- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 15, 2010

Though many visitors flock to Georgetown to view classic homes and taste the charms of a historic neighborhood, Washingtonians know Capitol Hill offers equally appealing restored homes; narrow, tree-lined streets; and a village ambience.

Shops, restaurants and night life are within walking distance of many of the homes and offer the benefits of urban living, yet Capitol Hill neighbors are also known for greeting each other on the sidewalk and in the local parks as if they live in a small town instead of within a few blocks of the Capitol and Supreme Court.

Many of Capitol Hill’s homes have been renovated and restored, while others have been converted into condominiums or still await restoration. The homes at 221 and 223 11th St. SE were restored recently after having deteriorated over the 30 years they were vacant.

These two homes offer a prime location within walking distance of Lincoln Park, one of Capitol Hill’s most popular places for joggers, dog lovers and families, who enjoy two enclosed playgrounds. Eastern Market, where residents and visitors gather to buy fruit, art, used books, gourmet foods and more, is four blocks from these homes. A Metro station is two blocks away.

While the Capitol Hill lifestyle on weekends revolves around leisurely trips to parks and cafes or browsing in the local bookstore, this neighborhood also offers easy access to downtown Washington or to Virginia via Interstate 395. The location is even better for those who work in one of the many offices on Capitol Hill.

Local builders J.D. Schmidt and Jesse Connell specialize in revitalizing row homes and have meticulously restored these two homes. The home at 223 11th St. SE is on the market for $1,279,000, while the home at 221 11th St. SE will be listed in August at approximately $1,300,000.

Each home has 3,300 square feet of living space, with 9-foot ceilings, four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Each residence has secure parking for two cars.

The original architectural details of each home have been restored, but the renovations include modern amenities. The homes have new wiring; a new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system; new appliances; new bath fixtures and new plumbing; new wood floors; a wood deck; and a new roof. Each has open entertaining spaces, lots of natural light through tall windows and a sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances and marble counters.

The main level of 223 11th St. SE includes a deep living room, perfect for entertaining formally or informally, with a bay window overlooking the street. A formal dining room rests between the living room and the kitchen, with a powder room nearby. The kitchen includes a center island with a sink, a food-preparation area and room for a breakfast bar as well as a casual dining table. A deck is accessible from the kitchen.

The second-level master suite has a private deck, a walk-in closet and a luxurious bath with double marble sinks. This level also has a study, a closet for laundry equipment, a second full bath and a charming second bedroom with a bay window. The study includes a closet and can be used as the third bedroom, if desired.

The finished lower level has a recreation room with a bay window, a full bath, a study and the fourth bedroom.

For more information on either of these Capitol Hill homes, contact Realtor Cameron Dunlop of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202/387-6180 or 202/510-3142 or visit www.223-11thStreetSE.com.

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