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759 Irving St. NW

Listed sale price: $599,999

Previous sale price: $199,900 (November 2004)

Square footage: 1,080

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This Columbia Heights row house, built in 1922, has been transformed into a “contemporary” wonder in the six months since its last sale. Touches for this “paradise home” include missing air-vent registers, a first-floor closet-turned-bathroom that gives no room for leg-stretching when sitting on the crapper, and a second-floor bathroom whose door slams into the toilet every time it’s opened. From the back porch, check out the potential in-law suite—a rusted-out shack in the back yard—or better yet, look a few feet farther and enjoy your unobstructed view of a giant abandoned building.

—Constantine Caloudas

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