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1124 Girard St. NW
List price: $840,000
Previous sale price: $342,000 (November 2003)
Square footage: 1,759
Don’t try to pigeonhole the location of this four-bedroom row house: It’s “ideally located between Columbia Heights and U Street Corridor.” For that matter, it’s also located between Columbia Heights and Capitol Hill or Columbia Heights and the Florida Keys. But once you buy, there won’t be any reason to daydream about far-off, exotic locations. Focus your musings instead on how glorious your garden will be once you clear out the thicket of weeds that currently covers both the front and the back of the house. Or on how the interior will shimmer after the two uppermost floors are renovated and repainted just as the basement has been. Or don’t bother with daydreaming at all, and let the understated lighting lull you into a deep and restful sleep instead. —Brian Beutler