"Think Dwell Magazine." That's what this Chinatown townhome asks of you as you browse through the ins and outs of the listing, taking in the blue epoxy resin flooring and chic lighting. Besides the modern fixtures and stylings, the location, itself, is worth celebrating. As stated in the listing, "Upstairs, do your thing, residential, office, or both." On the ground floor, though, that's taken. That's because the space is used for Chinatown Coffee, which Curbed's sister site Eater DC recognized as one of the 25 most essential coffee shops in Washington, D.C.
Originally, the c. 1910-built property was home to the corporate headquarters of the District of Columbia Lung Association. In order to refresh the turn-of-the-century abode into something more modern, architect Robert Gurney gutted the interior and added a skylight the width of the building in 2009. Other major changes involved adding adding a third floor and rooftop deck, retaining the existing brick walls, and installing a galvanized steel wall, reported Washington Life Magazine. Once the renovation was complete, the American Institute of Architects awarded Gurney the National Honor Award in 2009 and the American Architecture Award in 2010.
The entire property spans 5,700-square-feet and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms. With an asking price of $4.75 million, that causes this listing to be the most expensive single-family home in the Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown market.