|Congress Heights Vistas|
Up for auction Nov 6th at 2:30pm
But I have to ask, "If 'gentrification' in Ward 8 is on and poppin' like some people claim why did this project fail?" Where were all the "rich" people who are supposedly flooding into the ward en mass buying up every piece of available property and pricing people out of the market?
I suspect (but don't know for sure) that we are looking at a situation where the market turned, actual comps did not match up with the appraisals, homeowners couldn't get loans for the finished units, and then the property went into foreclosure. I repeat, I am just speculating here but that is what I think happened. Maybe one of my real estate reporter contacts (paging Aaron Wiener) can get to the down and dirty of what happened with Congress Heights Vistas? Whatever the case this is not good for the Ward 8 housing market but if I were to be honest this is not completely shocking to me. This tracks with some things I have been seeing with some of the condominiums in Ward 8, issues I have tried to sound the alarm about on this blog to no avail. If there was ever a need for emergency funding it is to get and keep Ward 8 homeowners in their own homes.
|As redevelopment occurs next door at Ballou High School|
the Congress Heights Vistas is frozen in time and vacant.
The money is in the treatment, not the cure.
In case you were wondering, I discovered this auction just by doing a search on Remax.com. Remember, I'm a nonbeliever so I wanted to see first hand what the actual "high end" market of Ward 8 was looking like. At a list price of $3,297,052 this was far and away the most expensive piece of property currently on the market in the 20032 zip code -- at least according to Remax. Not bad for what could be a 94 single family homes if ever completed, which comes out to about $35,000 per initial unit investment.
|The picture of gentrification?|
"AUCTION! Receiver Sale of the Congress Heights Vistas subdivision including 26 new completed units and 68 additional home sites. Existing units include 18 garage town homes with final permits! List price is suggested opening bid (50% of tax assessment). Actual price to be determined at AUCTION! Auction to be held Nov 6th at 2:30 pm at the property. Call for complete details."
From the Tranzom Auction listing:
"The Congress Heights Vistas residential development consists of a 94-unit, 59-lot planned single-family project. Development was originally planned for three phases over a projected two year time frame. Phase I of the Project was completed in 2012. It consists of 26 existing units; 18 garage Townhouses and 8 Piggyback units (stacked two story units). These units received their final inspections / Certificates of Occupancy in early 2012. The 18 townhouse units were recently appraised at $310,000 per unit and the Piggyback units at $245,000 (no garage) to $265,000 (with garage). Congress Heights Vistas has been approved for residential housing on sites ranging in size from just over 2,000 square feet for the Townhouse Units to 1,200/2,000 square feet for the Piggyback Units. Phase II and III plans include an additional 6 townhome lots and 31 lots approved for Piggyback construction for a total of 68 units remaining to be built. Please be sure to download the Property Information Package by clicking on the words under “Documents to download” at the upper right of the screen. By downloading this package you will alert Tranzon Fox to your interest in this property and you will receive emails with any updates on this auction. The package contains information needed to participate in bidding at auction. Plans, inspections, survey, Phase 1 report, architectural plans, specifications etc can be downloaded after signing an online confidentiality agreement."
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