Thursday, May 08, 2008

Welcome Home

I couldn't put this off any longer. Several of you have been begging for pictures of our new apartment and though I was planning on waiting until everything was just perfect (every picture hung, every knickknack in place), I now realize that could be weeks or even months off yet.

So here it is. Those of you familiar with my post two years ago for our postage stamp of an apartment in New York City ought to find a lot more breathing room here in Washington D.C.

As usual, some of the pictures will be too small to decipher until you click and enlarge them.

Below is a satellite image of Capitol Hill. The green arrow points to the location of our apartment, just blocks down Pennsylvania Ave from the United States Capitol, seen in the next image.

The area is, of course, rich in history. Next door is Eastern Market, Washington's only permanent outdoor market. It's loaded with charming shops, pubs and popular local restaurants.

Our fortress, a brand new condo complex. The ground floor boasts a Harris Teeter gourmet supermarket and a Subway eatery. The roof sports several decks which open onto Capitol views.

One of the best things about the building is that the Metro (D.C.'s subway) is literally across the street. We sold our cars before moving to Manhattan and have no plans to replace them now that we're in D.C.

I confess, the building's luxurious, high-class hotel appearance, concierge lobby and amenities such as a fully-equipped fitness center, clubroom and Internet lounge actually put me off at first. I like old, creaky buildings with years of history. They have character and stories to tell. Somehow though, I think I'll manage.

The spacious floor plan.

This is our living room, which opens up onto the balcony, one of only 12 in the entire complex.

The view of the garden courtyard from our balcony.

The kitchen is fantastic--ceramic tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry. We're loving these conveniences and top-of-the-line amenities.

The hallway leads toward the bathroom and bedroom. The doors on the right hide the washer and dryer. Amenities like these may seem standard to many of you, but after coming from NYC and hauling our laundry out to the cleaners every week, these machines are a God-send.

The loo.

The bedroom with expansive windows overlooking the courtyard. Finally, a room in which the bed doesn't collide with three of the four walls! Positively palatial! The bedroom also boasts a large walk-in closet.

So there you have it. We're currently taking reservations. Dozens of our friends visited while we lived in New York and we'd love to keep that tradition going. You're always welcome!


Blogger Beth said...

Yeah, I think you'll manage just fine! :) Nice place! I'm thinking it may be comparable or bigger than even Colorado Springs apt?!? I love that it is packed full with old, familiar friends...your books!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Love the pics!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous G&G said...

Beautiful! Elegant! Much roomier! Look very inviting! Wish we COULD visit you there! Thanks for the pictures!

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Calvin said...

Bravo Brandon and Stephanie! This is a BIG improvement. Boy, D.C. looks different from space than from my street level experience. What an exciting location for you.

We'll let you know the next time we are anywhere near your neighborhood.

4:19 PM  
Blogger nathan said...

I see the 7th Harry Potter book has been added to the right of numbers 5 and 6 (identified in the New York post).

The wheel of time turns.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

That's what I love about you Nate--the incredibly penetrating nuance of your attention to detail.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous POD said...

...people "begging" for photos of your personal spaces? Putting on a public website an EXACT location of your dwelling? Am I the only one just ever so slightly a little bit confused by the exactness of your post? It is a little bit too revealing for my personal tastes.

Why don't you set up a webcam in your kitchen so we can see what happens during your morning routine? A cam in your living room so that we can watch you view "The Amazing Race" episodes in the evening?

(BTW, nice pad Brandon.)

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Ossidiana said...

very nice! :)

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Luana said...

Maybe I had to insert my name..Luana :P!!!

3:10 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

What are all those books for? Didn't you live in NYC???

"A room without a book is like a body without a soul." G.K. Chesterton

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice y'all have a balcony! and such nice big windows! : ) treats, yes~ And *very* nice about the metro being just across the street--that is fabulous!

Well, I hope y'all are enjoying the wonderful DC things (i.e., free events at the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center). makes me miss it...

Daria : )

6:50 PM  

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