A home designed by an international architect is one of the most unique homes on the DC market right now.
Known as the “Narrow House”, the house was built by architect Dr J. Darvish (also known as Dr Djahanguir Darvich) for him and his family in 1985. It is currently on the market for 3 .5 million dollars.
The house was built this way due to its long, lean lot and zoning code limitations, according to Darvish’s website. The Darvish family still owns the house but has since moved.
“Those windows that he built and all the architecture, the vaulted ceiling, it’s absolutely beautiful, lots of curves,” property broker Lorraine Arora said.
Despite its narrow structure, the single-family home is a generous 4,390 square feet, with three bedrooms and five bathrooms. There’s a spiral staircase, vaulted ceilings, and a glass room, which was Darvish’s “creative space,” Arora said.
Photos: A look inside Washington, DC’s unique ‘narrow house’
Throughout the narrow house you will find unique details created by Darvish and his family. Red, silver and black feature prominently throughout the home as Darvish loved the colors and the doors showcase all of his designs.
“The house was built in the 1980s. Red, black and white were the fashionable colors at the time,” said Fruwah Boma Chapman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “And so, because he built this house at that time, that’s what inspired the color of this house. And passion – red is the color of passion. So you can see it in different places .”
In the living room, a red “X” and a plexiglass railing separate the dining room from the glazed room below. Arora said the X-shaped structure was previously used as a library.
The white walls of the house are accented with vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting and custom tinted windows. There are two lights at the end of the spiral staircase that were inverted by Darvish to look like eyes, Arora said.
The kitchen has an eye-catching dining area with red and black seating, granite counter tops, ceramic tile and luxury cabinetry.
Upstairs, the bedrooms have a sitting area and a view of the trees in the backyard. One of the bedrooms has access to the attic, from where the family could see fireworks on July 4, Arora said.
Arora said the home is perfect for a buyer who is selective and appreciates the home’s distinct features.
“It’s work; the whole house is for him, built for his comfort and pleasure,” Arora said. “And so he’s a very unique person, who appreciates wonderful architecture.”
As to why the house is so narrow: Due to code, Darvish had to retain at least one existing wall from the original house during the renovation. He decided to keep two – which you can see on the side of the house. The old walls show what the original house looked like. The owner then built and released.
The house is located near Georgetown, Tenleytown and Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Besides this DC home, Darvish, originally from Iran, is known for designing the Takhti Stadium. He also built homes in Chevy Chase and Bethesda, Maryland, according to his website.