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Considering the unusual home

The rowhouse at 1013 V. St. NW. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

A home on V Street NW has drawn considerable interest, with The Post’s Petula Dvorak coming right out and calling it ugly in her latest column:

Yes, it’s ugly. No question about it.

But the three-story pop-up atop an otherwise unremarkable rowhouse on V Street isn’t illegal, despite all the people who hate the upward addition.

Dvorak spoke with residents and visitors in the neighborhood around the home, and reactions ranged from befuddlement to outright horror.

Of course, beauty — architectural or otherwise — is all in the eye of the beholder. What looks to one person like a hideous five-story rowhouse could look to another like a unique foray into new territory. And this home is just one of many that have sparked outrage or grabbed attention.

So we wanted to ask readers: Do you think this home is actually ugly? Do you live near homes that also stand out? (If so, please share your stories in the comments.) And if you were considering buying or renting a home and saw a place like this next door, how would it affect your decision? Sound off in the comments below.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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Mark Berman · August 12, 2013