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(36,824 posts)
Fri Jul 28, 2023, 02:57 PM Jul 2023

This Georgetown cottage is up for sale [$998,000] and it comes with a lot of history

WASHINGTON — We all know finding good housing in the District can be costly. If you're looking for a new place, a cute little place in Georgetown just hit the market for the low, low price of $998,000. It comes with plenty of history.

The one-bedroom cottage is believed to have been built by a British sea captain in the 1700s. It comes with a story that could only be told in D.C.

The little gem was owned for 65 years by Ann Caracristi, a World War II cryptologist who became the first female Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. A few of her possessions come with the house, including a wooden desk and books. But if you're looking for NSA secrets, you're out of luck. The NSA reportedly swept the house before it was put on the market.

For a closer look at this uniquely D.C. thing, check out the listing here.


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This Georgetown cottage is up for sale [$998,000] and it comes with a lot of history (Original Post) demmiblue Jul 2023 OP
Ann Z. Caracristi (from Wikipedia): demmiblue Jul 2023 #1
I love it! Bluethroughu Jul 2023 #2
Absolutely love it! 50 Shades Of Blue Jul 2023 #3
It already has a pending offer. madaboutharry Jul 2023 #4
It's Adorable DET Jul 2023 #5
It's the Tardis of houses! demmiblue Jul 2023 #7
Some pics of the upstairs from Zillow (not shown in the video): demmiblue Jul 2023 #6
$983 per square foot Snooper9 Jul 2023 #8
Unbelievably, That's $19 Lower.... ProfessorGAC Jul 2023 #13
But it's in a very cool neighborhood in the city. Sky Jewels Jul 2023 #15
I love small houses !!! Karadeniz Jul 2023 #9
It is a lot bigger and nicer inside than it appears but $998k. nt doc03 Jul 2023 #10
Well, There Is That DET Jul 2023 #12
I'd live in a place like that. hunter Jul 2023 #11
I would if it had a more yard. BlueWaveNeverEnd Jul 2023 #16
Think they'd come down to $997,500? Buns_of_Fire Jul 2023 #14


(36,824 posts)
1. Ann Z. Caracristi (from Wikipedia):
Fri Jul 28, 2023, 03:12 PM
Jul 2023
She was born in Bronxville, New York.[2] She attended Russell Sage College, a women’s college in Troy, New York, and graduated in 1942, with degrees in English and History. After graduation, she was recruited by the Army Signal Intelligence Service to work as a code breaker, at the recommendation of the Dean of Russell Sage. She worked on IBM machines, starting with sorting paper, but quickly rose through the ranks.[3] Caracristi was sent to Washington, D.C., she attended the cryptanalysis courses of William Friedman where puzzles were used to train cryptographers in the art of pattern recognition.

During World War II, Caracristi's cryptography work was focused on deciphering the additive systems used by Japanese military forces and merchant fleet. She was known for her exceptional talent at reconstructing enemy code books.[4] She and her colleagues were among the first Americans to learn of Japan's planned surrender, having deciphered the code on August 14, 1945.[5]

Following the war, Caracristi was hired at an agency that would later become part of the National Security Agency. She was promoted first to supergrade, a higher civil service paygrade, in 1959, and then to GS-18 (the highest supergrade) as the Chief of Research and Operations in 1975.[5]

In 1980, Caracristi became the sixth NSA Deputy Director, the first woman to serve in this role.[4] She received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1980, the highest award given to civilians.[6] As Deputy Director, she was credited with providing leadership for new generations of code breakers and integrating the use computers and technology.[4]



(1,300 posts)
5. It's Adorable
Fri Jul 28, 2023, 03:28 PM
Jul 2023

And it’s a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. There is a contract pending, probably full price or higher.

It may seem pricey, but at least it’s an actual house. WAPO recently covered the story of a wall up for sale for 50k in Georgetown. Yes, a wall. Unfortunately, it adjoins a house and the deteriorating wall is causing damage to the adjacent property.



(64,875 posts)
13. Unbelievably, That's $19 Lower....
Fri Jul 28, 2023, 05:56 PM
Jul 2023

...than the median per square foot cost in San Francisco! ($1,002/ft^2)
Around here it's about $155/ft^2.
Our house here would sell for about $225k. There a bit under a million & a half.

Sky Jewels

(7,019 posts)
15. But it's in a very cool neighborhood in the city.
Fri Jul 28, 2023, 06:15 PM
Jul 2023

I’d much rather live there than in a huge million dollar house in some suburb or small town … ya know, if I had an extra million lying around, that is.


(1,300 posts)
12. Well, There Is That
Fri Jul 28, 2023, 05:43 PM
Jul 2023

For better or worse, that’s cheap for Georgetown. I’m kicking myself for selling a condo there before prices went crazy.

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