A reader sent this one in. He said he saw the property and mentioned it to a relative who buys, renovates and sells old buildings. The relative called the number on a for sale sign, since removed, and was told a group of siblings in New York own the property but couldn't agree on terms to sell it.
That was about three months ago. The reader adds "It's a shame too because it's the only blight on a street that has seen a lot of improvement come in over the last year or two."
The property also appears on the city's vacant property list, though it's on the "exempt" list, which I think means they don't pay the higher tax rate: usually vacant properties pay 10 times the normal property tax rate.
Checking the property in the city's real property database, it's owned by someone in upper NW DC, and she apparently bought it in February. I got back in touch with the reader, who said that was a different person than his relative had talked to, so that's a good sign! Maybe they're going to fix it up.
Either way, let's keep an eye on the place. Owners of vacant properties are required to keep them "in good order." If it's dilapidated, DCRA says folks should call 202-442-9557 to report it.
Image from Google Street View