By Franklin Schneider
Arguably the Georgetowniest house in Georgetown. This classic townhouse is located in the prestigious East Village and has been spectacularly renovated by prestigious architect Outerbridge Horsey, a name you already know if you appreciate peerless design or if you're just into vaguely amusing names.
I almost don't know where to start with this place. It's a brilliant mix of classic charm and modern amenities, from the open floor plan to the burnished hardwood floors. There's an elegant dining room (with fireplace), a palatial sitting room, and my personal favorite, a beautiful library. I always keep books around, not just to read but also for the intellectual cachet. There's nothing like a few dozen leatherbound volumes to make your date forget about how you kept saying “mer-LOTT” at dinner.
The gem of the house, though, is maybe the brightest, biggest (Pedini gourmet) kitchen I've ever seen. Just look at it. I'm pretty sure just the island is bigger than my entire kitchen. Several French doors give out onto a huge double-lot deep garden that's probably big enough for an emergency airplane landing, or at least a spirited game of lawn bowling.
The house also features the wonderfully spartan all-white elegance of Waterworks bathrooms, which is basically the Maybach of water closets. I recently read an interview with the cofounder of Waterworks and she said one of the main reasons she started the company was because she hated seeing so many pink toilets. And in these increasingly troubled times, isn't hating pink toilets something we can all unite around?
1628 32nd Street NW
5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths