Thursday, December 16, 2010

Your Next Place...


By Franklin Schneider


Buying property is definitely one of the major milestones in life, signifying "I am now an adult and an integrated member of society." Buying a place like this is sort of the next step, signifying "I am a god among men: bow before my twenty-five foot ceilings and private terrace (with a view of the Capitol)!!!” If I lived in a place like this, I'd carry pictures of it in my wallet.

Located in the 105 year old Bryan School, in Eastern Market, maybe my favorite DC neighborhood (busy but not as congested as Dupont or Adams Morgan, less stuffy and imposing than Georgetown or Capitol Hill proper), this place is an eye-opener for even the most jaded open houser. The first thing you notice when you walk in is that it's absolutely massive; with 25-foot ceilings that seem even higher, it feels like you could fly a kite in here. There are two bedrooms and two full baths spread out over 2400 square feet, and massive windows everywhere. It was overcast when I visited, but the place still seemed full of light. There's a spacious kitchen with granite countertops and a large bar, a dining area with a gas fireplace, a family room, and cherry floors. And topping it all off is a semi-autonomous den that opens via four sets of french doors onto a huge private terrace. From out on the roof you can see the Washington Monument and the Capitol, so close that it seems you might be able to throw a rock and hit the dome. If I wasn't such a patriotic American, I might try. (“But Officer, I have a constitutionally-protected right to political protest!”)

1315 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE
#PH34
WASHINGTON,DC 20003

$1,299,500
2 Bdrms, 2 Baths
Parking








7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am conflicted about purchasing a house in what was once a school...it's up there with having dinner at a restaurant that was once a church. Could be just me...

Anonymous said...

I think its just you...

Anonymous said...

Eating in what was once a church would be a lot less creepy than sleeping in a place that was once a church. School would be ok, unless there were nuns there...

Rico said...

Yea, its just you. this place is HOT !!! I love Abdo products. The best lofts in the area.

not on parker said...

What's hilarious is that the Landmark Lofts are in what's not only the former Children's Museum and not only a former convent for the Sisters of the Poor but also formerly the St. Joseph's Home for the Aging (an insane asylum for old folks).

Scenic Artisan on Dec 18, 2010, 5:08:00 PM said...

are there any restaurants in former churches in dc?

RKurth34 on Jan 4, 2011, 1:29:00 PM said...

"From out on the roof you can see the Washington Monument and the Capitol, so close that it seems you might be able to throw a rock and hit the dome."

Then why no photos of this miraculous view?

 

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