House of the Week | Panoramic city views, opulent living in this $3.2 million Watergate unit


The kitchen in this Watergate South co-op features Clive Christian cabinetry imported from England.

When you look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at this Watergate South home, “all you see is rivers,” listing agent Gigi Winston, of Winston Real Estate said.

It’s the view — the Key Bridge, the Roosevelt Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge are all visible from the unit’s wrap-around balcony — that often attracts owners to the Watergate complex, but the opulent interior of this unit has its own draw.

Current owners Rod Porter and Georgia Derrico made sure their extensive renovations — combining units 1105 and 1106 — did nothing to alter the view, instead meticulously developing the interior with marble and gold themes throughout. Many of the space’s details — such as carved griffin motifs throughout the home — were meant to match an antique mirror the couple owns.

When they bought the space from a family member of American artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth a few years ago, Porter and Derrico thought the space had “too many rooms. It was totally cut up,” Porter said. So they took out walls, eliminated a few of the bathrooms and “made much fewer rooms and much larger rooms.”

Renovations took two years, and finished about a year ago.

The almost 3,000 square foot unit opens into an entry foyer with an inlaid marble medallion on the floor. It has two bedrooms — one of which is a double-sized master bedroom with custom designed closets — and three and a half bathrooms, complete with Sherle Wagner sink fixtures. What isn’t marble floor tiling in the unit is inlaid wood.

A climate controlled wine cellar, designed by the McLean-based Wine Cellar Company, features wood-carved grapes on its glass entry door and 17th century Portuguese tile figures above the unit’s fireplace.

The kitchen is one of the space’s most unique parts, both the owners and listing agent agree — it includes a built-in cappuccino maker, Clive Christian cabinetry imported from England and gold detailing. “And the view is fantastic from the kitchen,” Winston said.

Located at the intersection of Virginia and New Hampshire Avenues and Rock Creek Parkway, Watergate South is adjacent to the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop.

The unit is on the market for $3.2 million, which includes a parking spot.

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