Summer Real Estate Round Up


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


Real Estate, 2020
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This summer we are all about the at-home amenities. Luckily, there are plenty of modern homes that offer just that. Light-filled interior spaces, large windows that bring the outdoor surroundings in, and outdoor living space are just some of the features to be found in this summer real estate round up.

Iconic Cathedral West Condo

4100 Cathedral Ave Nw #611, Washington, DC
Totally turnkey, high-end remodeled condo with deeded garage parking. Located in the iconic "Cathedral West" Condominiums as highlighted in James Goode's Smithsonian Books "Best Addresses." Enjoy the sweeping room sizes rarely offered in condo living (1,407 square feet!). Popular mid-century modern aesthetic complete with open configured floor plan and stunning walls of glass to showcase the leafy park-like setting. The amazing entertaining space offers a welcoming double door entry foyer/reception area, convenient powder room, luminous grand living room & adjoining formal dining room flanked by an expansive private covered terrace (Finally room for all your furniture, and then some!). The brand new on-trend remodeled kitchen has plenty of room for informal eat-in dining options as well as "top chef" worthy prep space. The sprawling master suite with remodeled bath and multiple closets (including a "walk in" large enough to double as a mini home office) is surely a welcome respite from Washington's busy lifestyle. The building amenities are sure to please offering handy guest valet parking, 24 hour desk service, on site management, security and maintenance, fabulous year round indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, exercise room and an extensive campus-like setting with lush green space and extensive common areas. An urban refuge just steps from Glover-Archbold Park, nature trails, many shopping & dining opportunities, 1.5 miles to Cleveland Park Metro, 1.6 miles to Woodley Park and easy access to downtown DC. This building is pet friendly and the condo fee includes all utilities!

Merritt Modernism

2019 NW 31st Terrace, Gainesville FL
Located in the heart of Gainesville and surrounded by mature trees, this beautifully restored home was designed by preeminent mid-century modern architect Harry Merritt. The striking contrast of dark redwood and light Ocala block highlights this home’s natural beauty and is a classic example of Merritt’s influential architectural vision. Harry Merritt designed over eighty buildings internationally, and his notes and drawings are held in special collections by the University of Florida. Only 4 residences in Gainesville are designed by Merritt, including the Weil-Cassisi House on the National Register of Historic Places. This home, known as the “Vaughn House,” was completed in 1964. With Merritt’s guidance, the home was meticulously restored from 2013 to 2015. The process involved upgrading many integral features, including new roof, heating and cooling system, and energy-efficient Anderson windows and doors throughout. The kitchen was remodeled with new appliances, countertops, rectified porcelain tile flooring, and Louis Poulson fixtures. The living space has new tongue-and-groove cypress floors and a custom travertine fireplace and hearth.  The bathrooms were also completely remodeled and upgraded. In total, the home has 2,578 sq. ft. of living space, a large master suite on the main living level, 2 guest bedrooms and a living room on the lower level, and 3 full baths. A large outdoor deck was also added during the renovation offering beautiful views of the nearly one-acre property that overlooks Possum Creek Preserve. The landscaped yard also has a lower-level patio and features fruit trees and an agave garden. 

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