By Franklin Schneider
If I won the lottery tomorrow, this is absolutely the house I'd buy. A Tudor-style mansion on an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with koi pond, swimming pool, and a carriage house. I'd move in thirty or forty of my best friends, have a party that lasted for two years straight, and then sell it for pennies on the dollars when all the money ran out. Then in rehab my counselor Tim would use it as a metaphor for the mess I'd made of my life. ("You took this beautiful, one in a million house and you ruined it. Don't do the same to what's left of your life!")
Damn it, Tim, I didn't mean to drive my Range Rover into the swimming pool, I thought I'd built up enough speed to ramp over it!
Built in 1925, this palatial home sports a three fireplaces, an in-law/au pair suite, a beautifully finished attic, a sitting room for sitting and a family room for family. The living room is massive but intimate, with a dramatic peaked ceiling. The dining room gets beautiful light and looks out onto the grounds, there's a fantastic sunroom, a massive gourmet kitchen that would make most restaurants green with envy, and just a general degree of luxury and sophistication fit for minor royalty, or at least Elton John. The house is also the 2011 DC Designer showhouse; 21 of the area's top designers have collaborated in renovating the spaces, and it shows.
If you're interested, you better act quick; even at $4.9 million, it can't be long before someone snatches it up. I mean, one of these Powerball tickets has to hit sometime, right?
3134 Ellicott St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths