May 23, 2007

$699,000 for a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house!

So yesterday we learned that if you lived in Washington DC, that your grocery bill for a BBQ this Memorial Day weekend would be almost 11% less compared to here.

But then again, our better means that our groceries will taste even better when they’re eaten!

For fun, let’s take a look at what $700k (the current median price in Santa Clara) buys you in DC! Find a Home – Listing Detail
4 Bed, 3.5 Bath
0.1 Acres

MLS ID# DC6367924
4 Bed, 3.5 Bath, 0.1 Acres
Wonderful 4 level Colonial on a corner lot in popular 16th Street Heights. This cozy home has great living and entertaining spaces on the main level with a formal living room with fireplace and french doors to a sun porch, spacious dining room, and a study. Other features include: 2 master bedroom suites, a skylit attic, recreation room and attached garage. Enjoy a lovely fenced yard with patio and terraced rear–all very private and tranquil. Conveniently located-just steps from Rock Creek park and minutes to the subway and new Columbia Heights retail.

Single Family Property, Subdivision: 16TH STREET HEIGHTS, County: WASHINGTON, Approximately 0.1 acre(s), Lot is 4508 sq. ft., Year Built: 1941, Four or more stories, Central air conditioning, Basement, Fireplace(s), Dining room, Den, Hardwood floors

Wow, that’s a pretty nice looking house!

And just for more fun, according to this cost of living calculator, if you make $100,000 in San Jose (practically the starting salary these days) and you moved to DC:

Equivalent income in the city you’re moving to: $90,032.08.
You may take a 9.97% decrease and still maintain your standard of living

So your groceries would be cheaper, your house would be nicer, and your general cost of living would be lower.

But ask yourself: Do they have El Camino Real there? Do they have Fry’s? Do they have 280 or 101 there?

Accept no substitutions – accept only perfection: The Bay Area.

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:33 am

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  1. Area 51 Says:

    I agree, that house can’t hold a candle to a 40yr old 3/1 real wood (not phony bricks)house in San Jo. There’s not one yard of concrete in front of that house for “off street parking”. And gawd, 3.5 BA? Who the hell is gonna want to clean all those toilets? 1 BA (tub over shower) is enough for any family, or 3 or 4 families…..Pleaze……

  2. Brendan Says:

    You forgot 880.

  3. seamus Says:

    I did live in DC for a number of years, and I can vouch that the groceries *are* significantly better here.

  4. burbed Says:

    Interesting – in what way? Better variety? Fresher?

  5. jo jo Says:

    no Burbed they just SPECIAL…Geez do we have to keep telling you that OMG

  6. REIL Says:

    If you look at the virtual tour, there are bars across the window in the back. No self-respecting Bay Area person will buy a house with window bars…

  7. Norcalboomer Says:

    DC can be a dangerous place ( many poor minorities), although many neighborhoods are gentrifying and Georgetown is nice, ie. no Metro station to help keep ” those people” out. Most middle class people live in the Virginia or Maryland suburbs.

  8. Arizona is Laughing at You Says:

    “Colonial” my ass. That’s two blocks from one of the rougher neighborhoods I’ve lived in here. Used to live up there. Strip clubs, drive-bys, and crackheads abound. I lived four blocks from that place, and we had crackheads breaking into our back door once or twice a week.

    Had to get a dog to keep them out.

  9. burbed Says:

    Thanks for the input – I guess this was too good to be true.

    Only California is the perfect place to live.

  10. Hmmmmm Says:

    DC has Mayor (Councilman) for life Mayor Barry. Now that’s special. Soeas the Real bay area have it’s very own crack smoking, tax evading, ladies man jail serving felon as an elected city offical? I think not. It’s just not that special.

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