Sundays With Strangers

genMid.DC9702984_0The best thing about living with your significant other is that there’s always someone around when you want to talk or hang out.  The worst thing about living with your significant other is that THERE’S ALWAYS SOMEONE AROUND.  That’s why all couples should live in a house like this.  There’s the main house up front, and then out back is the nearly-as-big carriage house.  This way, when your significant other starts practicing flute or watching Youtube unboxing videos at high volume, you can just adjourn to the other house instead of doing what you usually do, i.e. walk aimlessly around the city for hours while looking at OKCupid on your phone.  Or just imagine if you have kids – stock the carriage house with iPads and an Xbox, and you’ve got guaranteed “adult time” in the main house whenever you want it.  Everyone should have two houses!

Probably not going to happen any time soon, though, since this Georgetown pair costs just over a cool $3 million.  (Or maybe the main house costs $3 million, and you get the other one thrown in as a ‘buy one, get one free’ sort of thing.)  As you could probably tell from its distinctive architectural style, this house dates back much farther than its rowhome-style neighbors – all the way back to 1805, which is within spitting distance (not literally, don’t you dare spit on my calendar) of Georgetown’s oldest house, the “Old Stone House” (the people who named it weren’t even trying, were they?), which dates to 1765.  The best thing about living in a house that dates to 1805 is that if you’re at a party, and you’re trapped talking to someone boring, all you have to do is start talking about your house that dates to 1805, and the other person will quickly be like, “so sorry, but I just remembered I’m parked by a fire hydrant, gotta run!”

The main house is beautiful, with lots of windows and light;  it’s been recently renovated, so there are rich hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout.  The living room features an exceptional antique fireplace, and the kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a large island, marble countertops, and everything else you absolutely must have in your kitchen to have any realistic chance at convincing yourself that law school was worth the time and money.  Upstairs is the sprawling master bedroom suite, with another fireplace, and an awesome porch-slash-deck that overlooks the neighborhood.  It’d be great if you were standing out here and your neighbors came out into their backyard, and you could yell over and be like, “hey, do you have two houses on your lot or just one?  Just one?  Wow, that sounds terrible, two houses is the only way to live, just trust me on this!”

Out back of the main house is the SECOND HOUSE.  The two houses are separated by a paved courtyard, and connected by a wide walkway.  Being a carriage house, it’s slightly smaller than the main house, though you could argue that it’s more interesting aesthetically.  The front of it is one massive window, and inside, the house still has the original wooden load-bearing beams.  There are tons of built-ins for all your books, Beanie Babies, and VHS tapes of “Walker: Texas Ranger,” and the kitchen is an equally luxurious, albeit slightly smaller, version of the main house’s.  Up the open spiral staircase is the second level, which is skylit by a skylight; there’s a cozy bedroom and a larger-than-you’d-expect sitting area. Finally, in keeping with the historic nature of this house, there’s an authentic Georgetown cobblestone courtyard.  If you rhythmically bang two coconut shells against cobbles, it sounds exactly like a horse galloping;  if you don’t believe me, try it, ideally at 4am, until your significant other comes out on the balcony and screams that they want a divorce.

1309 35th Street NW
3 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths


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Photos courtesy MRIS, listing courtesy Judith Cochran, Long and Foster, 202-737-1727

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