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The Least Expensive Properties In (Or Really Near) Bloomingdale

Bordering Eckington, Brookland, and other hot spots, this transitional neighborhood straddles the boundaries between NW and NE. If you're looking for affordable units, Bloomingdale has plenty to offer. And if you've a taste for a bit of luxury, three on this list are from the same luxury condo developer. But if you see something you want, don't rest on your laurels too long because Bloomingdale has plenty of pending sales, and many listings seem to move quickly. And that will only speed up as spring approaches.

10. 2809 North Capitol St NE
Asking Price: $420,000
Square Feet: 1,854
Price Per Square Foot: $227
The Lowdown: To start us off, this 1910 Colonial row house sits just on the border between NE and NW. (Literally, you can see NW from the homey front porch.) While the listing seems a bit schizophrenic about whether the house has 3 or 4 bedrooms (maybe it's because of the in-law suite not connected to the main house?), there is still plenty of space to make this your own. And having the price lowered from the original $499,000 certainly sweetens the deal.

9. 2420 North Capitol St NW
Asking Price: $415,000
Square Feet: 1,280
Price Per Square Foot: $324
The Lowdown: A few blocks south from the previous listing, this for-sale-by-owner row house has 4 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Built in 1940, this listing may (or may not be) showing its age but due to lack of pictures, it's hard to verify. Either way, there has been a lot of listing activity for this unit since 2009, so make sure you do your homework before checking out this potential Bloomingdale steal.

8. 42 Rhode Island NW
Asking Price: $414,000
Square Feet: 1,539
Price Per Square Foot: $269
The Lowdown: Practically equidistant from the Shaw/Howard, New York Avenue, and Rhode Island Metros, this is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo spread over 2 floors in a beautiful 1909 Colonial row house. Featuring exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, European chandeliers, crown moldings, and a decked out kitchen with the requisite stainless steel appliances, the sellers are even offering "six months of no condo fees". (Monthly HOA is $200.) Lowered from the original asking price of $470,000, the condo has been on the market for more than 300 days, so you've got some negotiating room.

7. 27 Franklin St NE
Asking Price: $399,000
Square Feet: 1,488
Price Per Square Foot: $268
The Lowdown: Switching back to the NE side, this 1919 Federal-style row house has got all the trappings you'd expect: a welcoming front porch, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and hardwood floors. The listing even entices you to come on over by saying, "Welcome home!". And while it claims "you won't want to let [this] get away", you'll need to head to Near NE to see if that's true.

6. 1824 North Capitol St NW
Asking Price: $350,000
Square Feet: 1,251
Price Per Square Foot: $280
The Lowdown: Around the corner from the 42 Rhode Island condo, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in a 1900 Victorian is located "in the heart of Bloomingdale". You want bamboo floors because they are environmentally sustainable? This condo has got them. You want a washer and dryer? Check. Need a private patio for entertaining? Dunzo. You like to "sip wine/coffee" or just wine with coffee in it? Well, you can do that too in "your open living space bathed in natural light". With a low monthly HOA of $163, it might be time to open that bottle of coffee-flavored wine and check this place out. NOTE: This one was delisted as of Saturday, Feb 18th. but we're keeping it on the list so we can all keep our eye on it in case it comes back on the market.

5. 60 Florida Ave NW
Asking Price: $349,000
Square Feet: 1,458
Price Per Square Foot: $239
The Lowdown: Fan of Big Bear Cafe and the Bloomingdale's Farmer Market? This listing's location is one of its selling features. The 1900 semi-detached Victorian has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a "unique basement level kitchen". So after hitting Big Bear and grabbing some organic arugula from the farmer's market, roll back to your place and cook a mean meal in your galley kitchen. Just be careful climbing those stairs to the front door after a few too many DC Braus.

4. 2201 2nd St NW
Asking Price: $329,900
Square Feet: 713
Price Per Square Foot: $463
The Lowdown: Whoever did this luxury condo's staging knows what he or she is doing. Located in historic LeDroit Park near Howard University, this 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit is located in a 1927, 4-story Colonial called McGill Row Luxury Condominium Homes. Featuring ample storage, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, plenty of natural light, and a breakfast bar, this condo could be a great place to set up shop in a burgeoning neighborhood. Just consider the monthly $244 HOA before bringing in your ubiquitous IKEA furniture and ruining the condo's luxury feng shui.

3. 149 W St NW
Asking Price: $309,900
Square Feet: 690
Price Per Square Foot: $440
The Lowdown: Are our eyes playing tricks on us? This is pretty much the same listing as 2201 2nd St NW. As a matter of fact, this luxury condo is from the same firm, Miller Development, and located in the same building, the McGill Row Luxury Condominium Homes. One of the few differences between this condo and the previous one is that this unit is a bit smaller and on the eastern side of the building.

2. 2201 2nd St NW
Asking Price: $224,900
Square Feet: 562
Price Per Square Foot: $400
The Lowdown: Again, this i just like the previous 2 listings but smaller. If you're interested in any of the McGill Row Luxury condos, you better hurry: they have been on the market for less than 3 weeks, which makes one believe these are moving fast. And with pictures like these, we're not surprised if that's the case.

1. 5 Rhode Island NW
Asking Price: $209,000
Square Feet: 683
Price Per Square Foot: $306
The Lowdown: The winner of the Least Expensive Property in Bloomingdale is this condo. Located in a 1911 LeDroit Park Colonial, this 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo is located close to Howard University near North Capitol Street. (If you put the address in Google Maps, it takes you to Dupont. It's a bit confusing.) While the bathroom has decorative tile and a pedestal sink, its the built-ins and "sun-streaked" living room and kitchen that makes this place awesome. Though someone needs to tell the person listing the condo to make the bed before taking pictures.

For other Least Expensive posts go to:

· Eckington
· Columbia Heights
· Capitol Hill
· Logan Circle
· Brookland

--George Perkins

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