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The Best Listing of 2020 (For the Well-Paid Lobbyist)

by UrbanTurf Staff

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic upended our lives and had drastic impacts on the real estate industry, and most importantly, people's personal housing situations. With that in mind, UrbanTurf is wrapping up 2020 with an abbreviated Year-in-Review series.


UrbanTurf's favorite luxury listing of the year is a home four years in the making. 

The owners of the 19th-century Dupont Circle rowhouse at 1711 S Street NW purchased the home six year ago and then set off on a complete renovation with Michael Beidler of Trout Design Studio. Over four years, the house was largely gutted and reconfigured, and several new amenities were added.

Before: Living room. Click to enlarge.
After: Living room. Click to enlarge.

Once inside the home, pocket doors lead from the entry hall to an enlarged living room, which retains its rounded bay window and fireplace. What once was a library area at the base of a staircase is now an elevator behind a tall walnut door. 

Before: Eat-in kitchen. Click to enlarge.
After: Eat-in kitchen. Click to enlarge.

The kitchen and dining room were removed for an enlarged open-concept kitchen/dining area/family room, and a modern wall of windows looks out to the rear patio. The patio conceals a car lift that leads to a below-grade parking space accessible through the lower level.

Before: Rear patio. Click to enlarge.
After: Rear patio. Click to enlarge.

A study on the second level was combined with what was once a bedroom to create a large entertainment room with walnut walls. On the third level, a bedroom was converted into the owner's en-suite bath with double sinks and double shower stalls, and a balcony was built in above the bay window off the owner's bedroom.

Before: Entertainment room. Click to enlarge.
After: Entertainment room. Click to enlarge.

With a penthouse addition, the top of the stairwell has a wall-to-wall skylight and a bar area leading to the terraced roof deck with a pool and hot tub. The lower level with separate front entrance also went from rec room-and-wine cellar to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom in-law suite with one-wall kitchen, bay window, and access to the rest of the house via elevator and stair access to one of the bedrooms. 

After: Roof Deck. Click to enlarge.

The house also has a geothermal heating and cooling system and is wired with the Savant smart system to enable the owners to automatically control the temperature (separately in each room), lighting, sound, and electronics throughout. 

Alas, the owners have decided to settle on their Warrenton, Virginia estate, leaving the amenities to the next household. But for those with the budget, the home is still available. 

Additional details and photos are below.

After: Elevator. Click to enlarge.
After: Kitchen. Click to enlarge.
After: Penthouse skylight. Click to enlarge.
After: Family room window wall. Click to enlarge.
  • Full Listing: 1711 S Street NW (map)
  • Price: $5.95 million
  • Bedrooms: Six
  • Bathrooms: 6.5
  • Square Feet: 5,409
  • Year Built: 1892
  • Listing Agents: Kelly Williams, Loic Pritchett, TTR Sotheby's International Realty

All photos courtesy of HomeVisit.

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