Striking home designed by award-winning architect Robert M. Gurney
A striking cylindrical design that’s been expertly renovated for today’s living. A masterful combination of indoor and outdoor living spaces. A contemporary, urban oasis in pristine condition. A fantastic location near the popular Kalorama neighborhood. This home has it all—top-of-the line finishes, lots of natural light and an intriguing history.
The residence is listed for $2.95 million with Bob Mathew of Long & Foster Real Estate, the nation’s No. 1 private residential real estate firm by sales volume and the exclusive Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate in the local area. Located at 2104 R Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C., the home includes three bedrooms, three full and one-half bathrooms, and roughly 3,100 square feet of finished space.
“Its enviable location near Dupont Circle, abundance of natural light in every room of the house, open floor plan and superb privacy are just a few of the standout features of this exquisite home,” said Mathew. “Not only is it located in a beautiful residential neighborhood, it’s also just blocks from nearby shops, restaurants and museums—so you can take advantage of all the city offers.”
Nestled among upscale Kalorama, historic Dupont Circle, and elegant Embassy Row neighborhoods, the home has quite a history. The Washington Post and the now-closed Evening Star affectionately referred to the property as the “Tomato Can,” because of its cylindrical shape. The building was originally constructed in 1944 with its unusual curved design and pie-shaped rooms to maximize the number of residents it could accommodate. From 1944 until 1990, the building, together with three adjacent properties, operated as the Officers Service Club and residences for military men. During this period, the club’s main floor ballroom was the setting for many parties, dances and dinners with prominent military and government officials.
When ownership changed hands in 1990, the buildings that comprised the Officers Service Club were sold as five different single-family homes. The “Tomato Can” was renovated and divided into two homes. In 2007, the new owner of the half that is now 2104 R Street completely renovated it under the direction of acclaimed architect Robert Gurney, who many consider the Frank Lloyd Wright of Washington, D.C. The results are spectacular.
Upon entering the home, you step into a dramatic, airy, open floor plan with views of the terrace from every vantage point. Wide-plank ebony stained oak floors, contrasting white walls and clean horizontal lines contribute to the striking look. The modern theme of the home extends into the kitchen with its Bulthaup cabinets, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, a bar, wine chiller and built-in coffee maker. Despite the openness and floor-to-ceiling windows on all the floors, privacy is assured throughout the house.
For large scale entertaining, open the multiple glass doors off the kitchen to the private terrace, which is designed to incorporate cooking, dining and seating with a 52-inch gas fireplace. Enjoy music in any room of the house, including the terrace, with the zoned Sonos home sound system, which can be controlled from a Sonos app on your phone.
The master suite encompasses the second floor with a luxurious spa-like bathroom, featuring a dramatic brushed-finish stainless steel vanity, a Duravit Starck freestanding bathtub and rainfall steam shower. On the third level, there is a second bedroom, full bathroom, family room with media cabinetry and a wet bar.
On the bright lower level, you’ll find a den and home office with built-in desk and bookshelves. With its custom movable wall and fold-down Murphy bed, this area can instantly be transformed to a bedroom for your overnight guests.
Other features of the home include radiant heat under limestone floors in the master bath and lower level office. The home’s temperature can be adjusted from anywhere with the efficient Nest thermostat.
The home includes underground parking for two cars, but with its location just two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station and less than a mile to the White House and the World Bank, you’ll rarely need a car to get around town. For hiking or dog walking, there’s nearby Mitchell Park, Rock Creek Park and Dumbarton Oaks Park.