the listing was removed), it stands to reason that it would sell for below the original asking price. The house boasts a round turret surrounded by a wraparound porch, and the turret creates a rounded bay in the living room and in the owner's bedroom above. Built-ins abound everywhere from the foyer (a bench) to the dining room (shelving on either side of a fireplace), and the family room has backyard access and a recessed display cabinet. The eat-in kitchen also leads out to the garden-framed backyard, which has a wooden deck and an expansive brick patio a few steps above a lawn area. The house also enjoys an upstairs balcony, a garage, and views of the National Cathedral.

  • Full Listing: 3562 Macomb Street NW (map)
  • Asking Price: $5 million
  • Sold Price: $4.75 million
  • Bedrooms: Six
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Square Feet: 5,510
  • Year Built: 1901
  • Days on Market: 363
  • Listing Agent: Michael Rankin, TTR Sotheby's International Realty

Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

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