3301 Fessenden St NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Palazzo della Felicita 3301 Fessenden St NW, Washington, DC 20008

(Palace of Happiness) features 16,300 square feet of extraordinary living space containing eleven bedrooms, twelve full baths and four half baths. Palazzo Della Felicita boasts numerous stunning details and features a grand foyer with gorgeous custom-designed dome, sensational great room, deluxe and luxurious master suites, professional wine cellar, state-of-the-art gym, complete spa with sauna, steam and massage room, hot tub, game room, secure safe room, pet washing station, oversized in-ground garage for eight cars with security, heated swimming pool and pool house. Located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Washington DC, this magnificent Forest Hills estate is only minutes to Rock Creek Park and the vibrancy of downtown DC.

Limestone facade
The fagade of Palazzo della Felicita has been constructed using 3 Vi inch natural limestone blocks. These limestone blocks are well balanced with limestone cornices around the main entrance. The limestone used has been imported from the Apulia region in Italy. Apulia, also known as Puglia, is one of the best-known regions in Italy for the production of this unique limestone, and has been used for centuries to build some of the most beautiful structures of the Renaissance. Nestled in the heart of Apulia is the historic town of Lecce, also known as “The Florence of the South”, because of the incredible buildings and monuments built during the Renaissance. The same limestone used in Lecce buildings has been used throughout Palazzo della Felicita.

This magnificent home was designed and built in the acclaimed Palazzo style referring to an architectural design that originated in Italy at the time of the Renaissance, but has been commonly used in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe. The Palazzo architectural style is inspired by the Palazzi (Palaces) built by noble families of the Italian Renaissance. Early palazzi exist from the Romanesque and Gothic periods, but the definitive style dates from a period beginning in the 15th century when many noble families in Italy commissioned famous architects and artists to design their homes. The main characteristics of Palazzo architecture are symmetrical corniced facades made of natural stone blocks with a symmetrical row of windows. The facade typically emphasizes a centrally placed main entrance and incorporates quoins on the corners. The unique appearance of homes designed in palazzo style architecture is reminiscent of those found in Florence and along the Grand Canal in Venice.
Famous examples include Palazzo Farnese started by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and completed by Michelangelo in Rome, Palazzo Medici by Michelozzo in Florence, Palazzo della Carovana by Giorgio Vasari in Pisa and Ca’Granda by Jacopo Sansovino on the Grand Canal in Venice.

The dome design was inspired by the dome of the Panthe­on in Rome. The builders of this home have great respect and appreciation for the magnificent design of this grand structure which has been described by Michelangelo as an "Angelic and not human design.

There are eight fireplaces. The oversized fireplace mantel in the great room has been handcrafted by artisans in Apulia, Italy. It is 166” high and 99” wide commanding great atten­tion to detail and perfection.

All of the tiles installed in Palazzo della Felicita are made from natural marble. No synthetic or ceramic tiles have been used. Most of the marble originates from Italy, with some select marble imported from Greece and Turkey.

Doors and windows:
The doors and windows are manufactured by Marvin, one of the most renowned manufacturers of doors and windows in North America. The technical specifications significantly exceed the current standards in energy preservation and are the creme de la creme in doors and windows.

Kitchen Cabinets:
The kitchen cabinets installed in the main kitchen are handmade in Italy by Martini Mobili, one of the best-known international luxury cabinet makers. This family owned business has provided cabinetry for some of the most renowned and luxury estates around the world.

The stove in the main kitchen is produced by ILVE, the best- known manufacturer of high-end Italian appliances. Additional appliances manufactured by Wolf as well as other reputable brands.

Hardwood Floor:
The hardwood floor is made from Brazilian Chestnut. This is one of the hardest types of wood in the world and it is three times harder than oak. The manufacturer of this floor offers 100 years transferable warranty, which is extremely rare for any kind of wood flooring products.

Bathroom hardware:
The bathroom hardware is manufactured by Rohl - one of the best-known world brands for luxury bathroom hardware. The hardware used is a part of the Rohl’s Italian Collection which is designed and manufactured in Italy. This hardware is made in solid brass with Polished Nickel finish.

Wine Cellar:
The wine cellar features a walnut finish and has capacity for approximately 3000 bottles. The walls are 14 inches thick and provide unparalleled storage conditions. The door is made out of 14-gauge steel with insulated double glass panels.

Home Automation and Communication System:
This home is fully pre-wired with CAT6 and fiber optic cables. The home automation soft­ware is provided by RTI, a leading award-win­ning software company. Many different home systems can be controlled by this system, including: audio and video, intercom, lighting, heating and cooling, home and garage doors, security, surveillance, top-of-the-line applianc­es, automatic window/door treatments and many more.

Entertainment system:
There are a total of forty built-in speakers installed inside and outside the home divided into eighteen separately controlled zones. The home theater is equipped with a 4K/3D pro­jector and surround sound system. The chairs are custom leather with cherry wood accent and include Sound Shaker Technology, power recline and USB connections.

Safe room:
More information about this room can be provided upon request.

The spa features hot tub, sauna, massage room, steam room and oversized shower. It is finished in Italian and Greek marble.

The garage is an oversized underground garage with security camera capabilities. It has eight parking places and features a door clearance of eight feet. It is pre-wired for heat­ing and cooling units.

Swimming pool:
The pool is 15’ by 35’. It is heated and has a sheer descent wall in the back with three waterfalls, producing a relaxing and calming cascading water sound.

Pool House:
The pool house has a first floor entertaining area, and an upper level with two bedrooms and two baths.

The slate roof is from the world famous Del Carmen quarries in Spain. Del Carmen has earned its reputation because of the exceptional uniformity in color and extremely high resistance to fading. This slate is one of the few certified slates for use by the English Heritage and the Historic Scotland, the leading au­thorities charged with preserving important British landmark structures including Buckingham Palace and the British Museum. The manufacturer of this high-quality product guarantees the slate for 100 years with proper maintenance.

The whole house is enclosed in an envelope of foam insula­tion, including exterior walls and attic. This approach ensures unsurpassed efficiency in energy preservation. The floors between each level are insulated as well as most of the interior walls. In addition to the foam insulation, there is batt insulation installed on the exterior walls. The combination of foam insu­lation, batt insulation and the insulation from the limestone blocks set new standards in home energy preservation.

Heating and Cooling:
There are four independent HVAC systems in the main house and one additional one in the pool house. The furnaces and AC units are manufactured by Trane, one of the most reliable and respected brands in the industry. The furnaces run on natural gas and have an efficiency rating of 97.3%. The AC units are also the most advanced on the market with efficiency of up to 22 Seers. These systems feature ComfortLink™, a new communication technology that synchronizes all thermostats, sensors and heating/cooling units, providing additional com­fort and efficiency.

Plumbing System:
All water pipes installed are made from L type copper. L type copper pipes are superior compared to M type (used in most residential projects). There is a smart hot water circulation pump installed that adapts to the household schedule in order to save energy. It automatically triggers vacation mode if hot water is not used for more than three days. All hot water pipes are insulated for additional energy efficiency.

Electrical System:
800 Amperes electric service. All electrical circuits are dis­tributed in four electrical panels for easy maintenance. The lighting plan is very generous with a combination of recessed lighting, wall sconces, dome lighting, Swarovski crystal chan­deliers, under-cabinet lighting, landscape lighting and much more. The lighting system features smart switches that are interconnected with the home automation system. This home is also pre-wired for solar panels.

Landscape and Hardscape:
The landscape is designed to offer maximum privacy as well as great entertaining space. The hardscape in the back yard is made from natural travertine pavers. The pergola on the left side of the back yard provides an excellent place to entertain or protect from the sun while enjoying quiet afternoons.

One of the oldest and most elegant residences in the nation's capital The Ambassador Bruce House, built circa 1810, is arguably the most storied private home in Georgetown. The home was owned for decades by one of America's most recognized and distinguished diplomatic couples, David K.E. Bruce and Evangeline Bell Bruce. Today, old-world Georgetown elegance has now been transformed into a state-of-the art home for modern living.

The expansive 2015 renovation most notably features an award winning 22,000-pound marble staircase constructed of solid blocks of the same marble used for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Olympian White Danby marble from Vermont). The 12,200 square foot property offers 7 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, 9 fireplaces, geothermal heating and cooling and an expanded lower level entertainment area with bar, wine cellar, and private guest quarters or caretakers unit. A 34-foot ballroom features Jeffersonian windows that lead to the 1/3 acre of grounds masterfully designed by landscape architect, Rose Greely, including a private gym, heated lap pool, lavish gardens, expansive terrace and lawn fitted for entertaining under a tent. The interior design of the home was completed by the renowned Patrick Sutton. The offering of 1405 34th Street represents a rare and unrivaled opportunity to own a special piece of Georgetown history.

For the surrounding community of Washington, DC 20007, the nearby schools are excellent and include Hyde Addison Es, Hardy Ms and Wilson Hs. The overall crime risk for this area is moderately high with 2 criminal and sex offenders residing within 1 mile. The natural disaster risk for this area includes very low earthquake risk, very high tornado risk, and minimal flood risk.


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