Under Contract: Gone in About a Week

by Shilpi Paul

In Under Contract this week, UrbanTurf looks back at properties it has featured over the past couple weeks that were snatched up by DC’s alert buyers in just a matter of days. The listings below are either under contract or the listing status has changed to sales pending.

Under Contract: Gone in About a Week: Figure 1

Two-Level Condo in a Petworth Rowhouse

Featured as one of our Best New Listings in early November, this large condo spans the upper two levels of a Petworth rowhouse, giving it the space of a house and the finishes of a condo. The bedrooms are upstairs, and a stylish open living area fills out the first floor. The wider than average girth also contributes to the condo feel. The home found a buyer a week after it hit the market.

  • Address: 4217 8th Street NW, #2 (map)
  • Price: $449,900
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Square Footage: 1,440
  • Days on Market: 7

Under Contract: Gone in About a Week: Figure 2

Renovated Urban Castle on Capitol Hill

This turreted five-bedroom home was featured in the same edition of Best New Listings as the property above; and in similar fashion, a buyer snapped it up in about a week. In addition to turrets, the grand house has plenty of interesting nooks and skylights. The flow, size, and finishes seem to justify the $1 million price tag. According to poet realtor Tom Faison, the new owners will “feel so famous, they’ll have groupies count the windows.”

  • Address: 623 6th Street NE (map)
  • Price: $1.095 million
  • Bedrooms: Five
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1900
  • Days on Market: 8

Under Contract: Gone in About a Week: Figure 3

A Dupont Circle Victorian That Has Maintained Its Charm

Even high-end listings are going quickly these days. This giant Victorian, another one of our Best New Listings, was renovated but maintained its 1920s charm. Details like a checkerboard floor in the kitchen, a clawfoot bathtub and original fireplaces attracted a buyer within a week. For the high price tag, the new owners will feel justified living it up with luxurious features like a walk-in closet as big as a room (it even has seating), a sitting area off the master bedroom, and a dedicated library.

  • Address: 1632 Riggs Place NW (map)
  • Price: $1.495 million
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1920
  • Days on Market: 7

Under Contract: Gone in About a Week: Figure 4

Capitol Hill Warehouse With Lofty Potential

This property generated a lot of buzz when we wrote about it just before Thanksgiving. The blank-slate building in a Capitol Hill alley was built in the 1890s and aside from a solid-brick partition wall and a few loft storage spaces, the interior is largely empty. (A previous owner used it to store classic cars and furniture.) The property is zoned R-4, which means that the site can be used for single-family residential uses (including detached, semi-detached, row dwellings, and flats) or projects up to six units, depending on the lot size, but some informed commenters noted that the new owner may face some hurdles as far as turning it into something special. Still, the owner found a buyer after just a few days on the market. We have reached out to the listing agent to see if he knows what the future holds for the property.

  • Address: 1237-1239 Rear C Street SE (map)
  • Price: $450,000
  • Year Built: 1890
  • Days on Market: 6

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  1. UC buyer said at 1:12 am on Wednesday November 28, 2012:
    I reached out to the listing agent but he did not pick the phone. Left a voice message and never heard back.
  1. anon said at 1:40 am on Wednesday November 28, 2012:
    my comment vanished, but i wrote that the lady selling the warehouse bought it 3 years ago with the intention of turning it into her home. she got stonewalled by zoning, by her neighbors and by the utilities (who, so i'm told, wanted $150k plus to put in water/sewer). good for her for getting 50% more than she paid only a few years ago (i wanted to buy it, but passed, oops), but seriously, are people that credulous? alley properties can be turned into really cool things, but legally they're almost impossible to do given the current zoning code. This property's alley neighbor is Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the house, and the city stonewalled him!
  1. anon said at 4:28 pm on Wednesday November 28, 2012:
    I feel sad for whoever bought the warehouse. They are in for a rude awakening with both the DCRA and the local community. The last remaining CofO was from 1982 and calls for an apartment building of sorts. They will need a ton of luck trying to get the city to approve a single family dwelling or even grandfathering in the previous CofO. Yikes!
  1. well said at 11:13 pm on Wednesday November 28, 2012:
    I suspect that the warehouse buyer is probably someone well-connected to the city...
  1. Geoff said at 11:15 pm on Wednesday December 19, 2012:
    the alley neighbor is not Tip O'Neil, it is Tom Foley. the stonewalling by neighbors was due to the "they'll have to get over it" attitude of the woman who owned the property and wanted to build higher and closer to the people already living there. But yeah, good luck with the utilities etc.

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