This article was originally published Jan. 11, 2017. The Washington Business Journal reported May 25 that Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has purchased the home for $7,785,000, confirming a rumor published in Washingtonian last month.
We’ve all been there. We see an unusual home and wonder: “What’s behind those walls? Who lives there and what does it look like inside?”
The property at 2933-2943 Benton Place NW is such a home. Once the residence of the late Moin Qureshi — a former World Bank senior vice president and acting prime minister of Pakistan — the interior behind the massive wood door and Moorish facade is every bit as grand as you could imagine.
At once stately and intimate, the Mediterranean Revival villa was built in 1927 and renovated in 2001 (when 2933 and 2943 were connected). It sits on a half-acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with a pool, fountain and mature greenery. Offering approximately 15,000 square feet of living space, it includes eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half-baths, three kitchens (family, catering and staff), and a library, elevator, multi-car garage, separate pool house, and a host of rooms ideal for family life or diplomatic use.
This three-level property is on the market for $8,000,000.
A dramatic high-ceilinged foyer with a marble floor and central curving staircase welcomes you to the elegance within. To the left is a formal library whose rich mahogany walls, bookshelves and cabinets would feel quite at home in Downton Abbey. Off the library is the catering kitchen with adjoining pantry, GE Monogram gas range, Kitchen Aid compactor, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, two Thermador wall ovens, two dishwashers, and practical stainless and butcher-block counters.
From there you have a choice: Explore an office/bedroom with en-suite three-piece bath, or a small round sunroom (the first floor of the central turret) with a beamed and beadboarded ceiling and walls of French doors that open into the garden.
Additional public rooms are on the other side of the house via the windowed loggia that leads back to the grand foyer. Step into the sunken living room or relax in the adjacent sitting room overlooking the garden. Both feature glass-fronted display cabinets, as does the dining room, which also has a wood-burning fireplace.
A small hallway leads to the great room, a large family-friendly space surrounded by windows and anchored by an elevated gas fireplace with traditional arabesque mantel design. From here, you can enter the delightful breakfast nook with garden views, tile floors and a country French look and feel. Or you can go straight from the great room into an equally great family kitchen with two pantries, tile flooring and backsplash, granite counters and maple cabinets with rope design. There is also a large island with white quartz counter and undermount sink (one of two) and an adjoining black granite-topped table. Appliances include two concealed Sub-Zero refrigerators, a Thermador glass cook top, four Dacor ovens and six-burner gas range, and two built-in Asco dishwashers.
Off the kitchen is another guest bedroom or office space with two deep walk-in closets and en-suite bathroom, which features black marble, brass fittings, and mirrors on the wall and medicine cabinet.
The second floor, accessed from the hallway staircase or all-level elevator, holds the private living spaces. At one end is the master wing: two exceptionally spacious bedrooms (the larger of the two has a vaulted ceiling); four room-sized walk-in closets; a sitting room; and two master baths, each with a deep, glass-enclosed walk-in shower, decorative tilework on the backsplash and soaking tub surround, double-sink vanities (his in dark wood, hers in white with a curved granite counter), and a private commode with toilet and bidet. On the other end of the floor are three smaller bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths and a window-lined octagonal study or child’s playroom (the second level of the turret). Located midway between the two wings is a large guest room with full en-suite bath, sitting room and laundry area.
Back stairs lead to “downstairs,” which houses staff quarters, storage rooms, separate family recreation, exercise and billiards rooms plus a wine cellar. There also is an exterior entrance to the stand-alone pool cabana.
This exceptional residence is located in the prestigious Woodland Normanstone neighborhood, just south of the Naval Observatory. It is off Massachusetts Avenue NW with easy access to major bus routes and Dupont Circle.
The eight-bedroom, eight-bath home at 2933-2943 Benton Place NW in Woodland Normanstone is listed for $8,000,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For details, contact Edward Poutier at 202-421-8650 or Edward@EdwardAndStewart.com; Stewart Coleman at 202-841-2936 or Stewart@EdwardAndStewart.com; or Douglas Blacker at 202-997-0301 or Douglas@EdwardAndStewart.com. For a virtual tour, visit tinyurl.com/BentonPl.