1211 O Street NW: A Historic Gem in the Heart of DC
Nestled in the highly sought-after Greater 14th Street/Logan Circle Historic District, this lovingly cherished four-story townhome (3,700+ estimated sq/ft) is a treasure. On the market for the first time in almost 50 years, this home is located moments away from the exciting energy and conveniences that define this vibrant neighborhood and presents a remarkable opportunity for creative minds to transform it into a stunning home of their dreams.
Originally built in 1872, this grand home underwent an imaginative transformation by its current owner in 1974. Formerly a rooming house with eight one-room apartments, it has been meticulously converted into a gracious single-family home and studio. The lower level features a charming one-bedroom English Basement unit with nine-foot ceilings, while the upper levels boast higher ceilings, warm heartwood pine floors, and original moldings that exude timeless elegance.
As you step inside, you'll be transported back in time, with remnants of the past blending with modern updates. The dining room still showcases a sleek porcelain inlayed 19th-century call lever, although the Butler may no longer answer your summons. Ascend the sky-lit stairs to discover two large bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the second floor. The open studio on the top floor features a cozy fireplace surrounded by rescued patterned brick from demolished houses in the 1970s, and open beams add a touch of contemporary artfulness to the expansive space. Equipped with another full bathroom, this third floor studio could be converted to additional bedrooms.
Outside, the front garden steals the show in spring, with a rare Magnolia hybrid "Yellow Butterflies" illuminating O Street, following the blooming cherry trees that grace the opposite streetscape. Energy-efficient features include central air, insulated windows, skylights, solar panels that provide electricity, and three restored fireplaces, ensuring a comfortable and sustainable living experience.
The elegant dining room boasts original "Jeffersonian Windows" that open up to a wide porch, offering panoramic views of the unusually large inner-city garden. This outdoor oasis includes a moss-aged brick seating area, a petite lawn surrounded by perennial shrub beds, and even a small parking space that allows for potential expansion. Towering California Incense Cedar, ancient Turkey Oak, and other mature trees provide a sense of privacy and serenity, enveloping both the house and garden in natural beauty.
This remarkable property also includes an English Basement with a certificate of occupancy, offering a versatile living space with endless possibilities. This one-bedroom apartment comes fully equipped with a kitchen, a full bathroom, and a spacious living area. With its own private entrance, this unit presents a fantastic opportunity for additional rental income or as a guest suite for visiting family and friends. In the past, it was successfully rented on Airbnb, highlighting its potential as a lucrative investment. The new owner could also live in this space while making changes to the home upstairs.
Situated just steps away from iconic Logan Circle, this home offers proximity to a variety of cultural and entertainment options. Whole Foods Market, Studio Theater, and world-class restaurants are all within a short distance. Countless shopping opportunities also await, with trendy boutiques and well-known retailers dotting the neighborhood streets. The McPherson Square Metro Station, Convention Center, and the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station as well as multiple bus lines are nearby, providing easy access to all parts of the city. Whether you need to commute for work or explore the many attractions DC has to offer, getting around will be a breeze.
Rarely does such a special and desirable property come onto today's market, making this an opportunity not to be missed. This property is being presented "as-is."