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This light-filled 1916 home offers up more than 4,000 square feet of living space. By Michelle Thomas

One of the first homes built on Woodley Park’s 29th Street, Northwest—and positioned across from the Swiss Embassy—this 1916 Wardman-style rowhouse takes full advantage of its location, offering views of the National Cathedral from the upstairs master bedroom. Other highlights? A renovation added some updates but retained many of the original features, such as an angled brick fireplace in the living room, pocket doors, hardwood floors, exposed brick, and tons of windows that flood the residence with natural light. It's a large place, with 4,055 square feet of living space that incudes five bedrooms in the main home, plus a spacious two-bedroom in-law/au pair apartment in the English basement. And out back, there's multilevel patio, brick terrace, and small deck.

2853 29th Street, Northwest, is listed at $1.685 million. Check it out below, then go to Beasley Real Estate for more details and here for the complete tour.

Find Michelle Thomas on Twitter at @michellethomas4.

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Posted at 10:46 AM/ET, 07/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This $1.995 million rowhouse has been restored with lots of glam details—and features a huge back patio. By Michelle Thomas
Fusion Photography by HomeVisit.

There are plenty of things we dig about this restored 1900 Victorian on L Street in the West End. Let’s start with the chic, dark herringbone hardwood floors and glamorous black-painted French windows in the bay-front dining area, paired with a sleek modern fireplace setup. Then, in back, there’s a contemporary white-on-white kitchen outfitted with marble counters, an on-trend stainless steel vent-hood, and a wine chiller. Guest bedrooms fill in the second floor, and the top-level master suite includes skylights and great built-in display shelving all along one wall, plus bleached wood floors for an airy effect. Outside, there’s a made-for-entertaining brick-enclosed patio said to have been featured on the DIY Channel. (And downstairs at the garden level, there’s a separate, legal rental unit.) The property is listed at $1.995 million. Get a glimpse below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for more details.

Find Michelle Thomas on Twitter at @michellethomas4

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Posted at 11:07 AM/ET, 07/25/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This large four-bedroom is on the market for just under $750,000. By Michelle Thomas

In a neighborhood that’s seen more than its fair share of rowhouse renovations—Petworth ranked number one in the nation for home flips last year, according to Redfin—this New Hampshire home stands out, thanks to a careful restoration that includes such stylish design choices as real hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, crown molding, and a crisp, contemporary all-white kitchen with double cabinets, a marble waterfall island counter, and a wine refrigerator. A staircase with custom metal rails lead upstairs to the master bedroom, which boasts 15-foot ceilings, more exposed brick, and skylights. Out back, a flagstone patio offers outdoor entertaining space. It’s a large setup, with four bedrooms and four baths spread out over more than 2,200 square feet; plus there’s a finished English basement with a wet bar. And—this is key in Petwork real-estate designations—it’s just a few blocks to the Metro. 

It's listed at $749,999. Take a look below, then go to Long & Foster for the complete details.

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Posted at 04:15 PM/ET, 07/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This $1.25 million triangular home’s exacting design was dreamed up by one of DC’s best-known urban planners. By Michelle Thomas

As one of DC’s more unusual and striking homes, this modern triangular structure makes a sharp statement at the corner of Tenth Street and Florida Avenue in Northwest. Built by and for Jeff Speck—an urban planner whose résumé includes such titles as former design director of the National Endowment for the Arts and author of Walkable City—the glass-and-brick flatiron wedge design was once featured in both the Washington Post and Home and Design magazine.

In addition to the unexpected geometry, the four-level home boasts green construction (including solar-powered hot water and radiant heat in the bamboo floors) and some unique interior design features—in particular, that sculptural, one-piece steel spiral staircase. Other architectural standouts? Dramatic glass walls, floating balconies, and a modern wood-burning fireplace tucked into the pointed corner of the living room.

The four-bedroom home is listed at $1.25 million. Check it out below, then go to TTR Sotheby’s for more.

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Posted at 02:39 PM/ET, 07/14/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This $3.495-million home boasts some beautiful architectural bones. By Michelle Thomas

We may love a sleek, modern design as much as the next person—but there's something almost magical about a home like this Victorian on 30th Street in Georgetown. Built in 1868—back when Georgetown was still a part of Maryland—a more recent complete renovation added Brazilian hardwood floors and a contemporary glossy-white kitchen to the existing old-world architecture of this six-bedroom home. But our favorite part is the elegant double parlor room on the first floor, with its soaring ceilings, two fireplaces, and bevy of beautifully intricate architectural detail—including a graceful arched doorway, ornate moldings, and full-length paned windows. The property was listed on the market less than a month ago at $3.495 million, but recently went under contract. Get a glimpse of the home below, then go to Washington Fine Properties to see the complete tour.

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Posted at 01:45 PM/ET, 07/11/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This $775,000 three-bedroom includes a separate, rentable garden apartment. By Michelle Thomas

In the heart of the booming neighborhood Bloomingdale, a gut-job renovation turned this three-story Q Street rowhouse into a charming, updated home, with an open layout and three bedrooms. The overhaul introduces luxe touches such as dark-stained hardwood floors, crown moldings, and marble counters, and puts the spotlight on the house’s huge picture windows and exposed brick. Bonus: On the garden-level first floor is a rentable one-bedroom apartment. The three-level home is listed at $775,000. Check it out below, then head to TTR Sotheby’s for more.

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 07/07/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Sleek style, high-end amenities, and a private deck. By Michelle Thomas

This sleek, two-story “penthouse” in a converted 1912 rowhouse spotlights a highly polished modern design and luxe finishes. It combines full-wall picture windows, a dramatic tiled fireplace, Spanish white-oak floors, and 11-foot ceilings with a glossy kitchen that features quartz counters, contrasting cabinetry, a six-burner gas stove, and a striking white vent hood­—plus top-level appliances such as a Liebherr refrigerator and wine chiller. There’s also a balcony, two guest bedrooms, and two full baths downstairs. Upstairs, a light-flooded 500-square-foot master suite includes a spa-inspired bath complete with a soaking tub and rain shower, and leads to a 15-by-21-foot private roof deck. The three-bedroom, three-bath condo is listed at $995,000. Check it out below, then go to Stages Premier for the full details.

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Posted at 01:51 PM/ET, 06/30/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
What we’d buy with $1.345 million. By Michelle Thomas

Regardless of how you might feel about the recent trend toward splitting old Victorian rowhouses into multiple units, this one—on Riggs Place in Dupont—comes close to sophisticated perfection. Light and airy, with just the right touches of historic detail, this condo is the two-story penthouse in a four-story home that dates to 1916. Lock 7 Development transformed the place into its current iteration, featuring knockout design choices such as dark hardwood floors, elegant moldings and medallions along the walls and ceilings, big picture windows, and a gorgeously intricate (closed-off, but still!) fireplace mantel in the open-layout living area. Off the upstairs bedrooms—there are three—is a two-level private deck overlooking the city skyline. It’s listed at $1.345 million. Take a quick peek below, then go to Lindsay Reishman Real Estate for more (or check it out in person Saturday at the open house).


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Posted at 01:44 PM/ET, 06/27/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Modern meets historic—with a private roof deck. By Michelle Thomas

This two-story penthouse on Dupont’s tree-lined 16th Street hits that perfect sweet spot between contemporary and historic. The condo is set in a stately brick building that dates to 1875 and renovated by PN Hoffman in the mid-’90s. More recent updates of this two-bedroom, two-bath condo fused clean lines, an open layout, and modern amenities with coveted architectural details such as coffered ceilings, crown moldings, a whitewashed brick fireplace, and striking tile-work on the dining area ceiling. The open kitchen spotlights a firmly contemporary design, mixing warm wood with glossy white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and cool marble. Upstairs, a top-floor, skylit living area geared toward entertaining—there’s a wet bar, of course—opens to a private rooftop deck. It's listed at $1.125 million. Take a quick tour below, then go to Lindsay Reishman Real Estate for more details (and a video!).

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Posted at 02:49 PM/ET, 06/23/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
What we would buy if we had $2.75 million. By Michelle Thomas
All photos by Fusion Photography by HomeVisit.

In DC real estate, there are few things more enviable than a perfectly renovated old rowhouse—and this particular one is a triple threat, combining a glam restoration with a beautiful private patio and a killer location. The turn-of-the-century end-unit rowhouse sits on one of our favorite city streets, Q Street in eastern Georgetown—a quiet, shady street conveniently positioned just a few blocks from gorgeous Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks. The four-bedroom home is a sleek stunner, recently redone with a contemporary style that includes some majorly chic touches. Some of our favorite details? Downstairs, we love the foyer’s bold checkerboard flooring, the kitchen’s Carrera marble counters, custom Porcelanosa glossy white lacquer cabinetry, and statement dining chandelier, and the living room’s modern marble fireplace. Upstairs, the master bedroom is designed with high-drama black wall, and the spa-like master bath features a freestanding soaking tub, eye-catching tilework, and a huge walk-in rain shower. But the best part, perhaps, is the private garden in the rear of the home­—a two-level, surprisingly deep patio space with a cozy stone fireplace area and ample built-in seating throughout. It practically begs for summer entertaining. Fingers crossed for an invite.

This home is listed at $2.75 million. Take a look below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for the full tour.


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Posted at 11:59 AM/ET, 06/20/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()