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Three-bedroom folk home with wrap-around porch in Wakefield seeks $799K

The property is located in the Grant Road Historic District

3837 Albemarle St. NW
Kevin Carney/HomeVisit, courtesy of Compass’ Sean McDonald and Eugene Coleman

Situated on a corner lot in Upper Northwest’s Wakefield neighborhood at 3837 Albemarle St. NW, this three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom folk-style home is now listing for $799,000. The home has a sizable wrap-around porch, hardwood floors throughout, and a brick fireplace.

It is also part of the Grant Road Historic District, which cuts diagonally through Albemarle Street, Nebraska Avenue, and 39th Street NW. The home is known as the Christian-Curran House, according to the Tenleytown Historical Society and the application for the historic district, because it was formerly owned by families with those names. It is believed to have been built between 1850 and 1875, on the premises of the old Naval Observatory in Foggy Bottom, then moved to its present location—reportedly on logs and by horses—circa 1890.

“When Albemarle Street was cut through to Wisconsin Avenue in 1931, the property was reduced in size and the house re-oriented on its new lot,” says the Grant Road Historic District application, which calls the property “the gateway to this stretch of Grant Road.”

The house is a couple of blocks east of the Tenleytown–AU Metro station and restaurants on Wisconsin Avenue NW, in addition to the Tenley–Friendship Library and a Whole Foods. Also within walking distance are the indoor Wilson Aquatic Center and Fort Reno Park. The home comes with a fenced backyard that has a patio, and an updated kitchen that boasts granite counters and new appliances. The lot is over 2,000 square feet, per property records.

Those records show that the property most recently sold in April 2014 for $673,000. Sean McDonald and Eugene Coleman with Compass are serving as the listing agents.