A gorgeous vintage home with a creative studio in the backyard is listed for $979,900 in D.C

A well-preserved and carefully updated antique home in Washington, D.C. has hit the market for $979,900.

The venue is located across from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and has a separate performance studio.

Built in 1892, the colorful three-bedroom main residence still features many historic details, including custom millwork, preserved hardwood floors, high ceilings and exposed beams.

A few years ago, the sellers worked with D.C. architecture firm BLDUS to transform the 2,474-square-foot interior.

“The architect of the main house really wanted to retain the historic nature of the house,” says the listing agent. Jenny Hotenette, from Coldwell Banker Real Estate. “They took the time to open up the dining room ceiling and expose the exposed beams. What’s really unique is that they went with mid-century modern touches in the bathrooms and kitchen.”

Living room


Dining room and open closet


The bright, open living room features high ceilings and oversized windows that flood the space with natural light.

The adjacent open dining room now features exposed beam ceilings.

“Adjacent to the dining room is a former coat closet that we organized with a coat rack,” Hutinet says. “They opened up the walls and wanted to reveal what looked like behind the plastered walls.”



Porch…the balcony of a ground house


The funky, vintage-style kitchen offers custom cabinets, a green ceiling, and a two-level island with seating.

The listing agent notes that the basement remains unfinished, allowing for the possibility of more livable space in the main house.

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There are front, back and side balconies designed for entertaining and relaxing.

“The wraparound porches are stunning, and the courtyards are beautifully maintained,” notes Hutinet. “They kept the native species and fruit trees as they were when the house was built.”





View office space

The property also includes a separate studio with the highest green building rating. The two-story building is called “The Grass House.” Built in 2018, it is said to be the first code-compliant bamboo building on the East Coast.

This premium 700-square-foot studio was built with clean building materials, including insulating sheep’s wool. The interior design includes a built-in desk, floating staircase and natural materials.

“The Grass House was a showcase home for the architecture firm,” says Hutinet. “They built the structure to showcase all the different materials used. It’s used as an office now, but you can turn it into an Airbnb.”

She notes that although the studio has a small kitchen, a full bathroom would need to be added if the buyer wanted to use it as a short-term rental.

Hutinet believes the unique residence will be used as a primary residence.

“It’s a unique property,” she says. “The new owner can certainly benefit from both buildings.”

Grass house


The herbal house from the inside


Gorgeous vintage home with innovative backyard studio listed for $979,900 in DC was first listed on Real Estate News & Insights | Realtor.com®.

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