509 E Capitol St Se, WASHINGTON


5 Beds
3½ Baths
3,526 Sqft
.07 Acre
1 Parking

Massive $265K price correction to make your FUTURE DREAM HOME w/a GARAGE on enviable East Capitol St a reality! Rare opportunity to reimagine a Grande Dame just 5 blocks to the US Capitol, w/garage parking and the potential for unparalleled 4th of July fireworks viewing. Supremely spacious home (approx 3900sf on a 2900sf lot per plans) has had only 2 owners in the past 80 years, boasts an interesting history, AND the 3 most important words in real estate: Location. Location. Location.
1st time on the market in 40 years, this 5-6BRs/3.5BAs gardener’s dream home features fabulously tall ceilings and elegant entertaining spaces lit w/historic chandeliers 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 and charming garage pergola, 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 late 1880s 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! Note that square footage figures are not for valuation purposes.

Essential Information
MLS® #DCDC2139248
Full Baths3
Half Baths1
Square Footage3,526
Year Built1870
Sub-TypeInterior Row/Townhouse
StatusActive Under Contract
Community Information
Address509 E Capitol St Se
Zip Code20003
ParkingPrk Space Cnvys
Parking Spaces1

Master Bath(s), Formal/Separate Dining Room, Tub Shower, Additional Stairway, CeilngFan(s), Skylight(s), Stall Shower, Pantry, Wood Floors, Built-Ins, Cedar Closet(s), Chair Railing


Oversized, Additional Storage Area, Covered Parking, Garage - Rear Entry

Interior FeaturesFloor Plan-Traditional
# of Fireplaces1
FireplacesMantel(s), Wood
# of Stories4
Has BasementYes

Disposal, Dryer, Refrigerator, Washer, Dishwasher, Extra Refrg/Frz, Oven/Range-Gas, Trash Compactor, Stainless Steel Appliances, Washer-front loading, Dryer-front loading, Water Heater, Built-In Microwave


Central A/C, Ceiling Fan(s), Zoned, Programmable Thermostat


Partial, Unfinished, Connecting Stairway

ExteriorBrick and Siding, Frame, Wood
Lot DescriptionLandscaping
Exterior Features

Other, Water Falls, Board Fence, Fenced-Fully, Fenced-Rear, Wood Fence, Privacy Fence, Wrought Iron, Patio, Brick Porch


Double Hung, Transom, Bay/Bow, Screens, Skylights, Wood Frame



Additional Information
Condo Fees$0
HOA Fees$0
Listing Details
Office Contact(202) 545-6900
Property History
Status Changed from Active to Active Under Contract
Price Reduced from $2,650,000 to $2,385,000

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Listing information last updated on July 24th, 2024 at 6:18pm EDT.