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Perfectly nestled in the heart of historic Mount Pleasant, 1849 Monroe Street NW you’ll find an elegant porch-front row-home perched on a quiet side street. The welcoming front yard is superb for relaxing while enjoying the beautiful views of tree-lined Monroe Street, and the oversized front porch is perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or tea on a beautiful morning.
With a fully remodeled interior, this classic home is an exquisite blend of old-world architecture and contemporary design, with historic delights throughout, including soaring nine-foot ceilings, oak hardwood floors, pocket doors, and a glass transom! A bright front southern exposure, accentuated by the bay window on all three levels, allows ample natural light throughout the home. The home boasts new windows, including new, historically accurate, Marvin double-pane windows on the front. The welcoming foyer opens to the airy and open living room, with a wall of beautiful custom built-ins, ideal for displaying objet d’art and rare books. The dining room is open to the gourmet, eat-in kitchen, allowing an ideal flow for entertaining. The main level conveniently provides a renovated powder room with high-end fixtures.
This upscale, cook’s kitchen features Cabico cabinets, an AGA dual-fuel Legacy 36 stove and Vent-a-Hood exterior venting hood, a full suite of appliances, extended height cabinetry, and a whole house water filtration system. Balmoral tiled backsplash from Ambienti with tumbled onyx behind the range and Giallo Ornamental granite countertops accent the kitchen. Charming ‘Gaby’ pendant lights from Illuminations hang above the sink and countertop peninsula. The spacious breakfast room could also be used as a small family room off the kitchen and is brightly lit with recessed lighting, two walls of windows and four skylights.
The rear, fully-fenced courtyard off the kitchen is well landscaped and impeccably designed with a covered deck, a patio, and secure back gate – it is a surprising outdoor oasis, ideal for entertainment or quiet relaxation. The deck is lit with a galvanized American Nail Plate light fixture from Illuminations. Beyond the gate is the coveted off-street parking space.
The staircase to the upper level is brightened by a newly installed Velux skylight with UV filtering glass. Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms and beautiful oak hardwood floors. The front master bedroom is flooded with natural light and tranquil treetop views through the bay window. A custom-built, luxe, rubbed walnut wardrobe and desk for ample storage and a workspace can also be found. The bathroom is tiled with imported Italian ‘Cluny’ and ‘Courville’ from Ambienti accented with natural honey onyx, a sumptuous spa-like walk-in shower with hand spray, and a soaking tub.
The in-law unit in the lower level is a one bedroom one bathroom flat with a separate front and rear entrance. The open layout is ideal for entertaining. The kitchenette is updated with newly installed appliances. The newly renovated laundry room with new washer/dryer and window can also be found on this level.
This ideal location is an easy walk to main-street Mount Pleasant and minutes from Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Kalorama and the National Zoo. And being Mount Pleasant, the neighborhood is surrounded by Rock Creek Park. This is city living at its absolute finest – Metro, shops, parks, and restaurants are within just minutes away.
Mount Pleasant is a neighborhood in the northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C. The neighborhood is bounded by Rock Creek Park to the north and west; and Harvard Street, NW, and the Adams Morgan neighborhood to the south; and Sixteenth Street, NW, and the Columbia Heights neighborhood to the east. The neighborhood is home to about 10,000 people. In 1727, Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore (then governor of the Maryland Colony) awarded a land grant for present-day Mount Pleasant to James Holmead. This estate included the territory of present-day Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods. James’s son, Anthony, inherited the estate in 1750 and named it Pleasant Plains. After the United States Congress created the District of Columbia in 1791, Pleasant Plains estate became part of Washington County, a section of the District lying between what now is Florida Avenue and the Maryland border. The Holmeads gradually sold off all tracts of the Pleasant Plains estate. In the 21st century, the family name is preserved in Holmead Place, a short street located west of Thirteenth Street between Spring and Park Roads NW, in what now is Columbia Heights. During 1794 and 1796, Robert Peter, Georgetown’s pioneer businessman, conducted title descriptions. He created maps for tracts of some of his land in Mount Pleasant for transactions with commissioners of the city.
Affluent professionals began returning to the neighborhood in the early 1980s. According to the Washingtonian magazine, housing prices rose nearly as fast as in any area of metropolitan Washington. The new residents renovated many homes, and some projects were featured in local and national magazines. A $1 million “green” renovation was featured in a National Public Radio story. The western four-fifths of the Mount Pleasant area is a largely wooded residential enclave bounded on two sides by Rock Creek Park. Structures in this area are primarily row houses, with some subdivided into one or two apartments. A few of the original 19th-century wood-frame houses remain, mostly north of Park Road. The eastern border of Mount Pleasant, along Sixteenth and Mount Pleasant Streets, is marked by mid-rise apartment buildings. These buildings offer rental apartments, condominiums and cooperatives. A four-block commercial corridor with convenience shopping in the neighborhood extends along Mount Pleasant Street. In 2008, a large retail development was completed in Columbia Heights, the neighborhood just east of Mount Pleasant.