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Welcome to The Ontario – “The Grande Dame of Adams Morgan” – a magnificent Pre-War Beaux-Arts luxury apartment house constructed in 1904 under the aegis of noted Washington architect James G. Hill. Supremely sited on three acres of park-like setting, The Ontario is nestled in the heart of eclectic Adams Morgan, one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. Numerous Washington dignitaries have called The Ontario home, among them General Douglas MacArthur and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.
Upon entering the massive wrought-iron clad doors visitors are greeted by an elegantly appointed lobby that’s sure to impress. Sweeping arched doorways and six-foot high marble wainscoting meet marble chip terrazzo floors lined with a Greek key mosaic tile border. Original brass mailboxes shine as bright as the day they were first installed more than 100 years ago. An elaborate wrought iron public staircase compliments wood-paneled elevators. A richly decorated parlor welcomes guests in style. And that’s just the lobby!
Ascend to the third floor of this six-story architectural treasure and you’re steps away from a rare opportunity. The faded glory of Unit 304 awaits the vision of its next fortunate owner. This home is ripe with possibilities of improvements and is priced to provide instant equity from a thoughtful and complete restoration.
Rediscover the historic details that abound in this home — The spacious living room with voluminous 10′ ceilings, original plaster crown moldings and original Victorian fireplace featuring an exquisite 4.5ft. high mantel and cast iron hearth emblazoned with a torch & leaf design. The living room opens to the large dining room through an original pocket door. The large dining room features two vintage leaded glass built in corner hutches. The formal foyer, heart-pine floors throughout, exposed woodwork, substantial moldings, transoms with brass hardware, windows in every room and other sublime details recall all the elegance of the era in which they were designed. This premier residence is awash in sunlight thanks to grand six-foot high windows and predominantly southern exposures. This west-facing unit enjoys charming streetscape views.
The kitchen was previously updated with quartz counters but could be redone to add full cabinetry and even a washer/dryer, which are allowed by the building pending board approval. A preservationist’s dream, the vintage bathroom has been preserved for 115 years and still features original hexagon floor tile, 4ft. high white bathroom subway tile wainscoting with decorative egg and dart border tile, original Carrera marble vanity, claw foot tub, built-in medicine cabinet and transom.
The building provides residents with on-site parking waitlist parking for between $75 and $115 month rent, front desk service from 7am-11pm Monday-Friday and 24-hours from Friday morning until Monday evening, roof deck, a “summer house” gazebo, guest parking, extra storage bin (7 ft. deep, 4 ft. wide and 8 ft. 10in. high), a social room with billiards table, an assembly room for large parties, an herb garden, bicycle storage, multiple elevators, on-site building manager and more! The building provides a laundry room, but allows residents to install washer/dryer in units. The building welcomes pets, including dogs, with board approval. Central air conditioning may be installed with board approval.
Once a turn-of-the-century rural retreat, the area now boasts some of the city’s best restaurants (including Michelin-Star Tail Up Goat) and nightlife. Here you can enjoy old world elegance less than two blocks from all the action of this hip neighborhood. Additionally, Woodley Park and Columbia Heights are within walking distance and both neighborhoods have Metro stations. Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo are just around the corner and downtown DC is only 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.