Short 18th: Woolen Mills bungalow long on potential

Address: 1406 Short 18th Street
Woolen Mills
Year Built:
 916 finished sq. ft., 814 unfinished
.17 acres
Curb Appeal:
7 out of 10
Listing Agent:
Courtney Sargeant, Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - 434-962-3100

There’s more to the bungalow sitting at 1406 Short 18th Street than first meets the eye.

The front door opens onto a living room painted a bold blue accented by white crown molding and oversided base trim, which lends an air of formality to the space. Two modest bedrooms, also freshly painted, are situated off the living room and share a functional and pristine hall bath. Compact room dimensions, ceiling heights, and closet spaces are reflective of a home built during the 1940s.

But all that ends when you get to the kitchen where stainless appliances, a double sink, numerous cabinets, and ample counter space invite all manner of culinary endeavors. A space along one wall could easily accommodate a kitchen table, a prep area with a pot rack above, or even a retro character piece like a refurbished Hoosier cabinet to act as a counterpoint to the modern finishes.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a small porch. A bit too tiny to house a full-sized table, this room could be used as a cozy sunroom or a quiet breakfast nook. With its tile floor and French doors opening to the backyard, it could also serve as a place to de-boot on rainy days.

A door off to one side of the kitchen opens to a staircase leading up to finished attic space. Ringed with windows, this room feels open and airy despite its modest size. Though billed as a third bedroom, the space seems better suited as an office, a studio, or a playroom, particularly given its distance from the home’s sole bathroom.

Stairs in the main hallway lead to a full basement where recessed lighting and access to the side yard help counterbalance the low ceilings. With ample room to expand the living space, accommodate hobby areas, or simply to function as storage space, the basement offers numerous possibilities.

A small raised-bed garden sits near a storage shed in the backyard. Buyers who want to continue– or expand– the gardening effort will be pleased to note the amount of sunlight the backyard enjoys. A concrete pad off to one side is an ideal spot for a gazebo, a swing, or a barbecue command center.

The current owners have made some significant improvements by renovating the kitchen and the bathroom and by replacing all the windows. Wood floors, found throughout the main living area, add character while front and rear decks allow for outdoor living.

That’s not to say that there’s not still work to be done, though. The front entry offers a view of the bare gravel underside of the deck, though this could easily be screened with lattice. Replacing the hollow-core doors and the cracked tile on the enclosed porch would continue the effort at modernization on the main level. And installing new flooring in the upstairs nook, which currently features lackluster carpet, could make this space the highlight of the home. 

The neighborhood is relatively quiet– Short 18th dead-ends at the nearby cemetery gate– and offers easy access to Pantops, Belmont, and downtown. And when summer days lead to thoughts of taking a cool dip, the Greenbelt portion of the Rivanna Trail is within walking/biking distance, and the Onesty swim park is right down the road in Meade Park.
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Pretty decent bare bones 125K house, but a Total hose job at the asking price.
Some fool will probably buy it, disregarding the reality that many city assessments exceed the value of the house. It couldn't rent for much more than a grand and that don't make a $215K house.

Most of the properties in Woolen Mills are over priced right now, and this one is no different. You've got an older house on Chesapeake that has a $256 per sf asking price (ridiculous) as well as a new house whose builder is using archaic building practices (R13 in the wall, R38 in attic for insulation) and yet is asking $325k. Go around the corner to Chisolm Place and there is a new house that has been on the market for a couple of years now, probably because it is over priced as well. Charlottesville is a great place to live, but now you can see why so many people are moving out to the surrounding counties.

Fine little ticky tacky box, (worth 70K anywhere else) by cville, standards this should be going for a half million...

The overpriced house for sale on Chisholm Place is actually a proposed house to be built on a vacant lot.

Since any buyer has access to this information (from city assessor's website) unless they rely on the ethics of realtors, here we go.
Sold for $100K in 04/04 to interim owners who sold it in 08/06 to current owners, well sort of 'cuz it looks like a marriage or partnership foundered a couple years into their tenancy and the female ended up with the gift deed transferring his interest to her. So they paid $249K for this place in 08/06...ouch, that had to hurt. So at $215K she's getting a haircut, but if someone pays $215K for a house assessed at $145K in this market, they're getting a haircut too. With those numbers, good luck getting financing once an appraiser crunches those numbers. But, maybe stainless appliances and a dinky little slab of granite are worth that $115K bump. Bet the person who owned it for 28 months and sold it to the current owners did the kitchen-to-die-for renovation before skinning the current owners alive..Nothing about this makes any sense to any "prudent buyer".