This Week’s Find: Downtown Design Meets Mid-60s Traditional in Berkley

by Mark Wellborn


In DC’s Berkley neighborhood, just to the west of Georgetown, there are a number of detached homes built in the mid-1960s that look similar to one another. But This Week’s Find is, by the owner’s design, quite different from its neighbors when you get inside.

“I wanted a house that felt a bit more like a downtown space,” current owner Michael Abrams told UrbanTurf. “I wasn’t ready to move downtown, but I didn’t want the interior to feel suburban.”


Abrams bought the home in 2003 and then started renovating the interior in 2005. He used O’Neil and Maniom, a Bethesda-based architecture firm that primarily does commercial work, but also dabbles in residential. Taking inspiration from Cady’s Alley, Abrams worked with O’Neil and Maniom to incorporate contemporary design into the traditional architecture of the home. For example, the garage door on the front of the home was replaced with a floor-to-ceiling window to let in more light, the French doors were taken out to open up the living spaces and the drywall columns were replaced with industrial steel beams.

“it was nice to be able to take a traditional house in another direction and still have a yard that my kids could play in,” Abrams said.

  • Address: 2323 49th Street NW (map)
  • Price: $1,369,000
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: Three
  • Square Footage: 2,446
  • Listing Agent: Claudia Donovan, W.C. & A.N. Miller
  • For the full listing, click here.
Living Room
Sitting Area Off of Kitchen
Master Bedroom

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  1. Evelyn Moore said at 9:35 am on Wednesday December 8, 2010:

    I grew up around the corner from this house and I wish the inside looked like that!

  1. Jess said at 11:31 am on Wednesday December 8, 2010:

    Beautiful contemporary design!

  1. Geori said at 11:44 am on Thursday December 9, 2010:

    The inside looks absolutely incredible, but they should have set aside some remodeling money and torn down the house.  The exterior isn’t historic, it just looks like a 40 year old trade association building.

  1. Lise Howe said at 12:53 am on Sunday December 12, 2010:

    Beatiful design! I love seeing what is going on in DC! It inspires me to get even more creative with my blog, http://www.dcmdvaluxuryhomeblog.com

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