GDoN “Stunning piece of Historic Ledroit Park” edition

by Prince Of Petworth November 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm 30 Comments

1901 3rd Street Northwest

This house is located at 1901 3rd Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning piece of Historic Ledriot Park, being offered for sale! Beautiful early 1900~s construction awaits your ideas and renovation. Over 4000sq-ft of living space on 5 lvls, three car garage, and many original characteristics throughout. Nestled on Anna J. Cooper circle makes this a rare find. Blks to Metro & Shopping. Sold As-Is. Condo Possibility.”


You can see more photos here.

This 7 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,695,000.

  • Caroline

    OMG I love this.

  • anonymous

    I WANT!!! so everyone else back off…..

  • Oh, man, I wish I was rich. I’d restore this to its former glory. I hope whoever does purchase it–whether they develop it as a multi-unit or single family household–keeps and restores some of the gorgeous woodwork and ceilings…I’d hate to see it made into half a dozen bland units that look like every other boring condo conversion in town.

    • Dude

      But the woodwork is getting in the way of a spacious open layout concept, which would be perfect for entertaining!

      • kittycatbob

        It’s also getting in the way of the gray paint.

      • wdc

        Don’t EVEN joke about that! >:(

      • anonymous

        I am pro open floor plans for many of the homes that are featured on here simply because they are a much smaller footprint and the open feel makes them feel less cramped. But it would pain my hurt to see something like that happen to a place like this. I mean that staircase and banisters alone is worth designing the rest of the house around.

        • Anonoline

          As long as you have high ceilings, like many of these old houses do, it doesn’t feel cramped.

      • Woodridge Resident

        Exactly! Before open concepts existed, how did parents effectively hover over their children all the time???

    • textdoc

      Agreed. It needs work, but it’s still evident how grand this house must once have been, and how grand it could be if restored.

  • wdc

    From what I recall, the mansion on 18th Street in Mount Pleasant did a nice job of keeping the cool historic features while still chopping it up into a half-dozen condos. And it made the most sense, really. There can’t have been a huge market for a place that big, and that expensive (following the extensive restoration that was required– it was falling apart) in that neighborhood.
    So here’s hoping that the inevitable condo developer who gets a hold of this place will do something similar.

  • petworther

    Although seeing as how this sold a month ago for 1.3M I’m going to say definitively not a good deal.
    Also, how bad do you wish you were to be the one who bought this place in 1997 for 133k. I don’t live around there, has anyone been living there since then or has it just been vacant?

    • Bloomingdale Resident

      It has been vacant.

      • Petworther

        This is why we need vacant property enforcement: Buy in 1997 + Leave vacant and contribute to crime and decay for 18 years = profit. That needs to change.

        • Anonoline

          Then again, if they had rented it out all this time the beautiful features could have been destroyed by renters.

          • Petworther

            So we shouldn’t occupy buildings because by using them we might destroy them?

    • Nathan

      I walk by it everyday to and from the metro and cars were usually parked on the driveway in front of the garage. I never saw anyone going into or out of the house though.

  • T

    Does anyone know the history of this house? Was it always a duplex?

    • Anon

      Yes – duplex from the get-go

  • fka Shawess

    I want to see what Darryl Carter would do with this place. Maybe he can do another collaboration with Ditto?

  • Get a few POPvillians together and do a reno!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Oh God, please let someone buy this and not destroy it with a bad renovation.

    • TX2DC

      Or by breaking it up into several units….

  • Paulsdaughter

    I have always loved this house. Its magical. If I had 1.7 mil, I would buy it.

  • Lmi

    I want it!

  • Sparta

    Rumor a few years ago had it that George Stuffin’envelopes was planning to buy it. No idea if true.

  • Joe

    THIS is the ACTUAL impact of the immensely stupid R-4 zoning changes. No pop-ups or additions needed here. This house is exactly like the ones on Logan Circle which were converted into condos and added lots of vibrancy to the neighborhood. This home is far too expensive and large for a single family in that neighborhood. Under the old R-4 rules, this could have been 5 very spacious and nice units. Under the new R-4 rules, it can be 2 units which would be very difficult to sell. So nice job everyone who worked to change the R-4 rules, give yourselves a pat on the back, we can now look forward to another 18 years of this property being vacant.

    • T

      There are several large single family homes in the neighborhood.

      • Joe

        Thanks for stating the obvious T. How many of those cost $2 million?

  • Harry

    The mix of styles looks bizarre right now but its obvious that the house could be spectacular (but you must remove some of that stone from the walls!). I hope it’s lovingly restores rather than bland-ized.


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