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Best New Listings: A Converted Carriage House Tied to Frederick Douglass

by Nena Perry-Brown

This week’s Best New Listings includes a converted carriage house behind Frederick Douglass's first DC home, plus four-bedrooms in Bethesda and Brookland.


Three Fireplaces in Greenwich Forest

In Bethesda's Greenwich Forest community, this split-level house modernizes mid-century charm. The open-concept main level has a brick column wood-burning fireplace delineating the living room from the galley kitchen, where the column also doubles as a backsplash for the integrated cooktop beneath a stainless steel hood. Past the dining area, glass bi-fold doors open into the skylit sunroom, which has a wood-paneled pitched ceiling, tiled floors, a floating wood-burning fireplace, and access to a deck along the side-yard and a rounded brick backyard patio. Three bedrooms, including the owner's suite, are up a handful of stairs from the main level, while downstairs, a bio-ethanol panel fireplace doubles as a media center. The lower level also houses the laundry room, a bedroom, and a full bath.

  • Full Listing: 5601 Huntington Parkway (map)
  • Price: $999,000
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: Three
  • Square Feet: 2,423
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Listing Agent: Maureen Weaver, Compass

A Converted Capitol Hill Carriage House

Between this converted carriage house and a recent listing in Striver's Row, it seems like Frederick Douglass is being recognized more and more. This listing was previously an accessory to the properties at 316 and 318 A Street NE, where Douglass first lived when he moved to DC. It is believed that, with developer Brush Arbor's renovations this year, this will be the first time the building serves full-time as a residence. The interior retains a touch of its utilitarian past with polished concrete floors, and what read as garage doors from the exterior serve as windows to create a light-filled open concept main level. Upstairs, the owner's suite has a Juliet balcony and a walk-through closet with built-in shelving on four sides and a bench-sized window seat. The house also has a two-car garage with interior access.

  • Full Listing: 17 Frederick Douglass Court NE (map)
  • Price: $1,895,000
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Square Feet: 2,000
  • Year Built: 2020
  • Listing Agents: Robert Hryniewicki, Adam T. Rackliffe, Christopher R. Leary, HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties

Four Bedrooms in a Brookland Bungalow

This four-bedroom Brookland bungalow offers a variety of interesting features beyond its charming exterior. The home has two fireplaces on the main level, one in the front living space and one in the rear. The rear living room leads out to a fenced-in yard that includes a shed and outdoor seating area beneath a pergola. The bedrooms are located on the second level and the semi-finished basement offers more room to spread out. The listing also has off-street parking. 

  • Full Listing: 1509 Irving Street NE (map)
  • Price: $879,000
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: Two
  • Square Feet: 2,350
  • Year Built: 1917
  • Listing Agents: Jake Abbott, Shemaya Klar, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best-new-listings-a-converted-carriage-house-tied-to-frederick-douglass/16759

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