On the Market: A sophisticated aerie overlooking Dupont Circle


The ornate Blaine Mansion is a stunning counterpoint to the modernist glass structure next door. Image credit: HomeVisit

Everyone knows the Blaine Mansion—the imposing, red-brick Queen Anne villa at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and 20th St NW. (Fun fact: it was built in 1882 for three-time presidential hopeful, James G. Blaine, a Republican from Maine, and is one of three Gilded Age mansions still standing in Dupont Circle. The Wadsworth- Sulgrave House and Patterson Mansion are the others.)

Less well-known, perhaps, is the glass-enclosed structure next door at 2002 Massachusetts Ave NW. A treasure in its own right, the mixed-use building (theKen Burns Foundation is one of the organizations that calls it home) includes four residential units, two of which are penthouses, and all boasting exceptional views, elegant finishes and abundant light.

Sleek, streamlined and sophisticated, the main deck of this nautically inspired house is ideal for entertaining. Image credit: HomeVisit

Penthouse 4 offers 2400 square feet of living space on two levels and has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, soaring beamed ceilings with lattice detail and skylights, custom millwork, two terraces and fireplace. It is on the market for $2,299,900 and includes one underground parking space. The monthly condo fee is $1650.

As you enter the foyer, there is a powder room and deep coat closet to your left. Straight ahead is a breathtaking great room with 26’ ceilings, walls of built-in bookcases and a textured travertine brick feature wall surrounding a streamlined wood-burning fireplace. To the right, overlooking the Blaine Mansion and Dupont Circle beyond, floor-to-ceiling windows run the length of the apartment all the way to the terrace outside the kitchen. And above the grand living/entertaining space is a view of the upper-level catwalk with nautically inspired horizontal railing and bookcases on two walls.

A bibliophile’s paradise, the apartment boasts extensive bookcases and concealed storage. Image credit: HomeVisit

The living room/dining area opens into a spacious U-shaped eat-in kitchen, which picks up the same materials and color palette (cherry wood, travertine) as the rest of the house. Extensive shaker cabinets are topped with grey-green Caesarstone counters. Professional-grade stainless appliances include two dishwashers, French door refrigerator freezer, gas range and oven, undercounter wine cooler (all GE Monogram) and microwave/wall oven (GE Advantium).

Off the second-level landing is a hall bath with walk-in shower and single-sink vanity with quartz counter. An adjacent bonus space, currently set up as an exercise room, could easily be converted into a third bedroom. Further along the catwalk (which overlooks the great room below) is a guest room with a deep closet and an open sitting area, both with east-facing floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bright eat-in kitchen opens to a blacony with views of Dupont Circle. Image credit: HomeVisit

The master bedroom, similarly lit by a wall of windows, also boasts a private terrace and two master baths, one with a soaker tub with travertine surround and decorative tile backsplash and the second with a walk-in shower with sea-glass tile inlays.

Pet-friendly 2002 Mass is located in the heart of Dupont Circle. The front entrance is a block away from the Red line metro station and several bus lines on Massachusetts Ave. The rear entrance faces the retail- and restaurant-rich P Street, where Pizza Paradiso will deliver pre-fired hardwood to enhance your fireplace experience. (Cost: $20) The building is a short distance from Dupont Circle and Connecticut Avenue and an easy walk to the Embassy Row, the West End and Georgetown.

Penthouse 4, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath duplex at 2002 Massachusetts Ave NW, is listed at $2,299,900 with Washington Fine Properties.

For details, contact Richard Newton at 202-669-4467 or [email protected]. For a visual tour, visit http://spws.homevisit.com/hvid/206209. An open house will be held on Sunday, April 28 1- 4pm.