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In awe of this Queen Anne’s continued grace, thoughtfully renovated to fulfill the expectations of modern living while ensuring its 100-year-old character remained intact. Swoon at the hand-carved columns separating the formal living room and dining room, interior transom windows, turreted shaped rooms, original fireplace, original parquet flooring upstaged only by the added inset borders. From the hand-carved five-paneled doors to the period chandelier, even the original brass doorknobs, all speak of treasuring DC’s past glories. The kitchen has been completely renovated with french farm-style cream cabinetry, interior lit display shelving, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, plus the prized butler’s pantry. Bathrooms are also renovated but in keeping with the period. The lower level belies its age with recessed lighting and drywall, a bonus room and a laundry area – fully functional for a busy household. The exterior of the home is defined by the tooth and dental cornices and elegantly shaped roofline, sizable front porch and three-story turret on the rear. Incredible opportunity to live in the past and the present simultaneously, with all of the hard “This Old House” updates already completed.
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 multiculti 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!