Thursday, August 11, 2011

Your Next Place

By Franklin Schneider

Located in a fully-renovated Dupont mansion, this unit boasts fantastically eclectic spaces with elegant finishes. From the high ceilings and staggered planes of the spacious, bright living room (with white marble fireplace), to the hedged-in, vaguely Stonehenge-ish patio, this place had no end of little surprises. The master bedroom is truly palatial, with a luxurious master bath (loved the twin basins) and walk-in closets so big you could plausibly rent them out as separate apartments.

But if I had to pick a highlight, it would be the streamlined custom-designed gourmet kitchen, with Miele & Bosch appliances and teardrop-shaped light fixtures suspended over the largest island I've ever seen, a fifteen foot long slab of marble that makes most kitchen islands look like a postage stamp. Don't ever underestimate the importance of a kitchen; in most houses, it's where the real interaction occurs. You know what I mean; at parties, the living room is all small talk, but the real talk is in the kitchen. Maybe it's the proximity to food, it triggers some sort of visceral instinct. In my life, almost all the major “life-changing conversations” I've had have taken place in the kitchen, from the one that ended with my girlfriend at the time throwing a platter of steaming hot chinese food in my face, to the one that ended when yet another girlfriend kicked her wooden clog off her foot, across the room, and into my groin.

The entire unit is wired for sound, and there's an iPod dock so everyone else in the house can snicker and roll their eyes at your musical tastes. It's in Dupont, so you're close to and roughly equidistant from Logan, Adams Morgan, U Street, and anywhere else you might want to go. Plus, you get to park in a huge circular driveway out front, just like Tony Montana. And look how well things turned out for him!

1841 16th Street, NW #1
Washington D.C. 20009

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths

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IMGoph on Aug 11, 2011, 9:37:00 AM said...

jesus h. christ. the "almost collapsed" building. i almost rented a room in there back when it was a big, drafty group house. wow.

Anonymous said...

We toured this unit a month or so ago. Absolutely gorgeous. The ONLY issue was the hot-water-on-demand water heater inistalled in the master bedroom behind a cabinet door in front of the bed - almost right where a TV should be. It was a little off-putting. I'm not sure how much noise that gas water heater makes when someone is trying to get hot water elsewhere in the unit.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, but for $1.2 million you can get property that's blocks from a beach rather than blocks from Section 8 housing. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

At this price, someone would be paying over $630 per square foot, which is way overpriced for 16th Street.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Great renovation, even if the kitchen is more than a bit gaudy, but $1.2m for a small place with bedrooms in the basement?? Good luck. The top unit was much nicer; also overpriced, but nicer.

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