Balance. We seek it in our lives and in our meditation practices. If we’re lucky, we can create it in our home, where harmony between design and function is an architectural virtue. The Victorian row house at 1619 13th St. NW is a blend of vintage design and modern luxury — where late 19th-century style and sleek upgrades live in perfect balance.
Built in 1886 and renovated in 2016, this 3,400-square-foot Logan Circle home includes five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, five fireplaces and an English basement in-law or au pair suite. It also features a beautifully landscaped rear patio and such vintage details as original plaster molding, stained-glass windows, numerous skylights, transom windows and a dumbwaiter. The property is now on the market for $1,995,000, including a leased garage parking space at nearby Logan Station.
The pale gray brick house is embellished with dark gray trim and subtle ornamentation above the main door and on the facade. An open ironwork stairway with a decorative floral pattern leads to the front door, which opens into a small vestibule with beadboard paneled walls and tile with slate inlay flooring.
To the right of the hallway off the vestibule is the living room with a recessed sitting area, set off by three bay windows with stained-glass transoms. There is a wood-burning (originally coal-fired) fireplace lined with a cast-iron fireback and adorned with a wood mantel and marble surround. Oak flooring runs throughout the main level; original pine covers the second and third floors.
A massive wood pocket door separates the living room from the formal dining room, which features a fireplace and a pantry closet enclosing a working dumbwaiter, built-in cabinets, shelves and a sink.
Off the dining room at the back of the house is a bright and efficiently laid out professional chef’s kitchen with cherry cabinets (some glass-fronted), Caesarstone white Zen quartz countertops, two sinks and a suite of stainless appliances including an LG French door refrigerator and freezer with external water dispenser; a GE Monogram two-drawer beverage/food cooler; and a DCS four-burner gas range, oven and hood with food warmer heat lamp.
The kitchen opens onto a spacious wood deck, which descends to a winding flagstone path, lined with lush perennials and leading to a separate and secluded eating area.
This patio also provides access (via one of two entryways) into the one-bedroom, one-bath au pair suite, which currently rents for $2,200 per month and is also suitable for short-term rentals or an Airbnb listing.
Back inside, off the main hallway leading from the dining room, there is a very contemporary half-bath with glass and chrome vessel sink and, tucked away in classic Victorian style, a stairway to the second and third stories where the bedrooms and baths are located.
On the second floor to the right of the landing is a guest room that has a fireplace with copper tile surround. It’s adjacent to the main bath located in the hallway (there are no en-suite baths) — a cool sea blue-green retreat with large frameless glass shower, 12-inch square rainforest shower head, narrow subway tile backsplash and walls, water-saving Toto toilet and Madeli gloss white floating single-sink vanity. The hall and master bathroom on the third floor pick up the same clean look and feel; the master bath also features a large double skylight and stainless side-by-side LG washer and dryer.
Also on the second level facing the back of the house is an office with a bay window and a slate and wood fireplace. Its size and flexible layout means it could be reconfigured as a second master.
On the third floor there is another guest room and adjacent hall bathroom. A hallway with a stained-glass skylight leads to the master bath and bedroom, which features a decorative fireplace and oversized French doors opening onto a phenomenal and private treehouse of a deck.
Located in the heart of Logan Circle, the house is steps away from the vibrant restaurant, retail and people-watching scene of 14th Street NW.
The row house at 1619 13th St. NW with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, an au pair suite and landscaped gardens is listed for $1,995,000 with McWilliams/Ballard Inc. For details, contact John Guggenmos at 202-716-9640. For a video tour, visit spws.homevisit.com/hvid/196456.