Friday, February 10, 2023
This Nantucket-style house is on D.C. market for $4.5 million
Thomas Charuhas was at a work conference in San Francisco when his wife, Katarina, saw this house in the Palisades neighborhood of Northwest Washington in 2015. She knew they had to buy it. "I was literally across the country," he said. "But she was so excited. She convinced the builder to hold off because there were other offers. So, yeah, so I flew all the way back across the country because of this house." The house, with Nantucket-style cedar shake siding, had been completed recently, replacing one built in 1955 that was torn down to make room for it. The Charuhas family was the first to occupy the new dwelling. They were initially drawn to the property's ample size - more than half an acre - and its location on a cul-de-sac, Charuhas said. "With three kids, it was amazing," Charuhas said. "I'm a huge fan of [the location] because there's never through traffic, and there's lots of families on the street so the kids could run out and feel very safe. You see them running around between the different yards and having fun, and then coming back for dinner." Charuhas said he often hosted neighborhood dinners in his yard, in part because of its distinctive features. The culinary enthusiast installed an outdoor kitchen with a rotisserie and smokers. There's also a pizza oven imported from Naples that he and Belgian chef Claudio Pirollo of the nearby Et Voila restaurant used to cook together. The experience inspired the chef's latest project, an Italian restaurant called Claudio's Table, Charuhas said.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
WFP Lists Elegant Georgetown Rowhome
HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties have listed 3500 Winfield Lane NW, offered at $2,695,000. Enviably sited on a high corner lot in Georgetown's West Village, this elegant custom designed Federal rowhome showcases artful interiors, breathtaking Washington Monument and Rosslyn views, with remarkable curb appeal to match. Offering the epitome of luxurious Georgetown living, this sensational showpiece features 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms spanning 4 levels and 3,770 total square feet. A stately brick facade with plantation shutters and a professionally manicured side garden welcome you into the light filled row home complete with designer detail, high ceilings, crown moldings, recessed lighting, and custom flooring throughout. The main level's principal living spaces boast 10' ceilings and gleaming hardwood flooring and seamless flow for easy entertaining.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
DC's Real Estate Market Demands to be Taken Seriously
"We always like to say - you know for the longest time - [D.C.] is undervalued in the sense of being the capital of a country," Robert Hryniewicki of HRL Partners, which is under the Washington Fine Properties umbrella, said. "If you look at other capitals of the world - whether it's Paris or London or Berlin - the cost of living compared to the rest of the country is very expensive." Researchers and market experts often use words like, "moderate" and "stable" to describe D.C.'s housing market. The metro is rarely on the top of the booming market rankings, but it's also never on any lists of "over-inflated" or "juiced-up" markets. But now D.C.'s days in the shadows are over, says Hryniewicki. "it was all fueled, really, by the pandemic," he says, "but we're starting to see the appreciation." "It's a market that's a big, powerful small town," is how Tom Anderson, president of Washington Fine Properties describes it. "D.C.'s become a well-recognized luxury market. ... We've owned our company here for 25 years, the market and the price points have been going up and up." ... "With the exception of that one building on Georgetown's harbor, you really didn't have any luxury waterfront in D.C. proper," says Jason Mendel, an associate broker with Washington Fine Properties. "If you look at any other big metropolitan area, the highest price points are on the water." "I think, if we had a time machine to go 10 years in the future, we'd be saying Anacostia [as the next Navy Yard for investors]," Mendel said. "I think Anacostia is gonna be like how Brooklyn is now to Manhattan."
Friday, January 27, 2023
English Tudor in Wesley Heights is on the market for $3.5 million
This 1931 house has a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a rec room with a wood-burning fireplace, a family room with a wood-burning fireplace, a cathedral ceiling and built-in shelving, and a sunroom. The kitchen has a butler's pantry and a breakfast nook. An in-law suite on the basement level has a kitchenette, a bedroom and an en suite bathroom. There is a patio in the backyard.
Monday, January 23, 2023
WFP Lists Sensational Kalorama Residence
Stepping inside the limestone walls of 2328 Massachusetts Avenue, NW transports you into the grand dame style townhouses of the 7th Arrondissement of Paris, the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and the Back Bay of Boston. This truly exceptional property overlooking Rock Creek Park is being listed at $5.295M by Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe, Christopher Leary, and Micah Smith of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties (WFP). 2328 Massachusetts Avenue NW is an impeccable masterpiece that has been meticulously renovated, restored, and expanded to what it is today - one of Embassy Row's most sensational private residences.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
We Are Pleased to Welcome Mary Saltzman to Our Firm!
We are excited to welcome Mary Saltzman to the WFP family. Welcome home Mary!
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Richard Nixon Used to Live Next Door to This Newly Listed Washington, D.C., Tudor
A Tudor-style home in the affluent Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Wesley Heights, has come to the market for $3.5 million, and it counts Richard Nixon among its former neighbors. Built in 1931, the more than 7,300-square-foot house stands at the end of a cul-de-sac, across the street from the brick manor that Nixon owned from 1957 to 1961, during his term as vice president. The six-bedroom property, meanwhile, was owned by Gen. George S. Patton's nephew, Fredrick Ayer, according to listing agents Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe, Christopher Leary and Micah Smith of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties, who brought the property to the market last week. "This is one of the reasons why we love living in Washington, D.C.," Mr. Hryniewicki told Mansion Global. "There's a very good chance that historical owners of properties were influential or important during their time living there." "Very rarely though does the historical owner or famous neighbor add monetary value to the ultimate sales price, which is always predicated by location, house size, lot size and interior property condition," he said. "It absolutely does provide great historical context and value though."
Friday, January 13, 2023
Best New Listings: Regally Renovated Rarities
Many influential DC figures have called this six-level house on Embassy Row a home - including an ambassador, a concert cellist and even an advisor to the National Security Council. The house was fully renovated in 2016 and a grand arched entry provides an introduction of what is inside. The primary suite takes up almost an entire floor and has a huge walk-in closet and a bathroom with a soaking tub, fireplace, double vanity sink and private toilet space. A living room connects to the kitchen and has built-in bookshelves, a fireplace, and full french doors leading to a tree-lined back patio that looks out on Rock Creek Park. A roof deck offers a clear view of Rosslyn and the bottom level of the home has an in-law suite perfectly suited for guests.
Monday, January 9, 2023
This $9.75 Million Historic DC Manor Was Owned by a Senator and an Ambassador - and It's Now for Sale
We've got something you should add to your 2023 vision board: This historic Massachusetts Avenue Heights manor that's for sale for $9,750,000. The home was once owned by former Tennessee senator Bill Frist, as well as the former US ambassador to Switzerland True Davis, Jr., and it's been featured in Bon Appetit and Home & Design. It's listed by Robert Hyrniewicki, Adam Rackliffe, Christopher Leary, and Micah Smith of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties. Built in 1927 and renovated in 2012, the home has six bedrooms, five baths, two powder rooms, and 10,350 square feet of space. Plus, it sits on three lots totaling almost an acre of land. Inside, you'll find nine-foot ceilings, custom millwork, an elevator, a library, a chef's kitchen, a game room, an exercise room, and wine storage. (Oh, and all the stone floors in the house are heated - vision board!) Outside, the property has a swimming pool, a pool house, a croquet court, and a two-car garage with space for an additional 10 cars.
Friday, January 6, 2023
French-inspired Kalorama house for sale for $3.99 million
The French doors of the Parisian-style house open to a foyer with 10-foot ceilings and marble floors, with bedrooms on either side. Curving grand stairs lead to the main level, which has the updated kitchen, dining room and ballroom-size living room with wood-burning fireplace, where McClintock hosted events. Glass doors in the kitchen and dining room lead to the backyard, which has an elm tree more than 200 years old, according to real estate agent Cynthia Howar. The exterior also includes a slate patio. On the third level, the primary suite includes a bathroom with double sinks and marble countertops, walls and floors. Two other bedrooms, including one with a Murphy bed, on this floor could be used as home offices.
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