A recent renovation has given this single-family home some modern finishes and the extra perks of a converted garage and off-street parking. It’s in Kensington, at 277 East 9th Street, a short amble from the Parade Ground.
The bracketed cornice topping off the modern cement board siding gives a hint of the houses’ historic appearance. The circa 1940 tax photo shows the house and its neighbor at No. 275 were built as twin houses and a long, wooden porch once stretched across the facades. Historic maps show the houses were built between 1890 and 1905. By then, multiple wood-frame semi-detached houses, with brick-lined party walls, were scattered on this block.
The interior of the single-family home got a thorough renovation in 2015 with some thoughtful design choices. There’s an open-plan first floor with an entry opening directly into a bay-windowed living room with wood floors and a view straight back to the glass-walled dining room at the rear of the house. An exposed brick wall, painted white, separates the galley kitchen from the dining room. There are grey cabinets, open shelving, Carrara marble counters and a herringbone patterned white tile backsplash. A half bath is just off the kitchen.
Upstairs are four bedrooms. The master is in the windowed bay and has an en suite bath, and there’s another full bath shared by the other bedrooms. Only one bathroom is shown in the listing photos, and it’s been renovated with a neutral palette with white fixtures and grey and beige hex floor tiles on the floor and subway tiles on the walls.
Laundry is in the basement along with a rec room. There’s additional space out back; the listing indicates the garage has been converted to an office/studio. There aren’t any images included, but prior listing photos show the space was opened up with a wall of glass facing the wood-paved patio. There are planters along the perimeter of the patio, and a horizontal fence and a gate separate the space from a two-car driveway.
The house, already renovated, sold for $1.7 million in 2016, according to public records. It’s now on the market for $1.695 million, unusually, less than it sold for in 2016, with Steve Dawson and Robert Varvara of Compass. What do you think?
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