This Week’s Find: A Home on the Hill’s Friendliest Block

by Shilpi Paul

This Week's Find: A Home on the Hill's Friendliest Block: Figure 1
1243 Walter Street SE

This Week’s Find is a rarely available home on what some people think of as The Friendliest Block on the Hill: Walter Street.

Walter Street is a one-way, one-block street just south of Lincoln Park that is famous for its warm, neighborly atmosphere. Block parties and sidewalk happy hours are a regular occurrence and neighbors generally look out for each other — all newcomers are quickly added to a shared spreadsheet and email listserv upon moving in.

Like many of the other homes on the street, this row house has a fairly small layout (850 square feet). The two bedrooms are a little tight, but the living room was opened up during a 1979 renovation with the help of a spiral staircase. Other aspects of the renovation, including the dome skylight and the modernized fireplace, stay true to the groovy sensibilities of the 1970s.

This Week's Find: A Home on the Hill's Friendliest Block: Figure 2
Living Room

The current residents purchased the home in 2005. They refinished the hardwood floors and renovated the kitchen, which opens to the living room and leads to a back patio, creating a completely open main floor.

Houses on Walter Street usually see an offer within a few days, and the new owners should expect a visit from the block’s welcome committee. More photos and details below.

This Week's Find: A Home on the Hill's Friendliest Block: Figure 3

This Week's Find: A Home on the Hill's Friendliest Block: Figure 4

This Week's Find: A Home on the Hill's Friendliest Block: Figure 5

  • Full Listing: 1243 Walter Street SE (map)
  • Price: $499,000
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: One
  • Year Built: 1914
  • Listing Agent: Jason Koitz, Keller Williams Capital Properties

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/this_weeks_find_a_home_on_the_hills_friendliest_block/5788


  1. nehomeowner said at 8:40 pm on Tuesday August 7, 2012:
    Does anyone know a carpenter who can build a staircase like the one in the picture?
  1. jj said at 4:35 am on Thursday August 9, 2012:
    The staircase is likely a kit you can order online and have installed by a contractor here, just google spiral staircase.

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