We looked around for the five least expensive places to buy on Capitol Hill. No surprise, they're all condos. Who wants a yard when there's so much to do in the neighborhood?
A top floor unit for $278,900? That can happen by being small, 448 square feet, and by having only 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. It is 60 years old, built in 1956; but it has been renovated with Brazilian hardwoods, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. It is even pet friendly. Take a tour, though. It's been on the market for almost four months, and in this market, there may be a reason for that. It will work for someone (even someone with pets); even just based on price alone.
Mahogany may not be in style, but its return wouldn't be a surprise. Much of the original trim and many of the period fixtures remain adding depth to this 1929, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 615 square foot condo. If you want a sense of style from the era of jazz with rooms that probably look good in sepia tone, this one is available for $294,900. Check out the den, and pastel tiles in the bath. Bring your pet along, too; as long as the dog or cat is well-behaved.
They've gone with winter tones for this 1927, 1 bedroom, 1 bath that has 584 square feet and an asking price of $300,000. The kitchen has been upgraded and renovated to be a bit more modern; but the hardwood floors and the real wood fireplace are reminders of the original era. Check out the glass door knobs, a reminder that touches your hand every time you open a door to walk into a room.
Imagine that, a condo that has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 720 square feet. It is nice to see something that has room for children, or an office, or guests. This unit was built in 1989; much more current than some of the other listings, but also old enough to warrant the updates of the appliances. The list price is $319,000. That's a bit more than the other three, but a lot more room for roommates and the possibility of sharing the costs.
For a few dollars more ($335,000) there's a 1 bedroom, 1 bath with 599 square feet that was also built in 1989. They mention 20 foot high ceilings, but the photos suggest that would be in the common areas. Nothing startles; but that may be the very reaction you want for the place you'll see between work and play. No fuss; but good basics in a very good neighborhood.