March 23, 2017 Mt. Pleasant

My New Listing: Mt. Pleasant Modern Townhouse – $749K

I just listed this unique mid-century modern-style townhouse located in historic Mt. Pleasant overlooking Rock Creek Park. The three-level townhouse condo offers an architectural pedigree and a rare opportunity to have all the urban amenities set in a serene natural surrounding.

It is listed for $749K and I will be holding an open house Sunday March 26 from 1 to 4 pm. See all the photos and listing details here.


The patio overlooks the park. (All photos by John Cole.)

This rare property is part of the noted Rivendell on the Park condo enclave built in 1982 by John Woodner, son of Ian Woodner, a prominent architect and real estate developer in Washington and New York. Woodner hired the modernist architectural firm of Weinstein & Abel (successor to Berla & Abel) to create its exceptional design. John Woodner, along with his two sisters, was one of the original residents of these exclusive units. While built in 1982, the townhouse hearkens back to the Berla & Abel townhouses built in the early 1940s.


The sunken living room opens to the patio and has park views.

With three levels containing a generous 2,389 square feet, this mid-century-inspired classic embodies modernism’s organic principles of open floor plans and walls of glass that connect the interior directly to nature, which lies immediately outside your door.

Enjoy spacious indoor-outdoor living areas including a private terrace overlooking Rock Creek Park; modern amenities with ample extras, and a separate mother-in-law suite. Enjoy immediate access to Rock Creek Park’s hiking trails, bike path and commuter Parkway. Enjoy t he convenience of a private parking space, a guest parking lot, and walking distance to downtown Mt. Pleasant St., Columbia Heights Metro, major bus routes and bike share.


The custom kitchen has solid wood Haywood-Wakefield-style cabinetry.

The home is entered through a private courtyard that leads to the main open floor living area. You’ll find a custom, eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and solid wood Haywood-Wakefield reproduction cabinetry with extensive storage, including a pullout pantry, spice drawer, and wineglass rack.


The open living-dining area has a wood burning fireplace with hand-forged surround.

The main level also includes a powder room, dining area, and a sunken living room with a wood-burning fireplace and hand-forged surround—all atop beautiful hardwood floors that offer plenty of room for entertaining. There is ample wall space for art as well. A large sliding glass door opens onto your own private terrace nestled against Rock Creek Park–providing a magical setting for intimate dinners, relaxing afternoons, and peaceful respites.


The upper level has two suites, including the master, which has tree-top views.

On the upper level, two bedroom/bath suites with hardwood floors, custom closet built-ins, and modernist ceiling fans await, including a luxuriously expansive master bedroom with large windows and a glorious park view.


The well-maintained vintage master bathroom.

On the lower level, there is an in-law suite with a full kitchen, bathroom and its own private entrance. A shared laundry room with built in storage can be accessed separately by both the upper level areas and lower-level suit.

These spacious quarters come with energy-efficient solar shades throughout, a new AC unit, a new hot water heater and zoned HVAC system. A complete masonry upgrade was completed in 2015-17, replacement windows installed in 2010 and roof replaced in 2004.


The townhouse is second from the left. View from the park.

You’ll see the appeal immediately. This property is centrally located—an easy 14 minute walk from the Columbia Heights Metro Station, a 5 minute walk to the 16th St. bus lines, two blocks from a major bus route and shopping in downtown Mount Pleasant. Yet, you’re living on a quiet street amidst verdant park greenery that provides an instant escape from all the nearby urban activity.