House of the Week | Georgetown penthouse for $7.995M

High above the clamor and chaos, this penthouse in the Residences at Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown offers a respite from urban living with all the conveniences of the city.

Some of the most spectacular views of Washington are found in this home. A sweeping panorama of the Potomac River, national monuments, Kennedy Center and Roosevelt Island provides what Christopher Ritzert of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty describes as a “wonderful sense of serenity.” Ritzert and Christie Weiss are co-listing agents for the property.

When the current owner bought the property, it was a shell of concrete floors and steel girders. Architect Stephen Muse and Marcie Royle of Charles Stuhlberg Interiors turned it into an elegant and restful home.

“What we were trying to achieve was a feeling of Zen and peacefulness,” Royle said.

The expansive floor plan that stretches more than 4,300 square feet includes a master suite (his-and-her walk-in closets, private balcony, soaking tub with river views), three additional bedrooms, a library, a living room, a dining room, a family room and a 400-bottle wine room.

While the stunning views seen through the living room’s 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows capture and hold your attention, it is the subtle details and finishes that enliven the space: A marble entry foyer. A cove ceiling in the hall. Hand-pressed gold leaf on the powder room walls. A sculptural glass vessel pedestal sink.

Alder wood panels, black walnut floors and a double-sided gas fireplace create warmth in the library, while figured European sycamore cabinetry in the kitchen contrasts nicely with the deep black granite countertops. Another special touch is the hand-etched pinstripes in the glass of the upper cabinets.

A colored lighting system allows you by the touch of your mobile device to “paint” the walls of the rooms any color you desire.

“It’s just amazing the effect the lighting has on the space because the walls are cream colored,” Royle said. “What is really cool about this [is that] you can replicate sunshine on a cloudy day. It’s very fun.”

Besides valet parking for two cars, the unit includes concierge service, a porter, access to the fitness center and extra storage.

The penthouse is listed at $7.995 million. The monthly condo fees are $6,457.21.

Listing: 3150 South St. NW PH1D

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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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