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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 ()
Also, a 1,000 square foot indoor pool. By Michelle Thomas

This McLean mansion comes with an intriguing backstory: In 2012, after being listed for $12.5 million, the home was relisted with a discounted price of $8.99 million and a curious catch—the buyer would have to agree to let the seller, bariatric surgeon Dr. Hazem Elariny, live there for three years post-settlement. Apparently there were no takers. Now the home is back on the market—but no weird contingencies this time.

Dubbed the “Castle on the River,” the 16,000-square-foot estate features a Potomac waterfront setting, a castle-stone exterior and—of course—a turret, plus a bevy of majorly opulent details. A 14-foot carved mahogany double door opens to the entry hall, outfitted with a six-foot crystal chandelier, a floating maple staircase, and heated imported Italian Calcutta gold marble floors; elsewhere, there’s a formal dining room with mahogany woodwork, a master suite that includes a full-wall marble fireplace, a domed ceiling, octagon inlaid Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, and a marble bathroom with a huge jacuzzi tub; there’s a ballroom, seven bedrooms, nine baths, two media rooms, and a mosaic-tiled 1,000-square-foot indoor pool with a cedar hardwood ceiling and sauna. A river-front glass elevator spans the home’s four levels. And that’s all on more than an acre of wooded land—including 85 feet of shoreline.

612 Rivercrest Rd. is listed for $13.5 million. Then on June 23, the home hits the auction block, with no minimum bid. Take a look inside below, then go to Concierge Auctions for more details.

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Posted at 11:52 AM/ET, 05/20/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Join Washingtonian and Bozzuto for the grand opening of Cathedral Commons. By Emma Foehringer Merchant

On May 27, join Washingtonian and the Bozzuto Group for the grand opening of Cathedral Commons, located in Cathedral Heights. The building has rooftop terraces, a 24/7 concierge, a fitness center, and other amenities. During the celebration guests can explore the new space and partake in light appetizers and drinks.

Cathedral Commons, 3401 Idaho Ave., NW; 877-289-5833.

Posted at 03:44 PM/ET, 05/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This Charles Goodman-designed house was recently renovated by contemporary architect Mark McInturff. By Michelle Thomas

Built in 1970 by Charles Goodman—he’s the local architect responsible for the homes in Hollin Hills, as well as other regional midcentury neighborhoods—this four-bedroom, five-bath McLean house was renovated in 2012 by contemporary architect Mark McInturff and Added Dimensions. It fuses several Goodman signatures, such as expanses of windows and seemless integration with its wooded outdoors, with updated details such as polished concrete floors, built-in shelving, and a sleek kitchen that includes stainless steel counters, appliances, and glass-front storage with pale mint cabinets. The result: A home that picks up the cool vintage vibe of midcentury modern—without feeling outdated.

400 Chain Bridge Rd. is listed at $2.95 million. Look inside below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for the complete tour and details.

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Posted at 12:22 PM/ET, 05/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
It’s part of the development’s “wine programming.” By Michelle Thomas
A rendering of the Lauren's wine lounge.

Master Sommelier Jarad Slipp.

When the Lauren’s 29 luxury condos went on the market last fall, the Bethesda development raised eyebrows with a record-setting price tag of $10.5 million for its penthouse apartment. Of course, the pricey place offered a long list of lavish amenities—not least of which included a private, climate-controlled wine locker and access to the building’s shared wine lounge.

Clearly the development has its sights set on oenophiles. Last week, the Lauren appointed a Sommelier in Residence, which will complement the development’s “wine programming.” And the hire isn’t a no-name, either: It’s Jarad Slipp, one of only three Master Sommeliers in the DC area, and one of just 219 that have been inducted in 40 years worldwide. Currently the estate director at Fauquier county's RdV Vineyards, Slipp’s resume also includes a five-year stint at CityZen.

As Sommelier in Residence, Slipp will advise aficionados on growing their wine collections through custom consultations that will take into account personal taste, food pairing, and collection valuation, and he’ll be available quarterly for on-site tastings and workshops set to take place in the 1,500-square foot wine lounge.

Condo buyers will also snag a yearlong membership to the RdV Ambassadors program, which includes specialty vintages, invites to winery events, private tastings at the vineyard, and an assortment of limited releases that will await their arrival on move-in day.

Sound appealing? You'll have to shell out—the three condos currently on the market cost as much as $4.845 million.

Posted at 01:35 PM/ET, 05/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Lots of entertaining space, and a restoration by an award-winning designer.
Photograph by David Pipkin.

Sold: $2,600,000.

Listed: $2,690,000.

Days on market: 1.

Where: West End.

Style: Contemporary townhouse.

Bragging points: Three bedrooms, five baths, elevator, roof deck with fireplace and hot tub; restored by award-winning designer Darryl Carter.

Who: Sold by John Whyte, who oversees outreach for the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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Posted at 09:00 AM/ET, 05/07/2015 | 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 ()
And it's still not the area's most expensive property. By Michelle Thomas

When it comes to high-priced homes, this one’s a doozy: This estate, dubbed Oakendale and located just outside Middleburg in Virginia’s horse country, was recently put up for sale with a list price of $33.5 million. The 1934 six-bedroom manor comes with two stone guest cottages, a greenhouse, a standalone office, a few ponds, a pool and poolhouse, stables, and a log cabin. But the real money is in the land—the home sits on a staggering 837 acres of rolling Virginian hills.

The property was owned by late philanthropist and conservationist Mary Sayles Booker Braga, according to Politico.

But even at $33.5 million, Oakendale doesn’t top out as the area’s most expensive. Last summer, Paul and Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Farm estate in nearby Upperville—which includes more than 2,000 acres and a private jet landing strip—went on the market with an asking price of $70 million. It hasn’t yet sold.

Take a peek at Oakendale's sprawling exterior below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for the complete details.

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Posted at 02:43 PM/ET, 04/29/2015 | 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 ()
An elegant renovation and nearly 10,000 square feet of living space. By Michelle Thomas

When it comes to Kalorama real estate, this home is like the neighborhood counterpoint to the tiny under-$450,000 condo we showed you on Monday. Built in 1905, this $5.95 million mansion is grandly proportioned with seven bedrooms, eight baths and nearly 10,000 square feet, and it’s fully loaded with gorgeous details, including coffered ceilings, glossy black painted trims, and decorative moldings and wall paneling. The updated kitchen hits all the modern-luxe bragging points—marble counters, white cabinetry, high-end appliances—and custom storage lines the walls into the breakfast room. Upstairs, the master suite includes a spacious bath with a soaking tub and double vanity, and there's a separate walk-in closet and enormous dressing room. Final touches: A pretty garden patio and enclosed two-car garage.

1823 Phelps Pl. NW is listed at $5.95 million. Take a peek inside below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for more.

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Posted at 02:27 PM/ET, 04/22/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()