On the Market: A charming colonial with sophisticated touches in Chevy Chase


6643 Western Ave NW. Classic colonial facade opens into 3600 sf of thoughtfully designed space. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit

The classic brick colonial at 6643 Western Ave NW has what chefs and merchants in southern Louisiana call “lagniappe”— an unexpected flourish that lends an additional piquancy or pleasure to a meal or other purchase.

Like an extra beignet, say, or a few extra chili peppers. In this case, that little something extra comes in the form of thoughtful a design touches that delights the eye and creates a gracious and welcoming living space.

Built in 1940 and recently renovated, the home offers 3600 square feet of living space on four levels. The house also includes five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, two fireplaces, a large lower-level sunroom, and  a screened-in porch that opens onto a wood-and-paver lined deck that surrounds a heated salt-water pool.

The front and back yards are attractively landscaped with evergreens, hydrangeas, crepe myrtle, dogwood and cherry trees. There is also a two-car garage and an additional parking pad. It’s on the market for $1,550,000.

Heated salt water pool surrounded by pavers and a landscaped garden. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

The trim shuttered façade features a covered and columned portico and a double door with sidelights. Inside, a foyer reveals a bright and spacious dining room on the left and equally spacious living room on the right, both overlooking the front lawn.

The living room, anchored by a fireplace on the far wall, leads into a cozy office/den with a hanging closet and built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that flank an east-facing window.The dining room, which can easily seat twelve, has a refined and formal feel thanks to the vintage crown molding, chair rail, and a built-in china cabinet with a glass-paned door.

A view of the living room and den. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Off the dining room is an eat-in kitchen with solid maple cabinets (some glass fronted), a white quartz countertop, a breakfast bar, and an Italian ceramic backsplash.

It’s equipped with a Bosch dishwasher, GE microwave, KitchenAid French door refrigerator/freezer, KitchenAid double wall ovens, and a Bosch four-burner cooktop (all stainless steel). It opens into a sun-filled family room, which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling paned windows. These windows frame a lovely view of the back garden and pool. And those windows are further lit by three large skylights.

The kitchen and family room with extensive storage and abundant light. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Upstairs on the second level, there are three bedrooms — two guest rooms with deep closets and a front or back yard view and the master bedroom, with two newly built closets and. A lovely window seat sits between those two rooms. The hall bath is dressed in a classic 1940s black-and-white colorway, and its has a marble-topped vanity.

The master en-suite bath, also newly refreshed, boasts a herringbone patterned marble tile floor, large walk-in shower with frameless glass doors and a double sink vanity with marble counter.

The third level — ideal for an au-pair — has a romantic-vaulted celinged bedroom, a full bathroom, and a living area. This living area includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator, a double burner, and a sink.  

The lower level is full of surprises. This level includes a recreation room with a wood-burning fireplace, a new bedroom with a poolside view, a screened-in porch with a walkway to the back pool deck, a full bathroom, and an extensive storage unit.

The laundry room has a LG dryer, a Samsung washer, and a sink. The patterned stucco walls and tile floor lend a beach-vacation vibe to this level year ‘round.

Located on a quiet, verdant street on the Chevy Chase, DC side of Western Ave., the home is close to Rock Creek Park. And it’s within an easy drive or bus ride to the retail and restaurant attractions on Connecticut Ave., Friendship Heights, and Bethesda.

The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath center hall Colonial at 6643 Western Ave. NW is listed for $1,550,000 with Long & Foster | Christie’s. For details, contact Terri Robinson at 202-607-7737 or [email protected]. For a virtual tour, visit https://bit.ly/2JSYcUB.