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Among DC's abundance of builder-basic flips, these super-stylish units from the owners of GoodWood are a breath of fresh air. By Marisa M. Kashino
The penthouse of Shaw's Huntress Coal Oil building. All photos courtesy of The Mandy & David Team.

When we first heard that Anna and Dan Kahoe, owners of U Street home furnishings destination GoodWood, were partnering with S2 Development and architect Shawn Buehler on a boutique condo project, we knew the final product would be something to behold. Situated on a previously empty lot in front of the restored Blagden Alley carriage house where the Kahoes live, the new, three-unit building—called Huntress Coal Oil—beautifully complements the century-old Shaw rowhouses surrounding it. And as for the interiors, the results are even better than we expected.

The Mandy & David Team put all three condos on the market today: the 900-square-foot, one bedroom/one bath basement unit is listed for $599,555; an 1,100-square-foot two bedroom/two bath is priced at $899,555; and the 1,300-square foot, two bed/two-and-a-half bath penthouse with its own roofdeck is listed at $999,555.

Each condo is staged with GoodWood's unique blend of funky furniture and accessories, some of which is vintage, and all of which can be negotiated into the sale.

A glass wall divides the bedroom from the main living areas of the basement unit, allowing natural light to flow throughout the subterranean space.
Another view of the one-bedroom basement-level condo.
The bathrooms in each unit feature brightly colored, lacquered vanities.
The living room of the two-bedroom, second-floor condo.
A view of the kitchen in the second-floor unit.
The penthouse's living room. (And if the buyer is crazy enough not to negotiate for that yellow sofa, we'll take it.)
One of two bedrooms in the penthouse.
An en suite bathroom.
The second penthouse bedroom.
The exterior of the Huntress Coal Oil building, named for the original owner of the Kahoes' carriage house, coal oil dealer Samuel Huntress.

Posted at 10:58 AM/ET, 10/01/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
All photographs via Washington Fine Properties.

A presidential penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in the West End sold for $6,050,000 yesterday, making it DC’s highest-selling condo since 2013.

Washington Fine Properties agents Matthew McCormick, Ben Roth, and Ellen Morrell teamed up to complete the transaction between seller Jeff Fine, a venture capitalist, and an undisclosed buyer. The property sold for $900,000 less than it was listed for, but McCormick says, “It’s still a record-setting price, so I think that all parties were pleased.”

The 5,664-square-foot high-rise has four bedrooms, five baths, and two fireplaces. The luxurious unit also has three balconies overlooking the city, a custom wet bar, and two separate entrances. Residents get hotel amenities like 24-hour maid and room service, plus valet parking.

Politico called the Ritz-Carlton Residences building the “new Watergate” last April, citing the political power brokers who’ve bought condos there, including Senate minority leader Harry Reid.

Posted at 02:11 PM/ET, 09/30/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Hurray! Autumn! By Hillary Kelly
Looking forward to more weekends in front of the fire? Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt for Hus & Hem.

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Posted at 09:22 AM/ET, 09/25/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photograph by Jean Allsopp via Country Living.

This beautiful, color-filled art display that Julie Wolfe created has us inspired. Wolfe used chemicals and organic materials to create her light-filled display, but with these eight simple DIYs, you won't have to break out any copper sulfate or methylene blue to make a lovely mason jar display at home.

Setting for Four has a super easy way to "tint" your mason jars.

A lot of DIY recipes for tinted mason jars call for paint and time (you have to bake the jars to let the paint tint the glass). For a much faster, and easier DIY, all you need is water and food coloring. Add some in-season flowers and line up your jars in a windowsill for a pretty window display that took zero effort.

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 09/11/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A remodeled room at the forthcoming Rook & Mason hotel. Photograph courtesy Kimpton Hotels.

Kimpton Hotels plans to close down the Hotel Helix in October for extensive renovations and rebranding. When the 178-room Logan Circle hotel reopens in spring 2016, it will be called the "Mason & Rook."

It'll still be a boutique hotel, although one can't be faulted for thinking the new name sounds like some new restaurant that specializes in up-tempo pub cuisine and cocktails made with egg-white froth. The name Mason & Rook borrows at least two tropes from the restaurant-name playbook.

The name Mason & Rook, says Kimpton spokeswoman Jaclyn Randolph, is a nod to both Freemasonry, a secretive order to which many of the United States' founders—and supposedly BeyoncĂ© Knowles—belonged, and to the "strategic game of chess," because politics is like chess and something something Washington.

While Kimpton plans to keep the Illuminati-themed hotel at 178 rooms, the guest quarters will be slightly more spacious when it re-opens. In a previous life, the Helix was an apartment buildling, with each unit including a kitchenette. Those spaces have been walled off since the building was turned into a hotel, but will be reopened during the renovation and turned into expanded bedrooms and bathrooms. While the fixtures and furniture will be replaced, the remodeled hotel will keep Kimpton's usual amenities, like free wine in the lobby.

The Helix has accomodations open through October 16, but the hotel's lounge is scheduled to close this week, Randolph says.

Posted at 10:36 AM/ET, 09/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

Want to up your home’s intelligence? These gadgets—among the most popular “smart home” toys on the market—function via your phone and voice, and even on their own, learning your schedule and programming themselves accordingly.

RELATED: Look Inside the Smartest Apartment in Arlington.

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Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 09/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Welcome to the smartest apartment in Arlington. By Jennifer Sergent
A custom chandelier with dozens of LED crystal rods is both sculpture and light source for the 20-foot-tall living room. Photograph by Marlon Crutchfield.

Like a lot of young bachelors, Brian McCarthy wanted to deck out his place with high-tech toys. But unlike most of his peers, he could afford to: McCarthy won the lottery—literally. Four years ago, at age 25, he pocketed $68.4 million thanks to Mega Millions. Since then, the now-former account manager at Pepsi has spent nearly $200,000 on technology for his Arlington penthouse.

Today McCarthy rarely touches an actual switch or power button in his home. He uses his iPhone to operate the lights, temperature, stereo system, and TV. When he wakes up, he grabs his smartphone to turn on the TV built into the bathroom mirror. By the time he rolls out of bed, the morning news awaits him.

He relies on the phone when out of town, too. McCarthy can remotely let friends into his place to crash if they need to. A camera records anyone who enters the condo when he’s away, and stores the video to his phone.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 08/28/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Septime Webre's charismatic and quirky character extends to his home's decor.
All photographs by Joshua Cogan.

When Washingtonian featured Septime Webre, the larger-than-life director of the Washington Ballet, in our August 2015 issue, we got a peek inside his eclectic apartment that's decked out with amazing taxidermy. Take a look below:

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Posted at 03:40 PM/ET, 08/23/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
$500,000 for a five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on five acres? SOLD.
Live by the water in Lewes for less than $800,000. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Sale price: $365,100. Where: Cumberland.

Photograph courtesy of Coldwell Banker.

For the price of a three-bedroom split-level on a fifth of an acre in Rockville, this three-bedroom contemporary sits on 23 wooded acres.

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Posted at 10:30 AM/ET, 08/19/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The right-hander bought his riverside house from a longtime Little League organizer. By Harrison Smith

Max Scherzer, anchor of the Nationals' pitching rotation, may be struggling with his delivery, but outside the ballpark things are looking better: He just closed on a $5.2 million home in McLean. The 4,800-square-foot house includes four bedrooms, five baths, and a heated indoor pool--all on a secluded 3-acre spread overlooking the Potomac.

The sale was confirmed through the MRIS multiple-listing service and the listing agent, Mike Anastasia of Sotheby's.

Scherzer and his wife, Erica, closed on the Crest Lane home on August 5, a day after the 31-year-old right-hander pitched six innings and earned the win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

According to Anastasia, Scherzer is planning a multimillion-dollar renovation to the 29-year-old home, including opening its eastern, Potomac-facing side up with glass.

Scherzer signed with the Nats in January after five seasons in Detroit. His $210 million, seven-year contract is among the largest pitching contracts in baseball history.

"I don't play this game for money," he said at a news conference announcing the signing, "but yet at the same time, when you have an offer like that, it just makes you go, 'Wow.'"

The home was sold by Paul Shiffman, director of McLean-based Chain Bridge Bank. According to his corporate bio, Shiffman has volunteered with McLean Little League for nearly 40 years, including time spent as its president and as a coach.

Posted at 01:18 PM/ET, 08/17/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()