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This Week’s Find: A Converted Capitol Hill Carriage House on a Hidden Block

by Nena Perry-Brown

5 Walter Houp Court NE. Click to enlarge.

UrbanTurf loves a good conversion, and this two-story carriage house a short walk from Lincoln Park is no exception.

The nearly 3,400 square-foot house fronts Walter Houp Court, a right-of-way named after one of the city's first land patentees. While not much is known about the history of the 30 foot-wide alley, it sits in the Capitol Hill Historic District and houses several former horse carriage garages. It is also a neighborhood rumor that this particular garage once housed a brick factory.

The living area.

The carriage house was converted into a residence in the early 1980s, and the first buyers were Washington Post columnist Andrew Beyer and his wife, interior designer Susan Vallon, who purchased it in 1985. The couple enjoyed entertaining on the 36-foot wide main level, moving all of the furniture into the attached garage. The current owner purchased the house in 1995 and over the years, has used it as a pied-a-terre and an Airbnb.

The main level of the home has Italian Carrera marble slab floors throughout, and in the living area, an original wood-burning marble fireplace sits beside recessed cubbies. The stairwell is directly below an 8 foot skylight, as is the soaking tub at the center of the owner's en-suite bath, which also has a built-in window seat, separate shower stall and bidet.

Owner's bedroom. Click to enlarge.

The spacious owner's bedroom and second bedroom both have near floor to ceiling window walls and custom walk-in closets. The property also has a roof deck, accessible from a spiral stair in the third bedroom, and a solar panel array. Additional photos and listing details are below.

Roof deck. Click to enlarge.
Owner's en-suite. Click to enlarge.
Third bedroom. Click to enlarge.
  • Address: 5 Walter Houp Court NE (map)
  • Price: $1.2 million
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Square Feet: 3,304
  • Year Built: 1909
  • Listing Agent: Leigh Slaughter, Long & Foster Real Estate

Photos courtesy of HomeVisit.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/this-weeks-find-a-converted-capitol-hill-carriage-house/15858

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