The Real Estate World’s All Topsy

The other morning, like many mornings here in Northern Virginia, I drove from my house to the coffee shop that’s become my home base. On my drive, I always pass this one little house in the Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington. It’s cute, and it’s small, probably 2000 square feet or less, and painted white. It’s a 1920s-era bungalow, complete with cute porch and an add-on off to the side done by one of the previous owners. It’s not ostentatious like many houses in the area, it’s just cute. And, like every morning for the past few months, there’s a For Sale sign on it.

Today, they’d added the “New Low Price” sign to it, so I pulled a U-turn, grabbed the flyer, returned to my car and read it.

My guess was right, built in 1924. Gas heat, gas kitchen. Just under 1900 sqft, and there’s a back deck. .21 acre lot.

$819,000.

I nearly cried.

When a small single family home is more than I make in 10 years…the world’s all kinds of topsy. Anyone have a line on some good lotto numbers?

7 Comments so far

  1. M (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    4 17 22 32 40


  2. Wayan (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 1:14 pm
  3. Twitch (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    Amen. I’m wondering if I could afford even one of the closets in that house.


  4. Jenn L (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    I remember when I bought my house in 2000, and some self-important jerk at a party told me I’d just made “the worst financial mistake of your life.” I wanted to punch him out, I was already nervous enough about it.

    The price at the time? About one-third of the cost of this little bungalow now. I kick myself everyday for being that lucky.

    Crazy times indeed.


  5. withheld (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Yeah: 8190


  6. Paulo (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    4 8 15 16 23 42.


  7. Name (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    1900 sq. ft is not a small house. I own a three-bedroom, single-family house with a decent-sized kitchen and a large dining room and it’s only about 1325 sq. ft. A 1900 sq. ft. house is quite large.



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