Duke Ellington’s Childhood Home Under Contract

by UrbanTurf Staff

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1805 13th Street NW

UrbanTurf has learned that a house on 13th Street where the legendary Duke Ellington spent some of his childhood years is under contract just a few days after hitting the market.

The four-bedroom home at 1805 13th Street NW hit the market for $525,000 shortly before the July 4th weekend and had a sale pending on it within 72 hours of being listed. While $525,000 may seem like a steal for a house this size in Logan Circle, the home is being sold “as is” and the listing description notes that the property needs work.

The 13th Street house was one of a number of homes that the Duke lived in during his teenage years, and is a regular stop on historical tours of the neighborhood. (CulturalTourismDC notes that he also lived at 1816 13th Street NW, 420 Elm Street NW, 1206 T Street NW, 1955 Third Street NW, and 2728 Sherman Avenue NW.) There are rumors that Ellington’s grandmother used to yell at him from the home’s window to stop playing outside and come in to practice the piano.

In related news, today is the 40th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s death.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/duke_ellingtons_childhood_home_under_contract/3761

1 Comment

  1. Rock said at 10:37 am on Thursday July 7, 2011:

    It’s also one of the smallest lot sizes you’ll ever see, something under 700 square feet.  So you’re probably talking about a house that’s 1,000 interior square feet at most.  Little Duke must’ve felt pretty squeezed!

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