By Franklin Schneider
This historic Victorian, just steps from Eastern Market, is one of the more charming homes I've seen recently. From the bayfront living room to the fantastic vintage fireplace (I honestly thought about coming back late at night with a forklift and stealing it) to the stained-glass windows scattered throughout the house, this place has a seemingly endless number of little details that, in aggregate, made me curse the gods that the subprime mortgage is a thing of the past.
Hey, two years in my dream home, ending in bankruptcy and foreclosure, is still two years in my dream home.
With tons of open space and windows, it's also one of the brighter homes I've been in. The master bedroom boasts cathedral ceilings and a huge skylight, as well as exposed brick and a walk-in closet so big it seems like you could use it as a parking space, if you could figure out a way to get your car from the street to the second floor. (The skylight maybe?) The second bedroom also has exposed brick and exposed beams, as well as more fine examples of the aforementioned stained glass. There's also a deck and a garden in back, in case you find the refined perfection of your house so overwhelming that you have to step out for a moment, just to catch your breath.
There's also a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and a large ceiling fan that will come in incredibly handy if, like me, most of your attempts at “cooking” end with acrid black smoke pouring out of the oven while your significant other makes jokes about “broiled tires.”
707 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
3 Bdrooms, 3 Baths