This Week’s Find: A Re-Envisioned Capitol Hill Two-Bedroom

by Mark Wellborn

1242 K Street SE

When Bernadette Grullon bought 1242 K Street SE back in 2003, she remembers the row house being covered in vinyl siding with an interior that the previous owners had cut up in a very weird way.

So Grullon, a landscape architect who works for the Arlington County parks department, got together with fellow architect Guillermo Garita (the two went to school together), and set about re-imagining the space.

“We ripped out the stairs and put in a floating staircase and created a wall of exposed brick that ran from the front to the back of the house,” Grullon told UrbanTurf. “We also moved the half bath from under the stairs to the other side of the room, so that everything — the bathroom, fireplace and laundry — all sat on one side.”


The two also installed 5-inch walnut plank floors on the main level, and created a rear wall made entirely of glass that leads out to a back patio area. On the top level of the home, the duo increased the width of the back room — from 7 feet to 12 feet — or as Grullon puts it, “as much as zoning would allow.”

Grullon won’t be moving very far from the home that she re-designed (just to Brookland), but the house could be off the market by the time you get back from vacation as several showings have been scheduled since it was listed yesterday.

More details and photos below.

  • Full Listing: 1242 K Street SE (map)
  • Price: $399,000
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Square Footage: 825
  • Listing Agent: Annabel Burch, Coldwell Banker
Master Bedroom
Back Patio
Tiled Shower

Photos courtesy of RealTour, Inc.

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  1. WE said at 8:57 am on Friday May 27, 2011:

    While this one looks nice… I recently looked at homes in this area and there are several section 8 housing developments in and around it. Too close for comfort. Beware of the neighborhood before you make an offer!!

  1. Campy said at 1:37 pm on Friday May 27, 2011:

    I’m a little perplexed by the living room setup but other than that this place is sick.  Definitely a sweet pad!

  1. Jackie V said at 2:45 pm on Friday May 27, 2011:

    I am amused that someone would think this is not a “good neighborhood” - I have lived on
    Capitol Hill for 20 years and have seen many wonderful changes!

  1. SGF said at 3:06 pm on Friday May 27, 2011:

    Very cool renovation story. Thanks as always for the background!

  1. East H said at 3:59 am on Saturday May 28, 2011:

    As somebody looking for a single family home setup, the lack of a) sq footage b) parking and a c) basement would probably kill the deal for me.

    However, this seems like a very good deal for someone considering a two bedroom condo alternative. It’s gorgeous space, and I love the master bedroom balcony.

    It’s clever how they moved the .5 bath from under the stairs—architecturally stunning, sure, but a better use of space? I doubt it. What better use will they find for that area under the stairs, and the build-out for the bathroom and washer/dryer cut into the continuity of an already very small space.

  1. Ingrid M. said at 10:42 am on Saturday May 28, 2011:

    Absolutely right about the public housing in the neighborhood.  Yet, folks living there are people and families that work and live like everyone else.  Some bad apples, yes, but you find them anywhere.  I live near this home and the public housing didn’t stop me from moving here nor has it prevented many families, singles, couples from doing so either. It’s a diverse neighborhood with awesome conveniences, Potomac Metro stop, Harris Teeter, cool bars, Fragers and Eastern Market only a few blocks away.  Besides, its near major highways.  If it were such a ‘scary’ place why would so many folks move and live here? It may not appeal to everyone.  That’s okay! It doesn’t have to!

  1. Marguerite said at 10:38 am on Tuesday May 31, 2011:

    I’ve lived in this neighborhood for more than a year and agree with Ingrid M and Jackie V—it’s no more trouble than anywhere else in the city.  The convenience of the amenities are indeed awesome and the neighbors are very friendly.  Three homes on my street have been or are in the process of being rehabbed/renovated.  Move in while things are still affordable (by DC standards that is).

  1. Relax Preppy said at 1:00 pm on Tuesday May 31, 2011:

    1126 K St SOUTHEAST has been on the market for 175 days and hasn’t even sold yet at $349k… I can’t imagine this place selling for $399k

  1. B.G. said at 1:23 pm on Thursday August 4, 2011:

    I already miss the neighborhood.  It was great living there but I’m sure I’ll be back to visit.  By the way, house is gone (went under contract in one week) and sold just above the asking price.  It’s a fantastic neighborhood! I’m sure many agree! Thanks Urban Turf for the blurp on the house!  Brought lots of traffic and nice comments.

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