I have a real soft spot for neighborhoods that are "next." I moved into Shaw when it was "next" but now that it's “now,” I'm itching to get out. Coffee shops and yoga studios leave me cold inside, but show me a hole-in-the-wall Chinese place with a trash bag duct-taped over a broken window and a bodega with a hand-lettered sign, and I'm right at home. (The one across from my house in Shaw used to have the best one ever; after getting robbed by a ski-masked man, a magic-markered sign appeared in the front door reading: NO ONE IN SKI-MASKED ALOWED IN STORE THANK YOU!!)
Of course, aside from ambiance, one of the other advantages of places that are “next” are that you can find beautiful houses at prices that are downright sane. This is definitely one of those places. Located in Petworth, and with three bedrooms and 3.5 baths spread over three levels, an open floor plan, hardwood floors, a beautiful spacious kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, a deck and garage parking, you'll be shocked when you see the price. I thought it was a typo at first! The place has “old bones” as they say, but after the extensive remodel it feels sleek and contemporary – though still wholesomely traditional. Just a tremendously appealing place. It even has a porch and a yard, and the basement is completely finished and ready for use as a family room/man cave. Only a stone's throw from Georgia Avenue, which in my opinion is the most picaresque and grittiest strip in the city. It's like a cross between Marrakesh and the "Bad" music video.
533 Buchanan St. NW
3 Bdrms, 3.5 Baths