COLUMBIA HEIGHTS CHARACTER -- Every so often there comes that unique property that can make you feel as though you've just spotted a dazzling unicorn amid the otherwise boring brush. Welcome to Girard Crossing, specifically unit No. 3. While you might get distracted by the intricate-brickwork artistry of this gloriously storied mansion's facade -- somewhat hidden behind the timeless magnolia and cheery maples -- do step inside and make your way up the polished staircase to our unicorn. In this exclusive Elysium of a mere seven units, the entire third floor is yours. To the left, your private storage unit; ahead, step into your home. Immediately, you are soothed by the soft embrace of resplendent natural light from northern and eastern exposures, complemented, deeper in, by light from the south and west. The warm Brazilian-cherry floors further enhance the invitation to explore this magical space, as your eyes pass from exposed brick to the whimsical rounded turret to the painstakingly restored period mantel and hearth, housing a gas fireplace. Warmth aside, you'll likely also be struck by the abundance of space and soaring ceilings as you make your way into unit No. 3. Pass by the ample dining area, and the kitchen is ready with its own list of exciting amenities. There's the nearly new refrigerator, gas stove, and refurbished island -- a bit of old Tampa tobacco history. This kitchen also boasts what so many of its newer contemporaries lack: a walk-in pantry! Abundant storage throughout -- to include some Elfa organizing -- is another nod to this handsome home's practicality. Beyond the kitchen, the floor opens to allow for a home-office with a charming, period cameo window. At this midway juncture, you'll also find the first full bath, the washer and vented dryer, along with the first bedroom, all bathed in sunlight. Continuing on, the massive primary suite offers vast living space. The en suite bath features a glorious, spa-worthy, walk-in steam shower. This oversized suite is a ready canvas to add whatever style suits, even if that style is California king. Best of all, however, is walking from this suite out onto your private deck. Outside, high above the alley, the urban din fades away, as you share a moment with the sky and perhaps a morning coffee or evening nightcap. It's your oasis to enjoy as you please, even if that simply means peeking down on your reserved, secure parking space. After a moment outside, you may be reminded that you're not only in a condo oozing character, but in one of Washington's most exciting and well-placed neighborhoods. Within blocks, you'll taste the vibrancy of Columbia Heights, the convenience of Metro, the allure of bustling U Street.... So much is just beyond your doorstep! And with this Girard gem, even more is right at home.