This one needs a little loving care, but the petite 1920s semi-detached house has some charms to recommend it. Located in Midwood at 2021 Avenue O, it has an original mantel, moldings and archways.
Built circa 1922 according to a sales ad of the time, the single family house retains some original character on the exterior too. One of a row of semi-detached stucco and clapboard houses, the circa 1940 tax photo shows that some sported shutters to enhance their somewhat Colonial Revival small house character.
The first floor has nice entertaining space with a fairly open floor plan. The living room boasts windows on two exposures, crown molding and a decorative brick fireplace with wood mantel and tiled hearth. Underneath the carpet, the listing claims, the original parquet floors are intact. An archway opens to the dining room with crown molding and wainscoting. The adjacent kitchen hasn’t had a recent upgrade and the cabinets are a mismatch between the uppers and lowers, but it is spacious and has potential.
There are three bedrooms upstairs, and more carpet. There’s a full bath that’s got a more mid-century feel with pink wall and floor tile and a vintage pink tub to match.
The cellar contains what the listing refers to as a “hospitality suite” with a kitchenette. While the floor plan labels at least two of the rooms as bedrooms, they don’t appear to be legal living space. The underground space also includes laundry, a full bath and a powder room.
The house originally would have boasted a garage, but the listing does mention a shared driveway and two parking spots.
In 1922, the house would have set you back $13,000 according to the sales ad. Now it’s on the market with Karen Behfar of The Behfar Team and asking $850,000. What do you think?
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