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For $840K, discounted Virginia-Highland bungalow called intown living at its finest

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Perky 1920s renovation near neighborhood restaurants and shops has been seeking a buyer since summer 2018

A white and gray bungalow facade with a red door and a very green lawn in front.
The welcoming 970 North Highland Avenue NE facade, about a block from Va-Hi’s namesake restaurant and bar hub.
PalmerHouse Properties; photography by IMOTO, PlanOmatic

With its white picket fence and bright red porch swing to match the front door, this circa-1920 Virginia-Highland bungalow with beaucoup walkability aims to charm intowners who covet timeless housing styles.

Find it in the 900 block of bustling North Highland Avenue, which the listing calls one of Va-Hi’s best streets, a few dozen yards from the commercial hub with Highland Tap, Moe’s & Joe’s, Fontaine’s Oyster House, and other intown stalwarts. The sterling 89 WalkScore won’t turn many city dwellers away.

Yet the property has lingered unsold for well over a year, listing records show.

It’s been listed as high as $895,000 in summer 2018. After nearly a dozen incremental price adjustments, it returns to market at $840,000 this week, as listed with PalmerHouse Properties.

A living room and dining room with gray walls and light fixtures overhead.
Off the entry, fireplaces face the sitting and dining rooms, as updated light fixtures hang overhead.

Beyond the rocking-chair porch and curb appeal, the updated four-bedroom spans two stories, with a master-sized bedroom and bathroom on the lower level. There are two bathrooms overall, with an elevated back deck to complement the front porch.

Recent updates were mostly felt in the new kitchen, although changes such as light fixtures (some leaning contemporary) are sprinkled throughout.

Property records indicate it last traded for $557,500 in early 2017, and that the floorplan is 1,470 square feet.

The full package—to include the strong public school district—is described as “the finest intown living.” But for the price point and overall size, it might not be what every buyer considers living large.

A gray-walled office space off the entry of a bungalow.
A flexible space with porch views.
A small dining room area with new chandeliers overhead.
Dining space, en route to the updated kitchen.
A kitchen with white and gray walls and a farm sink.
Windows abound in the long food-prep area, which counts a farm sink and range fan.
A master bedroom with dark wood floors and a brown ceiling fan overhead.
Master bedroom.
A master bathroom with a large walk-in shower and two sinks.
Master bath.
The back of a dark blue house with a large deck.
The backyard’s deck and drive-under parking.