“I’ve also got some of the best neighbors,” he said. “There’s a lot of nice political conversation going on. There’s always been a stimulating group of neighbors. It’s a cool little neighborhood. Everybody looks out for each other.”
Tavlarides has lived in one of the more famous homes on the block, though he wasn’t aware of its history when he bought it. Known as the Mary Jo Kopechne house, the rowhouse is where the 28-year-old was living at the time of her death. She was killed when a car driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., in July 1969.
After purchasing the home in 2001, Tavlarides completely renovated it, adding a double archway on the main floor, crown molding and niches. The murals in the home, except for the one in the stairway, were done by his sister, Nia Stratos.
The roof deck offers an unobstructed view of the Washington Monument and is an ideal spot to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July.
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Tavlarides loves many things about his home, but one of his favorite activities is hanging out by the fireplace on cold winter nights.
“You can light a fire, chill out,” he said. “You never had to worry about driving. I always embraced bad weather because it really felt like you were in an old village. I felt bad for people who had to run to the store and stock up.”
Tavlarides never knew whom he might meet on his street. One day he walked out of his front door and into Owen Wilson, who was filming the movie “Wedding Crashers.”
“They had to stop and reshoot,” Tavlarides said. “He couldn’t have been nicer. That’s the kind of street it is. There’s always some cool activity going on there and interesting people.”
The two-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,908-square-foot home is on the market for $1.575 million. An open house is scheduled for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Listing: 2912 Olive St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Listing agent: Barbara Alafoginis, RE/MAX Allegiance
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