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Jeanne Harrison


Opportunity knocks, and yes, it is THAT HOUSE! Aprox 2250sf of living space on 2 levels (plus an 1100sf dirt floor root cellar), this fun, funky and frankly amazing “Farmhouse in the City” with an A+ location and an artistic New Orleans vibe has been featured on both the Renovators AND the Capitol Hill Restoration Society House Tours. WIDE and 4 rooms deep, this rara avis 3BR+2 offices/2.5BA super BRIGHT (7 skylights), SPACIOUS and FLEXIBLE clapboard home with the best front porch on the Hill also has a brand new roof, new AC, and new furnace, and is on the market for the first time in 25 years. Informally known as the Pepper-Smith house, it was built by John Pepper around 1860 (along with its smaller almost-twin next door) and expanded by Thomas Smith in 1872 with a brick addition and coal chute access to the backyard. Bearing witness to DC history from before the Civil War to today, these 2 houses were likely the only ones on this block until around 1895. Relax or entertain friends on the surprisingly private and serene front porch, while looking onto the deep front yard with mature plantings. Step into a large separate entry hall and note the spacious living room with bay window and working woodburning fireplace. Banquet-size dinners are easy in the large dining room, with room for a wet or dry bar (plumbing is behind the wall); the original pocket doors are in the cellar. To the right a large open room w/3 skylights and a whimsical “palm tree” is currently a bright office, but has also been a wonderful playroom, and a library. A rare and spacious main level family room opens to the U-shaped kitchen that has been well-loved by the food writer/culinary producer who lives and entertains here. Parties for 100 were not uncommon, and easily accommodated. A discreetly-located powder room, plus a large storage room w/a skylight (imagine the possibilities) with side by side washer/dryer, and access to the large unfinished root cellar complete the main level. Upstairs the primary ensuite bedroom has a working woodburning fireplace, very large walk-in closet, and ensuite bath with tub. The 4th bedroom/office has a skylight and closet, while a windowed nook in the hallway could be another WFH spot. An immense wall of closets provides terrific storage, and even more possibilities. The large 2nd bedroom has a skylight and large closet, plus space for another WFH or music area. At the rear are the 3rd bedroom, featuring a large closet with distressed doors, a nod to the Key West-inspired décor and the 2nd full bath with a stall shower. Out back a deck off the kitchen can accommodate 6 for al fresco dining, while the fully-fenced brick patio has borders for gardening, sheltered by a crape myrtle and mature rose arbor. Rear gate opens to alley for easy bike/stroller access, and vehicles can access the rear gate for deliveries or unloading. Enjoy living a half block to Stanton Park, 7 blocks to Eastern Market, 6 blocks to WholeFoods and hot H Street, and close to all the wonderful things that Capitol Hill has to offer. Definitely NOT a “cookie cutter” home, 621 Mass gives you a rare opportunity to be the gourmet. Carpe Diem!
  • Sold
  • 3
  • 3
  • 1860
    Year Built
  • 2,250 Sq.Ft.
    Living Area

Features & Amenities

Area & Lot

  • Status: Sold
  • Living Space: 2,250 Sq.Ft.
  • Lot Size: 1,947 Sq.Ft.
  • MLS® ID: DCDC521088
  • Type: Townhouse
  • Year Built: 1860
  • Architecture Styles: Victorian, Farmhouse/National Folk


  • Total Bedrooms: 3
  • Total Bathrooms: 3
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Flooring: Ceramic Tile, Wood, Carpet
  • Fireplace: Screen, Wood
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Oven/Range - Gas, Refrigerator, Stove, Washer, Water Heater, Stainless Steel Appliances, Range Hood
  • Other Interior Features: Ceiling Fan(s), Floor Plan - Traditional, Formal/Separate Dining Room, Primary Bath(s), Pantry, Skylight(s), Tub Shower, Stall Shower, Walk-in Closet(s), Window Treatments, Crown Moldings, Carpet, Family Room Off Kitchen, Floor Plan - Open, Recessed Lighting, Wood Floors

Exterior & Building

  • Water Source: Public
  • Utilities: Cable TV
  • Heat Type: Forced Air
  • Air Conditioning: Central A/C, Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Sewer: Public Sewer
  • Substructure: Combination, Brick, Frame, Wood Siding
  • Security Features: Security System, Smoke Detector
  • Other Exterior Features: Exterior Lighting, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Deck(s), Patio(s), Porch(es), Brick, Above Grade, Below Grade


  • Sales Price: $1,326,000
  • Real Estate Tax: $8,805/yr
  • Zoning: RF-1
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