Eric Swalwell Elects to Buy D.C. Duplex

It looks like California’s 15th district Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell plans to stay awhile in Washington, D.C., where tax records show he plunked down just over $1.2 million for a freshly rehabbed home about a mile north of the United States Capitol in the historic neighborhood of Eckington. Built in the 1920s but extensively reimagined over the past year by an investor owner, the four-story Victorian bungalow contains two independent residences with a total of six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in just over 3,000 very contemporary square feet.

Most original architectural details were stripped out and replaced with clean-lined and decidedly modern fittings and finishes that include a stainless steel fireplace-surround inserted into a delicately veined white marble chimney breast in the parlor-floor living room. Gleaming, medium-brown hardwood floors extend into the dining area as well as the all-white, open-plan kitchen. There are three bedrooms and three renovated bathrooms on the second floor, one of them en suite and suitable as a master bedroom, while a fourth bedroom and bathroom tucked up into the finished attic are filled with natural light via several large skylights.

A two-bedroom and one-bath basement-level apartment, with both an inside entrance and a separate, outside one that allows for easy rental potential, includes a small living room with a compact kitchen and a private laundry closet. Perhaps a few of the former presidential hopeful’s congressional colleagues need a place to shack up while in Washington?

The property was represented by Jessica Perkins at Pearson Smith Realty while the Swalwells were repped by Jim Bell of Sotheby’s Intl. Realty.

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