By Franklin Schneider
When I was fifteen, I spent a summer living with wealthy relatives in Germany, near the Black Forest. They lived in a very fine house that on the inside looked a lot like this one. When I think back on that summer, I think of the Old World elegance of their house; the hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, the simple but timeless elegance. That, and the fact that there was no drinking age, and that it was perfectly acceptable for a 15-yr old to stay the night at his girlfriend's house, in her bed. My parents really had no idea what sort of education I was getting.
But back to the Old World elegance. This place has it in spades, with wood and stone wherever you look; from the six fireplaces to the fantastic woodwork to the luxury dining room with a fully-functioning antique dumbwaiter (you don't see many of those anymore). There's a spacious library, with built-in shelves and a bay window/reading nook, a den/office, and a massive kitchen that opens onto a private enclosed patio for al fresco dining. Five bedrooms with two full baths and two half baths; the master bathroom is exceptional, long and white like a luxury traincar, with twin basins and a huge glass-enclosed shower with twin showerheads.
Located at 17th and P, it's close enough to the Dupont Circle metro and everything else (Whole Foods, Safeway, CVS, tons of shops, restaurants and bars) that you really don't need a car. At this point let me direct your attention to the one letter's difference in the phrases “carefree” and “car-free.” Coincidence? Well, yes. But it makes for good copy. Okay, decent copy.
1704 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
5 Bdrms, 3 Baths