On the Market: A modern farmhouse in American University Park

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Photos courtesy of Real Tour The stone farmhouse at 4608 Davenport St. NW was built in 1900 before being renovated in the early 2000s. The house sports four bed- rooms, three-and-a-half baths, and offers a tree-top balcony and a pool. It is on the market for $1.695 million.

These are the days when outdoor living comes into its own.

That is assuming, of course, that the weather cooperates.

The stone farmhouse at 4608 Davenport St. NW offers extensive living and entertaining space inside and out, graced with spacious rooms that extend onto porches, balconies and decks.

Built in 1900, the solidly constructed home offers 3,026 square feet of living space on four levels of living space and includes four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a host of vintage architectural details throughout including oversized windows (some with original glass), doorknobs (crystal and ornamental metalwork), Georgia hard pine flooring, a bullseye window trim and other period-faithful molding. There is also a large landscaped rear garden, pool and pool/garden shed. It is on the market for $1.695 million.

A winding stone path bordered by flowering shrubs and other greenery leads to the stone and wood façade enlivened by a tomato red door and shutters. Inside, a tall multi-paned window (one of many with window seats) illuminates the entry foyer, which faces the stairway and also opens into the living room – formerly a Victorian double parlor – with street and side- garden views.

The living room gives way, on the left, to a dining room with a built-in china cabinet with glass doors and, while to the right there is a cozy den with a wall of built-in bookcases and French door access to a side deck that runs the length of the house.

Photo Courtesy of Real Tour

The dining room leads to the kitchen where soaring ceilings and a wall of windows and weathered bark-hued cabinets take the farmhouse style to a whole new contemporary level. Designed by Chryssa Wolfe as part of a renovation/addition in the early 2000s, it features extensive upper and lower cabinets (some glass-fronted), a massive island, granite countertops and an eating area anchored by a long custom-built banquette which over- looks the back garden and pool.

Stainless appliances include an Amana refrigerator/freezer, a JennAir gas cooktop and oven, a Viking hood and a Miele dishwasher.

The addition also houses a half-bath, a deep pantry closet, a mudroom and matching French doors leading to sizeable decks on the east and west sides of the house.

A stairway leads down from the kitchen to a rec room on the lower level, which features a stone wall from the original exterior of the house before it was expanded. There is a full bath, additional storage and a laundry room with a KitchenAid washer and dryer.

Upstairs on the second level, there are three bedrooms (the owner’s suite plus two guestrooms), additional built- in cabinetry at the far end of the hall, and one full hall bath that has been renovated in blue and white tile.

Private Balcony. Photo Courtesy of Real Tour

The master bedroom includes a large walk-in closet and opens onto a west-facing private balcony with a pale blue tongue-and-groove ceiling and tree-top views. The en-suite bath is lined with marble tile and features a rounded glass shower with decorative tile backsplash and a pedestal sink framed by a unique Palladian-style window with arched transom and glass block sidelights.

A staircase leads up to a third-level aerie with French doors that open onto a widow’s-walk like balcony, ideal for catching the last rays of the sun.

Located on a quiet, leafy street in American University Park, the home is within walking distance to the Tenley metro and a short drive to the dining and retail attractions of Friendship Heights and Spring Valley. It is also easily accessible to downtown D.C. and points north and west.


The four-bedroom, three-and-a- half bath stone farmhouse at 4608 Davenport St. NW is listed for $1.695 million with Long & Foster / Christie’s International. For details, contact Susan Jaquet at 202-365-8118 or susanjaquet@aol.com. For a visual tour, visit bit.ly/2HysQFA.