Washington, DC

This house is located at 1533 8th Street NW in Shaw. Tomorrow is the first day it’s on the market, with the first open house scheduled for Sunday 1-4 p.m. The description says:

“For generations, she’s stood stalwartly in this precious nook of the District. This grand dame of Shaw has seen it all. And today she is ready to write her next chapter with you. Certainly, she will not disappoint.

Step inside and be immediately awestruck by the soaring, 11-foot ceilings. On this floor, a liberating archway marries the living space for you to do with what you will, tucked up against a galley kitchen brimming with storage space.

Pass through to the rear and continue to be amply amazed — this time by the deck and terrace. While the former easily offers space for dining and entertaining, the latter refines the whole look with flagstone and built-in seating, accented by a mesmerizing fire feature.

Just beyond, you’ll find secure parking big enough for two cars, and even more storage for outdoor cushions, gardening tools, barbecue implements and the like.

Back inside, heading up the polished staircase, you land at the smart lounge, an intimate escape for more personal pastimes. On this floor, you will also find a full bath and a bedroom with its own oversized balcony.

Continuing your ascent, you arrive at the third floor, a dedicated master suite. Here, the stackable washer and dryer are tucked neatly next to the barely two-year-old HVAC system.

Out of the bedroom and into the double-vanity bath is where you’ll find what is arguably the jewel in this queen’s crown: the expansive, spa-like double shower with glass-block window. Nothing sets the tone for seizing the day like waking up to this inviting oasis.

And to end the day? Continue from the master suite up the spiral staircase to the roof for sublime sunset vistas.

Returning to location, this aforementioned ‘precious nook’ is just that. Within a couple blocks in any direction, so much of what makes D.C. a global capital is on offer.

Enjoy a Franco-American feast at Convivial. Or perhaps a ‘boot’ of pilsner at Dacha Beer Garden? Some wonderful ramen at Chaplin Restaurant and Bar? You won’t even need to leave the block to sample a seasonally updated spread at Beau Thai or a glass of something perfect at La Jambe wine bar.

Aside from so many spectacular standouts, this location is also perfectly practical with a flagship Giant grocery store just across P Street and the Shaw Howard Metro Station’s Green and Yellow lines merely more than 1,000 feet from your doorstep.

The Empress on 8th is reliably sound and warmly welcoming. These inherent qualities are surpassed only by her highly enviable location.”

You can see more photos, video, and floor plans here.

This 3 bed/3 bath/2-car garage Victorian townhouse is going for $1,299,000.


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