You can see California from this house. Really. The contemporary town house at 2104 R St. NW offers the three-season outdoor lifestyle and sleek design touches that are more at home in sunny Palm Springs than in the Dupont/Kalorama area of Northwest D.C.
Built in the 1940s to house naval officers during the war, the unusual circular building — dubbed “the Tomato Can” by The Washington Post — was dramatically reimagined and reconfigured by award-winning architect Robert M. Gurney in 2007. It now offers 3,100 square feet of glass-enclosed space on four levels and includes three bedrooms; three-and-a-half bathrooms; a spacious private deck and side terrace with multiple seating and entertaining areas; and a two-car garage. It is on the market for $2,850,000, plus a $347 monthly condo fee.
The building’s naval heritage is immediately visible via the porthole window on the red main door. (Stylized porthole lights are also used on stairs and in showers.) The creamy white stucco and brick home is fronted by a brick walk and landscaped yard with two large shade trees, a holly, espaliered evergreens and potted azaleas. To the right of the entrance is a wrought-iron door and privacy grill through which you can see a section of the side patio.
Inside, the limestone-floored entry hall gives way to an open floor plan that includes the living room, dining area and kitchen with views and access to the deck and terrace. A curved wall, lined with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, both encloses and expands the space and draws your eye up and out.
A deep, well-equipped hall closet has a frosted glass door with geometric trim that mirrors that of the windows across the room. Ebony stained oak floors run throughout, except in the bathrooms and lower level where there is radiant-heated limestone tile.
Nestled off the dining area is the gourmet Bulthaup kitchen with warm wood cabinets, stone counters (a Bulthaup proprietary quartz) and stainless drawers. Appliances include a Miele four-burner gas range and oven, dishwasher, built-in coffee maker, microwave and wall oven. There is also a stainless Gaggenau hood and concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer drawers.
Off the kitchen is a butler’s pantry with stainless cabinets and Sub-Zero wine fridge as well as a floor-to-ceiling, glass-fronted temperature-controlled wine cellar.
The kitchen opens to a wood deck, large enough to accommodate a Lynx gas-powered grill and contemporary gas-powered 52-inch-wide urban fire pit. Between the deck and side patio, set in the stone walkway, is a large glass slab that serves as the skylight for the “below decks” room (the lower level). Framing the outside living space are an exposed brick wall and several frosted glass panels. For added ambience, a Sonos audio system sends music throughout the home, inside and out.
Back inside, a partially glass-walled staircase off the dining area leads down to the lower level. In this multi-purpose space, a built-in wall unit with a Murphy bed transforms the den/office/family room into an instant guest suite, which includes a full bath with frameless glass shower, marble tile and Waterworks sink. Also on this floor is a half-bath with a Kohler floating marble vanity/sink and doorway to the underground garage.
To the left of the main entry hall is the stairway to the master suite, which occupies the entire second floor. Like the living room below, it is a symphony of curves and light, enhanced by large windows and frosted glass walls.
On the way to the open, airy bedroom is a deep closet/storage space, which contains a stacked Asko washer and dryer. A pocket door separates the bedroom from the master bath/dressing room — a luxurious retreat featuring a wall of closets with built-in lights and shelving; custom brushed-finish stainless steel floating vanity; a Duravit Starck freestanding tub; and a frameless glass-enclosed rainfall shower with a floor-to-ceiling tile backsplash.
Up one more flight from the master suite is the top-level entertainment space. It includes a guest room, full bath and media room with custom cabinetry and control center for the home’s electronics, which also include the energy-efficient Nest thermostat.
Located just two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station, the home is within walking distance of the neighborhood’s vibrant retail and dining attractions. It is less than a mile from the White House and the World Bank and an easy walk to Dumbarton Oaks, Rock Creek and Mitchell parks.
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home at 2104 R St. NW is listed for $2,850,000 with Long & Foster Real Estate. For more information, contact Bob Mathew at 703-338-3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit 2104RST.com.