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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2gCL7lV.