In the right hands, a white color palette can be a bold choice. The mid-19th-century Federal house at 3013 Dumbarton St. NW has been given not just a new coat of very white paint, but it has also been refreshed and reinvigorated throughout — bestowing on this traditional Georgetown home a timeless look and feel.
The detached white clapboard home with black shutters and a bright red door offers 2,740 square feet of thoughtfully designed and renovated living space on three levels. It includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, four fireplaces, a sleeping porch, a side and rear garden/patio and vintage architectural details in the moldings, flooring and leaded glass windows. Built in 1850, this house is on the market for $2,995,000.
Once owned by Robert Sivard, well-known Washington portraitist and designer who died in 1990, the home features updated interiors inspired by a painterly aesthetic. Geometrically patterned floors are faux-painted to look like limestone, and the house boasts whitewashed mantels and a focus on light, air and classical proportions.
Off the entryway with its view of the back garden is a staircase to the right and three rooms — a living room, library and formal dining room — each flowing seamlessly into the next. All three feature a fireplace with marble hearth, recessed lighting and decorative crown molding. There are built-in bookshelves in the library and an arched display cabinet in the dining room, which opens onto the side patio via double glass doors.
The dining room fireplace is bracketed by a back staircase leading to the second floor and a step-down entryway to the kitchen — a vision in white with radiant-heated antique pine flooring, exposed wood beams, a pale gray-white marble backsplash, and marble countertops with a spot-stain-smudge resistant “leathered” finish. Walls of cabinets and a center island offer extensive storage, prep and serving space.
Appliances (mostly concealed) include two Miele dishwashers; a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two freezer drawers; and a Wolf gas cooktop, oven and hood.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room with faux-painted floors (also radiant-heated), a bay window with a built-in banquette and a fireplace surrounded by custom bookcases. At the far end of the room are a wall of windows and a French door opening onto the rear garden, which features ivy-covered walls, planting beds, evergreen shrubbery and a pea gravel patio.
A narrow spiral staircase leads to the lower-level au pair suite, which houses a sitting room/bedroom, wet bar, full bath and laundry room with a GE washer and dryer.
Back in the main floor hallway on the way to the staircase are two hall closets and a striking half-bath with gold leaf and brass ornamentation, including a sink with Greek key design.
On the second level, there are four bedrooms, including the owner’s suite, plus an old-fashioned sleeping porch with a wall of windows and air conditioning for maximum comfort and natural light. The large master features three large closets (one walk-in) and windows overlooking the rear garden. Its en-suite bath includes marble countertops, heated flooring, a single-sink vanity and a large soaking tub with a wood surround.
Two adjoining guest rooms share a bathroom and access to the sleeping porch. The third guest room, which overlooks Dumbarton Street, is furnished with white-paneled walls, a fireplace with an unusual stepped mantel, built-in bookcases and double reach-in closets.
Tucked off the master bedroom is a staircase leading up to a magical artist’s garret with vaulted ceilings, large cedar closet and a private deck with views of Georgetown and the Washington Monument.
Located on a quiet brick-lined street in Georgetown’s East Village, the home is within easy walking distance of the neighborhood’s lively retail and restaurant scene and its more pastoral pursuits — notably Montrose, Rose and Rock Creek parks, and Dumbarton Oaks. The home’s sale price includes a rented parking space that has been paid for through 2018.
The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home at 3013 Dumbarton St. NW in Georgetown is listed for $2,995,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For more information, contact Nancy Taylor Bubes at 202-256-2164 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2y8OWJ7.