About The Property
450 S. Union Street
A private enclave of 64 homes with unencumbered views of the Potomac is situated in the 400 block of Union Street in the heart of Old Town’s southeast quadrant. Within the community, the crown jewel is indisputably No. 450: a rarely available end unit on a corner lot that feels like a single-family home. Built in 1993, this home masterfully encompasses the best features of newer construction while paying homage to historic Old Town style with its stately brick colonial façade.
Enter the marble-floored foyer through double doors, and you’ll find yourself bathed in daytime sunlight or illuminated in the evening by a sparkling Swarovski crystal chandelier. A discreet door in the foyer leads directly to two parking spaces in the gated, secure garage. Directly in front of you, a wood and carpeted staircase winds elegantly up three more levels, and to your right, you’ll find a formal den with 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and impeccable dentil molding, features that continue throughout the three lower levels. Tall windows dressed in pristine plantation shutters permit rich sunlight. You’ll also enjoy a gas-burning fireplace nestled between floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets and shelves for your library, special collections and bar service.
Up one flight, you find the heart of the home. This second story has been tailored in its recent renovations for entertaining. A sound system installed here reaches the first floor, second floor and the patio. A half bath with marble floor and pedestal sink is properly appointed for guests. The living room’s ornately carved mantle and fabric-trimmed blinds elevate this space and make it a true showcase for your favorite antiques or prized pieces. Passing through the landing and under the glow of the double-height foyer chandelier, you’ll find yourself in the dining room, with a stunning Swarovski chandelier of its own. A series of tall windows and two sets of French doors makes this a particularly sunny room.
The dining room is connected to a recently renovated kitchen. Two sets of doors can be closed to seal off a busy cook . Custom cherry wood cabinetry with rope motif beading conceals organized shelving and drawers, a U-line wine fridge and double-door refrigerator. Every appliance was carefully selected from the best make in its class, including an LG dishwasher, Thermador range and stove, and Jenn-Air microwave. Granite countertops, tile backsplash and farmhouse-sized divided copper sink complete the aesthetic. A bookcase on the end of the cabinets is ideal for a cookbook or spice collection and space for a café table and pair of chairs is an added bonus to this room.
French doors — one set from the kitchen and two from the dining room — lead to the brick patio, perfect in nearly any Virginia season for coffee, cocktails or a meal al fresco. A showy tulip tree draws attention in the back corner, where a gate opens to the community’s bricked walkways and footpath to the river. Raised flower beds have a soaker system for ease of care, no matter your level of gardening expertise.
On the more private third level, you’ll find two bedrooms and a full bath with gleaming tile and granite countertops. The expansive master suite includes four closets and a bright bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub under a large picture window, as well as elegant marble detail. Relax in bed or your coziest armchair by the glow of your gas fireplace.
Ascending to the top floor, your multipurpose level suits any need your lifestyle demands. Charming dormer windows create a playful ceiling line under which beds and desks can be tucked to section off the large room. There’s square footage for a guest area, office setup and small home gym — the ceilings are high enough for a treadmill to be used comfortably.
Your weekday and weekend routines will be enhanced by your perfect location in Old Town. Steal away for a run along the Mt. Vernon Trail, or enjoy the wildlife at Jones Point Park. Walk to the nearby Saturday farmers market to stock your kitchen for the week ahead, or take the night off from cooking at one of many waterfront restaurants or those along King Street. You’ll be so quietly ensconced in the neighborhood that you’ll forget how close you are to Reagan National Airport, King Street Metro Station and Route 1, but busy travel seasons or workday commutes will be simplified by your superior access.