h my, what a delight! Featured several times on the Capitol Hill House & Garden Tour, this splendid Italianate Villa combines elegance and charm in an absolutely extraordinary location. Stunningly restored and sensitively updated, this sublime ca. 1877 Victorian features an unparalleled blend of magnificent original detail and 21st century luxury. And itâ€™s set on Capitol Hillâ€™s most prestigious boulevard, just three blocks to Eastern Market, METRO, and an easy stroll to the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, and of course the U.S. Capitol. Imagine life in the shadow of an icon!
Victorian Queen This splendid Italianate villa, on Capitol Hill’s most prestigious boulevard, features “all of the best defining features of the style,” says Judith Capen celebrated architectural historian and journalist. There’s “a robust articulated cornice, and one-story canted bay with its own beautifully scaled down cornice, a terrific bracketed console at the door, and wonderfully articulated brick eyebrows at the classic two-over-two segmentally-arched windows. Lovely.”
ng on a Palatial Scale
Living & Dining The living room’s deep bay window lets sunshine dazzle the honeyed patina of magnificent heart pine floors, a mellow glow that can only be achieved with a century’s loving use and polish. Overhead, an ornate, foliated plaster ceiling medallion adds splendor on splendor to a crystal chandelier — soaring the eye upward to eleven foot ceilings trimmed with elegantly deep crown moldings. A chestnut and marble mantle surrounds the wood-burning fireplace, the room’s natural focal point and one of three working fireplaces in the home. Nine foot pocket doors divide the living room from the gracious dining room, where a second period mantel is flanked by handsome windows with six and a half inch trim. In one corner of the room, a near floor-to-ceiling china closet provides secure storage for your silver and crystal. Off the dining room is a beautifully appointed powder room with a vessel sink and ornate mirror.
Massive pocket doors with splendid brass hardware provides an elegant segue from living room to dining.
Style, function, comfort & beauty in equal measure.
A Kitchen custom built with the gourmet chef and the Family in mind.
Details...White marble highlights the gas fireplace and covers countertops and island for the ultimate in elegant preparation surfaces in
this superbly designed kitchen. All appliances are stainless GE Monogram, including the double wall ovens with conventional and microwave options in the top unit, side-by-side refrigerator, paneled dishwasher, and a gas stove top with central griddle that also features a pot filler. The corner sink, with its window on the garden, has a flexible faucet and instant hot water.
Urban Oasis French doors open from the kitchen, stepping down from a low deck to this fantastic escape from the fast paced life of the capital city. Here a grand magnolia nods above the intricately laid brick patio that surrounds the beautiful oval pool. One shed, at the rear of the garden, keeps the systems hidden from view. Along the side of the house is a path with a second storage shed for bikes and seasonal gear.
Office/Bedroom A plethora of easy care, laminate cabinets forms a U-Shaped home office with space for two.
With a full bath in the spare room next door, this room would also be excellent guest quarters, or a suite for an older child that wants a taste of independence.
Family Room a wood-burning fireplace and custom cabinets and shelving—
including a niche for the wide-screen television—make this room the perfect place to kick-back and watch the ball game, play a hot game of Monopoly, or debate Darcy vs. Rochester with your book club. Under the steps, custom wine racks holds many decades of Romaneé Conti.
Master Suite Three arched windows offer a wall-sized view of the tree-lined historic avenue. This splendid retreat features a seating area and three enormous closets â€” including a vast, mirrored walk-in. A bath thatâ€™s suited for a Grand Hotel has a divine soaking tub, a glassed shower, twin pedestal sinks and a gigantic mirrored linen closet.
Sharing the second floor with the master suite is this beautifully proportioned queen-sized bedroom with a tranquil view of the pool. A fabulous bath, just outside the room, features both a rain shower and a hand held shower, a pedestal sink, and a showstopping medicine cabinet thatâ€™s mirrored inside and out for all-out sparkle.
From the Capitol Hill Restoration Society House & Garden Tour Program...
Visit me at: www.phyllisjaneyoung.com