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1757 Park Road NW

List price: $875,000

Previous sale price: $415,000 (May 2001)

Square footage: 2,149

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Are you an avowed multiculturalist who’s not quite ready to “go native”? Do you aspire to the life of the nouveau riche but find yourself unable to get past that old-money sensibility? Then set your gaze upon this four-level Mount Pleasant Victorian. Step inside: The house understands your conundrum and offers the best of both worldviews. In the entryway, the hardwood floors sparkle with new-money vitality. But the shine dwindles level by level until, by the top story, they offer that scratched, warped, lived-in elegance that your grandparents made seem so aristocratic. Your second-floor office will be a cozy place to work, but the green view (which includes a magnificently framed roof gutter) will remind you that, in your situation, work is optional. This house is “in the heart of Mount Pleasant,” but if that description sounds a touch too urban and dangerous for your taste, don’t fret: It is located a healthy distance from the working-class toil on the neighborhood’s main drag, and the recent homicide blocks away should bring increased police surveillance.

—Brian Beutler

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