1422 Belmont St. NW

List price: $1,000,000

Previous sale price: $309,000 (March 2002)

Square footage: 3,084

Were you a manly tyke? Did you spend your youth playing with toy cranes and dump trucks? Then here’s the right house on the right street for you! This five-bedroom Victorian features large construction sites just up the way for your viewing and listening pleasure, and the abandoned, burnt-out buildings nearby offer the possibility of more to come. As for your own projects, bore out the bedroom closets—which, at less than 1 foot deep each, are scarcely large enough for a standard coat hanger. And if there’s still not enough space for your considerable wardrobe, hang your leftover clothes in one of the two showers in the master bathroom. Once the inside is done, move to the back yard, where you can replace the hexagonal patio slabs with slate and erect a fence to obscure the view of a neighbor’s stagnant pond. —Brian Beulter

Art accompanying story in the printed newspaper is not available in this archive: Photograph by Darrow Montgomery.