Monday, January 14, 2013

dc home tour: trendy schoolhouse

Our fair District is home to several wonderful condominium developments whose buildings had a prior life as a DC public school.  

With very limited vacant land, height restrictions and an ever-growing demand for upscale loft-style condos, these school conversions are a concept that works well in DC for both the city as well as apartment-seekers.  In other parts of the country, many old and underutilized school buildings end up losing the battle with a wrecking ball.

Common attributes of DC schoolhouse conversion projects include high ceilings, over-sized windows, exposed brick and outdoor courtyard areas.

Schoolhouse conversion projects have been completed throughout the city, especially in the Capitol Hill, Georgetown and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

Today, ICDC features the interior of a dear friend's chic and expertly styled home.  A two-bed apartment with 12 foot ceilings, exposed brick, an entry-way to-die-for (what a way to receive guests!), lots of places to leave messages on chalkboard-painted walls and closets, an interesting and fun maze-like floor plan and most important - plenty of living and entertaining space - this is a dream-come-true for the stylish Districter.

Take note of the renter's use of space - creating series of vignettes - and of plant life.  There's even an expertly framed map of the city on the dining room wall.  







images courtesy of ICDC.

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