On the Market: A marriage of luxury and livability in Spring Valley


Built in 1941, the home has been stylishly updated by Casey Sanford Interior Design. Image credit: HomeVisit

“Luxury” and “livable” are not often used in the same sentence, let alone the same house, but for this Spring Valley Colonial, those two seemingly opposed design concepts come together in a match made in heaven.

Located at 4822 Woodway Ln NW, the 1940s-era serene cream brick home with black shutters sits on a quiet, tree-lined street surrounded by properties of similar vintage and style. It offers 3200 square feet of beautifully updated living space on four levels and includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, screened-in porch, terraced rear garden and a host of sophisticated touches throughout. There is also an attached single-car garage. It is on the market for $1,685,000.

The cozy library with window seat is designed for daydreaming. Image credit: HomeVisit

A black vertically paneled door opens into an intimate but dramatic entry hall with harlequin-patterned marble flooring, a mirrored wall and a gold basketweave wallpapered ceiling. (It pays to look up in this house as many of the ceilings are designed for maximum visual interest.)

To the left is the stairway rising to the upper levels. Straight ahead is the living room, whose loveliest feature is the built-out box-bay window with skylights and doors that open into the flagstone patio and garden. Off the entry to the living room is a large screened-porch with Chinese Chippendale molding, terra cotta tile floor, beadboard ceiling and doors to the back yard.

The bright formal dining room is a symphony of citrusy yellow and kelly green. IMage credit: HomeVisit

To the right of the living room is the dining room—a symphony of citrus (ceiling) and Kelly green (bamboo trellis wallpaper)—with built-in cabinets and French doors to the garden.

Next door is the library with built-in bookcases, window seat and warm brown walls. Its en-suite powder room is also book-lined (with wallpaper) and features a Ronbow sink and black-and-white basketweave marble floors.

In the kitchen, extensive white raised-panel cabinets are topped with grey- veined Caesarstone counters and up-to-the-ceiling backsplash. Appliances (some integrated) include a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Bosch dishwasher, Wolf gas oven and cooktop. There is a separate breakfast bar and additional cabinet space on the way to a side exit to the garden.

A statement-making entry hall with gold basketweave wallpaper on the ceiling, a mirrored wall and Waterworks marble tile flooring. Image credit: HomeVisit

Upstairs on the second level, just off the landing, is a guest room with built- in cabinets. The adjacent hall bath is fitted with black-and-white basket weave marble flooring, white vanity and marble counter and tub/shower combo.

Down the hall is an office with mirrored folding doors and then the owner’s suite with a large bedroom and to-die-for en-suite bathroom, which has a massive frameless glass shower with multiple shower heads (one rainfall), shelf and geometrically patterned marble wall/backsplash. There is also a double sink vanity and additional cabinets with decorative glass doors.

The king-size shower and double-sink vanity in the owner’s bath feature Waterworks fixtures. Image credit: HomeVisit

There are two bedrooms and a hall bath in shades of blue/grey on the third floor.

On the lower level, there is a full bath with glass shower and Porcher pedestal sink, laundry room with Maytag washer and dryer and climate-controlled tasting room/wine cellar, with room for approximately 3000 bottles. The pièce de résistance, however, is the ultra-adorbs playroom with built-in book shelves, cabinets and oversized fern-patterned wallpaper. (It is currently furnished with child-sized Federal furniture and animal wall- hangings.)

A fanciful playroom with oversized fern wallpaper, child-sized furniture and animal heads. Image credit: Susan Bddiker

The Woodway Colonial sits on the border of AU Park and Spring Valley and offers a quiet private ambiance that’s nevertheless minutes from the re-energized Massachusetts Ave corridor that boasts a Crate & Barrel, Starbucks, Millie’s, Pain Quotidien, Barre 3 and Capital Pilates.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath Colonial at 4822 Woodway Ln, NW is listed for $1,685,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details, contact Robert Hryniewicki, Adam T. Rackliffe and Christopher R. Leary at HRL Partners: 202-243-1620 or [email protected]. For a virtual tour, visit http://spws.homevisit.com/hvid/261824.