Few things are as pretty as an English garden. The home at 2244 Cathedral Ave. NW is blessed with not only a lovely profusion of plants straight out of an English garden, but also a view of Rock Creek Park right across the street. And not just the view — the soundtrack of the nearby National Zoo. Apparently, when the conditions are right, you can hear the call of the monkeys.
The semi-detached house — the very model of English Classical and Colonial styles — was built in 1909. It offers 3,050 square feet of living space, with six bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a private flagstone patio, detached one-car garage and a host of vintage detail and modern amenities. It is on the market for $1,585,000.
The gracious red brick home with black shutters and door, white trim and a brick walkway sits elevated from the street and fronted by flowering perennials and greenery (irises, lilac bushes and dwarf Japanese maple). The front door opens into a traditional center hall reception area with a stairway off to the right and living room to the left. One-inch wide original wood flooring runs throughout.
The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantel and white-painted brick surround. A large medallion graces the ceiling and custom-built radiator covers create window seats for added charm.
The living room leads into a formal dining room, with traditional coffered ceiling, chair rails and wainscoting. Custom plantation shutters, added in 2012, cover the oversized windows.
Off the dining room is the eat-in kitchen, recently remodeled for a more contemporary look and feel but not so modern that it fights with the overall style and heritage of the house. It has custom white shelving and cabinets (some glass-fronted) with nickel hardware, black-and-white granite countertops, gray glass subway tile backsplash, and recessed lighting.
Stainless appliances include an Electrolux French door refrigerator/freezer with exterior water and ice dispenser; Bosch dishwasher; Jenn-Air gas range and oven; and GE Profile microwave. A small powder room is tucked in next to the fridge.
A key ingredient in this kitchen is the view from the bay windows, which overlook the private flagstone back patio. It’s a spacious retreat that, at this time of year, is abloom with hydrangeas, dogwood, hostas and groundcover.
A back stairway leads from the kitchen to the lower level, where a spacious and bright family room features a newly added wet bar with granite counter and custom dark wood cabinetry, wall-to-wall carpeting and wainscoting. This level also includes a three-piece bath and laundry room with a sink and Kenmore washer and dryer.
Upstairs on the second-floor landing is a large bathroom with ceramic tile floor, walk-in shower and a single sink vanity with plenty of storage space. Next door is a small bedroom with extensive built-ins and a fine view of the garden. Off the hallway is a linen closet and at the end of the hall is a dressing room with four deep closets and the master bedroom, which overlooks the street and Rock Creek Park beyond.
On the third floor is another full bath on the landing and three more bedrooms, one with two walk-in closets and one with quaint dormer windows.
Old Woodley Park — a “green and pleasant land” with distinct architecture and open spaces — is recognized as a historic district on the National Register. It is accessible to Metro and ample shopping and dining options.
The six-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home at 2244 Cathedral Ave. NW is listed for $1,585,000 with Compass. For details, contact Katherine Kranenburg at 703-307-1024 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit tinyurl.com/n3o8p75.