Rob Quartel and Michela English made a list that ran almost three pages long when they met with architect Robert M. Gurney to discuss what to do with the raw space they had purchased in the Metropole, a Logan Circle condo building.
The home needed to accommodate grand-scale entertaining as well as intimate gatherings. Nothing should impede the light from the penthouse’s southern and western exposures nor its city views. A wine cellar was a must as was a way to showcase their eclectic artworks. The kitchen had to be spacious given Quartel’s love of cooking.
Because they wanted something modern, Quartel and English thought Gurney was well suited for the project and trusted him to fulfill their wishes. And he did.
“He presented a concept that we really liked right away,” Quartel said.
A two-story wall of windows anchors the corner of the unit. A cantilevered glass platform juts out from the second-floor bedroom. An iconic 1960s fireplace imported from London floats in the corner. Glass orbs that change colors animate the room at night.
“I loved that corner from when I first walked in here,” English said. “At dusk, when the lights start to come on in the buildings, it’s such a warm feeling.”
A mix of woods — exotic Tiger wood for the cabinetry, white oak for the floors and ceiling — add warmth to the kitchen. The 23-foot island, with its honed black granite countertop, offers additional seating, prep space and a place for the buffet. A gas fireplace is nestled into the cabinetry in the dining area. A 2,800-pound steel dining table anchors the space.
Mondrian-inspired, jewel-toned glass-panel doors provide privacy in the office that doubles as a guest bedroom. A Murphy bed is cleverly concealed behind a bookcase.
“I love this palette of colors,” English said.
Tucked next to the entrance is the wine cellar, which looks more like a work of art than a place to store 300 bottles.
Besides the master suite, the second floor has two terraces and a wet bar. One terrace is attached to the master bedroom. The second is two levels with a wood deck, dining space and grill.
The penthouse is “incredibly functional,” Quartel said. “We use it all.”
Quartel and English chose the condominium as much for its location as its design, which earned honorable mention in architectural interiors in the 2016 Builder’s Choice Custom Home Design Awards. Almost everything they need — grocery store, dry cleaners, restaurants, drugstore — is on their block.
The one-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,837-square-foot penthouse is listed at $3.95 million. The monthly condo fee is $1,459.
Listing agents: Christie-Anne Weiss and Christopher Ritzert, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
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