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Location: Washington, D.C.
The Skinny: Though the staid Georgian facade blends in quite well in the neighborhood, the same can't be said for the, uh, creatively detailed interior. A step through the traditional limestone threshold delivers visitors into the belly of an eight-bedroom artistic wonderland, operated since 2007 as the haltingly punned Artists Inn Residence Bed and Breakfast. Gone are most of the prewar details one might expect in a turn-of-the-century D.C. townhouse. In their stead, a mismatched menagerie of artists inspired each of the rooms—Da Vinci, Dali, Hepburn, Ellington, Mozart, Shakespeare—and none of it is terribly subtle. A quote from Homer's Odyssey cascades down the risers in the entrance gallery. While the current owners have managed to incorporate plenty reclaimed wood into the decor, it's high time someone came to reclaim this potential beauty from this going-over. Too bad you'd need $15.5M, and plenty more for the renovation.
· 1824 R St NW [Washington Fine Properties]
· Going Green: The Artists Inn Residence in Washington, D.C. [Literary Traveller]