Friday, February 10, 2006

925 Westminster Street NW

The lovely blue colored two unit rowhouse is available for sale 1.1 million dollars. "Investor alert!! 2 two lvl homes (sep apartments) in a grandvictorian on a quiet st near u st metro. 2 units generate $5200 in monthly rent. Condo conversion in process. 2 parking spaces in rear." It is 3,400 sq, feet. 2 parking spaces in the back. It has been on the market for 119 days. MLS # DC5422736. 925 Westminster St NW is located in a partially gentrified area near the eastern part of the U street corridor.

The property was purchased on 2/2/2004 for 715K.

Will the two units sell as a package for 1.1 million?

The U Street Corridor is a hot neighborhood. There are a many other properties available for sale in the area . What do the readers think?


  1. If you have kids and live there at that price, your crazy.

    If your single, and pay 2600 just for rent, your crazy.

    So what are sane reasons for buying this and/or living in it at those prices?

  2. U St has not gone up 50% in the past two years, so I think it's a bubbilicious price unless there were some fabu renovations. That said, if the seller could actually complete the condo conversion, he could probably get 550k for each of the two 1700 sqft units+1pkg, with a nice interior redo.

  3. $5200 on $1.1 million is less than a 5% return... and that is before you pay taxes, insurance, and maintenance, and if your renters are paying for all utilities. So the real return is lower.

    If I had 1.1 million, I'd stick it in a CD before I bought this.

    U Street is better than it was 20 years ago. OTOH, that is easy- 20 years ago it was a violent, burnt-out ghetto. If you pay 1.1 million for property there now, I think you would need U Street to become Georgetown before you made money.

  4. Correction to my post above: it is a little more than a 5% return, but only before you pay expenses.

  5. To dc_too - I agree - the fact that they could sell 2 condos for a total of 1.1 certainly in no way implies anyone should buy it now (unconverted) for 1.1. As I said above, that's a bubbilicious price, as U St prices in no way have gone up 50% in the past 24 months.

  6. There actually is a similar redo a block or so away on 11th st. In Aug., two very nice two-bedrooms were selling for 650K or so. They sat and sat and price dropped and dropped, but eventually sold.

    $550K for each unit does not sound all that unreasonable. Westminister is a very quiet and nice street with a wonderful park.

  7. 1.1 Million and two parking spaces!!!

    Man, where I live all you would get would be a 3+ car garage!

  8. If the Appartments are nice 2+ bedroons, the 2,600/mo is quite reasonable - The rental market here is tightening up - a friend of mine had a bidding war on her appartment in Dupont circle - nicer area but a smaller place - $3.5K/mo

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