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A First-Time Buyer Totally Remade this Logan Circle Rowhouse - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Nov 20,2018
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This Logan Circle rowhouse is now bright and cheery.

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After binging on HGTV’s Fixer Upper and visiting open houses in every quadrant of the District, Maura Marino made a risky choice: a dilapidated rowhouse in Logan Circle that would require a total remodel.

“I realized I would either have to pay more for something I don’t even want or find something I could renovate to my own taste,” says Marino, CEO of the nonprofit Education Forward DC and a first-time buyer. “I knew it would take more money and time to renovate than it does on TV, but it was still more complicated than I realized.”

Marino had to remain in her apartment for more than a year’s worth of planning and construction. But the rowhouse’s deep front yard and its location on a friendly street full of porches sold her on the property. She also liked its relatively modest size—1,500 square feet and two stories.

Real-estate agents say going the fixer-upper route, even in a high-end market like Logan Circle, can be cheaper than buying something that’s already been flipped. A typical house in Logan needing work costs $800,000 to $1.3 million, depending on size and condition, says Brett West of McEnearney Associates. Even though Marino had to compete with other buyers, she was able to get her house for less than the low end of West’s range when she bought it in 2015. “If you buy a place for $800,000 and put in $500,000 of work, you’ve spent about $1.3 million for a $2-million house,” says West. “That’s a smart move.”

Marino’s home was sold as is, but she hired an inspector before she made an offer, to confirm that the foundation, roof, and wiring were in good shape. Her goal was to save as much of the original building as possible while making it more livable. She hired Samantha Klickna of Case Architects & Remodelers to help her accomplish the job.

Though Klickna took the lead, Marino worked with her on every decision. “You know that feeling you get when you put together Ikea furniture by yourself?” she says. “You appreciate it more because you worked on it personally. I picked out everything in this house, even the glass doorknobs.”

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