“I’m totally convinced there’s not a better view in Washington,” Jackie said.
The panoramic scenery is as integral to the apartment as the Robert M. Gurney design that takes advantage of it. A sheet of glass installed near the entrance allows for an unobstructed sightline to the Potomac River and Theodore Roosevelt Island, but it also reflects the riverscape for those seated with their backs to it. It’s a clever detail in a home filled with them.
Floor-to-ceiling glass and limestone floors that match the building’s exterior stonework help blur the line between indoors and outdoors. A 100-foot balcony spans the residence. The height of the unit also gives the viewer the impression that he is part of the landscape, not looking up or down at it. One visitor compared it to being on a boat.
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The Labovitzes were already living at the Watergate complex when the chance to own this view prompted them to buy the two units and combine them into a grand living space. The merge gave them two kitchens, two entrances and room for large-scale entertaining. Because Gurney had renovated one of the units, they asked him to return and redo the other.
When the first apartment was renovated, the mahogany was imported from Honduras. Since then, restrictions on Honduran mahogany were put in place, forcing them to source logs in the United States to match the original wood. It is another example of the meticulous attention to detail that went into design and construction of the apartment. The wood makes the space warm and inviting, especially on sunlit afternoons.
Jackie and David often describe their home as “very private.” No buildings obstruct the view. Soundproof glass mutes the city noise. Wildlife, such as blue herons and cormorants, is often spotted through the windows. Gurney’s minimalist design contributes to the quiet, nonchaotic space.
The 3,007-square-foot home has three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a parking space. The $5,500 monthly co-op fee includes 24-hour concierge and doorman service, access to a heated outdoor pool, utilities, cable/internet and property taxes. The unit is listed at $3.3 million.
Listing agent: Gigi Winston, Winston Real Estate
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