Spies Like Us: What (About) $500,000 Buys in the DC Area

  • June 15th 2022

by Ashley Hopko

The latest edition of What $500,000 Buys includes a Cleveland Park condo with a backstory of espionage, an updated Alexandria townhome and a colorfully decorated unit in SW DC.

A Cleveland Park Condo With a Backstory 

This Cleveland Park condo comes with a scandalous backstory. Its former tenant, Ana Montes, was arrested and charged with spying for the Cuban government in 2001, according to the current owner. Montes is set to be released from prison next year - but won’t be returning to this two-bedroom, which features a contemporary layout. The kitchen and living room are separated by a half wall that includes additional storage and white wooden detailing throughout the unit helps to lighten up the space. The main bedroom features built-in wardrobes and a middle window seat, which UrbanTurf found particularly charming.

  • Full Listing: 3039 Macomb Street NW, #20 (map)
  • Price: $489,900
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: One
  • Square Feet: 782
  • Year Built: 1923
  • Listing Agent: Russel Boothby, Owner 

A Colorful Mid-Century Modern Unit 

This mid-century modern townhouse in the Southwest Waterfront is defined by its wood floors and artistic finishes. Fun design choices include colorful tiling and painted wood floors in the kitchen, modern lighting fixtures and jungle-themed wallpaper in the lower bathroom. UrbanTurf's favorite feature of the townhouse is the glass wall that opens into the private back patio, which features a bright mural. Upstairs, the main bedroom includes a balcony overlooking 4th Street, and in the basement, residents can take advantage of den space that could be used as an office or guest bedroom. 

  • Full Listing: 1376 4th Street SW (map)
  • Price: $550,000
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Square Feet: 1,560
  • HOA Dues: $1,716/month
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Listing Agent: Annie Richardson, Compass

Photo courtesy BTW

Recently Updated Alexandria Townhouse

This three-story townhouse in Alexandria features recent updates - including changes to the kitchen, bathrooms and basement space. The newly refinished basement consists of one large room and a separate area for laundry. On the main floor, the living room and kitchen are connected by a new breakfast bar. Blue accent walls throughout the home add intrigue. The upstairs bathroom was completely renovated last year. A fully fenced backyard features a small patio space in the corner.

  • Full Listing: 3916 Vermont Avenue (map)
  • Price: $520,000
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Square Feet: 1,575
  • Year Built: 1955
  • Listing Agent: John Knew, Century 21 Redwood Realty

Photo courtesy TruPlace

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