On the quiet and coveted Hillyer Place is a block of hidden gems that exude history in the center of Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. This grand, end-unit row home underwent a restorative renovation. Countless amenities were added to this treasure by the current owner of the home, including: numerous, oversized custom closets and cabinetry featuring automatic lighting; a high-tech security system; a rubber membrane flat roof; a museum-quality, custom-built skylight; secure parking in the rear of the home; and a retrofit and personalized elevator. Upon entering the foyer, original hardwood flooring underfoot, attention is drawn upward by eleven-foot ceilings boasting brilliant, high-gloss oil paint imported from Holland. From there, each of the first-floor rooms features intricate moldings and finishes that can only be found in a Hillyer home. First, a formal living area, with beautiful front bay windows and a show-stopping fireplace, the first of nine within the home. Adjacent to the formal living room is a second sitting area or formal dining space that can accommodate massive dinner parties. With a house of this size and stature, rooms are versatile and the possibilities for personalization are vast. The third, main level living space before the kitchen boasts a breathtaking fin de siècle chandelier and royal wall sconces that highlight the delicacy of the home’s original, period architecture. A private deck off of this room is an additional feature that is perfect for entertaining or relaxing in the sun. A sizable butler's pantry leads to a true chef’s kitchen featuring an abundance of glass-door cabinetry, colonial tile work, a gas range, skylight, and powder room.
Ascending the original staircase leads to a generously sized library or bedroom with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases and a fireplace. A jack-and-jill bathroom, or the main hallway, leads to the second bedroom or office. Originally the home’s nursery, this room also features a fireplace, and has been outfitted as an office with a built-in speaker system, hand constructed L-shaped desk, and additional storage. The third bedroom features two large windows, a fireplace, an ensuite bath with custom tile work, and a glass encased shower.
Moving upstairs, the stairwell is crowned by an original work that mimics a Victorian stained-glass skylight. With lights built in, you can enjoy this artwork at any hour. The primary suite was expanded with dramatic, north-facing arched, in-swing and tilt windows. The ensuite exudes elegance with floor-to-wall marbling, pristine white dual vanities, a centered clawfoot bathtub, as well as heated tiling and towel racks. Moving through the bath, the laundry is in a perfect location near the expansive dressing room that features pull-out trouser racks, a tri-fold vanity mirror, and a concealed private safe. The attached ensuite allows for privacy away from the primary. Finally, the grand Victorian home’s lower level is a finished walkout basement that presents a lucrative rental opportunity or private space for out-of-town guests. This home has it all, with off-street parking to boot. Premiere location in the middle of Kalorama and Dupont Circle, right off of Connecticut Avenue and a stone’s throw away from Dupont Circle Metro.