Whimsy found a place to play. Some playful owner took an already distinctive 1909 stucco Mediterranean on Capitol Hill and decorated and flourished with abandon throughout the 6,150 square foot house. It is on the market, again.
Step into the parlor, a room with a draped fabric ceiling, wallpapered walls, harlequin curtains, and a faux hot air balloon for a lighting fixture. That isn’t the result of a day’s trip to a big box home improvement store. Someone worked a long time collecting those elements.
A more sedate, and yet still ornate, room is the living room which is more typical of the house. Which means its level of decor is above the norm, as well. Botanicals painted onto all panels, inlaid wood ribbons running around the perimeter of the oak floor, crown moldings, and mullioned windows are more than enough to set this room apart.
The kitchen has a mix of styles, starting below with a checkerboard floor, another botanical for a refrigerator panel, and a series of valances above the windows will the room with places for the eye to tour. Don’t miss the lighting fixtures. Each room seems to be unique, and of course you want a chandelier over the kitchen island. (Have fun cleaning the crystals and the curtains if you do a lot of messy cooking.)
Even in the master bedroom, one of five bedrooms, the scones and fixtures are reminders of romantic times.
One of the four and a quarter bathrooms includes a modern glass shower that has retreated into a corner as if it just isn’t purple or fancy enough.
More romance sits outside in the gardens and a circular drive on the 11,000 square foot lot, almost an estate considering the urban address.
A swim spa in a separate atrium may not fit in, but it is probably appreciated. Imagine swimming laps while the snow was falling.
The $2,050,000 property has been on and off the market since April of last year. In that time it found one prospective buyer, which is encouraging. And yet, it’s now back on the market waiting for its next courageous and whimsical owner.
- 1018 E Roanoke St [Estately]