Located on a corner lot at 419 U Street NW, this historic four-bedroom home in LeDroit Park recently hit the market for $2,050,000. It was built in 1873 and is one of the first five homes designed by James McGill, the architect behind the 64 original homes in the neighborhood, according to District Design & Development, the real estate firm that restored the property.
It also once housed Oscar Stanton De Priest, the first African-American elected to Congress after Reconstruction, the period of U.S. history immediately following the Civil War, per the firm. The exterior boasts curved bays, expansive windows, slate roofing, and a wrought-iron balcony. On the approximately 3,800-square-foot lot, there is also a fenced backyard with a covered porch and a grassy lawn in addition to a carriage house garage that fits two vehicles.
The bright main level is open plan and has oak flooring. The living room includes a fireplace while the kitchen features modern appliances, an island, a wine fridge, copious storage space, and a built-in bench. Upstairs, the master suite walks out to the balcony and is equipped with a double shower and a double vanity, plus a tub. The property has 4.5 bathrooms throughout.
The home, which is near Howard University as well as restaurants and bars on U Street NW and in Shaw, comes with a finished lower level that contains an in-law suite, a family room, and a dog-washing station. The property last sold in December 2017 for $1,075,000, public records demonstrate. Joe Freeman, with McWilliams Ballard, is serving as the listing agent.