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Best New Listings: Solar in Shaw and a George Washington Lot

by Nena Perry-Brown

This week’s Best New Listings includes three turn of the century homes — from two different centuries — in three area jurisdictions.


Bungalow with Abundant Bonus Spaces 

On the market for the first time in 35 years, this light green early 20th century bungalow is right around the corner from Belle Ziegler Park in Takoma Park. The living room has a white brick fireplace between windows with shelves built in under one and a bench built in beneath the other. The formal dining room also has a window seat built out, and there is also butler's pantry/playroom with a built in cabinet with sink on one wall. The eat-in kitchen has bright blue countertops, a double wide stove beneath hood, and a deep skylight above the breakfast area. While the owner's suite is on the main level, three bedrooms share a bath on the second level. The house also has a wide front porch, a basement with several bonus rooms, a long driveway to a two-car garage, and an extra deep backyard, sloping upward toward the fence.

  • Full Listing: 508 Albany Avenue (map)
  • Price: $875,000
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: Three
  • Square Feet: 2,553
  • Year Built: 1910
  • Listing Agent: Dan Metcalf, Long & Foster Real Estate

An Old Town Original With a Contemporary Angle

Blocks from the waterfront in Alexandria, this brick house is one of the city's first 84 numbered lots, which George Washington helped survey as a teenage apprentice. Don't let the star bolts affixed to the brick façade fool you, however; the interior is far more contemporary. A dining area enjoys a double height wall of stacked picture windows, and a pass through window-accessible kitchen sits around the corner, complete with white subway tile backsplash, wine fridge, stacked ovens and a white farmhouse basin sink. The loft-like owner's bedroom also takes advantage of the double height window wall and has a bright en-suite bath, with paned mirrors and a mirror-backed shelving unit surrounding the tub on three sides. The house also has an unfinished basement and a bi-level rear brick patio with outdoor speakers.

  • Full Listing: 212 S Royal Street (map)
  • Price: $1.8 million
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: Three
  • Square Feet: 2,385 
  • Year Built: 1800
  • Listing Agent: Lisa Groover, McEnearney Associates

Exposed and Energy Generating in Shaw

This Shaw rowhouse is solar powered and is wired for sound, both indoors and out. Within the open concept main level, the living room has a wood-burning stove and shares an exposed brick wall with the dining area. The sleek kitchen has a breakfast bar island and custom cabinetry with a concealed fridge. Upstairs, the owner's bedroom has a minibar, an exposed brick wall, and a custom closet/hall to the en-suite bath with heated floors, frameless glass rain shower and a tub beneath a skylight. Behind a gate off the front brick patio area, one can access a separately-metered one bedroom basement apartment with polished concrete floors, radiant heating, exposed brick walls and a washer/dryer. The house also has a rear patio and a two-car parking pad behind rolltop garage door.

  • Full Listing: 1417 5th Street NW (map)
  • Price: $1,374,500
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Square Feet: 2,600
  • Year Built: 1900
  • Listing Agent: Nate Guggenheim, Washington Fine Properties

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best-new-listings-solar-in-shaw-george-washington/15975

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