Open Sunday, 9/12 from 2-4 p.m.. Seldom will you find a home that has received more love and attention than this spacious row house in Eckington. The Victorian/Edwardian-era structure presents an exceptionally rich quality with white-painted brick and distinctive front bays. A lovely entry topped by intricate bas-relief extends a welcoming invite. Inside, a flowing and airy layout summons you on a journey of exploration.
Designed by William C. Allard and completed in 1904, the residence has been meticulously restored and renovated, preserving much of the woodwork and details while also upgrading with modern conveniences and features. Original quarter sawn oak parquet floors with walnut inlay are professionally maintained for a rich and velvety luster. Wide French doors lead into the front living room with its triple bay windows and magnificent fireplace surrounds.
Touring the home, you can’t help but admire the high ceilings, crown molding, exquisite millwork, chair rails and balusters. Custom double pocket doors ensconce a remodeled powder room with radiant floor heat, custom cabinetry and wallpaper from an East London design house. A large open foyer segues into a dining room filled with natural light and garnished with a chandelier.
Friends will want to linger in the kitchen with its soapstone bar top, quartzite counters, butler’s pantry and custom cabinets made in Kansas. A single-slab backsplash behind the Blue Star range ascends to the ceiling. A Viking fridge, Miele convection steam wall oven, Bosch 800 dishwasher and a deep imported French sink will aid your culinary creativity, while radiant floor heat and ceiling speakers add to the experience. Huge kitchen windows and a glass door accentuate the connectivity to a magical back yard.
Elegant stairs extend up to private quarters and restored heart pine floors. A sun-filled owners’ suite with eight-foot pocket doors has been completely remodeled. There’s a sitting bay, wood paneling around noise dampening windows, a walk-through closet and an incredible bath with marble floors and counters, a twin-sink vanity, custom cabinetry and separate water closet. Radiant floor heat will warm your feet, even inside the large frameless shower! Built-in ceiling speakers add a grace note.
Two more memorable bedrooms are at this level, plus laundry, a full-width balcony and a renovated hallway bath. At the very top is a huge fourth bedroom featuring views of the Washington Monument. There’s also a sublime bonus room with exposed brick, perfect for play or work. More options are at the lowest level with a finished mudroom, a sink, front and back exits, washer/dryer hookups, and an unfinished space of roughly 700 square feet awaiting your inspiration.
Additional upgrades include new lighting throughout, plumbing, HVAC, an exceptional domestic hot water delivery system, premium windows, solid wood doors and repointing. Closet and storage space has been added, and also maximized, by efficiently rerouting systems and pipes. The result is a lack of visual clutter, and closets that are 100% storage! The feeling of roominess and space in this historic home is truly appealing.
A completely redone private back yard deserves its own special shout-out, with tall cedar fencing, a wooden deck, raised planters, limestone and bluestone patio, French drain, outdoor speakers and lighting, casting evenings in a memorable glow. A roll-up door leads to your own fenced-in secure parking for two! All in a fabulously walkable location to nearby markets and restaurants!
The home at the corner of Todd Place and N. Capitol Street NE is in Eckington, right across the street from Bloomingdale. You’ll be an easy walking distance from Crispus Attucks Park as well as popular local restaurants like Red Hen, Boundary Stone, Baco Pizzeria, and many more! You can also grab a morning coffee and pastry at Creative Grounds DC across the street, or just a few steps further to Big Bear or Sylvan Café.
This is one of Washington’s oldest and smallest neighborhoods, named after the country estate of an early DC mayor, Joseph Gales, Jr. Some of the city’s most distinctive row houses can be found in the former streetcar suburb, built during a busy period between 1889 and 1916. These days, the community is seeing a new era of change, with city planners envisioning a history-themed urban greenspace that is likely to be installed in the near future. The “deck over” will span the North Capitol underpass, allowing an enjoyable connectivity to next-door Bloomingdale, while creating a quiet and peaceful streetscape.
The tightly-knit Eckington neighborhood is also conveniently close to NoMa, Capitol Hill and Downtown via surrounding roadways. Nearby Metros include Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood and NoMa-Gallaudet U. Between two nearby Whole Foods, a Trader Joe’s and a Harris Teeter, groceries are never more than a few minutes away! Also of note is the wide, clean and well-paved alley right behind the building. A wide alley and private parking is a huge convenience—bring your deliveries and groceries right inside!