When visitors stroll along Georgetown's residential streets, they often speculate about the interior of this community's venerable historic homes. While most people assume the inside of each home has a traditional double parlor, tiny rooms and very little closet space, some of Georgetown's most appealing homes have been remodeled to match today's buyers' desire for open spaces.
The home at 3226 O St. NW in Georgetown, on the market for $1,384,000, was built in approximately 1900. Located less than a half-block from Wisconsin Avenue, this Colonial-style home was renovated and expanded in 2006. The remodeled home offers open space, light and a large fully fenced backyard.
Buyers familiar with Georgetown will be impressed with this home's accommodation for cars. The brick parking pad in front of the home has space for two or three cars. In addition, a wrought-iron gate opens onto a pea-gravel driveway that leads to one of this home's two front doors. Additional cars could park on this driveway when the homeowner is entertaining.
The remodeling project in 2006 was designed to accommodate roommates or a multigenerational family and offers flexibility for future residents. The renovation included new plumbing, electrical upgrades to the original section of the home and new electrical installations in the new section. Both levels of the home have new oak flooring and recessed lighting. All of the windows except for the original front windows were replaced.
The home now has two heating and air-conditioning systems and two kitchens. The owners are willing to work with buyers and remove one of the kitchens, if desired, but residents who entertain often may like the idea of having two separate work areas.
The brick parking pad sets this home back a little from the sidewalk. Brick steps lead to a small brick front porch. The front door opens into a foyer with a coat closet. Just beyond the foyer is the open dining and living area, which has recessed lighting and crown molding. A wood-burning fireplace with the original mantel provides a focal point for this open space, which offers flexibility for seating and dining.
The original front staircase, which has a stained-glass window above, has storage underneath and leads from the open living and dining area to the bedroom level.
At the front of this home is the first of the two kitchens. This kitchen, a galley-style space with stainless steel appliances, black granite counters and hardwood flooring, also has a travertine backsplash. This kitchen has a window facing O Street and ample cabinets and counter space.
At the back of the house is the second kitchen, a large eat-in space with a glass door to the backyard and two floor-to-ceiling windows framing a view of the yard. The level yard includes a weeping willow tree at one end, a lawn and a brick area for grilling.
The second kitchen has black granite counters, a travertine backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a ceiling fan as well as space for a dining table. Nearby is a rear staircase to the upper level. Future residents may want to reconfigure this kitchen as a spacious family room if they prefer having one kitchen. Alternatively, they can eliminate the front kitchen and turn that space into a home office or smaller family room.
Close to the rear kitchen is a hallway lined with closets that leads to the second front door. Buyers also could configure the home into two two-bedroom units, each with a private entrance.
The upper level also offers flexibility for future residents. At the front of the house is the master bedroom, which has two windows framing a charming view of O Street. This bedroom has a double-door closet and a ceiling fan with a light.
Just outside this bedroom is a closet with a full-size stacked washer and dryer. Nearby is a second bedroom with a large closet and two windows.
The master bedroom and this bedroom share a renovated hall bath with travertine flooring and travertine wall tiles that reach to the ceiling inside the combination tub and shower. This bathroom has a vanity sink and a skylight.
A small step in the hall separates the front bedrooms from the two rear bedrooms. One of the rear bedrooms includes two windows facing the backyard and has a double-door closet. The fourth bedroom also has a double-door closet. These two bedrooms share a hall bath with travertine flooring, travertine wall tiles and a combination tub and shower. This bathroom also has a vanity sink, a skylight and a wall of built-in open shelving.
Nearby is a linen closet that can be converted for the installation of a second washer and dryer. The rear staircase to the lower level also is nearby.
Every room in this home is pristine, with gleaming hardwood flooring, high ceilings and plenty of natural light, and yet residents are likely to spend just as much time away from home enjoying the numerous amenities of Georgetown.
Address: 3226 O St. NW, Washington DC 20007
Age: Circa 1900, renovated 2006
Size: Approximately 2,070 square feet on a lot of approximately 3,170 square feet
Taxes: $12,194 in 2011
Homeowners association fee: None
Exterior features: Colonial-style semidetached home of siding and brick, brick steps, brick parking pad for two or three cars
Interior features: Two finished levels with four bedrooms, two full baths, powder room, foyer with coat closet, open living and dining room, two full kitchens on the main level, including one overlooking backyard, rear staircase; full-size stacked washer and dryer on upper level
Amenities: Fully fenced backyard with brick grilling area, wood-burning fireplace with original mantel, original front stairs with stained-glass window, hardwood flooring throughout both levels
Close by: One block from Wisconsin Avenue; walk to shops, restaurants in Georgetown, Washington Harbor and the Key Bridge waterfront park
Open house: By appointment
Contact: Realtor Lynn Bulmer with Evers & Co. Real Estate at 202/364-1700 or visit www.eversco.com.