- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2008

Strollers along 19th Street in Washington’s sought-after Dupont Circle neighborhood are accustomed to the Victorian and beaux arts-style homes, expecting to see architectural flourishes and embellishments on every level.

Few anticipate the astonishing sight of the glass-and-steel addition to the home at 1630-C 19th St. NW.

Tucked off the main street in the former carriage house for 1630 19th St., this four-level home presents a minimalist style rarely seen in the Washington area.

Now on the market for $1,675,000, this home offers a stylish abode for residents who want to entertain and live in a light-filled, sophisticated setting.

The original carriage house, converted to semidetached homes in the late 1980s and completed in 1990, has been transformed by the owners, who spent two years gutting and renovating the home.

Metal siding and walls of glass, visible from 19th Street, offer a hint of the spare contemporary style found inside.

Metal floating steps lead to the front door, set into two walls of etched glass panels. Just inside the foyer, guests are treated to their first glimpse of the architectural drama in the home.

The sleek kitchen leads directly into the open living and dining area, a two-story space dominated by an ebony-stained hardwood mantel that reaches from the gas fireplace up the wall and onto the ceiling, which hovers two stories above.

Walls of glass on three sides of the living room fill the home with light even on a gray day.

The owners, perfectionists with an eye for the appeal of clean surfaces, had custom 24-inch concrete tiles installed from the front door through the kitchen and into the living room. In one corner of the living room is a custom cabinet, which holds entertainment equipment, including the surround-sound stereo.

A flat-panel television rests on top of the cabinet, set on a movable bar that positions the television into a corner when not wanted and into multiple directions for perfect visibility when entertaining or watching alone.

A glass door links the living room to the deck, where the hosts can grill and guests can head outside for fresh air. A gate links the deck to the rear parking area, where this residence has a reserved spot. A second parking place can be rented if needed.

Guests may be tempted by the fireplace in the living and dining room, but they will also be fascinated by the kitchen design. Charcoal-colored, custom-made German Bulthaup cabinets line the walls and create a smooth center island, a two-tiered island that allows for dining and food preparation and serves as a buffet for parties.

The cabinets and drawers spring open at the touch of a finger and slide closed just as easily. Each has been designed to maintain the utmost neatness in the kitchen, where every utensil, spice and appliance has its place. Above the kitchen sink, what looks like a smooth wall actually hides an elaborate spice rack.

Additional storage space hides under the stairs, where closet doors spring open to reveal pantry shelving and a cart with two trays: one designed for morning coffee requirements, the second for bartending in the evening. All the kitchen appliances are made by the German company Gaggenau, including a refrigerator with two freezer drawers, a built-in wine cooler, a dishwasher, gas cooktop, oven and exhaust hood.

All the appliances share the same charcoal gray exterior as the counters, cabinets and island for a seamless, highly functional appearance.

Ebony-stained hardwood stairs lead to the mezzanine level, where a large landing provides a vantage point to enjoy the view of 19th Street from a picture window, or to admire the vertical architecture of the interior of the home.

Off the mezzanine, a powder room, a cubicle encased in steel, is suspended above the kitchen by steel cables linked to the floor above. The powder room includes a Boffi sink and a Toto toilet, both contemporary in style.

The staircase leads upward past the powder room to the master suite, which encompasses the entire second level.

Pocket doors shield the bedroom from the stairs when guests are visiting, but can be left open when just the owners are present.

The master bedroom has a central dressing area with a built-in ebony-stained cabinet custom-designed for holding shoes and clothing. The dressing area separates the bedroom from the bath.

A second closet is tucked under the stairs in one corner of the bedroom, which also has a built-in cabinet with for entertainment equipment and a flat-screen television that swivels.

The spa-like master bath has floor-to-ceiling windows, Italian tile flooring, an off-white vanity with a concrete countertop, a stainless steel sink, a glass shower enclosure with a skylight, a Duravit toilet and contemporary-style Hansgrohe water fixtures.

The third level includes a spectacular corner room with two walls of glass framing a distinctive, 180-degree city view of rooftops around Dupont Circle.

Formerly the rooftop deck and currently used as an office, this space could also be used as a bedroom. The closet holds a full-size washer and dryer and the tankless gas water heater.

A large skylight floods the upper level and the staircase with light. This level also has an updated full bath and a guest bedroom with a double-door closet and glass doors that open onto a balcony.

When the owners modernized their home, they also opted to renovate the apartment below in the same sophisticated style, just on a smaller scale.

This separate apartment, which is entirely above-ground, has been zoned as a legal rental apartment.

Multiple windows and Berber carpet keep this apartment bright. The living room includes a wall of built-in cabinets and bookshelves.

The small kitchen has stainless steel appliances including a small dishwasher, a three-quarter-size range and a refrigerator with a freezer drawer.

Well-organized storage closets line the hall to the full bath, including one closet with a Bosch washer and dryer.

The full bath has porcelain tiles and is adjacent to the bedroom.

Zoned gas heat and central air conditioning systems are tucked under the roof. All the windows in the home are UV protected for energy efficiency and to preserve the interior furnishings from too much sunlight.

Recessed lighting in the whole house eliminates the need for the lamps.

Address: 1630-C 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Community: Dupont Circle

Age: Built in 1990, completely remodeled 2006

Price: $1,675,000

Size: Lot is 1,373 square feet

Taxes: $8,582 in 2007

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Contemporary-style semidetached home with a dramatic exterior of brick, metal siding and walls of glass, reached by a floating metal staircase; metal roof; one parking space behind home conveys.

Interior features: Main living area has three bedrooms; two full baths; one powder room that is suspended on the mezzanine level by steel cables from the level above; entrance foyer with walls of glass; kitchen has tiered center island for additional eating space; dramatic two-story living space with a gas fireplace surrounded by an ebony-stained hardwood mantel that extends across the ceiling, built-in entertainment center and tall windows on three sides; floating staircase to second-level master suite with built-in cabinets and closets, master bath with glass-enclosed shower; third-level guest bedroom with balcony, full bath and bedroom or home office with two walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and closet with laundry equipment.

Amenities: Lower-level apartment with additional bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, additional full bath and storage closets; fenced-in deck off main living level with space for a grill; balcony off upper level; security system, zoned heating and air conditioning, tankless gas water heater; gas cooking.

Close by: Walk to Dupont Circle Metro station; shops and restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor John Taylor with Chatel Real Estate at 202/258-7485.

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