A Modern Take On the Historical Row House

in the heart of DC's Dupont Circle

This modern and refined home boasts extraordinary interior finishes, an impeccably executed backyard space, and a custom rooftop oasis.

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historical brownstone row house with a sleek twist

custom black walnut doors, cabinets and paneling, custom plaster including gold leaf finishing in the master bath, large steel skylights in the stairwell and dining room, stainless steel rooftop pools and unique tile and stone

Located in the heart of Dupont Circle in northwest Washington, DC, this historical brownstone was originally constructed in 1892. The homeowner began the transformation by painstakingly restoring the exterior brick to its original color. Recognizing the potential to create a more modern and refined home, the owner partnered with a leading area architect and ILEX to renovate the four story row house. The home now includes a basement apartment as well as a new rooftop pool area, which adds an additional level of enjoyment.

In the foyer, a 9-foot-tall walnut custom pivot door opens onto an intricate and masterfully placed and installed tile floor and custom plaster finished walls.

Luxurious details can be found throughout the home. The first floor living room was designed to feel continuous with the adjacent outdoor patio space, while at the same time retaining an inviting and warm quality. The floor to ceiling glass wall allows light to gently fill the room. A brick fireplace in the center of the glass as well as the adjoining stone walls lend character, texture and interest to the space.

In the master bath, a dramatic ceiling dome over the bathtub is plastered with a gold leaf finish which takes on an iridescent quality when the crystal pendant lamp within its center is lit.

The backyard oasis masterfully uses every square inch of space for both recreational and functional use. The area includes a custom stainless steel plunge pool and spa combination with a stone surround and water fountains, a fire pit, and a custom dog wash area. A hydraulic car lift allows two cars to be parked in the space—one above grade and one below—without impeding the recreational use of the space.

Rustic Country Guest House

incorporates elements reminiscent of the main house