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Price Pick of the Week

820 Allison St. NW

Listed sale price: $310,000

Previous sale price (2002): $0 (estate transaction)

Square footage: 1,920

This three-bedroom Petworth row house is a garden of literary delights: Upstairs, indulge your love of Russian literature in a room painted the dingy yellow of a Dostoevskian garret. If your tastes run closer to Anne Rice, the blood-red carpet and heavy, opaque rubber curtains downstairs should do nicely. And for the rugged, Jack London type, the house is a woodsman’s paradise, or at least a faux-woodsman’s paradise: The entire first floor is outfitted in laminate wood paneling—three different tones of it. Even if you won’t be dealing with cracked plaster, you will still be dealing with a leaking, 15-plus-year-old roof. But take it easy—it’s not as if there’s gonna be a hurricane or anything. Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment: $194,070. —Mike DeBonis