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What's Poppin' On The Block In Dupont Circle?

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Location, location, location is the real estate mantra, but have you ever been curious why on the same block, prices can go from bottom of the barrel to bank account busting? Well, we go By The Block, pick out the listings, and figure out why the dollars are so different.

This week's block is in Dupont Circle. Literally, we're checking out listings a block from the circle. None of this: Oh, of course I'm in Dupont Circle, but it's about a 20 minute walk to the circle. We don't play that game. Bounded by 17th, 18th, Church, and P Streets, this block has something upmarket and downmarket. We've co-ops and penthouses on this location, just minutes from the Metro, Whole Foods, and gelato.

Photo from Greater Washington Real Estate.

1. 1514 17th St
Asking Price: $289,900
Square Feet: 625
What It's All About: Welcome to Copley Plaza. Copley Plaza was built in 1916 by the famous DC builder, Harry Wardman who also conceived The Chastleton co-op building and the St. Regis Hotel. And in this historic structure is a listing for a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom co-op. The monthly fees are only $322 and cover utilities, taxes, and Internet. Plus Copley has a roof deck for scoping out the NW scene, which is great because it appears this unit is on the ground floor, so don't expect wowing visitors with a panoramic view from your crib.

· Copley Plaza [Official Site]

2. 1717 P St
Asking Price: $1,099,900
Square Feet: 2,190
What It's All About: You better work it on the catwalk. (Snaps up, down, and all over the place.) The sprawling 2 bedroom, 2 bath, two-story condo (you see a pattern here?) is an example of juxtaposition: classic exterior with a modern, loft-like interior. The interior design incorporates hardwood floors with a catwalk, a guest suite, a roof deck for just you, and a limestone fireplace. Though, the kitchen needs a bit of pizzazz because it just seems so sad.

3. 1763 P St
Asking Price: $1,135,000
Square Feet: 1,579
What It's All About: The "rule of two" continues. This penthouse is in a classic Victorian building from 1900. With 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths on two stories, the penthouse has two terraces and two parking spaces. There's also a great gourmet kitchen for the aspiring (or real) chef. And just like how the previous listing was all about modernity on the inside, this penthouse wants to keep it cutting edge with contemporary design elements.