September 8, 2017 Alexandria Virginia

My New Listing: Old Town Modern by Cook Architecture – $829K

I just listed this townhouse in Old Town Alexandria that has undergone a complete, high-end renovation by Michael Cook of Cook Architecture and developer Steven Wheeler. It is priced at $829K and I will be holding an open house Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  A very unique renovation, the duo took a dilapidated 1870 row house in Alexandria and turned it into a hip, modern space with a Brooklyn vibe. Located at 131 N. Payne St., you can walk to King Street Metro (.4 miles) and the shops and restaurants of Old Town. (Photos by John Cole.)


The 1,440 square-foot three-level home has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The entire house was renovated from the plumbing, lighting and windows down to the repointing and replacing of the original 31-foot tall masonry party walls on either side of the house. Original wood walls along the stairwells were restored. The new roof is a TPO “cool roof” membrane. A spray foam and Batt insulation combination provides a R38 insulation rating on the roof of a home that was not built with such matters in mind.  A Nest thermostat helps control energy costs as well.



The main level is an open living-dining-kitchen space with new Brazilian walnut floors and new wood-burning stove (60,000 BTU). A custom walnut cabinet that can be used as coat closet or TV storage is an homage to cabinets that people would store their riding boots. A prominent steel beam is also wrapped in walnut.


The kitchen features Poggenpohl cabinetry, Silestone countertops, California backsplash tile, Bosch gas range and Liebherr refrigerator.


When originally purchased the upstairs had two bedrooms and no bathrooms. The new design that bumped out the back of the house includes two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Both rooms feature exposed restored original wood beams. The master bedroom on the back side of the house has a double-sided walk-through wardrobe area with walnut walls.The master bathroom with soaring ceiling and glass positioned for privacy has Royal Mosa tiles from Holland, large custom vanity and shower/soaking tub. The volume of the bathroom mimics the fire station across the street.




The second upstairs bathroom features a Duravit sink, Italian floor and wall tile and glass-enclosed shower.


The lower level, which was completely unusable space before the project, has industrial, acid washed and sealed concrete floors, recessed lighting, custom full-wall length built-in American black walnut credenza and bar/laundry area.



The backyard provides additional entertaining space or a perfect spot for morning coffee with its concrete patio and small garden. A small deck area off the kitchen can accommodate a small café table. Secured private, off-street parking for one car is accessed through the brand new automatic garage door mechanism.