509 E Capitol St Se, WASHINGTON, DC


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About 509 E Capitol St Se

Open 2-4pm Sun 6/2. Opportunity knocks, it lives large, includes a huge GARAGE, plus potential for unparalleled 4th of July fireworks viewing, AND an interesting backstory to boot! 1st time on the market in 40 years, this massive (approx 3900sf on a 2900sf lot) 5-6BRs/3.5BAs gardener’s dream home features fabulously tall ceilings and elegant entertaining spaces including huge living room w/wood burning fireplace and pocket doors, the coveted main level family room, a banquet-size dining room, immense kitchen w/large breakfast area overlooking lovely landscaped backyard garden, convenient powder room for entertaining indoors and out, plus a HUGE bright primary ensuite bedroom, a large BR-level laundry room, a storage basement, and a large 2 level GARAGE for 1+cars plus storage, w/clever doors opening to backyard that provide additional space for grand garden soirees, all on enviable East Capitol Street, blocks to Brent Elementary. Awaiting your finishing touches to shine in true Grande Dame splendor, this is a quite unique property, built in two completely different time periods and styles. One of the first buildings in the neighborhood, an 1860s map shows it as a 4-room clapboard structure, likely similar to the neighbors to the west, where it had 8’ ceilings, heart pine floors and simple staircase and trim. Then in the 1890s a high Victorian brick "addition" and bay was built in FRONT of that, with 11’ ceilings, 10’ doors (including pocket doors), elegant tall windows, 2 fireplaces (1 wood, 1 coal), gorgeous radiators, elaborate woodwork and heart pine floors. This is the grandeur that greats you upon entering the front door, and it is impressive! Current owners bought from the estate of May Norton, who, after her previous home had been taken by eminent domain for the construction of the Supreme Court, ran 509 East Cap as the Norton Inn boarding house, bragging in 1937 of “a sink in every room.” After purchasing, the owners did extensive renovation to the 1860 section: rebuilding the foundation, restoring the original rear staircase, replacing the downstairs windows, raising the ceiling level upstairs, and installing a skylight. In the front High Victorian part they removed many of those ballyhooed sinks, 6 layers of wallpaper, and installed an AC system on each floor. They also built a large garage w/a 2nd floor storage loft, fronted by a pretty pergola, and designed a BEAUTIFUL garden boasting 2 types of peonies, hydrangeas, roses, anemones, columbine, heuchera, iris, lilies, bleeding heart, ferns, flowering crab, Japanese maple, crape myrtle and a fish pond. Out front a deep yard is bordered by flowering planting beds and mature dogwood trees. More recent improvements include a new boiler and AC compressors, brick repointing, upgraded electrical, waterproofing and crawl space insulation which were done in 2016, and new roof done in 2013. Seize a rare opportunity to create the home of your dreams on a large scale, boasting a fun backstory, mere steps to the Capitol (the 4th of July fireworks view from the roof is breathtaking), as well as Eastern Market, Brent Elementary, shopping, dining, and cultural activities, while enjoying an enviable address, and GARAGE parking. Yes, you CAN have it all!

Features of 509 E Capitol St Se

MLS® # DCDC2139248
Price $2,650,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3.50
Full Baths 3
Half Baths 1
Square Footage 3,526
Acres 0.07
Year Built 1870
Type Residential
Sub-Type Interior Row/Townhouse
Style Victorian
Status Active

Community Information

Address 509 E Capitol St Se
Subdivision CAPITOL HILL
State DC
Zip Code 20003
Senior Community N


Amenities Master Bath(s), Wood Floors, Formal/Separate Dining Room, Tub Shower, Additional Stairway, CeilngFan(s), Skylight(s), Stall Shower, Pantry, Built-Ins, Cedar Closet(s), Chair Railing
Parking Type Detached Garage
Parking Prk Space Cnvys
# of Garages 1
Garages Garage - Rear Entry, Oversized, Additional Storage Area, Covered Parking
Is Waterfront No
Pool Type No Pool


Interior Features Floor Plan-Traditional
Appliances Built-In Microwave, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Oven/Range-Gas, Refrigerator, Stainless Steel Appliances, Washer, Extra Refrg/Frz, Trash Compactor, Washer-front loading, Dryer-front loading, Water Heater
Heating Radiator
Cooling Central A/C, Programmable Thermostat, Zoned, Ceiling Fan(s)
Fireplace Yes
# of Fireplaces 1
Fireplaces Wood, Mantel(s)
# of Stories 4
Stories 4
Has Basement Yes
Basement Connecting Stairway, Partial, Unfinished
Central Air Y


Exterior Brick and Siding, Frame, Wood
Exterior Features Patio, Fenced-Rear, Other, Water Falls, Board Fence, Fenced-Fully, Wood Fence, Privacy Fence, Wrought Iron, Brick Porch
Style Victorian
Lot Description Landscaping
Windows Double Hung, Transom, Bay/Bow, Screens, Skylights, Wood Frame
New Construction N
Foundation Brick/Mortar

School Information


Additional Information

Date Listed May 3rd, 2024
Days on Market 28
Zoning DC
Foreclosure No
Short Sale No
RE / Bank Owned No

Listing Details

Contact Info(202) 545-6900

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