I have always meant to do house tours on here but never quite got around it. Better late than never? The first place we lived in DC definitely had its charms. The place was newly renovated and everything was shiny, fresh and modern. It was a beautiful row house that was broken into two homes. We lived on the top two floors and had a whopping three bedrooms and two and a half baths. If we could have bought it, we may have ended up staying there but eventually we decided to move. We didn’t feel safe walking around in the evenings, there wasn’t a grocery store close by and once I got mugged walking to the metro, we knew it was time to move on.
Although we had to leave, we have so many great memories from our first place. We had the best property manager, Makeda, and neighbors that were so sweet and brought us a welcome card and present when we moved in. Here are some pictures of our first place in DC, 21B Quincy, and some notes on what we learned about what we want and don’t want in a place. Sadly, we have no pictures of the upstairs! What a shame!
We spent almost all of our time in the family room or the kitchen. When we finally buy a place, we will make sure that these two rooms are where most of the square footage is spent. Some people like big bedrooms but we realized that we only use our bedrooms for sleeping. No need to waste space there!
We had a wonderful open kitchen/dining space. I loved all the new appliance and counter-space. Again, I don’t think this design was the most space efficient as you had a lot of room to the right where nothing was going on. You can’t see it here but the counter curves around and we had some great bar stools there. You could sit at the bar stools and easily chat to whoever was slaving away in the kitchen. I think an island or a bar are a must in any kitchen.
I loved our alley. We had a parking space out back which we didn’t use but was nice for guests. I never thought about wide window ledges but we had them on every window on this house and they were great for putting trinkets on. This is definitely an addition I would like in any house we move into. Does anyone else feel like they are in a romance novel whenever they see a room with window seats?