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A narrow house in Washington, DC, is on the market for the first time since 1985, for $3.5 million. The architect turned the original home on the lot into its basement — check it out.

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 2022-08-10
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The exterior of the home.
  • A narrow three-story home in Washington, DC, is on the market for $3.5 million.
  • Constructed in 1985, the rooms in the house have a distinctive red, black, and white color scheme.
  • The architect and owner Djahanguir Darvish built atop the previous structure and made it a basement.
The architect Djahanguir Darvish designed and built a narrow house in Washington, DC, for his family. After living in it for over 30 years, he's listing the home for $3.5 million.
The exterior of the home.

The three-story house in the Palisades neighborhood is 3,590 square feet and comes with a single-car garage, according to the listing .

"This is the only house on the street that's narrow," Lorraine Arora, a family friend and the managing broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, told Insider. "It's just the lot — you can't build a wider house, as the lot is long, so he customized it to get the most out of it."

This is the first time Darvish and his wife are putting the narrow house up for sale since it was built in 1985, listing records show.

Homes in the Palisades neighborhood have a median listing price of $1.8 million, according to the real-estate platform Realtor.com . There are 25 single-family homes for sale in the area, with prices ranging from $900,000 to $10.99 million.

Fruwah Chapman with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices holds the listing.

Darvish built the home atop the previous structure on the lot. He retained the walls of the original home and turned it into the basement of the narrow house, Arora said.
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The original house, left, and how it's been incorporated into the new building as its basement.

The red walls of the original home can still be seen on the sides of the house.

The original structure had to be retained because of the building codes in the area at the time.

"You had to keep at least one wall," Arora said. "Dr. Darvish kept two, and it's the red portion on the sides of the house."

The main-entrance hallway has black tiled floors and white walls, with red accents throughout. A semispiral staircase off the side of the hallway leads upstairs.
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The entrance to the home.

The distinctive red, black, and white color scheme is repeated in a few rooms throughout the home, including the kitchen and bathrooms.

"He loves the colors," Arora said. "And at the point in time when the house was built, they were popular colors as well."

Darvish designed the semispiral staircase to resemble a Nautilus shell when viewed from above.
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The staircase as viewed from the top.

"If you look down at the staircase from the top, it looks like a seashell because of its circular shape," Arora said.

He also carved out little alcoves along the walls of the staircase and turned them into windows, as well as display shelves for his art collection, she added.

To create the illusion of a larger space, Darvish added arched doorways and curved ceilings to the living room.
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The interiors of the house have arched doorways.

The arches give the impression that the house stretches as far as the eye can see, making the interiors look bigger than they are.

"The house is narrow, but you don't feel that way when you're inside," Arora said.

She added that the curved features were supposed to be "good feng shui," hence the lack of sharp corners in the space.

The kitchen, which is on the second floor, is fitted with red-and-black appliances and cabinetry.
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The kitchen has a red, black, and white color scheme.

There's a custom red sink on the island counter, as well as two cooking ranges — one electric and one gas, according to Arora.

Darvish also built a breakfast nook in the corner.

"They were for his kids," Arora said. "But now it's his grandkids who sit there to have breakfast or watch when someone was cooking."

Instead of hiding the support beams, Darvish chose to incorporate them into the interior design: The red "X" is exposed metal beams that he used as a bookshelf.
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The red "X" is an exposed structural beam.

"The 'X' is an exposed beam, and it's solid steel. He didn't want to cover it, and he found a way to utilize it as a bookshelf," Arora said. "Both he and his wife are into academia as well, so the house was full of books, which they stacked along the beam."

There are three bedrooms in the house, and they're all on the top floor.
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One of the bedrooms in the house.

The bedroom windows are made of tinted glass to ensure privacy, Arora said.

"You don't have to have drapes because you can't see in, and that allows natural light to come in," she added.

There are four bathrooms in total, and they feature the red, black, and white color scheme.
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One of the bathrooms in the house.

Arora is confident that the home, with its unique architectural features, will appeal to those who appreciate design.

"To me, the ideal buyer is someone who wants a one-of-a-kind custom home with structurally sound bones," she said. "It's been a family home, and it's very customized to his taste, but it's still eclectic enough for it to fit anyone's taste."

A sunroom at the back of the house has glass walls that overlook the backyard.
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The room at the back of the house has glass walls that overlook the backyard.

The room used to be Darvish's studio, but it was converted into a sunroom for the family to gather and relax, Arora said.

Darvish and his wife are selling the house because they're getting older and want to relocate to Los Angeles, where their children are, She added.

"They loved the house — it was a place for them to spend time and enjoy visits from their children and grandkids," Arora said. "You'll never find another home like this anywhere in the world."

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Left Liberals = Socialism
08-11

Better be really young with no bad knees or anything!! Those stairs would be a killer! I wouldn’t live there either, no matter what age.

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