A first for me: a party for a house. As with most people I receive invitations to various parties. Some are interesting, some not. But the majority fall into a kind of type. This invitation, however, was completely different: a party for an unoccupied house. It will go on the market this weekend. That was the reason for the party, that and to celebrate the "staging" by Kelly Proxmire. Gotta hand it to realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes for coming up with this new dimension tactic in marketing Georgetown real estate.
Handsome invitations arrived a week or so ago. We were invited for "an early preview" of the home at 3020 Dumbarton, recently renovated, "before it comes on the market." There would be cocktails and canapes, plus Georgetown Cupcakes. Swag, too, including M&M's for the humans and milk bones for the dogs.
Of course I went, feeling like the Sylvia Miles of East Georgetown, though there were no blinds. But I wasn't alone. There were many others.
It nudged what I'm feeling at the moment: new house envy. I feel new car envy and new computer envy, too, which are natural I guess with no income. But to be in a home that had absolutely no clutter was stunning. Buffed floors, fresh paint, the cleanest ecru walls, lots of windows and light, white marble bathrooms, a lot of big empty rooms, at least those that had not been "staged." The house is huge. Big public rooms on the ground floor, including a spacious kitchen, modest (easily maintained) garden, a second floor of three bedrooms plus a sizable master suite, and then a top floor with another bedroom and a party room and full open deck. Back down in the basement there's another acre of wide open space in two different carpeted rooms, plus a back bedroom with bathroom.
I wish the owners luck. They want, like, $3.5 million, and Nancy says there is a market in Georgetown for that price range, "especially on the East side." God, what must it be like to be able to afford that kind of house flesh? Does it mean having $10 or $20 million in the bank. Wow. Maybe you are that very buyer. Alas, if it sells, I don't get a cut! I don't get a cut of this post, either. Just seemed like a choice Georgetown moment worth mentioning.