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Natural textures, glass walls, and two ponds. By Michelle Thomas

Like this Charles Goodman design in McLean, this 1964 Chevy Chase estate is built to spotlight the signature features of midcentury modern architecture—including huge glass walls that incorporate the wooded surrounds, a flowing open layout, and a fusion of natural textures such as Tennessee stone stone walls, heated marble and terrazzo floors, carved mahogany doors, and wood paneling. The expansive living area overlooks a front veranda, a sunroom and terrace, and ponds on both sides, while the rest of the home includes five bedrooms, five baths, a master suite with dual dressing rooms (don’t miss the '70s-glam mirrored one!), a fitness studio, an office, and parking for more than ten cars. A few favorite design highlights: The dining room’s sunken bar and carved wood built-ins, the minimalist-cool floating staircase, and the lush terraced back garden and Japanese-inspired landscaping.

7410 Western Ave. is listed for $2.05 million. Take a look inside below, then go to TTR Sotheby’s for the complete details.

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Posted at 12:53 PM/ET, 06/16/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This historic home was redone by GTM architects and designer Darryl Carter. By Michelle Thomas

Once known as the “Pink House” for its former bubblegum hue, this 101 year-old Cleveland Park Colonial was completely gutted and redone by GTM Architects and interior designer Darryl Carter. The end result: A gorgeous home that spotlights a refined, modern aesthetic that's sleek, elegant, and warm, with contemporary organic touches and plenty of texture. Carter’s signature whites are offset by accents of rustic wood and dark-stained floors, plus architectural details that include French doors, decorative wall paneling, and built-in display shelving. Some of the home's best features? The sliding screen in the dining room, a Zen-esque inset in the ceiling of the master bedroom, and the herringbone pattern on the wall of the family room and the floor in the contemporary master bath. The kitchen, by Heartwood Design, includes slick cabinetry, concealed appliances and a stone waterfall island; elsewhere, there’s a huge wine cellar, a light-flooded sunroom, a screened porch, a finished lower-level suite, and one of the most chicest minimalist recreation rooms we’ve seen.

3420 36th St. NW is listed at $6.5 million. Take a glimpse inside the five-bedroom, six-bath estate below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for more details.

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Posted at 11:40 AM/ET, 06/01/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Yours for $1.279 million. By Michelle Thomas

A rare find in Arlington, this five-bedroom home was reworked by its owner, an architect, and it's full of features that design fans will appreciate. A short list of the best details: The concrete fireplace mantle, chalkboards in several rooms, wall-width bookshelves, and a blend of natural wood trims, ample sunlight, and industrial accents that lend the place a creative, organic vibe. The sleek little studio office off the master suite and awesome roofed deck round out the modernist aesthetic. 6425 26th St. N was relisted at $1.279 million this morning, a $110,000 drop from its original asking price. Take a look inside below, then go to Frankly Real Estate for the complete details.

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Posted at 04:53 PM/ET, 05/14/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Enviable design in 600 square feet. By Michelle Thomas

Tiny apartments are notoriously hard to master when it comes to good interior design. But this 600-square-foot Dupont studio—in a historic Wardman building on 17th Street—makes the most of its compact footprint by loading up on cool details, including 10-foot ceilings, original hardwood floors and moldings, and a recently renovated modern kitchen, plus an enviable approach to small-space decor. Apparently the current owner is an architect, which perhaps explains the design cred and creative, clean-lined aesthetic.

1514 17th St NW #305 is listed for $249,900. Take a peek inside below, then go to DCRE Residential for more details.

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Posted at 01:31 PM/ET, 05/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Original 1900 details meet sleek modern design. By Michelle Thomas

When it comes to covetable attributes, this three-bedroom, four-bath townhouse in Dupont is pretty well-stocked. Ringing in at nearly 3,400 square feet, the four-story Victorian has been carefully renovated to fuse original 1900 details with sleekly modern flourishes, including a statement-making tiled fireplace in the living area and a luxe kitchen that features trendy design choices such as open shelving, mixed marble and butcher block counters, a farmhouse sink, and high-end appliances from SubZero, Wolf, and Miele. Other highlights: The master bedroom's ornate fireplace, the vintage-meets-modern master bath, a wood-burning stove, dramatic geometric wallpaper in the powder room, a striking full-wall wine collection display in the dining room, and a great 250-square-foor roof deck equipped with a gas fire pit, outdoor shower, and city views.

2118 O St NW #C is listed at $1.895 million. Take a peek inside below, then go to TTR Sotheby's for the full tour.

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Posted at 02:18 PM/ET, 05/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Grand 1912 details meet tasteful new additions. By Michelle Thomas

Built in 1912, this five-bedroom Colonial on Military Road recently underwent a complete renovation, resulting in a home that beautifully fuses modern additions with grand period flourishes. Some of our favorite features? The home’s original coffered ceilings, antique fireplace mantel, pocket doors, charming exposed-brick wine cellar, and restored built-in bookcases—offset by the tasteful design of the new additions, including a seamless glass shower in the master bath and a gorgeous kitchen that checks off several trendy design details, including a farmhouse sink, two-tone counters, subway tiling, and dramatic imported pendant lamps.

3816 Military Rd. NW is listed at $1.995 million. Take a peek inside below, then go to Evers & Co Real Estate for the full details.

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Posted at 12:40 PM/ET, 04/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Pretty and petite. By Michelle Thomas

While this city has no shortage of beautiful million-dollar homes, finding a charming place for under $500,000 can prove a particular challenge. So this condo—a petite 600-square-foot one-bedroom in the historic Altamont building in Kalorama—stands out, combining gorgeous period detailing that includes high ceilings, decorative moldings, and large casement windows with thoughtfully chosen updates such as refinished white oak floors, a modern kitchen, and an especially chic bathroom designed with dramatic high-glossy black paint, white subway tiling, and shiny chrome fixtures. Bonus features: New in-unit laundry appliances installed last year, wifi-enabled AC, a parking spot, and access to the building’s rentable roof deck and historic reception room.

1901 Wyoming Ave. NW #26 is listed at $434,950. Take a look inside below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for the complete details.

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Posted at 12:44 PM/ET, 04/20/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This four-bedroom in Logan Circle recently underwent a modern-luxe renovation. By Michelle Thomas

Homes selling within days of going on the market is a oft-relayed piece of DC real estate lore, but it always begs the question: What’s the magic behind a lightening-speed sale? For this Logan Circle rowhouse—listed at $1.35 million on Thursday and under contract by Saturdaythe appeal is obvious, thanks to a gorgeous renovation of the 1900 home by Arlington-based development firm Realington. The place is like a checklist of coveted design features, including a contemporary textured white fireplace, floating ceilings, exposed brick walls, white-washed hardwood floors, bay picture windows, luxe lighting fixtures, marble counters, and a stunning rain shower/soaking tub combo in the master bath. Take a peek inside 1414 Columbia St. NW below, and see the rest of the photos here.

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Posted at 12:09 PM/ET, 04/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Six bedrooms, three fireplaces, and one tony location. By Michelle Thomas

It’s not every day that one of Dupont's grand dame rowhouses pops up on the market—which only serves to make this lovely Q Street home seem extra special. Among the townhouse's bragging points is a primo location neighboring several embassies and a generous 4,600 square feet of living space that encompasses six bedrooms, six baths, and an in-law suite. Though built in 1900, the home recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation to highlight a slew of architectural flourishes and finishes, such as coffered ceilings, dark hardwood floors, bay windows, three ornate fireplaces, and a luxe kitchen outfitted with marble counters, a subway-tile backsplash and glossy white cabinets. There's also a sunroom, upper-level balcony, deck, and patio. The only catch: A lofty $2.749 million price tag.

Take a peek inside 2208 Q Street NW below, then go to McWilliams/Ballard for more details.

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Posted at 12:28 PM/ET, 03/30/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Lots of marble. Zero clutter. By Michelle Thomas

You’d have to be a pretty devoted minimalist to live in this Georgetown condo. Über-contemporary with a super-slick design and exacting viewpoint, this austere one-bedroom penthouse was renovated by Schlesinger Associate Architects for owner Bruno Lassus a few years back, and the finished product spotlights sleek, cool expanses of Calcutta marble, clear and frosted glass walls, and rare wood accents, combined with sculptural architecture that includes a striking marble staircase and impressive biofuel fireplace. Top-of-the-line contemporary finishes complement the modern feel—the condo is outfitted with a Bulthaup kitchen, Alessi and Waterworks bath fixtures, Lutron lighting, and Bang & Olufsen audio. Our favorite part: That incredible glass-enclosed soaking tub. Check your modesty at the door.

1045 31st St NW is listed at $2.5 million. Look inside below, then go to TTR Sotheby’s for more details.

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Posted at 11:27 AM/ET, 03/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()