This cozy little gem of a rowhome is on Richardson Place, which is one of my favorite mini-neighborhoods in the city. It’s basically a tiny hidden cul-de-street in Shaw, so you sort of get the exclusivity of being part of a small community, but it’s also anonymous enough that you can still call the police when your neighbor puts his trash out fifteen minutes early. It’s the best of both worlds. This house also addresses one of the drawbacks of living on Richardson by giving the home a significant setback from the sidewalk. You’re going to be the only one on the street with a front yard, which is pretty cool, even though the houses on each side of you are so tall and close-in that sitting in the front yard is going to feel like sitting at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. But hey, having a front yard that only gets sunlight for ten minutes at midday still beats not having a front yard at all.
Inside, the home is open and bright; in lieu of a bay window, the front of the house just has a massive, flat six-foot-tall picture window that’s going to have every juvenile delinquent within five miles practicing their brick-throwing. Through the house and past the open staircase is the kitchen, which features Viking appliances and counters made of quartz, which is technically a gemstone. Maybe having kitchen counters made of literal jewels will be the thing that finally makes you happy? (Doubt it.) There’s also a dining room area right off the kitchen, which would be perfect for family meals in the event that a massive solar flare ever wipes out the internet and all smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Upstairs, the second level consists of a pair of generously-proportioned bedrooms, and up on the top level, the master bedroom is spacious and exceedingly masterful. For starters, there’s a private balcony that overlooks the street; personally, I prefer my bedroom balconies to be in the rear of the house, so I can go out there with no pants on, but this one is still pretty nice. And then there’s the walk-in closet of your dreams, large enough to hold literally every single item of clothing you’ve ever owned and ever will own, which is a really interesting way to put the finite-ness of life into perspective, if by “really interesting” you mean “now I feel like drinking half a bottle of Fireball and then Facebook-messaging my high school girlfriend to see if she wants to meet me in Vegas to get married.” (Oh, wait, it looks like she blocked me after the last time I did that.)
The master bath sports twin basins (I’m pretty sure one of “The 5 Habits of Highly Successful People” is “NEVER share a basin!”), and there’s a beautiful glass-walled shower, and a freestanding soaking tub. Finally, out back is a paved patio where you can enjoy an evening cigar, work up a sweat with some gardening, or do the crossword puzzle on a Saturday afternoon. There’s a high wooden privacy fence surrounding it, so keep in mind you could be doing all those things out there while completely naked. This is one of the benefits of homeownership that people are always hinting at but will never tell you outright.
415 Richardson Place NW
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths
All photos courtesy MRIS; listing courtesy TTR Sotheby’s, 202-333-1212