Just north of the Washington National Cathedral, Wiscon- sin Avenue NW is undergoing a renaissance.
ON THE MARKET
After numerous delays, the build-out of Cathedral Commons has been completed, transforming a sleepy stretch of low-rise storefronts into a vibrant shopping and dining destination.
Now, a nearby property at 3211 Wiscon- sin has gotten a facelift and extension that
Preservation Review Board, the Adams Investment Group came up with an ingenious solution that re-positioned the home, literally lifting it from its foundation, moving it 28 feet closer to Wis- consin and then connecting a modern multi-apartment building behind it. The result? A singular integrated structure that’s both classic Cleveland Park and urban contemporary — perfect for its blossoming setting.
The property now offers eight condominiums with a variety of floor plans and unique structural details. The lot once housed a single home, a 1905 Queen Anne that had clearly seen better days. Located in the middle
of the site and set back from the street, its original charm was overshadowed by surrounding apartment buildings and its awk- ward location precluded addition- al development.
Working with neighborhood stakeholders and the Historic range from a two-bedroom, two-bath pent- house with roof deck in the new wing, to a one-bed- room, one-bath unit in the historic home. Each condo is fitted out with
rustic wide-plank oak floors; sub- stantial molding; inlaid kitchen cabinets in muted shades of white, stone gray or taupe; marble countertops (including Calacatta); Viking or Blomberg appliances; and other distinctive architectural embellishments, which include lunette or clerestory windows and spiral stairs. An elevator serves all the floors in the modern wing.
Two available units demon- strate the range in size and price. Unit 103, a two-bedroom, two- bath apartment in the historic building, is the only home with its own exterior entrance — off the mini porch facing the street. It’s on the market for $669,900 with a monthly condo fee of $510. At 810 square feet, it is compact but well-designed and does not skimp on luxurious touches. Once inside you’re greeted by an open entertaining space with room enough for a dining area and living room. The ergonomi- cally laid-out kitchen features painted white cabinets and island; honed Bianco Rhino countertops; Blomberg French-door refrigera- tor/freezer, dishwasher, five-burn- er gas range, hood and oven; Sharp microwave; and Kraus stainless sink. Off the kitchen to the right are two bedrooms, one with en suite bath. Both bath- rooms are elegantly appointed with Oriental white marble tile, frameless glass showers and water-saving Icera commodes. In the hallway on the way to the bedrooms is a closet housing a Whirlpool Duet stacked washer and dryer.
On the other end of the price and space spectrum is the pent- house. Located in the modern building, this unit offers 1,550 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, two baths, an ample roof deck with an excep- tional view of the nearby Cathe- dral and rooftops of Cleveland Park, two garage parking spaces and private elevator access. It’s available for $1,450,000 with a monthly condo fee of $976.
Straight ahead as you enter the unit is a full bath, appointed with marble tile, single sink vanity and glass-doored walk-in shower with rainforest shower head. To the right and set off from the main living space is a comfortable guest room with a wide closet. Down the hall to the left of the entryway through a pocket door is the hub of the home — a stunning kitchen with extensive creamy cabinets and large island topped with Calacatta gold marble coun- ters, polished chrome hardware and top-of- the-line appliances: two Fisher Paykel two- drawer dishwashers and Viking refrigera- tor, microwave and six-burner gas range, oven and hood. To the right of the kitchen is the dining area, and to the left is the liv- ing room with tall casement windows and two doors opening onto a step-out Juliet balcony.
Off the living room is the master suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, a step-out Juliet balcony and a view of the Capitol. The master bath is a thing of beauty, with a frameless glass enclosed shower, Carrara tile floor and backsplash, and rainforest shower head. An open black iron and polished steel spiral staircase off the living room takes you up to the east- and south-facing roof- top terrace that overlooks the trees and the nearby Cathedral. Located in the western section of Cleveland Park, the building is just a block from the new Cathedral Commons complex, fea- turing a Giant supermarket and CVS Phar- macy as well as a host of retail and dining options. A Capital Bikeshare station is also nearby, and the area is served by several major bus routes.
The condominium units at 3211 Wiscon- sin Ave. NW are listed with McWilliams/ Ballard Inc. For details, call John Guggen- mos at 202-549-2212 or jguggenmos@ mcwilliamsballard.com.