With some of the highest housing costs in the country, Washington, D.C. isn’t lacking in the mouthwatering real estate department. This 12,000 square feet urban manor priced at $10,900,000 typifies the District’s impressive offerings, with its formal air and vertical nature. However, some of the home’s features give it that special something that sets it apart from all the other former embassies in this section of town. It’s behind the scenes tours like these that make you thankful for internet real estate listings. Remember a time when you could only imagine what was behind those pricey walls unless you were actually interested in buying? Life might have been more simple pre-WiFi, but it was surely less interesting for housing voyeurs.
For starters, the home occupies a prime spot on a breathtakingly beautiful street in what many consider to be D.C.’s best neighborhood - Dupont Circle. Without resorting to hyperbole (okay, maybe just a little), it’s simply one of America’s finest urban environments. Clark Waggaman designed the 1911 rowhouse in a restrained Beaux Arts manner that still appeals to the District’s preference for quiet elegance. While the front facade appears little changed from its original appearance, some creative remodeling in the rear has given the house some much appreciated outdoor space, with a triplet of terraces and a downright adorable walled courtyard. Business in the front, party in the back: should we call it a mullet mansion?
A step inside reveals the flavor of the upper levels, which takes its cue from an interesting array of French and Italian architectural salvage. The entry serves up some Roman inspiration with its wall fountain, rough hewn floors, and intricate mosaic detailing. Also on this level: an apartment that’s ideal for housing your live in staff or au pair. This being D.C., there’s more than enough space for formal entertaining. The kitchen gets extra points for its open layout and connection to a cozy eating area - well done! Each bedroom has been given its own personality, with the adjoining bathrooms done in an array of styles ranging from cool modern to warm rustic. Sunlight is surprisingly bountiful in this abode, given its end unit location and an abundance of large windows. Centuries old wood floors, lanterns, terra cotta, and fireplaces (thirteen to be exact) imbue the interiors with an Old World flair. Not so Old World: an elevator and parking for 5 or more cars. Who says you can't have it both ways?