On the Market: Sunny modern row house in Burleith offers flexible spaces

Renovations to 3541 S St. NW — on the market for $1,800,000 — created a modern, flexible space. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

The first thing you need to know about this home is that the rooms — apart from the kitchens and bathrooms — are mere suggestions. And this is by design. Mexican architect Manuel Parra worked with the owners to transform their 1912 row house into a modern, flexible space whose use and function could change according to their imagination or need on a particular day.

The home visually matches its neighbors when seen from the front. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

And what an imagination it is. The house is organized around a three-story atrium with a skylight that illuminates every level. Curved walls, interior windows, organic materials, an open-metalwork industrial staircase and catwalks painted blue all contribute to the unfussy and unexpectedly intriguing aesthetic.

Totally gutted and renovated from 2001 to 2003, the semi-detached home at 3541 S St. NW is at one with the community. No pop-up here! The vintage facade — a sunny yellow brick with turquoise door and sleek casement windows — blends harmoniously with its neighbors, but the interior and the rear extension are another world entirely.

The house offers 3,635 square feet on four levels and includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a rooftop deck and a landscaped cobblestone rear terrace able to accommodate one car. It is on the market for $1,800,000.

The living room is near the entry to the house. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

The home’s gallery-like entryway flows from what’s now configured as the living room past the dining area to the back of the house. Beyond a curved wall, the atrium/skylight, kitchen and step-down family room come into view. Bamboo flooring runs throughout. Also on this level is a half-bath with an industrial stainless sink, a Toto commode and the first of many interior windows.

The kitchen is a cool mix of stainless steel and frosted glass (cabinets), sea-green mosaic tile (backsplash) and white and metallic-flecked quartz (countertops and peninsula with an angled base). Appliances include Fisher & Paykel refrigerator/freezer; Blomberg induction oven and glass cooktop; and Bosch dishwasher.

The kitchen is a few steps up from the family room. (Susan Bodiker/The Current)

A few steps lead from the kitchen down to the family room, which features a glossy white concrete floor, built-in custom cabinetry and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows — dressed with Amate bark paper shades fabricated in Mexico. A glass door opens onto the terrace and garden set off by a Yoshino cherry tree, raised stone planter, statuary and space for a hammock. It’s from the garden that you can see the hyper-modern extension with its galvanized aluminum and steel back facade.

Off the family room is a staircase leading down to a below-grade but bright lower level that could easily serve as an au pair or in-law suite. It has a ceramic tile floor, full bath and laundry with stacked Kenmore washer/dryer, a sleeping alcove, living room and kitchen. The suite also has its own separate entrance.

The rear garden is accessed from the family room. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

On the mezzanine level (overlooking the atrium and first floor) is a bookshelf-lined hallway that provides a natural separation between the guest room overlooking the garden and the master suite facing the street. The guest room has an en-suite bath — all light wood and white — built-in armoire, bookcases and geometrically placed windows.

Across the hall on the way to the master suite is another laundry room with a wood barn door sheltering a Kenmore stacked washer/dryer. There is a large walk-in closet with custom built-ins for folding and hanging storage; it is connected to the master bath with Jacuzzi tub, single large vanity and tile floor/backsplash in a restful shade of pale sand. The bedroom is spacious and serene with three large windows free of adornment so you can really see the trees and rooftops.

The home’s modern design is visible on the rear facade. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

Up a few more stairs on the third level is another guest room or studio/office with a full en-suite bath and clerestory windows as well as access to the 460-square-foot rooftop deck with composite decking, extensive entertainment space and panoramic views of the city.

With a walking score of 91 and access to a fleet of transportation options (buses, bikes and car-sharing), the home is conveniently near all the restaurant, retail and pastoral attractions of Glover Park and Georgetown.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath row house at 3541 S St. NW is listed for $1,800,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For details, contact Lenore Rubino at 202-262-1261 or lrubino@cbmove.com. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2gCL7lV.