Open House Sun, Jun 16th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Price Reduction - Views
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509 E Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC
$ 2,385,000
Property Attributes
  • MLS#DCDC2139248
  • TypeTownhouse
  • CityWashington
  • NeighborhoodCapitol Hill
  • Zip20003
  • StyleVictorian
  • Year Built1870
  • Taxes$ 20501
  • Price$ 2,385,000
  • Bedrooms5
  • Full Bathrooms3
  • Half Bathrooms1
  • Sqr Footage3526
  • Lot Size0.07 Acres
Data Source:
Bright MLS
Property Description

Open Sun 6/16 2-4pm. Massive $265K price correction to make your FUTURE DREAM HOME w/a GARAGE on enviable East Capitol St a reality! Rare opportunity to reimagine a Grande Dame just 5 blocks to the US Capitol, w/garage parking and the potential for unparalleled 4th of July fireworks viewing. Supremely spacious home (approx 3900sf on a 2900sf lot per plans) has had only 2 owners in the past 80 years, boasts an interesting history, AND the 3 most important words in real estate: Location. Location. Location. 1st time on the market in 40 years, this 5-6BRs/3.5BAs gardeners dream home features fabulously tall ceilings and elegant entertaining spaces lit w/historic chandeliers including huge living room w/wood burning fireplace and pocket doors, the coveted main level family room, a banquet-size dining room, immense kitchen w/large breakfast area overlooking lovely landscaped backyard garden and charming garage pergola, convenient powder room for entertaining indoors and out, plus a HUGE bright primary ensuite bedroom, a large BR-level laundry room, a storage basement, and a large 2 level GARAGE for 1+cars plus storage, w/clever doors opening to backyard that provide additional space for grand garden soirees, all on enviable East Capitol Street, blocks to Brent Elementary. Awaiting your finishing touches to shine in true Grande Dame splendor, this is a quite unique property, built in two completely different time periods and styles. One of the first buildings in the neighborhood, an 1860s map shows it as a 4-room clapboard structure, likely similar to the neighbors to the west, where it had 8 ceilings, heart pine floors and simple staircase and trim. Then in the late 1880s a high Victorian brick "addition" and bay was built in FRONT of that, with 11 ceilings, 10 doors (including pocket doors), elegant tall windows, 2 fireplaces (1 wood, 1 coal), gorgeous radiators, elaborate woodwork and heart pine floors. This is the grandeur that greats you upon entering the front door, and it is impressive! Current owners bought from the estate of May Norton, who (after her previous home had been taken by eminent domain for the construction of the Supreme Court), ran 509 East Cap as the Norton Inn boarding house, bragging in 1937 of a sink in every room. After purchasing, the owners did extensive renovation to the 1860 section: rebuilding the foundation, restoring the original rear staircase, replacing the downstairs windows, raising the ceiling level upstairs, and installing a skylight. In the front High Victorian part they removed many of those ballyhooed sinks, 6 layers of wallpaper, and installed an AC system on each floor. They also built a large garage w/a 2nd floor storage loft, fronted by a pretty pergola, and designed a BEAUTIFUL garden boasting 2 types of peonies, hydrangeas, roses, anemones, columbine, heuchera, iris, lilies, bleeding heart, ferns, flowering crab, Japanese maple, crape myrtle and a fish pond. Out front a deep yard is bordered by flowering planting beds and mature dogwood trees. More recent improvements include a new boiler and AC compressors, brick repointing, upgraded electrical, waterproofing and crawl space insulation which were done in 2016, and new roof done in 2013. Seize a rare opportunity to create the home of your dreams on a large scale, boasting a fun backstory, mere steps to the Capitol (the 4th of July fireworks view from the roof is breathtaking), as well as Eastern Market, Brent Elementary, shopping, dining, and cultural activities, while enjoying an enviable address, and GARAGE parking. Yes, you CAN have it all! Note that square footage figures are not for valuation purposes.

Price History
5/3/2024 Listed $2,650,000
6/6/2024 10% - $2,385,000

General Features

Interior Features Additional Stairway,Breakfast Area,Built-Ins,Cedar Closet(s),Ceiling Fan(s),Chair Railings,Floor Plan - Traditional,Formal/Separate Dining Room,Kitchen - Table Space,Pantry,Primary Bath(s),Skylight(s
Sewer Public Sewer
Heating Radiator
Cooling Central A/C,Ceiling Fan(s),Programmable Thermostat,Zoned
Possession Settlement
Appliances Built-In Microwave,Dishwasher,Disposal,Dryer,Dryer - Front Loading,Extra Refrigerator/Freezer,Oven/Range - Gas,Refrigerator,Stainless Steel Appliances,Trash Compactor,Washer,Washer - Front Loading,Wa
Exterior Features Water Falls,Other
Zoning DC
Garage Spaces 1.00
Patio/Porch Features Brick,Patio(s)
Architectural Style Victorian
Security Features Smoke Detector
Construction Materials Brick,Frame,Wood Siding
Year Built 1870
Levels 4
Tax Year 2023
Percent Ownership Fee Simple
Cool Fuel Electric
Accessibility None
New Construction No
Property Type Residential
HOA / Comm Assn No
Subdivision Name CAPITOL HILL
Facing Direction North
Garage Y/N Yes
Water Access Y/N No
Other Structures Above Grade,Below Grade
Transportation Airport less than 10 miles,Bus Stop less than 1 mile,Metro/Subway Station less than 1 mile
Directions 5 blocks East of US Capitol building. If you were any closer,you'd have to be elected!
ModificationTimestamp 2024-06-13T09:46:19
Buyer Agent Compensation 2.5
Disclosures Lead Based Paint - Federal,Lead Based Paint - State,Prop Disclosure
Senior Community Y/N No
Lot Size Units Square Feet
Lot Size Square Feet 2898.00
Tax Assessed Value 1715420.0
Waterfront Y/N No
Tax Annual Amount 20501.0
Structure Type Interior Row/Townhouse
Condo/Coop Association Y/N No
Bathrooms Count Main Level 1.00
Price Per Sq Ft Total AG 756.18
Additional Parcels Y/N No
Historic Y/N Yes
Lease Considered Y/N No
Vacation Rental Y/N No
Total SQFT 3900
Days on Market 42
Standard Status Active
Year Built Source Assessor
Legal Subdivision Capitol Hill
Tax Lot 15
Buyer Agent Compensation Type % Of Gross
Association Recreation Fee No

Interior Features

Heating Fuel Natural Gas
Basement Connecting Stairway,Partial,Unfinished
Flooring Hardwood,Tile/Brick,Wood
Total Fireplaces 1
Fireplace Features Mantel(s),Wood
Hot Water Natural Gas
Basement (Y/N) Yes
Heating Y/N Yes
Window Features Bay/Bow,Double Hung,Screens,Skylights,Transom,Wood Frame
Fireplace Y/N Yes
Above Grade Finished Area 3154
Full Baths 3
Half Baths 1
Central Air Y/N Yes
Total Bedrooms 5
Below Grade Finished Area 372
Room Type Living Room,Dining Room,Primary Bedroom,Bedroom 2,Bedroom 3,Bedroom 4,Kitchen,Family Room,Basement,Laundry,Office,Bathroom 2,Bathroom 3,Primary Bathroom,Half Bath
Below Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
LivingAreaSource Assessor
Laundry Type Has Laundry,Upper Floor
Below Grade Unfin Area Units Square Feet
Below Grade Unfin SQFT 374
Below Grade Unfin SQFT Source Assessor
Below Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Bedrooms Count All Upper Levels 5
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 1 3
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 2 2
Bathrooms Half Main Level 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 2 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 1 2
Bathrooms Full All Upper Levels 3
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 2 1.00
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 1 2.00
Bathrooms Count All Upper Levels 3
Above Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Above Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Total Baths 4

Exterior Features

Pool No Pool
Fencing Fully,Board,Rear,Wood,Wrought Iron,Privacy
Parking Features Parking Space Conveys
Lot Features Landscaping
Water Source Public
Inclusions in-ground fish pond in backyard,freezer in basement
Total Parking Spaces 1
Garage Features Additional Storage Area,Covered Parking,Garage - Rear Entry,Oversized
Type of Parking Detached Garage
Foundation Details Brick/Mortar
Spa No
Water View Y/N No
Lot Size Acres 0.07
Lot Size Source Assessor
Door Features Six Panel
Soil Types Unknown
Horse Y/N No
Land Assessed Value 907050.00
Navigable Water Y/N No
Water Oriented Y/N No
# of Detached Garage Spaces 1

Room Details

Room Dimensions Level Flooring Details
Basement Lower 1 Basement - Unfinished,Flooring - Concrete
Bathroom 2 Upper 1 Flooring - Ceramic Tile,Window Treatments
Bathroom 3 Upper 2 Flooring - Ceramic Tile,Lighting - Wall sconces,Skylight(s)
Bedroom 2 Upper 1 Built-Ins,Ceiling Fan(s),Flooring - Wood,Window Treatments
Bedroom 3 Upper 2 Built-Ins,Ceiling Fan(s),Flooring - Wood,Window Treatments
Bedroom 3 Upper 1 Built-Ins,Ceiling Fan(s),Flooring - Wood,Window Treatments
Bedroom 4 Upper 2 Attic - Access Panel,Ceiling Fan(s),Flooring - Wood,Window Treatments
Dining Room Main Flooring - Wood,Lighting - Pendants
Family Room Main Built-Ins,Fireplace - Other,Flooring - Wood,Lighting - Pendants
Half Bath Main
Kitchen Main Breakfast Bar,Breakfast Nook,Breakfast Room,Ceiling Fan(s),Flooring - Wood,Kitchen - Gas Cooking,Lighting - Pendants,Pantry
Laundry Upper 1 Built-Ins,Flooring - Ceramic Tile
Living Room Main Fireplace - Wood Burning,Flooring - Wood,Lighting - Pendants
Office Upper 2 Built-Ins,Flooring - Wood,Lighting - Pendants,Window Treatments
Primary Bathroom Upper 1 Countertop(s) - Granite,Double Sink,Flooring - Ceramic Tile,Tub Shower
Primary Bedroom Upper 1 Ceiling Fan(s),Flooring - Wood,Primary Bedroom - Sitting Area


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Pets
  • Primary On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Townhouse Average in 20003

AVG $1.37M
AVG $9,506
AVG 375
Data Provided by Inside Real Estate®
Year Built
AVG 1923

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