I had a really hard time finding a Friday Four Hundred (or even Friday Five Hundred, for that matter) because every single house I liked had one of these two problems:
1) It was already under contract, or …
2) the photography was abysmal.
I know a cute house when I see one, folks, but nothing gives me the hives faster than an adorable listing with absolutely atrocious amateur photography. It is the worst, especially in this price range. Really, it’s no time to slack on the listing photos! Hire a professional or learn a few tips of the trade and invest in a good camera. [End of rant]
Then I stumbled upon this adorable Tudor near the M Streets that has been recently reduced to $409,000. 5802 Monticello is a fantastic Tudor that has tons of charm and updates, including a second living area — a converted porch that is a fantastic sunroom with a tile floor and arched windows. It has three bedrooms, two baths, and more than 2,200 square feet.
This home was built in 1926 and still has tons of period charm, including a spacious formal dining room that is connected to the kitchen. The fireplace is gorgeous, and I love the wide window trim as well as the fretted trim on the walls, perfect for your art collection. And check out the professional slideshow from Shoot2Sell.
The kitchen has been updated to include granite counters, fresh cabinetry with seeded glass door fronts, stainless steel appliances, and an additional butler’s pantry for extra storage. There is also an eat-in breakfast area that is perfect for those busy mornings.
This home has two full baths — a great feature for a family home. You’ll also appreciate the location, which is just off Greenville Avenue and inside the Robert E. Lee Elementary attendance zone. Recent improvements to this neighborhood mean that this area is increasingly more walkable, and if you’re looking for a more urban-oriented location with tons of space and suburban amenities, including parks and entertainment nearby, this is the home for you!
The master bedroom is 13 x 16 — modest buy far from cramped — and has plenty of windows to take advantage of the sunlight. It’s connected to the sunroom, too. The master bath is cramped and a little dated, but this is a prime area for investment.
The backyard is a great size, and the listing agent claims it is big enough for a pool, should your heart desire one. I love that the homeowners have left a little raised bed for a vegetable garden, too.
What is absolutely certain, though, is that this home definitely benefits from professional photography. Considering the location and size of the home, I think it shows so much better to potential buyers with great photographs. What do you think?