Let’s be honest — when the winter chill creeps in, we all fantasize about shacking up in a cozy castle by the hearth, right? Well, check out this storybook pad.
A European-inspired, north Capitol Hill home at 817 E. Hamlin St. just went on the market in mid-November. Built in 1926, the 6,890-sqft space is graced with cathedral ceilings, stucco details, and a striking turret — as all proper manors should have.
Here are a few more ogle-worthy details about the special find that’s currently priced at $2,695,000 (listed via Jeri P. Smith at Windermere Real Estate Co.).
History with a left-handed twist
The home is listed on the National Record of Historic Places due to its unique design background. Renowned residential architect Edwin Ivey came up with the look, drawing on influences from the English country homes of Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Ivey also may have needed to add in a few unusual amenities. Legend has it that a married man had the house built for his mistress who was left-handed, which might account for the reverse hinging elements. Hey, anything for love.
Major garden envy
The mistress story was never verified, but the open-air garden space definitely gives off serious Jane Austen energy. In fact, the backyard’s so-called “potting palace” (basically a fancy potting shed) was so fetching it was once featured in Better Homes and Gardens.
If you do host a tea party out there, don’t forget to point out the tiled fountain to guests, too. It’s the only existing fountain designed and built by Ernest Batchelder, a leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement and one of California’s most recognized tile-makers.
You can then take your crumpets around the grounds to admire the drought-resistant landscaping, sleeping porch, Old World craftsmanship, and wet bar. Now, where did Mr. Darcy run off to?