On the Market: An expansive colonial in Massachusetts Ave. Heights

The facade with the heliotrope grape door. Photo Courtesy of HomeVisit.

A bathroom straight out of Vermeer, a black-and-white color palette enlivened by pops of unexpected color, fanciful garden sculptures and grandly proportioned rooms designed for gracious living and entertaining—the contemporary Colonial at 2845 McGill Terrace NW is its own work of art.

Built in 1949 and meticulously renovated in 2004, the nearly 8900 square foot home boasts five bedrooms, five full and one-half bath (the aforementioned “Vermeer”), four neo-classical fireplaces (Deuxième Empire and Adams style) a 6000-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar, terraced rear garden with koi pond, gazebo and mature plantings, and heated two-car garage. It is on the market for $4,450,000.

The living room is anchored by this Second Empire fireplace. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Set back off a cobblestone driveway, the variegated red brick façade is offset by crisp white trim and a heliotrope/grape-hued door. Just inside, a black-and-white harlequin marble tile vestibule opens to a broad entrance hall laid with a herringbone-patterned hardwood floor. Straight ahead, there is the dining room and a view of the rear gallery that’s lit by skylights and lined with French doors opening to the garden beyond.

The dining room features built-in china cabinets with glass doors and an inlaid wood and marble fireplace.

To the left of the entrance hall is a step-down formal living room, bright white with contrasting ebony-black window trim, shutters, custom crown molding and an ornate black marble and gold leaf fireplace.

Off the dining room and accessed via the marble-tiled gallery is a spacious, abundantly lit family room and adjacent step-up kitchen where glass-paned cabinet fronts pick up the French door theme seen throughout the main level.

The formal dining room with a view of the gallery and kitchen. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit

And while the kitchen is massive, there is nothing superfluous in its design. Every inch is smartly utilized for style and storage—from the 16’ long center island to the white raised-panel cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling.

Chef’s grade appliances include: two Miele dishwashers, six-burner Thermador Professional range with Broan hood, two full sized, side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezers and two Viking Professional wall ovens.

Two stairways lead upstairs: one off the kitchen and the other, more decorative main staircase off the entrance hall, which also houses two closets and a splendid black and gold half-bath with a brass basin, French Herreau fixtures and gold-leaf ceiling.

The sun-lit French door gallery opens onto a flagstone patio and terraced garden. Photo Courtesy of HomeVisit.

Up on the second level, there are three bedrooms (one with en-suite bath), one hall bath, a mini screening room plus the master suite—1400 square feet of luxury, starting with a sitting room with a wall of white custom cabinetry. It opens to both a deck overlooking the back garden and a large master bedroom with a marble fireplace. There are also two walk-in closets (one lined with custom wood shelving and storage) and two spa-like bathrooms.

“His” bath is all green marble tile with a wood vanity, Toto commode and frameless glass shower with multiple chrome and brass fixtures, including a distinctive spider-shaped shower head.

“Hers” picks up the black-and-white color way with radiant-heated Harlequin tile flooring, white cabinets/vanity, soaking tub with wood and marble surround and glass door shower with similar fixtures (including the spider shower head).

The walls are textured black Venetian plaster with gold highlights. The ceiling is hand-painted 18K gold leaf. Photo Courtesy of Susan Bodiker


Downstairs on the lower level, there is a large rec room attached to a full kitchen with Uline under-counter fridge and GE profile stove and range. There is also an exercise room, wine cellar, a bedroom, full bath and laundry room with sink and GE washer and dryer. (For added convenience, a stacked Miele washer/dryer is on the second level.)

Located in prestigious Massachusetts Avenue Heights, the home is just north of Embassy Row and within easy access to Georgetown, Cathedral Commons, downtown and points east and west. It is within walking distance to Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo and National Cathedral.

The five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath Colonial at 2845 McGill Terrace NW is listed for $4,450,000 with TTR / Sotheby’s International Realty. For details, contact Jonathan Taylor, 202-276-3344, jtaylor@ttrsir.com. For a virtual tour, visit http://spws.homevisit.com/hvid/184605.