Do you want to breathe life into an historic Shaw/Old City home? Do you want to live just half a block from the historic O Street Market building (below)? Do you have faith in the continuing rejuvenation of this area of town, with help from the new Convention Center and the new hotel planned nearby?
Well then, you’ll want to know about the 2 bed/1 bath Victorian row house fixer-upper on the edge of Shaw at 1512 8th St. NW ! You won’t need a flashlight to see the MLS photos, but the agent warns you to bring one along for the visit. The house is boarded up but it still has original wood doors, frames, mantles and a clawfoot tub. Built in 1900 and selling for $332,000, it looks like a perfect candidate for ‘This Old House.”
Other self-declared fixer-uppers in the neighborhood:
1530 6th St. NW - $645,000 – 5 bed/3 bath Victorian row house with 10′ ceilings, bay windows, English basement, 2 parking spots and more. Built in 1900.
605 P St. NW - $799,000 – Victorian row house also built in 1900 (seems to be a magic year for those streets.) The listing calls this a 14-bedroom house but says it is essentially a shell with 3 full baths and an English basement. My guess is that it was a rooming house of some sort. Again, bring your flashlight and wear good shoes if you go for a visit!
There are more homes in the area that are listed in the MLS as fixer-uppers. You can find them using the Redfin search/map with the fixer-upper filter.
Learn more about historic Shaw and living in Shaw from the very active locals at:
My two cents on renovations: for those who have the vision and fortitude to take on a major fixer-upper, the results can be outstanding both in terms of getting the home you love and eventual financial return. Personally, I would love to do this if I ever get the chance. But it is hard to know in advance whether the financial return will really happen, or how long it will take. Read this local blog post for a dose of reality. Make sure you do your research. And if you are part of a couple taking on such a project, be sure that a) you both are people who value potential over current status and b) your relationship can handle the inevitable stresses of doing a major renovation! Finally, have fun and enjoy the transformation!