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DC’s Hidden Places: Warren Street NE

by Lark Turner

In Hidden Places, UrbanTurf takes a look at some of the charming but lesser-known one- and two-block streets in the District. This week, we take a look at Warren Street NE, a small one-way street in northeast Capitol Hill.


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Hidden under towering trees in northeast Capitol Hill, Warren Street NE (map) sits between Eastern Market and the H Street Corridor. The tiny block is a quiet, calm oasis compared to Constitution Avenue and C Street to the north and south. (DC has another, much longer Warren Street in Northwest, but this article only focuses on the NE block.)

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Homes on Warren Street are mostly federal-style rowhouses, with a few small anomalies thrown in. Unlike some other blocks we’ve featured, homes here are more jumbled than uniform. Some come right up to the sidewalk. Others have a deep, landscaped front yard with an inviting front porch. Still others have stairways leading to the entryway.

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The houses are mostly two- and three-bedrooms, and recent sales show that they typically sell in the mid to upper-$500,000s. A recent renovation on the block wasn’t priced quite right at $639,000 when it first came on the market; it sat for months and underwent four price reductions before selling for $580,000. Another, similar home on the block recently went under contract in five days. It was listed more aggressively at $539,000.

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A reader wrote in asking us to feature Warren Street for its uniquely large and dramatic trees. “Candidate for most beautiful trees in Capitol Hill,” the reader wrote. “All it needs are new brick sidewalks.”

But the trees do make the street a bit dark, a trade-off for a feature that makes you feel like you’re near Rock Creek in the middle of close-in Capitol Hill.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_hidden_places_warren_street_ne/8635

1 Comment

  1. Will said at 10:40 am on Tuesday July 29, 2014:

    I share an alley with this street, and it is indeed quite lovely.  About the trees, they are all Gingko Biloba, and I don’t think there is another block in the city with more of them than Warren St. NE.  Most are quite mature, and they turn the most dazzling shade of gold in mid fall.  Gingkos also tend to drop all of their leaves at about the same time, leaving a golden carpet on this lightly trafficked street.  Some of the cars that haven’t moved in a day or two when the leaves drop end up covered like a Rose Parade float, especially if there is a light rain to help the leaves stick.  During this time of year, my family likes to take nightly walks to go spy the foliage.

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