UrbanTurf usually stays away from publishing rankings or lists…except at the end of the year when we look back at the best that DC’s residential real estate scene had to offer during the previous 12 months. So, this week, we are looking at not only the best, but the most intriguing and peculiar things that came across our radar over the course of the past year.
If you’re a highly-paid member of Washington’s elite, the DC real estate market had plenty of options for you in 2014. Here’s our favorite: A midcentury modern house overlooking Rock Creek Park in Forest Hills boasting a completely renovated interior and a custom-built outdoor playhouse that was so much fun, the seller’s agent had to avoid taking her kids to the home.
The listing at 4550 Broad Branch Road NW stands out not just for its distinctive design, but its slick renovation. The sellers bought the six-bedroom in 2009 and knew it needed work; when they started, that work turned into a big project. The result is a home with plenty of indoor/outdoor living space, an open floor plan, and brand new, eco-friendly technology underneath, including geothermal heating.
Studio CrowleyHall did the renovation, which included “removing interior walls, vaulting the ceiling, and adding a 20-foot-wide retractable glass door” to the rear of the property, according to the architect’s website. The glass door folds, accordion-style, into the home. On the main level, concrete floors with radiant heat contribute to the property’s modern feel. The two-story playhouse out back, which comes with a swing and is constructed to fit a zipline attachment, gives it a bit of whimsy.
- Full Listing: 4550 Broad Branch Road NW
- Price: $1.94 million
- Bedrooms: Six
- Bathrooms: 3.5
- Year Built: 1959
- Listing Agents: Kathleen Eder and James Kastner, Towne Residential
SOURCE: Urban Turf