On the Market: an Adams Morgan villa with French Eclectic charm

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Photo courtesy of Kimberly Cestari; The house at 2800 Adams Mill Road NW, on sale for $1.65 million, has 4,100 square feet on three levels, a basement apartment and views of Rock Creek Park.

The beige stucco home with sea green shutters at 2800 Adams Mill Road NW is a perfect example of French Eclectic style that wears its heritage with lightness and grace.

The style was fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s, after Americans who had served in France during World War I returned home captivated by its architectural charms.

Built in 1923, the Adams Mill home’s façade features such traditional “eclectic” elements as open terraces with stone balustrades, a ceramic tile roof and a multi-paned front door with glazed glass and decorative stone surround —complete with carved garlands and fleurs-de-lys. The one-car garage boasts a carved door and brise-soleil.

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Cestari; The foyer features a curving staircase.

The interior, last updated in the early 1970s, includes original wood flooring, a curved staircase, French doors and vintage millwork.

The home sits on a small lot with a stunning view of the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park.

It is on the market for $1.65 million.

At approximately 4,100 square feet, this villa currently offers three levels of living space. There is a living room, dining room, sunroom and kitchen with adjacent screened-in porch on the main floor.

Four bedrooms, one with a porch; three baths, and a library with built-in shelving are on the second floor.

The full, partially finished basement contains a separate one-bedroom apartment with kitchen, as well as extensive storage space, and a utility room with an old-timey coal chute.

Photo 2: Photo by Susan Bodiker; Stone carvings frame the front door.

From the front porch, the main door opens into a gracious foyer with a staircase to the right and the living room to the left.

Although the rooms are smallish by today’s standards, they are abundantly lit and flow organically from the more formal “reception” space at the front of the house to the more intimate sunroom, dining room and kitchen in the back. They offer plenty of potential for imaginative renovation and renewal.

So do the bedrooms, bathrooms and family room/library upstairs. The landing faces the library, with a large bay window, French doors with sidelights and built-in bookshelves. It is flanked by two sets of bedrooms, one served by a full hall bath, the other three with en-suite baths.

Located in a walkable neighborhood between Rock Creek Park and Mt Pleasant/Lanier Heights, the house offers easy access to Adams Morgan nightlife, the zoo and the urban attractions of Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues.

Once the “starter home” of a newly married Kennedy Warren daughter and then the residence of the DC Commissioner under President Eisenhower, this historic property is now ready and waiting to be restored to new livability and luster.


The French Eclectic at 2800 Adams Mill Road NW is listed for $1.65 million with Long & Foster. For details, contact Kimberly Cestari, 202-253-8757 or kimberlyc@lnf.com. Visual tour: https://bit.ly/2tOdMvf.