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What It Means to Move Into A Home Designated "Historic"

So, you're looking at buying a home (like this one in Foxhall Village) that contributes to a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. That's pretty cool, right? There are old details like a stone porch entry (and often things like fireplaces) that come with the territory. That said, any alterations to the outside of the building will have to be approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board and are bound to be turned down if it's something like a pop-up that doesn't fit the original spirit of the building. In Foxhall Village everything from the materials on the wall to the paint jobs on the windows should match what's expected from a Tudor Revival home. Modern technology isn't necessarily a problem as solar panels are just fine as long as nobody driving by can see them. Finally, historic designation doesn't mean that the interior design need be as unfailingly dull as it is in this particular house. Second bedroom excepted, there is so much more that can happen here! This four bedroom home is asking just under $760K.
· 4458 Reservoir Road NW [Estately]
· Foxhall Village Historic District Design Guidelines [Foxhall Community]