7 Haute Housing Trends in Washington DC

Kelly Magyarics, Carly Roesen and Kristen Schott | June 12, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Life, styled: At least that’s the case for DC’s elite, who achieve everything they want—and beyond—at home, or with a few quick steps outside, into their alfresco oases. And these luxe perks are leading the market right now.


213 Ninth St. SE was listed by Alex Venditti of Coldwell Banker for $1.2 million.

Alfresco living has grown in popularity over the last 15 years, notes Alex Venditti of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (cbmove.‌com). More pools are being constructed in urban DC, like in Kalorama; he says Anthony & Sylvan Pools has seen an uptick in the last three to four years downtown versus the burbs. And he recently had a client who made his master shower indoor-outdoor.


Long & Foster | Christie’s International Real Estate (longandfoster.com) has seen more oversize spaces to house hot rods, like at the $7.95 million abode at 9005 Congressional Court in Potomac, Md., listed by Heller Coley Reed. A highlight: a 10-plus car garage with a hidden bat cave entrance, a workspace with full exhaust and mechanics, and a tool room.


eNvy (from $399,900, envycondosdc.com) is a 127-unit condo project at the Capitol Riverfront being sold by Urban Pace and developed by Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners. It’s the only one of its kind to offer views directly into Nats Park.

Clint Mann, president of Urban Pace (urbanpace.com), a Long & Foster company, says, “More residential projects will deliver and/or open for sales in 2019 than the nation’s capital has seen in 10 years.” But he says the market will remain hot: “[We] foresee buyers making decisions faster because the newly arrived [developments] promote choices.”


A number of properties are making a splash with over-the-top aquariums, including a $4.55 million Great Falls, Va., listing from Long & Foster’s (longandfoster.com) Fouad Talout complete with a 500-gallon salt-water element adjacent to the kitchen.


Justin Schopp, owner of Moss Building & Design (mossbuildinganddesign.com) in Northern Virginia, says in-abode drink dens “elevate the experience. Find out what ‘the best’ means to you.” Enomatic’s Enoline Elite 8 (price upon request, enomatic.us), shown here, preserves eight open bottles at two temperatures for 30-plus days.


Boffi, in collaboration with McInturff Architects, outfitted this McLean, Va., bathroom with calm gray hues, natural woods and a freestanding Iceland tub.

Folks want to feel good on their terms, whether it’s via their Zen bathroom, like this project by Julia Walter of Boffi Georgetown (boffigeorgetown.com), or a flotation therapy chamber to ease muscle pain. A popular choice is DreamPod V2 ($21,000, dream-pod.com). It has a small footprint, but a large interior. It’s also soundproof.


The homes at 1516 and 1522 Foxhall Road NW (aka the Salt & Pepper abodes) can be personalized with elements that include a custom outdoor kitchen and a 100-bottle wine cellar with optional wood and glass upgrades.

The Salt & Pepper abodes aren’t average. They are examples of top tech. Priced at $1.9 million each and listed by Compass (compass.‌com), 1516 and 1522 Foxhall Road NW were built by aerospace robotics from Prefab Partners (pfp-foxhall.com) via panelization, an environmentally friendly process. The interiors can be updated (for a price) with elevators, on-controls privacy, an infrared sauna, an electric car charger and more.


Photography by: Clockwise from top, photos: by OLEX YAROSHYNSKYI/HOMEVISIT; by stu estler; courtesy of urban pace; by istock photo/getty images; courtesy of Enomatic usa;
by Angie Seckinger; by Homevisit