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Price Pick of the Week

1916 Bennett Place NE

Listed sale price: $239,000

Previous sale price (October): $95,000

Square footage: 1,605

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Why hold out for pricey marble countertops? This beauty’s kitchen features the next best thing—faux-marble wallpaper. Located on a snug one-way street in the shadow of the D.C. Housing Authority’s Langston Terrace homes, this unassuming three-bedroom row house features a few updated touches—the living room sports new imitation-hardwood laminate flooring, and freshly purchased appliances adorn an otherwise vintage kitchen. The uneven floors, cracked plaster, and mold-ridden basement, however, indicate that the renovation that more than doubled the house’s market value has been somewhat less than exacting. But the wraparound mirrors in the house’s single bathroom will appeal to your inner Narcissus, even if the rest of the house appeals to your inner Bob Vila. Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment: $126,000. —Mike DeBonis