Washington, D.C., Home on Capitol Hill Lists After Million-Dollar Renovation

A renovated Washington, D.C., house designed all around 1900 is staying mentioned for $3.65 million.

The Federal-type, about 3,835-square-foot residence acquired a $1 million renovation, mentioned philanthropic government Christopher Oechsli, 68, who is providing the 4-bed room household with his spouse, Julie Ann Dakin, 72.

Mr. Oechsli acquired the household for $1.8 million in 2010 because he prepared to continue on working in Washington, D.C., just after serving as counsel to Russell Feingold, the former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, from 2007 to 2009, he claimed.

The Federal-type household has its initial cornice.


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But, instead, Mr. Oechsli grew to become president and CEO of the Atlantic Philanthropies in 2011 and moved to New York, he stated. He and his wife retained the Washington home for the reason that they appreciated going to the neighborhood and because he experienced continuing foundation-relevant do the job in D.C., he said. They are offering now simply because the property is underused, mentioned Mr. Oechsli. They also have properties in the Chelsea community of New York Town, and Santa Fe, N.M., which is their main home, he explained.

The dwelling, situated between the U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Park, has its unique cornice and wrought-iron front gate, which is the starting up place for quite a few Capitol Hill strolling tours, according to listing brokers Ericka S. Black and Damon Downing of Coldwell Banker Realty. 

Renovations, which the Oechslis did from 2010 to summer months 2011, bundled customized millwork, up to date finishes and flooring-prepare changes, said Mr. Oechsli.

“We thought we’d just repaint the interior,” mentioned Mr. Oechsli. He claimed the property was in superior ailment when they obtained it, but that he and his spouse have made a habit of renovating or rebuilding their homes, together with past houses in London and Bainbridge Island, Wash.  

The D.C. home also has 4 wood-burning fireplaces, one of which is a lifted limestone fireplace. He mentioned it is meant to resemble these in the south of France, which they visited for the duration of their residence in London. 

A elevated limestone fire.


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“There’s one thing about the mixture of classical but also a heat, even rural, perception that I always type of truly feel that reminds me of southwest France,” mentioned Mr. Oechsli. 

The approximately .1-acre double ton has an herb garden and granite pebble walkways, moreover a flagstone and lower patio, said Mr. Oechsli.

A patio region.


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Ms. Dakin is a former educator and guidance counselor. They have been married around 40 a long time and have two grown kids, stated Mr. Oechsli. 

The median gross sales price for households about $1 million in the Washington, D.C., metro area was about $1.38 million in January 2022, up 3.9% from January 2021. Inventory in the area fell 36.8% year-over-yr, according to a report by Prolonged & Foster Real Estate and Christie’s International Actual Estate. 

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