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Michael Phelps Lists House; Most Expensive Ambassador Residence; The Curse of Reality TV

All the latest neighborhood and real estate news from Curbed DC...
Michael Phelps Baltimore townhouse. Photo from Krauss Real Estate

BALTIMORE—Olympian Michael Phelps has listed his Fells Point townhouse for a price that is only available by request, but he bought it for $1.7M a few years ago so that gives you some idea. Even though we can't tell you the price, we can show you the listing pictures.

—The Italian ambassador lives in the most expensive ambassadorial residence in the city. Valued at $42M it was originally purchased by Robert Guggenheim for his mother in 1942. We have a few pictures of the dramatic entrance, double-height ceilings, et cetera, et cetera.

SHAW—The curse of reality tv can hit houses too. There's a former Curb Appeal house that has recently had a $23K price cut.

BALLSTON/VIRGINIA SQUARE—This week's Least Expensive list looked at properties across the river where housing can be hard to find.

LOGAN CIRCLE—Another day, another boutique condo coming to a popular nabe. This one will be converted from the old Lionel Trains store on 14th St.

SOUTHWEST—There are two luxury apartment buildings planned for SW that will be the tallest buildings in that quadrant. Called Sky House, they will adapt existing commercial buildings into residences.

DC—One of the most popular posts this week was this interactive chart that tells you the demographics of each neighborhood just by rolling your cursor over the map. Very sticky, be warned!

NUMBERS—We had a few data dumps over on Curbed this week. There's our monthly heat map of sales prices for each DC zip code, as well as the pending sales for February 2012.

TAKOMA PARK, DC—This week's Under 300K post is a renovated 2 bed, 1.5 bath for only $237,000. It's not a fixer-upper, but is move-in ready.

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