On the Market: A welcoming place to call home in Observatory Circle

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The lower level offers extensive storage and livability. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
The lower level offers extensive storage and livability. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Houses, like their owners, have their own distinct personalities. Some are imperious and grand. Others, like this row house located in Observatory Circle (3831 Garfield St NW), are every bit as warm and inviting as this family-friendly neighborhood itself.

Built in 1926, the semi-detached brick Wardman offers almost 2700 square feet of living space on three levels. It includes four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a spacious eat-in kitchen, and numerous thoughtful upgrades (new porch decking, custom built-ins and closet storage systems, updated powder room). There is also a fenced-in back yard and detached single-car garage. It is on the market for $1,250,000.

The charm starts at the covered front porch, where white columns highlight the sandy brick and black-shuttered façade. The porch swing and rocking chairs create a relaxed and happy vibe.

Inside, a light-filled foyer reveals a living room on the right anchored by wood-burning fireplace with a decorative white brick surround. Bookcases frame the entryway to a formal dining room, which flows into an eat-in kitchen. Moreover, a French door on the far wall opens onto the back deck, step-down slate patio and garden.

Rich golden granite counters and raised panel cabinets arranged in a peninsula layout enhance the kitchen’s sunny glow. Furthermore, stainless appliances –all KitchenAid — include a four-burner range, oven, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator/freezer.

The welcoming front porch with swing and rockers. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
The welcoming front porch with swing and rockers. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Off the kitchen is a mini-mudroom, a pretty half-bath with whimsical bird and cloud wallpaper, and a magnitized blackboard wall — the perfect way to keep family communications clear and uncluttered.

Upstairs, right off the second-floor landing, is the master suite. It comprises two closets (one walk-in with a skylight, the other customized just for shoes). It features south and east-facing windows and an en-suite bathroom. Additionally, the bathroom has an elegant single-sink black vanity, a marble and glass-door shower, and a marble subway tile backsplash.

This magnetized blackboard puts family communications front and center. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
This magnetized blackboard puts family communications front and center. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Down the hall is a full bath and two more children’s or guest bedrooms, each spacious enough for play space or a sitting area. Indeed, the smaller of the two has a vaulted ceiling with a skylight.

On the lower level, a bright family room offers extensive storage with a wall of built-in custom cabinets and shelving. Of course, there is also a guest or au pair bedroom with its own private entrance to the outside, a full bathroom, and laundry with a side-by-side Whirlpool washer and dryer.

Located in Observatory Circle, the home is ideally situated within walking distance to the National Cathedral, Cathedral Commons and Glover Park. It is close to playgrounds and parks (Beauvoir, Glover Archibald, Guy Mason and Macomb) and offers easy access to Georgetown, downtown, and points north and west. Indeed, it is served by numerous bus lines on Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues.

The home at 3831 Garfield St NW is listed for $1,250,000 with Long & Fosters / Christie’s. For details, contact Marjorie Dick Stuart at 240-731-8079 or marjorie.dickstuart@longandfoster.com. For a virtual tour, visit www.3831Garfield.com.