House of the Week | Adams Morgan penthouse for $2.9 million

August 30, 2013

Other than a roof deck or a balcony, the outdoors isn’t usually a part of condo living. This corner duplex penthouse in Adams Morgan, however, is an exception. There are 1,650 square feet of private outdoor space attached to this unit, not to mention spectacular views of the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and downtown D.C. A two-story glass wall of windows in the main living space frames the panoramic vista and bathes the home with natural light.

“It’s rare to find a space in D.C. that has this much space, has this much wow factor, the views and three separate, very usable outdoor spaces,” said listing agent Jeff Mauer of Washington Fine Properties. “You don’t have to go up out of your living space to get these great views.”

Added to the top of what once was an auto showroom, this 2,980-square-foot condo was constructed in 2006. A private elevator will whisk you from the hustle and bustle of 18th Street to a serene retreat in the sky.

Two sets of glass double doors in the living area open to a south- and east-facing balcony that wraps around the main level, providing more than enough room to entertain seamlessly indoors and out. The two-sided, remote-controlled gas fireplace creates warmth in the home and outside it. Grabbing a bottle of chardonnay from the wine cooler in the butler’s pantry next to the dining area and cozying up to the fireplace, inside or out, would be a great way to unwind after a long day.

A secluded terrace off the master bedroom is ideal for a container garden. A spiral staircase leads to a private roof deck that offers dramatic nighttime views of the city. Constructed from teak, the expansive area has a gas fire pit and a hot tub.

Elegant finishes abound, such as travertine marble floors on the main level and polished slate flooring in the second-level family room. A granite breakfast bar, cherry cabinetry and five-burner Wolf cooktop grace the kitchen. An open slat cherry staircase leads to the second floor.

South-facing windows in the master bedroom offer picturesque views. You can gaze at the Washington Monument from the soaking tub in the master bath. A separate shower comes with a polished chrome rain shower head.

The two oversized indoor parking spots are a necessity in Adams Morgan. One of four units in the building, the three-bedroom, four-bath penthouse is listed at$2.9 million with condo fees of $1,120 per month.

Listing:  2424 18th St. NW, Unit R3

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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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