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Price Pick of the Week

7112 Chestnut St. NW

Listed sale price: $250,000

Previous sale price (1997): $130,000 (including a 2,500-square-foot house)

Square footage: 0

Looking for that old neighborhood feel without the bother of an old, decrepit house? Or, hey, why bother with any house at all? A three-bedroom Victorian that stood on this Takoma lot burned down a year ago, leaving nothing but possibilities. Located on a dead-end block just off Blair Road NW, this 5,734-square-foot lot offers plenty of space, if not a wealth of ambience—besides the lot’s rusting chain-link fence and thick cover of weeds, the block offers cracked pavement, overgrown sidewalks, and a rusty motorboat decaying in a neighbor’s driveway. But the site does come with a complimentary white-noise generator: the gentle clickety-clack of Metro trains, which pass just yards away. (Somewhat less relaxing is the thumpety-thump of the CSX freight trains that also ply the right-of-way.) Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment (lot only): $112,070. —Mike DeBonis