This Renovated Petworth Rowhouse Is a Feminine, Scandinavian Dream – Washingtonian

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Photograph by Keyanna Lane.

Arielle Kane purchased her 1920s Petworth rowhouse in April 2021—during the height of the Covid-induced real estate boom. The 35-year-old Medicaid director spent the first few months of quarantine going stir-crazy in her one-bedroom condo. So she decided to look for a home with outdoor space that she could renovate. “This was a lesson in being careful what you wish for,” says Kane, “because I got the motherload of projects and I haven’t been bored a day since I moved in.”

Kane, who lives with her 5-year-old bulldog, Hank, renovated the Wardman-style home’s basement and rents it out; meanwhile, she’s renovating the three upstairs bedrooms and bath to turn one of the bedrooms into an additional bath and closet for the primary suite.

Here, we talk to Kane about the challenges of pandemic home-buying, renovating her house, and her dream dinner party guests:
Kitchen light fixtures: Cedar and Moss, cabinetry and butcher block counters: Reform CPH, sink: ABI Interiors, tile: Bedrosians. Photograph by Keyanna Lane.

What was your experience like trying to buy a home during Covid?

First, I tried making offers contingent on the sale of my condo. After missing out on six or seven houses, I realized I was going to have to waive all contingencies. For my last few offers, I ponied up every last dollar to my name and made my offers contingency-free. I still missed out on two more houses. (There’s one that I still think about! How are you doing, beautiful 10-foot ceilings over on 9th and Buchanan Streets?) And then I finally got a call back. They asked if the sellers could stay in the home for 60 days after selling. Given that I still hadn’t sold my condo, I agreed. I had a few sleepless months between my offer being accepted and the eventual sale of my condo but it all came together (at least so far). And I finally got a house!

Stool: Etsy, cabinetry and butcher block counters: Reform CPH, tile: Bedrosians. Photograph by Keyanna Lane.

What made you decide to buy this home?

At some point in my house-hunting journey, I walked all around the eastern part of Petworth and loved the old trees, the houses with views, and the proximity to Georgia Ave. and Upshur Street, where there are a few restaurants and coffee shops. While it wasn’t about any house in particular, I knew I wanted to be in that area.

If I’m being completely honest, my house only had one open house and they weren’t allowing private showings. I was out of town on the day of the open house. By then, I had cased the area and knew I loved it, but I sent my realtor to check out the house. I didn’t see …….


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