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Residents of Dupont Circle, Kalorama and Adams Morgan relish living in some of Northwest Washington’s liveliest neighborhoods. While those neighborhoods offer plenty of shops, restaurants and night life within walking distance, residents sometimes can have difficulty finding a home with the space, privacy and contemporary style they desire.
The single-family home at 1821 Florida Ave. NW, at the convergence of these three neighborhoods, offers residents the rare opportunity of owning four levels of indoor/outdoor space perfect for entertaining, working and relaxing.
On the market for $1,499,000, this Kalorama property was custom-built by Martin Hardy in 2005 and meets the highest standards of contemporary style and amenities.
While the home would be a standout in any location, residents who adore urban living will appreciate the ability to walk out the door to beloved Washington institutions such as Madam’s Organ for music and Lauriol Plaza for margaritas and Mexican food. Around every nearby corner are restaurants to meet every taste and budget, bookstores, music stores, vintage stores and an abundance of venues for dancing and listening to music.
The Dupont Circle and Woodley Park-Zoo Metro stations are within walking distance of this home.
For those who prefer to bring the party home, this Kalorama residence offers an open floor plan indoors and, weather permitting, a rooftop party space of 1,000 square feet. A spiral staircase leads from the home’s upper level to the treetop-level retreat. Enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows is a wet bar with a refrigerator, sink, cabinets and space for a microwave to provide refreshments for residents and guests.
The expansive rooftop offers a spectacular view of the Washington Monument and the city skyline, perfect for Fourth of July parties. The roof has been divided into three distinct spaces by the window-wrapped wet bar: the open sun deck, a shaded trellis with a built-in daybed for sunbathing or a city-style campout, and an eight-person hot tub in one corner. The roof also has a mural painted along one wall and custom-designed railings.
Inside, this home has three finished levels that can be used as one home with 2,700 finished square feet or separated into a studio apartment and a penthouse unit. The studio has a private front door as well as a door to the main house and has separate utility meters.
The above-ground lower-level studio can function as an office, an au-pair suite or an in-law suite for those who prefer to use the entire home. The studio, like the entire home, has hardwood flooring and plenty of natural light. At the front of this space is a box-bay window with floor-to-ceiling glass. Walls of custom-built closets lead to the full bath, which has a linen closet, stone-and-marble flooring and a combination tub and shower. Adjacent to the open living/dining/sleeping space is a kitchen with granite counters and maple cabinets.
The lower level also has a one-car garage with additional storage space and a distinctive mural on the garage door.
The foyer entrance to the main house includes a coat closet with an art niche above and a stained-glass window.
Hardwood stairs with contemporary steel railings lead to the main level, which is wrapped in windows and has an open floor plan. The living room includes recessed lighting and a box-bay window with floor-to-ceiling windows. This room also has an oversized built-in flat-panel TV that conveys with the home.
The dining room has recessed lighting and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows framing a view of Florida Avenue and mature trees. On the side of the dining room are two windows with glass-block inserts to allow light to pass through while obscuring the view of the building next door. Across the back of the dining room are two tall built-in cabinets connected by a low cabinet for extra storage.
Between the living room and kitchen is a breakfast area tucked beneath a large window facing east for morning sun. The rest of this home’s windows face south and fill the rooms with light.
The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite counters and pendant and recessed lighting. A glass tile backsplash adds drama to the space, which has an abundance of open and closed cabinets, including a pantry and a built-in wine rack.
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