Real Estate, Design, Travel, and did we say Real Estate?
In this edition of our newsl etter, we kick off 2019 with gratitude, explore traditional churches transformed into modern homes , take you on a tour of the beautiful island of Curaçao, map our hyperlocal real estate experience, and showcase our featured listings and properties coming soon. THANKS FOR READING AND ENJO Y! 
Kara and Wayne kicked off 2019 with a client appreciation bash at the  Gaslight Tavern Everyone raved about the delici ous food, classic cocktails, warm fireplace, and excellent company. Thank you to everyone who shared in the evening! A special thank you to  KVS Title and the Kingsbury Mortgage team at  Vellum Mortgage   for partnering with us on the event.  
Pittman's Chapel: A Traditional Church Becomes a Modern Home
Then: Trinity A.M.E Zion Church, 1905 designed by William Sidney Pittman
Now: Pittman's Chapel, National Award of Merit Winner for the Best Adaptive Reuse
Whether it's because a church congregation has moved on or they've outgrown the church, there has been a movement to transform churches into new-modern homes. From The Netherlands, to Australia to Washington, DC, churches from as far back as the 19th century have been renovated into architectural marvels. 

The Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church was designed by architect William Sidney Pittman in 1905. He was the nation's first African-American architect to have his own office, and this church was his first commission. Pittman went on to design other buildings in DC, including the Garfield Elementary Public School (1909) and the 12 th  Street YMCA Building (1912). 

In 2014, the church and adjacent land was acquired and redeveloped. The church was integrated with new construction, resulting in an enclave of homes unlike any other in DC. The Morton Street Mews project, which includes Pittman's Chapel, was a National Award of Merit Winner for the Best Adaptive Reuse in DC. The most impressive front-facing portion of Pitman’s Chapel with leaded glass windows, two turrets, and a grand staircase is now Kara’s new home!
This winter Kara escaped the cold with an island getaway to Curaçao. Curaçao, part of the ABC islands lies on the continental shelf of South America and outside of the hurricane belt. Curaçao isn’t world famous for its beaches, likely because most of them are hidden serene gems, along the sheltered and calm southwestern coast. The real appeal of Curaçao is not simply the sandy beaches or the panoramic views; it is the coming together of everything that makes up the Island like a burst of warm energy. Curaçao waters are pristine, warm and enthralling. From Sint Christoffelberg’s highest point of 372 m (1,220 ft) to the bustling beach bars of Mambo Boulevard and Jan Thiel Beach Curaçao has something for everyone. With such a successful tourism industry, the island brings people from all around the world to take part the abundance of unique activities and to experience a taste of the Caribbean lifestyle.
Even while on vacation, Kara couldn't help but explore real estate in Curaçao. She connected with a friend in the industry, Vincent Stens .

Vincent shared with Kara, Boca Gentil Hilltop , de signed by Famous Dutch architect Cees den Heije. This 3-bedroom, 2-bath has an open design that is Caribbean, contemporary and functional.

If this winter chill has you thinking of warmer places, c onsider Curaçao!

L isting courtesy of Vincent Stens and Sotheby's International Realty Curaçao .
Kara and Wayne have sold over 180 properties in Washington DC and Maryland and have over 16 years of combined experience as REALTORS®. Kara and Wayne know the intricacies and nuances of the ever changing Washington, DC market.

Looking for a condo in Dupont Circle, a single family home in Petworth, or even new neighborhood hotspots in Georgetown or Columbia Heights? They have it covered!

Check out the map for more details on their experience!
2019 is already off to a good start for Kara and Wayne! Here are some of our featured properties that are coming soon and under contract:
COMING SOON: 1712 Corcoran St. NW #5
Quintessential Corcoran Street with Bay Window and Private Deck!
Contact  Kara  for additional information.
Welcome to this charming 1890 one-bedroom, one-bath boutique condo on everyone’s favorite Corcoran Street.  You’ll love the spacious living room with bay windows, real hardwood floors and high ceilings, and renovated open Euro-style kitchen with white lacquer cabinets and Carrara marble countertops complete with breakfast bar.  Beautiful all-white bathroom and did we say an in-unit washer and dryer?  Lovely large bedroom and lots of creative storage maximizing the space and the pièce de résistance is the large 13' x 15' south-facing private deck!  Safeway across the street and Whole Foods just a few blocks away.  So convenient and so Dupont Circle !
COMING SOON: 1901 Wyoming Ave. NW #46
The next best thing to living in Paris!
Contact  Wayne  for additional information.
Welcome to Kalorama’s iconic “Best Address” residence - The Altamont. From the circular drive enter through revolving doors to an architecturally classic lobby with 24-hour front desk. Take the elevator to the 4 th  floor to this delightful one-bedroom apartment with 10’ ceilings, spacious living room, and large eat-in kitchen with granite, original tile work, and pantry. Light streams in through tall west-facing windows. The living area opens to a bedroom with walk-in closet, sleeping or office nook, and an en-suite white-tiled bath. Breathtaking rooftop terrace with 360 views.
UNDER CONTRACT: 6820 Wisconsin Ave. NW #4008
The Adagio
Welcome to the amenity-rich Adagio Condominium in downtown Bethesda. This spacious, light-filled unit features 1-bedroom plus den, floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-foot ceilings, and large private balcony. High-end open kitchen with Sub-zero fridge, Wolf range, gas cooktop, granite countertops, and island with breakfast bar. Building amenities include front-desk concierge, fitness room, common courtyard and more. Assigned garage parking completes the package.
Contact  Kara  for additional information. *Kara represents the buyer.
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Kara Johnson
Keller Williams Capital Properties 
1918 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009  
202.243.7700 office
202.378.4240 cell
Wayne Johnson
Keller Williams Capital Properties     
1918 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009 
202.243.7700 office
202.494.0714 cell 
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