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The Larus House

If you haven’t seen it recently, the grand house at 32nd and Clay Streets is undergoing a dramatic renovation. The property was briefly on the market back in August, and will be available again in the near future – though the price is TBA. The large brick house is being returned to a single family home, after housing group homes of various sorts for a number of years.

The house dates back to 1854,and was one of the properties detailed by Madge Goodrich for her 1936 WPA reporting. (Below, From the Library of Virginia)

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Brian Colegrove
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Any bets on what it’ll be listed for? I’m gonna guess $550k.

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I wouldn’t be surprised to see it listed at $699 depending on restoration quality. It looks like it has a lot of square footage.

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@Mike – I would also point out that it had outbuildings/dependencies. Not sure if those are still there, but that means there is a lot of land and the possibility of a guesthouse, rental unit, workshop/office, etc.

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Are they not also restoring the exterior? What about rebuilding the 3 of 4 collapsed chimneys? The Google aerial view shows what looks like a Widow’s Walk was also once on the roof? Must have been gone by the 1936 photo?

I am glad it is being put back as a single family home. Personally I would put the front back original as well with the smaller porch and shutters.

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@Mike, I think the flyer says it’s 4188 square feet.

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