Right now–for about $650,000–you have a rare opportunity to own a piece of Pineapple Place. Pineapple Place, of course does not exist. It exists only in the charming children’s story about a boy living in Georgetown who finds a mysterious lane “located” between 3414 and 3415 P St. where the ghosts of children from another age live. Although Pineapple Place doesn’t exist, a house from the street that inspired it–Pomander Walk–is for sale. (GM pointed out in 2015 when another one of the homes was for sale.)
GM only finally read the book this spring with his daughter. It really is a fun book for Georgetown history buffs. The author (who was actually Charles Lindbergh’s daughter) lived in Georgetown at the time she wrote the book (published in 1982). And real streets a locations of Georgetown of that time pepper the book. For example, the main character is enrolled at Hyde and plays in Volta Park. And in one section, the characters are transported back to Georgetown of the 1930s, with accurate locations mentioned. It’s a great book.
Anyway, the street that inspired the book, Pomander Walk, is really a special little street. It’s a group of ten tiny rowhouses on an even tinier alley. Sometimes they accidentally get called former slave homes (GM’s made this mistake) but they were built 1889-90 and as such came decades after emancipation. But they were clearly built for laborers. Of course they now host modern residents who have learned to live small.
The home for sale is the lovely 5 Pomander Walk:
If you don’t have too much stuff but do have the downpayment this can be your living room:
Ghost children not included (hopefully).