On the Market: A stately Spring Valley home with a distinguished backstory

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This Spring Valley home (4934 Indian Lane NW) is richly landscaped from front to back. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
This Spring Valley home (4934 Indian Lane NW) is richly landscaped from front to back. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

The first thing you need to know about the stone and cedar Colonial at 4934 Indian Lane NW (Spring Valley) is that it was once owned by General Omar Bradley. It appropriately reflects all the gracious proportions, elegant details, and unique character you’d expect to find in a home belonging to the nation’s first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The second thing you need to know is that the current owners’ King Charles Spaniels each have their own room. With a view. Okay, the “rooms” are glass-walled cubbies set in a banquette that’s located in the very spacious and serious gourmet chef’s kitchen. But still…lucky dogs indeed.

That is the essence of this extraordinary property in Spring Valley. It’s rich with refinement and rooms for entertaining on a grand scale. Above all, this family-friendly home conveys intimacy, humor and warmth.

What does this Spring Valley home offer?

Furthermore, this home was built in 1931 and extensively renovated in 2009. It offers almost 11,000 square feet of living space on three levels — including eight bedrooms, six full and three half-baths, five working fireplaces, a state-of-the-art home theatre, climate-controlled wine cellar, a workout space, and elevator.

In honor of the Bradley, the home has retained his wood paneled billiards room and his former office, hidden away at the top of the back staircase. There is also a two-car garage with brick and flagstone motor court; heated pool and separate pool house.

The pool and pool house, which has a kitchen and bath. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
The pool and pool house, which has a kitchen and bath. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Extensive front and rear gardens feature mature trees, flowering shrubs, and lush green space. It is on the market for $7,450,000.

An extensive tour of the living and dining rooms

Burled wood double doors open into a long entry gallery that leads all the way back to the family room and pool area beyond. A center-hall stairway is straight ahead and to the right is a step-down formal living room with 10’ ceilings, fireplace with carved marble mantel and original herringbone-patterned oak floors. Moreover, tucked off the living room is a semi-circular conservatory with seven oversized bay windows.

Indeed, across the hall is the formal dining room that overlooks the front of the house. There are built-in glass-fronted china closets and Chinese red walls that are an excellent backdrop for the Omar Bradley hommage—a small portrait and a framed section of his original wallpaper (aviation themed).

Off the dining room is hallway with a mudroom and charming half-bath plus the butler’s pantry with glass-fronted cabinets above and, below, a floral-edged pounded zinc countertop.

A top-notch kitchen that will leave you breathless

The kitchen houses not just the dogs but two large islands (one dark wood) for storage, serving and informal eating; white Shaker-style cabinets with granite countertops and cooks-grade appliances (some concealed) including: a double Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer doors; Miele steam oven and warming drawer; GE Monogram microwave and wall oven, two sinks, custom bronze range hood and Wolf six-burner gas range and oven.

A four-paneled skylight sets off the eat-in breakfast area, which also features the built-in canine banquette/window seat, oversized windows and a French door opening onto the wood deck that provides access to the back garden and pool.

The chef's grade kitchen with skylight over the dining area. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
The chef’s grade kitchen with skylight over the dining area. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Additionally, the family room sits off the kitchen and features a coffered ceiling, fireplace with hand-carved wood mantel, and built-in bookcases. Two steps down and through an original pocket door is the billiards room lined with intricate wood wall paneling, book shelves, tray and coffered ceiling with hand-painted trim and French doors that open onto the screened-in porch.

The upstairs portion of the house is elegant

Upstairs on the second and third levels are the bedrooms–six plus the master. Some have en-suite bathrooms, others share a Jack-and-Jill, all luxuriously fitted with marble, glass and high-end fixtures. Arched windows, skylights and terraces afford beautiful views of the gardens and pool.

The large, bright master bedroom has a fireplace with a granite hearth and extends into a sitting room/office that opens onto a roof deck overlooking the rear garden. The master bath features a glass-doored steam shower with double shower heads, radiant heated travertine floors and a double-sink vanity with marble countertop. In addition, over the whirlpool tub is a domed skylight.

A skylight sits above the large soaking tub. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
A skylight sits above the large soaking tub. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

The lower level is dedicated to family entertainment and comfort and comprises a rec room with a catering kitchen that opens to the back patio and pool area; a screening room with seats for ten or more; walls of bookcases; a refrigerated wine cellar; exercise room and miles of storage. Indeed, there is also an au-pair suite with bedroom and ensuite full bath.

Located on a half-acre lot on one of Spring Valley’s most prestigious streets, the home offers both exceptional privacy and easy access to Downtown, Georgetown, Bethesda/Chevy Chase and points north and west.

The stone and cedar Colonial at 4934 Indian Lane NW is listed for $7,450,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details about this Spring Valley home, contact Liz Lavette Shorb at 301-785-6300 or lizlavette.shorb@wfp.com. For a visual tour, visit https://bit.ly/2NmzVba.