A popular residential section of Washington, DC is often referred to as Upper Northwest. It includes many of my buyers' favorite neighborhoods, including most of the area to the north and west of Rock Creek Park.
This large section of town has some pricey real estate, with 102 of the 152 homes on the market sporting price tags of over $1 million, with a high price of almost $9 million. But there are also some prices that are relatively affordable. Here are the five least expensive homes I found in the three zip codes that comprise this lovely area (20008,20015 and 20016):
3646 Alton Place NW: looking behind a great presentation, this 111 year old house could face some challenges during a home inspection. It has refinished hardwood floors that show the wear of decades, the front porch looks a bit wobbly, and the shingles on the exterior look like the old asbestos. Still, the house appears to be livable just the way it is. You don't have to do work immediately to make it livable, but at some point you'll probably want to redo the kitchen and baths. And it's in a great location in Tenleytown, close to Metro and fine dining. All for $699,900. It's listed by McEnearney Associates.
5504 30TH PL NW: This brick Cape Cod sits above the street on a nicely landscaped lot. It has a floor plan similar to that of a center hall colonial, with a small kitchen There are three bedrooms and a full bath upstairs, and a fully finished basement. The house is close to Rock Creek Park, making for a beautiful morning commute into town. The kitchen and baths are a little dated, although the house appears to be quite livable just the way it is. The price is $688,000, and the house is listed by Long and Foster.
4319 Embassy Park Dr NW is a charming townhouse community just south of American University. While this house has a dated kitchen and the original baths, they could be transformed without a major renovation. There are wood floors on the main level, and there is a full finished basement. It is listed by Washington Find Properties for $679,000.
5329 Belt Rd NW This home is a quick walk to the Friendship Heights Metro and all the shopping you could ever need. It's an older home with a wonderful front veranda, nice wood floors, some built ins around a wood burning fireplace, and a small but quite functional kitchen. The house has 3 bedrooms and a full bath upstairs, and there is a half bath on the main level. It is listed for sale at $669,000 with WC & AN Miller/Long & Foster.
3614 Jenifer Street NW: It's a tiny home that you could call a starter house. Behind a charming facade with a large front porch, it has 2-bedrooms, and 1 bath upstairs, and a finished basement with a second full bath. The kitchen is small and pretty basic, and there are some rather dramatic colors on the walls. There are warm wood floors, and a deck in the tiny back yard. While it's completely livable just the way it is, I would want to redo the kitchen and baths. But with the $569,900 price tag, you could make those changes without over-improving the house for the neighborhood. Long & Foster us the listing broker.
I know, for starter homes, these numbers may sound a little high, especially if you are moving to this area from a part of the world where prices are somewhat depressed. And there are plenty of wonderful homes in the DC metro area that are more affordable than these. But these are all in DC, close to downtown, and in wonderful neighborhoods.
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