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Price Pick of the Week
3009 Channing St. NE
Listed sale price: $299,000
Previous sale price (November): $225,000
Square footage: 2,413
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Attention slots fanatics! Can’t wait to play the 3,500 machines planned mere blocks away? Looking to grab a piece of the long-promised New York Avenue renaissance that the project’s developers promise? Then this nifty Gateway bungalow is for you. With three bedrooms and two full baths, this refinished gem offers location and much more. Besides the refinished floors and detailed carpentry, there’s plenty for the kids—a big back yard features a rusty swing-set frame. But be sure to dodge the pocket bikes zipping down the street, and keep a close eye on your car—you’re in the heart of the 5th Police District, which has seen 625 stolen autos through June this year. Once the slots emporium/“family entertainment center” opens, you can drop off the tykes at the multiplex or bowling alley before supplementing the District budget at the “video lottery terminals.” Of course, before construction can begin, the slots proposal still has to make it on the ballot and be approved by voters (not to mention dodge probable court challenges and threats of intervention from both Congress and the D.C. Council). But in any case, you’ll have another entertainment option—Deno’s nightclub is a quick stroll down Bladensburg Road. Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment: $209,180. —Mike DeBonis