Street Level: Hidden Interiors Offer A Glimpse of the Future
Sometimes a secret glance says it all.
Georgetown is a neighborhood that offers glimpses into the interiors of homes, gardens and buildings. These glimpses can be exciting, mysterious or even daunting. Being a pedestrian is the best way to get these quick peeks and to scope out what is happening behind Georgetown's facades.
For example, on P Street, at the former site of Poppy Jewelry, the new chocolate shop Fleurir is working on its interior. A peek inside shows a mix of traditional and modern styles with lots of sunlight and even a fireplace. The door announces it is "opening soon." Look for a preview of the new store later this week.
Nearby on 33rd Street is the historic "Stables." The Stables is for sale after a sensitive restoration. It is a unique property. During a recent open house by representatives of Cathie Gill, Inc., curious neighbors and interested buyers walked through the internal courtyard, common rooms with cathedral ceilings and winding stairs to bedrooms and bathrooms. It has a fascinating layout, just waiting for the right owner.
Perhaps easier to visualize are the new town-homes at the old Wormley School site on Prospect Street. If you stretch over the chain link fence, you can see the incredible interiors with high ceilings of Wormly Row. Starting at a bit under $4 million, these are significant properties in the neighborhood.
Just below the town-homes on M Street, CB2 is taking shape. A recent clandestine visit revealed vast open space with exposed ceilings and large windows. While this is going to be a big store with lots of display area, the furniture promises to be modestly sized for Georgetown homes. The store opens April 30.
Finally, the planters on the street lights on Wisconsin and M Streets are changing seasons. The winter evergreen boughs, holly and silver accents have been stripped away. If last year is any indication, bright, live plants are coming!