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After Extreme Makeover, Logan Circle 'Dream Home' Wants $1.8M

It took over a year to totally transform this turn-of-the-century Logan Circle row house into a modern beauty, but two months after completion, the owners decided that it was time to give up their dream home for a dream job in another town. Now, homebuyers have the chance to snatch up what one of the owners, James Nozar, describes as his "forever home." Nozar worked alongside award-winning architect Jon Hensley and contractor Allenbuilt to redevelop the abode into a space perfect for entertaining.

With this goal, the team installed features that are not only unique to the neighborhood, but unique to the city as well. One of the most striking additions is the 16-foot wide glass and steel NanaWall system in the rear that separates the kitchen from the deck.

As the social center of the home, this space offers a Caesarstone waterfall island with an integrated sink as well as high-end stainless steel appliances to keep the guests' compliments coming. The European oak flooring will also get some attention as from end to end the planks measure a whopping 16 feet.

In contrast to the oh-so-modern kitchen space, Nozar said that the intention for the front room that guests meet first when they enter the house is for it to be more characteristic of the original home. The space is cozy and more traditional with surprises like a grass cloth wall covering, built-ins, and a custom Carrara marble fireplace.


With such an emphasis on entertaining, Nozar said, "It's not necessarily a family home, but its great for people like ourselves who are couples who love to entertain and have people over."

The price might also not be for everyone. With an asking price of $1.895 million, that makes this listing the most expensive single-family home currently on the Logan Circle-Shaw market, according to national real estate brokerage Redfin. [UPDATE: Only a few days after landing on the market, the listing found a buyer.] To help give an idea of what you might typically find, the median listing price for an abode in the area is $525,00.

"This was our second home renovation with Allenbuilt, whom we trust and respect very much," said Nozar. "Many of the more custom design details were figured out 'on the fly' in the field--meaning, we had in mind what we wanted everything to look like, but needed Allenbuilt's expertise in how to actually bring our vision to reality."

When it came to what was the most challenging part of the renovation process, Nozar said, "The permitting process took much longer than we had anticipated, which delayed our start by several months. Once we finally did get started (in the winter of 2014), we ran into several unforeseen issues while excavating our new basement which led to significant additional work and delays."

This Logan Circle row house last sold in May 2014 for $899,000. At the time, it was in need of "significant updating," according to the former listing. Then, it featured two bedrooms and one bathroom. Now, it offers a generous three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms in 1,626-square-feet of space.

The brick facade and entry vestibule were also restored, while the rear of the house was extended by 12 feet. The facade was also painted a bluish grey to further set it apart from the other listings on the block.

Half a block away from the Logan Circle row house is the award-winning restaurant Le Diplomate. The shops and restaurants on 14th Street NW are also just right around the corner, while the nearest Metro station is roughly half a mile away. For homeowners who prefer to ditch public transit, the listing comes with enough off-street parking for two cars.

· 1516 Kingman Place NW [Redfin]
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