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A House-Sized Co-op and a Co-op-Sized House: An Unconventional Best New Listings

by Nena Perry-Brown

While condos and co-ops are usually thought of as smaller, more affordable alternatives to houses, this week's Best New Listings flips that notion on its head.


Garden-Like Spaces and Bay Windows in Takoma Park

Just steps from the DC border in Takoma Park, two sets of stairs walk past a garden-like front yard and onto the porch of this four-bedroom home. The house enters directly into a hall with the rooms arranged on one side. The formal dining room is just beyond a double-wide doorway and has double exposure and a bay window. The J-shaped kitchen is at the back of the house, where an adjacent mudroom provides access to the powder room and the hexagonal rear patio. The owner's bedroom upstairs also enjoys a bay window and shares the full bath with two other bedrooms. The uppermost level is a skylit fourth bedroom/bonus room beneath a vaulted ceiling. The house also has a partially-finished basement and a deep backyard with a tree-framed garden area abutting the patio.

  • Full Listing: 7109 Cedar Avenue (map)
  • Price: $795,000
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Square Feet: 1,508
  • Year Built: 1918
  • Listing Agent: Dan Metcalf, Long & Foster Real Estate

Sourcing Sunlight with Open Sightlines

A short walk from Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill, this rowhouse sits on Walter Street, a hidden, narrow one-way block with red-brick sidewalks. The two-bedroom house has open sightlines from the front to the back of the main level and is arranged in a smart way that maximizes natural light. An exposed brick pillar fireplace follows the skylit stair up to the ceiling of the second floor and has stacked nooks, creating a shelf in the stairwell. A small storage space is tucked under the stairs alongside a small breakfast bar that introduces the galley kitchen with its white subway-tiled walls. The level ends in the dining room with french doors out to a bi-level patio/parking pad. The owner's bedroom also has two windows facing the stairwell, creating the illusion of double exposure.

  • Full Listing: 1207 Walter Street SE (map)
  • Price: $789,000
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Square Feet: 1,220
  • Year Built: 1912
  • Listing Agent: Jenn Smira, Compass

A Classical Co-op the Size of a House

This house-sized three-bedroom co-op is in the Beaux Arts-style Northumberland building at the nexus of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and the U Street Corridor. The unit enters into a wide hallway with rooms on either side and is full of architectural details that showcase the building's turn-of-the-century vintage, from decorative molding and ceiling medallions to parquet hardwood flooring with inlaid borders. The kitchen has commercial-style stainless steel appliances with contrasting tile backsplash and flooring. The owner's bedroom has built-ins surrounding an oversized window, while the third bedroom also has an oversized window adjacent to a wall of built-ins. The building also has a guest suite, roof deck with sweeping views and a majestic lobby.

  • Full Listing: 2039 New Hampshire Avenue NW, #406 (map)
  • Price: $929,000
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: Two
  • Square Feet: 1,850 
  • HOA Fees: $1,413/month
  • Year Built: 1909
  • Listing Agent: Nate Guggenheim, Washington Fine Properties

Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

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