- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005

When Martin Hardy purchased the lots at the corner of Florida Avenue and 18th Street NW in the prime Kalorama/Dupont Circle area, they were a home for cars and the garage that housed them, not people. Now he has transformed this eyesore into a sleek and sophisticated all-brick urban contemporary home.

On the market for $1,325,000, the distinctive building at 1821 Florida Ave. NW includes an attached one-car garage with a reproduction of Paul Gauguin’s “Nave, Nave Moe” (“Miraculous Source”) painted on the door. The property has about 2,600 finished square feet of living space, including a separate studio unit that can be connected to the main home if desired.

Mr. Hardy placed oak flooring in nearly every room, along with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of this vibrant area of the city. The south-facing front provides full-sun exposure to the home, which has a professionally landscaped front garden.

An expansive rooftop terrace adds outdoor living space and panoramic city views. The terrace includes garden beds, security lighting and down-lighting fixtures for evening enjoyment of the space. A water-hose bib and electrical outlets make it easier to use the space for gardening and entertaining.

Inside the main home, guests are welcomed in a foyer with hardwood flooring, a transom window over the door and a stained-glass window. A door leads from the foyer into the garage, and another can be added to the studio unit if desired.

Custom-designed stainless-steel stair railings add a sleek and open look to the hardwood floors that link the foyer to the second level, which has a combined living and dining room with hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows. Nearby is the den or family room, which has a custom-designed shelf for an entertainment system, two storage closets, surround-sound pre-wiring, floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed lighting and two glass-block windows with ledges.

The kitchen includes oak flooring, maple cabinets with undercabinet lighting and corner lazy Susan devices for easy storage, plus granite counters, crown moldings, recessed lighting, a breakfast bar and a custom-designed Tiffany-glass-tiled border. The upgraded stainless-steel appliances are by Bosch and GE Profile. This level also includes a powder room with marble and granite flooring and a laundry room with ceramic-tile flooring.

Oak stairs with stainless-steel railings link the second level with the third floor, which has a hallway with oak flooring, recessed lighting and a skylight. The master bedroom includes floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed lighting, a ceiling fan, hardwood flooring and a custom-designed built-in closet system. The master bath features granite and marble flooring, maple cabinetry, granite counters, a combined tub and shower, and an additional separate shower.

The second bedroom suite includes oak flooring, a built-in closet system, floor-to-ceiling windows and recessed lighting. This bedroom has a private bath with stone flooring, maple cabinets and granite counters.

This level also has a den or home office with built-in shelving, hardwood flooring, a skylight and recessed lighting.

An iron spiral staircase connects the third and fourth levels, where an open hardwood landing provides access to the rooftop terrace. The landing includes floor-to-ceiling windows, a stained-glass window and a wet bar.

The separate studio or office unit includes a main living area with hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass-block side window and recessed lighting. The studio has a kitchen area with gas, water, electric and ventilation hookups, recessed lighting and a skylight.

The full bath includes custom-designed stone flooring and shower surrounds, granite counters, a linen closet, and a skylight. This unit also has an extra storage closet under the stairs, a laundry closet with ceramic-tile flooring and a utility closet.

Both the studio and the main home have programmable thermostats, a security system, Internet pre-wiring, gas heat and European-style flash water heaters.

For more information or an appointment to see the property, call Long and Foster Realtors Marcela Zoccali at 301/275-5978 and Jamie Coley and Leigh Reed at 202/333-4107, or visit www.coleyreed.com.

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