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This week’s featured home, a two-bedroom penthouse condominium at Washington Harbour, is a rare waterfront residence in the District with 180-degree unobstructed views of the Potomac River from its 1,000-square-foot veranda.

“We’ve had cocktail parties of 40 guests or more on our balcony at sunset,” said homeowner C. Howard Wilkins Jr., the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands from 1989 to ’92, who along with his wife, Rhonda, have entertained much of Washington’s political crowd here.

It’s not just the large veranda but also the view that sets this property apart.

“The view is as spectacular at night as it is in the daytime,” said broker Paul E. Biciocchi of Forum Properties who is listing it along with co-broker Roy L. Ayers Jr.

The 4,200-square-foot Georgetown dwelling, which was completely renovated in 2008, has limestone flooring throughout, plaster crown molding, a silver and gold leaf domed ceiling in the foyer and built-in bookcases and china cabinets.

The great room has sweeping views of the Potomac River and features a wood-burning fireplace with a handmade limestone mantel, while the chef’s kitchen has a built-in espresso-cappuccino machine, copper sinks, limestone counters and a commercial grade La Cornue gas range from France. One of the guest bathrooms has a solid marble sink.

Besides 24-hour security, the building also has its own exercise room and outdoor pool.

“Everything I wanted or needed was at my doorstep,” Howard Wilkins said.

The penthouse is on the market for $6.5 million and has monthly condo fees of $6,417.70.

Listing: 3030 K Street NW

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.

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