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Price Pick of the Week
1532 6th St. NW
Listed sale price: $599,900
Previous sale price (1998): $55,000
Square footage: 2,051
Looking to buy a classic Victorian, but don’t want to feel guilted into doing a costly, painstaking, historically sensitive restoration? Check out this four-bedroom “bayfront” beauty in Shaw, where a cut-rate renovation’s already been done for you. All the hallmarks of the quick-and-dirty reno are here: the thick, glossy varnish over uneven hardwood floors; the hollow-core vinyl doors (Home Depot sells ’em for $34) across the hall from the solid-wood originals; the antique gaslight fixtures covered in fresh paint. Upstairs, in addition to transom glass blanked out and covered with a tacky print, a blanked-out doorway and a blanked-out fireplace add to the house’s quasi-historic bearing. Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment: $377,580. —Mike DeBonis