During cold months, between polar vortexes and “bomb cyclones,” we are always looking for ways to stay warm in style. One sure way to stay happy and beat cabin fever is to light up a fire.
Though a fireplace is on the wishlist for many homebuyers, many residents do not actually use them as often as they could. There are some surprising benefits that should stoke our interest in using these features. For example, a recent study by anthropologist Christopher Lynn has shown that even watching a fire video can reduce blood pressure– an effect which is sure to be heightened with the full multi-sensory experience of gazing into a fire.
But why stop there? Relax with a book fireside, invite friends over for warm drinks and treats in adjoining entertaining rooms, or plan a movie or game night with a fiery flare. Whatever activity you choose, we know you’ll find the perfect fireplace inspirations in these Washington area properties.
Listed by Kate Patterson
Warm yourself in good historical company at The Lafayette House! This magnificent Federal-era home features 11 fireplaces. By one of them in the upstairs bedroom, you can enjoy a cozy fire in the same room that General Lafayette stayed in 1824 on his grand tour of the United States.
Listed by Bay Buchanan
This grand estate is one of the finest homes in the D.C. area and was crafted with care by artisan-owners, but it is also quite inviting and liveable. Enjoy any number of the six wood-burning fireplaces, each with a truly exquisite character of its own.
Listed by Nora Burke
This stunning contemporary, designed by well-known architect Gregg Mobius, offers flexible living and entertaining areas adorned by four gas fireplaces (and plumbed for a fifth). Whether you want to light a fire while you dine across from the kitchen, or relax in the light-filled family room loft looking out over a wall of windows, you’ll definitely be doing it in style. There is even a fireplace in the spacious master bathroom!
Listed by Kay Blemker
Use your imagination to picture building comfortable and warm living spaces around these inviting fireplaces! Living room boasting original pine floors offers one fireplace, while the kitchen/family room which opens to the large backyard offers another great central fireplace. From this light-filled room, gaze out into the well-landscaped yard, featuring a 200+ year old pin oak!
Listed by District Property Group (Dana Cannon, Tia Francis, Bryan Wooten)
This single family home, gorgeously updated, offers 4 generously sized bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, and a large basement perfect for entertaining. On wintry days, though, this fireplace focal point is sure to steal the show.
Listed by Shahrzad Miller
This classic fireplace adds a touch of homeliness to the spacious family room in this all-brick end-unit in Del Ray. A second fireplace is in a charming den that also features a wet bar– perfect for gathering friends around a fire on a brisk night!