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622 Maryland Ave. NE

List price: $989,000

Previous sale price: $399,000 (September 2000)

Square footage: 2,172

Living in this Stanton Park Victorian, you can “expect to be envied” by your guests, whose own homes probably lack the same…je ne sais quoi. If your friends are impressed by money, mention how handsomely you paid to live in the shadow of the Capitol and how the $1,300-plus you earn renting out your “downstairs—and legal” apartment brightens the first of the month. If size is what matters—who are we kidding here?—reinstall the staircase to the basement and turn your brick jewel back into the four-story mammoth it once was. Mechanically inclined comrades will salivate over all of your home-improvement opportunities: You could spend hours sanding, hammering, and finishing to flatten and fix the warped stairs and the too-big-for-the-frame doors. While you’re at it, be sure to replace the mismatched first-floor-staircase balustrade, lest your acquaintances get the mistaken impression that you are avant-garde.

—Brian Beutler

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