WELCOME TO DUPONT CIRCLE!
This marvelous home, built in 1870, offers the comfort and luxury of modern amenities alongside the beauty and charm of hundred-year-old historic details, all with the convenience and architectural beauty of Washington, DC's favorite neighborhood. Situated on a quiet street just half a block to "President's Avenue" (16th Street), also a half block to the brand new and beautiful dog park, and just a few blocks from the Safeway grocery store, 1607 S Street represents the best of modern city living. Mosey down the tree-lined street and marvel at the architecture of ages past, bike to the National Mall along Rock Creek Parkway and stop along the Potomac to watch the crew teams whiz by, or take in a show at one of the four playhouses within five blocks of your home. Enjoy the finest culinary delights along the newly revitalized 14th Street corridor, including Saint-Ex, Masa 14 and Marvin, or take a shorter stroll to Annie's Steakhouse, Hank's Oyster Bar or Komi just around the corner. And if you're up for a little fun, stop by JR's, Fox and Hound or Floriana for a drink afterwards too! Every morning the commute is a breeze with an easy walk, bus ride or drive downtown, or take Metro just a couple blocks away.
The home itself is a masterpiece. Originally built to the more modest proportions of its immediate neighbors, it was renovated several decades later with a grander flair and larger size. Early proprietors of the house include the chief of the Telegraph Division and a member of the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology. Featuring four bedrooms and two bathrooms in the master unit and a one-bedroom, one-bathroom separate suite below, the home has large dimensions in each room. There are four antique fireplaces, and heart of pine floors grace most rooms. Bay windows allow southern light to flood the parlor and two bedrooms above; small sunrooms do the same along the north wall for the rear bedrooms. The kitchen is nearly new, with gorgeous floors and two skylights. In the rear is a lovely patio leading to a gated two-car parking space. The current owners purchased the house in 2006 and quickly commenced renovations by completely remodeling the kitchen and upstairs bathroom, and cultivating a grape arbor to span the back brick patio. The painstaking work, however, has been in the details. Upon entering the living room, observe the restored molding and radiators and turn to glance a moment at the front door that no longer bears copious layers of ill-applied paint. The original oak railing, mantle and pocket doors in the receiving room were mercifully left unpainted, and the quality of the woodwork is unmistakable. Michael and Andra also worked to liberate the sealed transom windows and have painted the entire house a pleasing scheme of gracious neutrals and saturated colors. Old gas fixtures in the study have been permitted to remain as a small vestige of historical context.
In addition to its architecture value and significance, 1607 S Street also offers financial benefits as well. Due to its zoning designation of R5B, the property can be converted into a condominium or apartment house with up to 5 units. Its low lot occupancy may allow for further expansion to the back as well. Furthermore, especially for those who appreciate the historic value of preserving the features of the property inside and out, the home facade has NOT been donated to a historic preservation trust, allowing the next owner to do so and potentially realize a significant tax deduction of up to 11% of the home's appraised value. See your tax advisor to verify the applicable benefit and for more details.