8.14.2012

Let's Take a Walk

I'll be the first to admit that I don't live in one of the most charming neighborhoods in the DC-area.  I mean, it's cute enough, but it's no Mount Pleasant, Eastern Market, or Dupont Circle.  Nonetheless, just blocks from our little condo are some pretty adorable little houses that I would gladly live in in about a half a second.  So, why don't we take a little walk around my neighborhood?

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I have a confession about my taste in houses.  I sort of hate new construction.   Actually, I decidedly hate new construction.  I'm sorry, it's just true.  I love older houses with a little character -- especially bungalow/craftsman style houses.  And I like little houses.  Yep, I said it.  I like little houses.  And you might as well throw in a flower box on the window, because I eat that kind of thing up!  Unfortunately, these characteristics apparently come with a price tag in my area.  I mean, it's no secret that property values in the DC area are some of the highest in the country, but after snapping some pics, I couldn't resist doing a few property value searches.

This 1,000 square foot little charmer on 0.14 acres will set you back about a half a million.

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This 1,400 square foot guy on a whopping 0.18 acres will put you out over $650,000.

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And this 1,900 square foot beauty (and my personal favorite) on a palatial 0.17 acres will cost you around $875,000.

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Whew.  I don't think I'll be owning a single family home anytime soon around these parts.  In the meantime, our condo will happily do.  It's not new construction, but it is about the least charming of all architectural styles -- colonial.  Bleh.  But I will admit that it's some of the best colonial-style architecture that I've ever seen.

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How about you?  What kinds of homes and architecture do you like?

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11 comments:

  1. Yes!! Bungalows are my absolute FAVE.

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  2. I agree. I love bungalows and craftsman-style old houses. And you know Nashville is full of treasures. Someday...

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  3. I LOVE bungalows! All of those pictures are my dream!

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  4. Will and I are both partial to older construction; however, taking on a first home that needs work comes with a hefty price tag that neither of us could afford. I think that I like the idea of sweat equity (when we have the money for it), but I'll settle for our small, new construction now. We love our space. It's just big enough for us, the cat and eventually a couple small people. 1475sq ft., and we're a town home...own the yard but don't have to cut it. Insurance for the drywall in but not responsible for the exterior structure. There's something to be said for cozy, attached housing. :)

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  5. I also love bungalows and Craftsman style houses. But my husband is decidedly opposed simply because of the cost of ownership. But, oh, the character! With the creaky floors and details everywhere… maybe someday I can convince him to build one in the old style and we can meet in the middle. Until then, I will live in your worst nightmare and you and Emily can give me ways to give it more personality.

    And, by the way, your neighborhood is adorable. Reminds me of my sister's neighborhood in Falls Church.

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  6. Absolutely love the first three houses especially. Fav house style is definitely Mediterranean, followed by craftsman, cottage, Victorian, french country, cape cod love Tudor style, modern... pretty much anything except new construction, colonial and basic ranch. All the other styles have so much personality!

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  7. I do love old houses, but our plan is to eventually build on the hubby's family farm and it will definitely be more of a modern house with huge windows looking into the forrest.

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  8. These are precious! I am in Waterfront, so I totally feel you on not living in the most charming area. But honestly, your little area is precious! I would take that over our 1960's style any day!

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  9. My DC neighborhood isn't one of the cutest, but I love these houses that you posted!

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  10. I love older homes (in fact, we just bought this spring), but boy do they take a of work! Even still, I love discovering my older home and others in our 'hood!

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  11. i'm right there with you re: new construction hate. we will always have an old house.

    i also LOVE bungalows and craftsmans. and our house? an UGLY colonial. but you know, budget, neighborhood and the fact that my husband doesn't want to be attached (to another house) dictated our purchase. oh well. at least it's not pink anymore. (but it doesn't stop me from hating my neighbors with cuter houses)

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