Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Your Next Place


By Franklin Schneider

If the recent Royal Wedding left you with a taste for something English, but you're put off by monarchy, driving on the wrong side of the road, and Russell Brand's pants, this could be the house for you. An excruciatingly rustic and sophisticated brick home, complete with manicured gardens and a white picket-type fence, this house wouldn't look out of place in the British countryside. If it was any more British, it would be named “Neville” and wear a monocle.

There's a very sunny mint green-walled living room (windows on three sides), with fireplace, a golden yellow-walled dining room, and a sumptuous master suite with a tangerine-walled master bath. I like the clean simplicity of white walls, especially in a bright room, but I found the colors in this house to be very soothing and pleasing to the eye. It's a nice change from the same old thing, and besides, if, like me, you're the type of person who occasionally (four times a week) comes home a little stumbly, white walls can equal a smeared-handprint visual diary of all your worst nights.

My favorite part of the house was the huge sunroom, with a wall of glass that opens onto a spacious deck. If I lived here I'd move all my stuff into the sunroom and spend all my time there, like a crazy person. The house is right up against the park, so from the deck you get a breathtaking view of the woods. Stare out there long enough and you might forget that you live in a society that forces you to repress almost every natural urge you feel. Though to be fair, it's also the society that brought you frozen waffles, which you have to admit is a pretty good consolation.

1719 HOBAN RD NW

Washington, DC 20007

4 Bdrms, 4.5 Baths

$1,699,000

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