May 22, 2014 Berla and Abel

Price Reduction: Early Modernist Townhouse in Northwest – $699K

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I just dropped the price on this early modernist townhouse in Northwest to $699K. It is back on the market after the buyer got cold feet so come take another look.  One of only 27 early modernist townhouses along Arkansas Avenue designed by well-known Washington architects Julian Berla and Joseph Abel, this spacious 2,100+ square foot townhouse retains many of the original features while boasting high-end custom insulated windows and a Zen backyard with carport. Here is the slideshow. The house is located here.

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The open living-dining has steps that define the two spaces. Photos by Brandon Webster.

The heart of the  three-level brick town house is the middle level with its expansive open living-dining space, which retains the original white oak floors, built-in cabinets and display shelf, and brick and stone fireplace.  The vintage George Nelson bubble lamp over the dining room table was originally in Joseph Abel’s own Washington home.

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Rare original French doors lead out to the enclosed front balcony, which is perfect for enjoying the mild months by simply opening the custom windows.

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The galley kitchen, situated at the rear of the house, opens to the back yard, which provides a nice retreat for a city townhome.

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The galley kitchen leads out to the patio and Zen backyard.

The private Japanese-style yard features slate, rocks and bamboo and rare salvaged aluminum grillwork that originally came from a mid-century printing plant in the city. A modernist-style carport can be used for car parking or as covered outdoor storage. There is plenty of street parking along Arkansas Avenue.

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The backyard features a salvaged vintage mcm screen and carport.

The townhouse, known as one of the Tiffey Townhomes after the family who built them,  includes a top-floor living space of two bedrooms and open office–which can be easily converted back to the third bedroom. The level has two bathrooms, including one in the master suite.

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The open office space can easily be converted back to the third bedroom if needed.

The lower level, or entrance level, has a small foyer area that opens to the large family room with original parquet floors, a second fireplace and excellent closet space for storage. Abundant glass block allows for plenty of light on the ground level. The house is equipped with an alarm system with motion sensors.

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The entry family room area has the second fireplace and plenty of storage.

This Berla and Abel design was featured in the July 1941 issue of Architectural Forum and mentioned in the much sought after Deborah Dietsch book “Classic Modern.” The red brick townhomes, which the Architectural Forum piece says “blend agreeably with the traditional architecture of the nation’s capital,” have also been featured in the Washington Post.

Tucked just off 16th Street on the edge of Rock Creek Park, the house is conveniently located less than 1 mile from the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station and is 1 mile to the Columbia Heights Metro Station. Several Metrobus options are located just around the corner on 14th or 16th Streets. The house is just 3.5 miles to the White House and Georgetown, 2.4 miles to Dupont Circle and less than 2 miles to the restaurants and shops of 14th and U streets.

Please contact me with any questions on this property.