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|Welcome home to 1246 Irving St NW! You’ll love this majestic 1911 townhouse with its high ceilings, glowing original hardwood floors, early 20th century fireplaces, grand staircase and modern updates like central air and heat, stainless appliances. Adding to the house’s appeal is a basement in-law suite with front and back entrances, kitchen, bedroom area, a separate office space, and garden in the rear. There are four large bedrooms upstairs (two with balconies big enough for tables and chairs) along with two updated full bathrooms. The main level features a sizable sitting room and separate dining room with built-in china cabinet. The kitchen features a dishwasher, new fridge, gas range and tons of storage. French doors lead to a large balcony off the dining room. This utterly charming house is a block to the Columbia Heights Metro, Target, Starbucks, Cava and Giant. A block in the other direction and you’re on 11th St with its array of restaurants and shops including Odd Provisions, The Coupe, Bad Saint, Makan, Queen’s English, El Chucho, Wonderland and more!|
With its mix of grand and humble historic buildings (rowhouses, embassies along 16th Street NW), Columbia Heights reels in a mix of creatives, international professionals and, thanks to its leafy parks, bikers and picnickers. It’s one of DC’s most densely populated ‘hoods, too, supporting a swath of homey restaurants and bars. Plus, a longtime Hispanic population means attractions like the GALA Hispanic Theater and the Mexican Cultural Institute lend the area a multicultural vibe. The area’s main drags are 11th, 14th and 16th streets starting at U Street NW. Along 16th Street, you’ll find embassies and international organizations, most housed in impressive early 19th-century structures with architectural flourishes – turrets, stained glass, balconies. You can check out exhibits on south-of-the-border art and life at the Mexican Cultural Institute, housed in a grand mansion (and one-time Embassy of Mexico) with a mural of that country’s history painted on its interior stairway.
Nearby, Meridian Hill Park, a two-level, European style park with terrazzo walls holds fountains, statues and, every Sunday, a lively afternoon drum circle. Restaurants and bars along buzzing 14th Street and mellower 11th Street fill up with young professionals and stroller-pushing families, particularly on weekends. Consider hot spots like Room 11 for cocktails, small plates and breakfast, Thip Khao for the only place in DC to try Laos’ spicy curries and rice dishes and Bad Saint for Filipino cuisine in a cozy, laid-back neighborhood setting. The area, and neighboring ‘hood Mount Pleasant, are ideal for exploring by bike, especially since multiple Capital Bikeshare stations can be found in the vicinity. Just be warned; the area is hilly!
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