It’s amazing what a makeover can do. Once an unlovely, abandoned apartment building dating from the 19th century, 2501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW was transformed 10 years ago into a stunning boutique condominium building with 16 one-of-a-kind residences outfitted with all the luxury accouterments you would expect to find on one of the world’s most prestigious streets. And Penthouse 2B, located on the seventh and eighth stories, is the fairest of them all.
This distinctive, light-filled unit offering 4,500 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and three terraces is on the market for $6,950,000, plus a monthly condo fee of $4,175. Owners also enjoy 24-hour front desk concierge service, secure garage parking (three side-by-side spaces for the penthouse) and additional storage. Pets are welcome.
A private elevator whisks you from the garage to the penthouse and opens into a long foyer/gallery leading to the main living spaces on the unit’s first level, where windows and artwork line all the walls and eco-friendly, dark-stained bamboo flooring runs throughout.
To the right of the foyer is a grand living room whose imposing size is matched only by a spectacular back-lit onyx wall, which surrounds a gas fireplace with limestone mantel. Handpainted silver paper in the coffered ceiling adds a frisson of elegance and reflected light here, as well as in the dining room and library. French doors open onto the first of three terraces. (The other two are off the family room and the master bedroom upstairs.) The living room leads into a formal dining room, flanked by windows on one side and floor-to-ceiling mirrors and large electric fireplace on the opposite wall. Pocket doors define the dining and family room space while custom curtains separate the kitchen from the family room.
The thoughtfully designed kitchen is every chef’s dream, featuring extensive work and storage space and a host of topof-the-line Thermador Professional appliances including a sixburner gas stovetop and griddle, two ovens, two refrigerators and concealed dishwasher. There are also two sinks (one farmhouse) and a large island housing a wine fridge and microwave. The custom cabinets are white Shaker, and the countertops are marble.
The kitchen has two exits — one into a cozy, book-lined study with a fireplace and rich brown lacquered walls, molding and shelves. And the second goes back into the gallery, where there is a huge expanse of window and a graceful curving staircase of glass, steel and lacquered black to take you to the upper level. There is also a powder room with silvery wall covering and an art deco sink/vanity whose sleek shape is perfect for the space.
To the right at the top of the stairs is a large laundry room and linen closet with walls of shelves and Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer. Moving on, there’s the master suite with two deep walkin closets, amply furnished for maximum hanging and folding storage. It has a luxurious bathroom with a wall of windows and plantation shutters, glass-enclosed shower, deep soaking tub with wood surround, two vanities/ sinks and eternally stylish Carrara marble flooring. There are two other bedrooms with smaller but equally deluxe baths plus a long terrace running the length of the apartment, overlooking 25th Street NW and the monuments to the east.
Every room in the penthouse has its own distinct mood and look; all of them, however, reflect the singular aesthetic of interior designer Barry Dixon, who brings together opulence and refinement in a harmonious marriage of East and West.
The 2501 Penn building in the West End is just a couple of blocks from Rock Creek Park and Georgetown and also within walking distance of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, the Kennedy Center and the White House.
The three-bedroom, three-anda-half-bath penthouse at 2501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW is listed for $6,950,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, contact Jonathan Taylor at 202-276-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit tinyurl.com/2501Penn.