Washington, DC

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Featured Property: 4026 Arkansas Ave NW
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Original List Price: $439,000.
List Price at Contract: $439,000.
List Date: 10/05/2011
Days on Market: 6
Settlement Date: 11/16/2011
Settled Sales Price: $464,000.
Seller Subsidy: $15,000.
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Type Of Financing: Conventional
Original GDoN post is: here.
The listing can be seen: here. To see the photos, after opening the listing link, scroll through the arrows on the main pic. There is also a virtual tour, which can be seen here.

It’s quite common to see the name of prolific late 19th/early 20th century developer Harry Wardman attached to real estate listings (often incorrectly, I might add). For whatever reason, the names of other, similarly prolific developers and architects are not as familiar. Clearly, the District of Columbia has seen decades of housing booms, each bringing particular styles, which contribute to the character of entire neighborhoods.

Continues after the jump.

The homes on the 4000 and 4100 blocks of Arkansas Ave NW were designed by architect Joseph H. Abel and per public records (not always accurate) were built between 1941-1950. Abel designed a few well known blocks of houses but is mostly known for his “International Style” apartment buildings, many of which are now condos and co-ops currently. His work is well represented in the James M. Goode classic Best Addresses.

While the aesthetic is perhaps not appealing to all (such as the commenter to the original Good Deal or Not post who asked, “What posessed [sic] builders to construct crap like this? Ideally this whole strip would be razed”), this home found a buyer within a week of going on the market. This is only the second property to be listed on either of these blocks since the beginning of 2010.

These homes tend to be in the range of 1200-1400 square feet, with a couple closer to 2000 square feet. The majority of lots on odd side of the blocks are on the smallish side (in the range of 1350 square feet), while the even side boasts mostly large 2160 square foot lots (large compared to DC row houses further downtown, but typical in neighborhoods in the northern part of the city).


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