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Open Houses This Weekend

by ARLnow.com July 27, 2012 at 11:45 am 2,860 29 Comments

Andrew Carnegie once said that 90 percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. Your goal might not be to become a millionaire, but if you’re interested in owning a home there are nearly two dozen open houses to choose from this weekend.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are some highlights:

4110 40th Place North
Single Family Detached — 5 Bed / 5 Bath
Listed: $1,799,999
Agent: Rebecca Owen
Open: Sunday, July 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3721 Wakefield Street
Single Family Detached — 6 Bed / 6 Bath
Listed: $1,685,000
Agent: Nancy Pannier
Open: Sunday, July 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

805 Barton Street
Single Family Detached — 3 Bed / 2 Bath
Listed: $685,000
Agent: Lawanda Swope
Open: Sunday, July 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

888 Quincy N. Street
Condominium — 1 Bed / 1 Bath
Listed: $559,000
Agent: Randolph Bender
Open: Sunday, July 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1508 Randolph Street South
Single Family Detached — 3 Bed / 2 Bath
Listed: $549,000
Agent: Randall Lewis
Open: Sunday, July 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2503 Arlington Boulevard
Condominium — 1 Bed / 1 Bath
Listed: $250,000
Agent: Libby Fall
Open: Sunday, July 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • novasteve

    Wow a lot of evil 1%ers must live in Arlington with the prices of those homes.

    • Reality Check

      1%ers second homes cost more than $1.8 million. This is just the upper middle class of DC.

    • confused

      i thought one party rule had ruined arlington

  • John Fontain

    Here is an interesting listing:


    This house was renovated and then sold in June 2012 for $1,700,000 (yes, that was last month). Now it is being relisted for $1,899,000, or $200,000 more than what it just sold for. I’d love to know the story behind this one.

    • Cakes

      Wow. Beautiful. I really dig it. A bit monochromatic, though…

    • South Awwlington

      That’s some kinda HOT. Thanks John!

    • Tre

      New job? Didn’t like the house? Location couldn’t have been any better though.

      • John Fontain

        The location has strong advantages and disadvantages. It’s obviously right in the heart of all the action; an easy walk to anything in Clarendon and to the metro. But it also backs up to an apartment building and restaurant and there is a lot of foot and car traffic.

        Also, it isn’t too great for a family with kids, as the parks are on other sides of busy streets and the school is a bit far to walk to.

        But it would definitely be an ideal spot for lots of folks.

        • Tre

          Agree that having an apartment complex in your backyard is a negative but I believe the 11th street park and the Barnes & Noble playground are right there (w/o crossing busy arteries). But yes from my perspective it’s the perfect location (I just have to find where I misplaced my $1.8 million)


          • John Fontain

            If I find it, I’ll let you know.

    • Radiators?

      Does anyone know why in a whole-house renovation anyone would chose to keep the radiators?

      • LEFant44

        It’s an extremely efficient heat source that doesn’t generate as much dust and allows for better humidity throughout the house. Also, most often the heat is delivered via baseboard units, not the big old clunky radiators you may be thinking of. I looked at the pictures, but don’t remember if they had the big ones (with tasteful covers) or not. We have the baseboard units and love this heat source after a lifetime of forced air heat.

  • LP

    Wow! $559K for a 1BD/1BA, 918 sq/ft condo in Ballston – wow, delusional sellers.

    I don’t care how much you spent on Bosch, Miele, Sub Zero, etc. – it’s still a 1BD apartment in a fairly generic building.

    • John Fontain

      Used to be (from 2003 to 2006) that buyers were literally so dumb and eager that you could invest a few thousand into fancy appliances and then up your selling price by $100,000.

      I remember back during the bubble seeing ads in the Post (when people used to put ads in newspapers) that would read as follows:

      “2/2 Condo, granite, stainless, $700,000. Free flat screen tv. Call xxx-xxxx.”

      The condo would be sold the day it was listed. Hilarious. For the most part, I don’t think buyers are that stupid anymore.

      • JamesE

        Based on my extensive viewing of House Hunters they are still stupid

        • LP

          To make this even more interesting (and more absurd) this unit originally sold for $820K on 7/1/09, then sold for $655K on 2/27/12 and now is basically $100K less in exactly 5 months.

          Every single owner has taken a significant bath on this place.

          • LP

            I misspoke, that was for unit 2012, the one mentioned in ARLNow is unit 2010.

            Unit 2010 initially sold for $674k in ’08 and is now on the market for $559k.

          • JamesE

            I’m going to go out and get a new kitchen now so my value goes up $200k

      • WeiQiang

        It’s how I turned my condo in 2003, then the owners sold it a year later for ANOTHER $80K on top of that without doing anything and using the photos from my ad.

    • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

      Over $600/sq ft is a bit pricey, esp for that building. It’ll probably trade at closer to $560/sq ft, around $515K.

    • JohnB2

      2 parking spots for a 1 BR is nice. Some places in Ballston only get 1 spot for 2 BRs. 560k is at least 150k too much for a 1 BR though.

    • Rick

      That is the worst-run building in Arlington, and a poorly-built one to boot. Put the super’s number in your speed dial!

      • LP

        Reasons? Not that I doubt you, just curious.

        • Rick

          Inside sources (literally) – leaky pipes, small units, rotating concierge staff, unapproachable management, garage doors break on a weekly basis, 5 visitor parking spaces for a 250-unit building, not the best drycleaner on the ground floor. The view from the rooftop is breathtaking, and that market on the corner keeps up with the beer trends, but I would never buy (or rent on the Equity side of the building) knowing what I know about it now.

  • South Awwlington

    I love everything about 40th Street EXCEPT for the Marble floors. Doesn’t fit that character at all. Hardwood throughout would have been better.

    Burn the furniture too.

  • VaGurl

    the one on barton i saw back a year ago when we were house hunting. they wanted close to $700K for a 2 bedroom (where the second bedroom was the size of a walk in closet) it didnt sell. i would be interested to see what the addition looks like, since the outside doesnt look much different..

    • Trolly Troll

      Washer/Dryer in the kitchen? = Subtract $50K.

    • CW

      I thought that house looked familiar. I remembered walking by it last year, remarking that it was probably the cheapest SFH in the neighborhood by far. Assumed someone would snap it up just to have a foot in the door. Interesting to see that they’ve done a reno – if anyone can find a link with more pics (outside pics) I’d be curious.

      Sears houses are generally love/hate. Interesting that they did an addition. I’d think that the kind of people who buy Sears houses generally want them as-originally-built.

  • Edward

    Woo-wee those are some expensive digs!


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