The French Mistress House

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Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

In Washington, DC, there are many houses with a history, or perhaps we should call it a "past".

When I left management and went back into selling, I was listless.  And to remedy the situation, I spent a weekend harassing FSBO's,, including the people who had been trying to sell this home near Dupont Circle. And by Monday morning, this pretty place was one of three homes that I had converted to listings.

Then I discovered this home had an interesting story.

It was built by a wealthy gentleman who owned the house next door for a beautiful French woman - who was reportedly his mistress.  The shape was triangular with a little over 1000 square feet of above grade living space,  and the rooms were tiny.  That was in the late 1980's, and I think it was listed in the $200's.  The last sale was in 2009 for $664,150.This house is still what we call very "buyer specific".

I took the picture with my Sony Mirrorless and then edited it in Movani, trying to see if I could to an oil painting effect, then I blurred it a little bit. 

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Patricia Kennedy
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Marte, the program doesn't work well with a lot of houses, but this one did.

Jan 08, 2017 11:28 PM #6
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I love to hear the history of houses. I wonder who the mistress was!

Jan 09, 2017 03:35 AM #7
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She was probably a small woman to be able to fit!

Jan 09, 2017 05:56 AM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Pat -- I'm sure there are lots more stories that could be revealed in this interesting home's history.  The editing of your photo enhances the home even more.  

Jan 09, 2017 06:26 AM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again Patricia. The idea of a home with a past is very intriqing to me. Neat shot

Jan 09, 2017 07:55 AM #10
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Hi Pat - I like what you're doing with Movani - that's a great effect, and matches the story nicely.

Jan 09, 2017 01:52 PM #11
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Pat, wiouldn't it be great if we knew all the secrets of this house?  Looks like you're having fun with the special effect photo too.

Jan 09, 2017 02:35 PM #12
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In Washington DC there have to be a lot of residences that would carry the same stigma.   Nice job with the photo

Jan 09, 2017 05:16 PM #13
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The effects certainly make the property standout from the surroundings.

Jan 10, 2017 06:40 AM #14
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It surprised me a lot when I asked people living on a street for years and years about anything, even where the name of the street came from, and they do not know, and they do not care.

When you know these "small" things, it is so much more interesting. It is alive, with history and present.

It adds color and dimension to life

Jan 10, 2017 08:57 AM #15
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Pat,

 As they say if these walls could talk, I often wonder that when I walk in historic homes! Have a great week!!

Jan 10, 2017 10:53 AM #16
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Michael,  I wish I had had this photo editing program back when I had the listing, but computers were pretty basic back them!

Jan 10, 2017 03:18 PM #17
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Sheila, so many homes here have interesting histories - even mine!

Jan 10, 2017 03:18 PM #18
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Dick, it's been great for cleaning up house photos and sharpening the brickwork, but this was the first house that I've played with that I made look good in the "artistic" mode.

Jan 10, 2017 03:20 PM #19
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Maureen, when I listed the house, a family was crammed in and needed a lot more space.  It was definitely a one-woman house.  

Jan 10, 2017 03:22 PM #20
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Ed, the real stigma with this place was that a big chunk of it was built on a DC easement that is owned by the city.  It was a little dodgy!  

Jan 10, 2017 03:24 PM #21
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Joe, the effects are really fun to work with, and they're sort of making me want to take a Photoshop course.

Jan 10, 2017 03:26 PM #22
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Jon, I remember getting most of the information from the next door neighbors, where the gentleman who built the house lived with his wife and children!

Jan 10, 2017 03:28 PM #23
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Yolanda, it would have been a great place to have been the old fly on the wall!

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Who says 1,000 sf is a small house anyway?  Maybe it your area, since you'd be stuck indoors for a good part of the year.  I happen to live in a 1,000 sf house, but the deck is even larger and we spend a lot of time there... and there's a detached office too.

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