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Price Pick of the Week
1201 Girard Street NW
Listed sale price: $699,000 (after $50,000 reduction)
Previous sale price (2000): $150,000
Are you a geometry fanatic? Do you find right angles unduly arbitrary? This three-story Victorian features all of the irregular angles you could possibly desire, such as the wealth of obtuseness demonstrated in the house’s main stairway. Forget the Leaning Tower of Pisa; visit the Leaning Staircase of Columbia Heights! If you ever find its slope or the creaking disorienting, the cozy back stairs to the kitchen serve as a less-vertigo-inducing backup. Hankering for still more quirky detail? The aging roof, bare-dirt back yard, and two-tone pink exterior make this six-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath “Grand Dame” as unique as your newly divorced aunt, back on the market after a quick makeover. Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment: $295,920. —Mike DeBonis