By Franklin Schneider
This Kalorama gem has been exhaustively renovated and improved inside, while maintaining the fantastic exterior. (Where can Kim Kardashian sign up for this treatment?) Inside the 1905 Victorian exterior is a sophisticated and up-to-the-minute home, with every amenity you could possibly hope for - it's got a private elevator for Christ's sake! - and a huge amount of space. It's like two really nice houses were spliced together to make one really huge and even nicer house. (Fifty-six hundred square feet over four levels! There are parking garages with less square footage.)
The staggered living room (with fireplace) has wonderful spaces, high ceilings and recessed lighting. It was refreshing to see a main room that wasn't just a big box. The dining room is very large and dramatic, and the Cook's kitchen is more than generously proportioned – the island is actually like a literal island out there in the middle - and features Viking and Bosch appliances There are Brazilian Tigerwood hardwood floors throughout, which is definitely a detail you'll want to work into every single conversation. And even where the house doesn't exactly face southwards, it still gets a ton of light just by virtue of all the windows. This house has more windows than any other one I've ever seen - even the bathtub has several windows right next to it. Invest in some curtains or start going to the gym, that's my advice.
Upstairs is an incredible roof deck, with custom tempered glass, and great views of the city. It's in Kalorama too, so it's right by pretty much everything - Dupont, U Street, Adams Morgan, all within walking distance. It's right on Embassy Row too, so you can walk over and give, say, the French, a big bowl of Cool Whip and chopped Jell-O, just to welcome them to America. Wear your fanny pack too, they love that.
2126 R Street NW
6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths