On the Market: A Block Island Captain’s House drops anchor in Kent


Redesigned earlier this year, the center hall at 5163 Fulton St. NW resembles “a riff on a Block Island captain’s house.” (Photos courtesy of HomeVisit)

Jo-Jo and Chip Gaines (of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” fame) are not the only ones who know their way around the versatility of shiplap.

Custom-built stairs. (Photo by Susan Bodiker)

The center hall Craftsman at 5163 Fulton St. NW – completely redesigned and custom built earlier this year – takes shiplap and other woods to a whole new level of refinement with handcrafted stairways and custom molding, trim and built-ins that are, in themselves, works of art.

The eclectic, light-filled residence that architect Stephen DuPont, Jr. called “a riff on a Block Island captain’s house” offers approximately 4,000 square feet of living space on four levels and includes five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a screened-in porch, a rooftop deck, a single-car garage with brick motor court, a host of “smart home” features and historical design elements. It is on the market for $1.595 million.

Elevated above an all glass lower level, the home seems to float – ship like – above the street. The brick and shiplap façade is fronted by a wide porch with graceful arched side entryways. Inside, the reception hall opens to a dining room to the left and a living room to the right. Straight ahead are the stairs and the kitchen. Wide-planked white oak floors run throughout.

The living room with off-center fireplace.

An off-center fireplace with marble surround and shiplap trim gives the living room an 18th century ambience that welcomes both intimate and larger gatherings. Across the hall, through a set of pocket doors, is the dining room that leads to a butler’s pantry, an elegant power room and the kitchen.

The spacious kitchen and butler’s pantry are fitted with extensive shaker-style white cabinetry, honed and sealed Carrera marble counters and a large subway tile backsplash. An island provides additional space for food prep or casual dining. Glass-fronted display cabinets with walnut trim – one of which can be viewed from front hall – lend a touch of warmth and old-fashioned elegance to this very inviting space. Stainless appliances include a KitchenAid French-door refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher and a Kenmore five-burner gas range and double oven.

The kitchen.

Off the kitchen and living room via sliding glass doors is a screened-in porch overlooking the back garden. It features a massive beam of reclaimed wood from an old Baltimore garage plus clever hacks like screen flaps above the slate floor to facilitate sweeping or plexiglass ceiling panels to bring in more light and extend the space.

A Craftsman-style box staircase, whose newel post was inspired by the stables at Monticello, takes you up to the second level where there are four bedrooms (one of which can be configured as a dressing room, office or nursery) and three baths (hall, jack-and-jill and the master). All pick up the same cabinetry and colorway of the kitchen and are accessorized with marble floors designed to capture the light with alternating shapes of wide and narrow, honed and polished tile.

The master bedroom has a room-sized walk-in closet with white oak built-ins and the bright bathroom includes a double vanity with a marble counter, a glass shower with bench, and a large soaking tub with sleek Kohler fixtures.

The screened-in porch.

A ladder-like stairway rises to a third level playroom or studio with a full bath. Two walls of ceiling-to-floor sliding doors open onto a wrap-around deck with cedar brise-soleil and a panoramic view of Virginia and the surrounding countryside.

Downstairs on the lowest level is a suite of rooms that could serve as an au pair or income-producing unit. There is a modern kitchenette, a full bath and a large bedroom/living area. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and the adjacent garage open onto a brick courtyard.

The home also includes a multi-zone, high-efficiency HVAC; radiant heated floors; a built-in conduit for future installation of solar panels; and storm water management systems.

Located in Kent off Arizona Avenue, the home is an easy walk to the scenic Palisades, Battery Kemble Park, the Capitol Crescent Trail and the MacArthur Boulevard corridor. Bethesda, Chain Bridge and Northern Virginia are within a short and convenient drive.

The five bedrooms and five-and-a- half bath home at 5163 Fulton St. NW is listed for $1.595 million with TTR / Sotheby’s International Realty, For details, contact Katherine Kranenburg at 703-307-1024, [email protected] or Michael Kay, The Fleisher Group, at 301-728-8858, [email protected]. For a visual tour, please visit bit.ly/2ENcaop.