If you've walked through Capitol Hill, you probably know Fred Anhalt's work. His apartment buildings are designed in classic European revival styles, with half-timbering, Gothic arches, and even the occasional turret. His homes were designed to have a house-like feel in a multifamily setting, and each unit typically has a unique floor plan—including the seven units at 1201 East John Street, which range from cute little studios to this extreme stunner of a penthouse.
Which brings us to this adorable one-bedroom condo nestled on the second floor. It's regal from the jump, with a brass knocker at the mahogany front door and a Gothic arch just inside. Original cove ceilings add a formal air to the living room, which has another whimsical addition: A nook with decorative shelves and a built-in bench, just waiting to become a mini-library.
Through the eat-in kitchen—with the cooking area slightly separated into a large nook—is a large back deck, sized more for a small house than an apartment. There's enough room here for several tomato plants and a dinner party for eight. But if there's spillover from either of those, there's communal gathering and gardening space just down the stairs.
While the real outdoor party is in the back, it does have one of Anhalt's signature elaborate front courtyards. Thick hedges shield it from the street, giving it a remarkable amount of privacy for the central location.
Listing Fast Facts
1201 E John Street Unit 6
Size: 700 square feet, 1 bedroom/1 bath
List Date: 3/2/2021
List Price: $465,000, $380/month HOA
Listing Agent: Christian Lalario, Coldwell Banker Bain