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DC's Columbia Heights
Just Closed | $949,500

1323 Girard Street NW #8

Washington, DC 20009

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"This one will surprise you with high ceilings, tons of windows, abundant outdoor space, and enough sunlight to warrant wearing sunglasses indoors!  The square footage is significant and the views from the roof deck are expansive.  All this plus a walker’s paradise.  Welcome home! " 


It’s open and airy; a modern duplex penthouse near all the great restaurants in vibrant Columbia Heights. From the tree-lined street, the brick structure resembles a schoolhouse of old. But it’s actually a wholly reimagined eight-unit boutique condominium that rose from the bones of a large porch-front home that was originally built around 1895. Inside, you’ll be treated to two bedrooms, two full baths, an upstairs den and two outdoor spaces including a private roof deck.

The overall feeling of the residence is undeniably bright and spacious. Pale blonde hardwood floors and white finishes are found throughout. Oversized windows allow tons of natural light to pour in, furthering the aura of understated modernism. Living, dining and cooking spaces flow together organically, without falling prey to a cookie cutter shoebox shape.

Prepare meals in a stunning gourmet kitchen with Viking and Bosch stainless steel appliances, marble counters, mosaic backsplashes and dark espresso cabinetry that offers a striking contrast to all the white. Pendant lighting hangs over the extended breakfast bar, and a large window sits over the oversized sink with its gooseneck pulldown faucet. Eat inside or out, with double sets of wood and glass doors leading to the large east-facing balcony.

A large corner owner’s suite offers two sunny exposures and a large walk-in closet with an organizer. Recessed lighting adds to the natural illumination. The en-suite bath has a white marble vanity top and espresso cabinetry matching the kitchen. A white vessel sink and designer fixtures, plus a frameless shower, add to the chic appearance. The second bedroom also has two exposures, with white marble and espresso finishes in the hallway bath.

Modern stairs lead up to a large bonus living space. Call it a lounge, an entertainment room or whatever else you wish—it’s bright and lovely and includes a custom built-in marble wet bar with a wine fridge and mosaic backsplash. Step out to a private rooftop deck with wooden flooring and skyline views that seem to go on forever. It’s picture perfect! Also worth noting is the in-unit washer and dryer, plus deeded parking.

Explore Columbia Heights

The penthouse residence at 1323 Girard Street NW is located in the heart of Columbia Heights, between 13th and 14th Streets. This is one of Washington’s most vibrant communities, known for its eclectic nature, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and some of the best and most diverse restaurants that the city has to offer. The neighborhood is also centrally located, just east of Adams Morgan and north of the U Street Corridor.

You’ll be conveniently close to great restaurants like Seven Reasons from chef Enrique Limardo (Wapo’s #1 pick in 2019 and Esquire’s top new restaurant in the nation the same year), Bad Saint from award-winning chef Tom Cunanan, El Chucho with its splendid tacos and margaritas, Rooster & Owl, Maydan, and the highly creative cocktail bar, Left Door. It’s also a very walkable location for daytime excursions. Girard Street Park is at the end of the block, and the famed Meridian Hill Park with its cascading fountains is a leisurely stroll away. The delightful local farmers’ market is open Saturday mornings.

While you’ll have deeded parking, the Columbia Heights Metro is also available just a couple blocks north, with Green and Yellow Line service. You can also enjoy live music and theater along U Street. Grocery options include Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Sonya’s Market. Downtown and the White House is about two miles south.

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