This once bombed and currently government-owned single-family home is on the market in Washington, D.C.'s Crestwood neighborhood. The Bosnian Government is the current owner, but it was formerly owned by Ezra Taft Benson, former president of the Mormon church and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s agriculture secretary.
In 2014, Washingtonian reported on the home, writing:
Well, it’s in terrible shape after being abandoned 34 years ago after it was bombed by Croatian nationalists. They attempted to take out a Yugoslavian diplomat at the height of Cold War tensions in the Balkans. Nobody was killed in the early-morning explosion on June 3, 1980 that targeted Yugoslavian Ambassador Vladimir Sindjelic, but the blast caused extensive damage to the four-bedroom colonial, in addition to rattling one of DC’s most idyllic communities. A Croatian splinter group claimed responsibility for the attack in a letter to the Washington Post that requested, among other demands, that another convicted Croatian terrorist and "karate master" sitting in a Swedish prison receive medical treatment.
At the time, the property was deteriorating with broken windows and mold covering the walls. The house sold in March 2015 for $650,000 and is now back on the market, asking $898,000. From the listing's photos, it looks like the mold was removed along with all of the walls. This listing is in need of a lot of work — from the flooring to the walls to the ceilings and who knows what else.
What do you think? Is this a worthy investment? Or is it a little too big of a job for anyone to handle?
• 1907 Quincy Street NW [Redfin]