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3820 Veazey St. NW

List price: $800,000

Previous sale price: $440,000 (April 2002)

Square footage: 1,714

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“Astounding Beauty.” “A Washington Wonder.” One of the District’s neoclassical monuments or marble-slathered halls of power? Nope—but this three-bedroom Federal in North Cleveland Park shimmers with enough elegance to drag even the most reserved real-estate agent into shameless hyperbole: The “2 Full Bathrooms” look mysteriously like “1.5 Full Bathrooms.” Miraculous! The door to the upstairs bathroom opens directly into a radiator, making a sonorous clang. A royal feature! The downstairs lavatory is closet-sized, just large enough for your knees to smack into the wall when you sit on the toilet. Five-star comfort! And the basement—which features an entertainment room amid cluttered storage areas and a claustrophobic laundry room—resonates with the clomps of prancing feet above. District living at its most sublime! —Brian Beutler

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