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Looking for some peace and quiet in the center of town? Well, look no further than 3508 Center Street NW! This short block of only 9 homes is nestled between 14th and 16th Streets in Columbia Heights, close to shopping, dining, Piney Branch Park, and both Metrobus and Metrorail transportation. Built in 1910 and kept in the same family for many years, this Federal-style rowhouse is perfect for the new owner who wants to put his or her imprint on a classic.
From the front porch you will enter a spacious living and dining area, open to the kitchen for a contemporary feel. You’ll find hardwood floors and fresh paint here and throughout the home, as well as updated windows for lots of light. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a smooth-top stove with downdraft exhaust. Guests may be seated at the breakfast bar to chat as you cook, or you might want to use it for buffet service during the big game.
Down the hall is the main floor bedroom with adjacent bath and laundry. From there you can access the patio, the convenient storage building, and the stairs leading to an elevated deck with privacy lattice for outdoor enjoyment. Upstairs, the front bedroom has an attached room that can be a sitting room, a dressing room, a home office, or whatever you desire. The master bedroom to the rear of the home features double closets and an ensuite bath with both shower and soaking tub.
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!