As soon as you step into this luxurious penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Georgetown, the views draw you outside onto what is probably the largest outdoor residential terrace in the city.
Glance to your right, and you’ll see the spires of Georgetown University and Washington National Cathedral. To your left is the Potomac River and Roosevelt Island. Walk around the corner and a panoramic display of Washington unfolds — the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, and the 14th Street and Memorial bridges.
It is quite possible to pick a view depending on your whim — gaze at the cathedral over morning coffee, contemplate kayakers going under the Key Bridge while sipping afternoon tea and watch planes take off and land during cocktails in the evening. It is also an exceptional spot for observing Fourth of July fireworks. And because the terrace is wired for audio, you can create your own musical accompaniment to the pyrotechnic display.
“Not only do you have these extraordinary views, but they are accessible from nearly every room,” said Christopher Ritzert of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, who joins Christie-Anne Weiss as the listing agents for the home.
As much as you’d like to remain outdoors enjoying the views, it is worth dragging yourself inside. Rough stone walls in the foyer, smooth Gascogne blue limestone floors in the living room and kitchen, warm wood throughout the space and woven wallpaper in the family room are a tactile feast.
Panes of glass in the master suite frame the stunning scenery and flood the room with natural light. Because of its clever design, you can work out in the private exercise room that overlooks the river, shower and change in the his-and-hers bathrooms and dressing areas, grab a cup of coffee from the built-in Miele coffee bar and pop out onto the terrace without ever leaving the master suite.
The kitchen is a hostess’s dream. A center island and two breakfast bars offer sizable preparation space. Entertaining is a breeze with a six-burner range, two ovens, two refrigerators with four freezer drawers, a full-size beverage and wine chiller, and an ice maker. You won’t complain about doing the dishes when you look out onto the river from the sink.
A floating circular stairway leads to a second level that includes a generous office suite with three work stations and a wet bar and entertaining space that opens to two more terraces. The second-level outdoor space is large enough to plant a vegetable and flower-container garden and still have room to entertain.
Walking through this home, it is easy to forget you are in a condo. The spaciousness indoors balances well with the expansive outdoors, creating a comfortable living space.
The 6,145-square-foot penthouse with 3,000 square feet of terraces is offered at $13.95 million, making it the most expensive condo for sale in the District. Four parking spaces and two storage units are also included. The most expensive condo sold in the District to date was in 2009 when a unit in this building went for $7.3 million. This penthouse is on the market for the first time since the owners bought it from the developer. The monthly fees, which include concierge service, valet parking and the amenities of the adjacent Ritz-Carlton hotel, are $9,360 per month.
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