By Franklin Schneider
This amazing Woodley Park classic is ten pounds of Old World charm in a five pound satin bag. (Note: that's a good thing.) I like bleeding-edge trendy things as much or more than the next guy (you should see how I dress) but this house has a sort of sophistication and fine craftsmanship that's timeless and irresistible.
The house still has much of the original woodwork and details and boasts beautiful seasoned hardwood floors, a vast kitchen, and a spectacular dining room. Check out the ceilings. If I had a dinner party here I'd make people eat while lying on their backs. I should start doing this anyway, just for the comedic potential. Upstairs there are six large bedrooms and 3.5 baths; the master bath is Tony Montana nice. The house comes with a two car garage and multiple canopied deck areas, because everything is more enjoyable outside. Yes, even that.
Downstairs, the basement is a fine one bedroom apartment that you can rent out to defray the cost of your mortgage, or you can just use those monthly checks to buy shoes. And really, who wouldn't want to live in Woodley Park? It's scenic and you're close to everything but not actually right in the middle of it all. (I once lived right in the heart of Adams Morgan – you know how it feels to try and sleep in a busy airport? Imagine feeling like that all the time for an entire year.) A short walk to the metro, shops, nightlife, restaurants, and the zoo, which is arguably the only place you're always guaranteed to see something more miserable than you are.
2626 Woodley Place NW
6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths