On the Market: Cathedral Heights Colonial hits all the right notes

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A classical colonial has a contemporary interior vibe. Photo credit: Home Visit

Like music, houses have their own rhythm—the scale of the rooms, their flow, the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, the harmony they bring to those who live within—all play a part.

Case in point: the red brick Colonial at 3923 Massachusetts Ave. NW. From the outside, the black-shuttered windows and white portico entry strike a traditional tone. Inside, the classic theme is thoroughly updated with unexpected design details that lend a more contemporary vibe.

The old archway is preserved in the master bath exposed brick wall. Photo credit: Susan Bodiker

The four-level home offers over 4500 square feet of living space and includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, sunroom, two fireplaces and recently renovated and expanded kitchen and master suite. Off the kitchen is a flagstone patio and Zen-like “tranquility” garden landscaped with Japanese red maple, crape myrtles, hibiscus and azalea bushes. A separate two-car garage opens to a rear alley. The property is on the market for $1,550,000.

A flagstone path leads up to a leaded glass door with inlay-decorated sidelights. It opens into a center hallway with a living room/sun room to the left and dining room and kitchen to the right.

The dining room features vintage crown molding, chair rails and hardwood flooring. It flows into a bright, ergonomically laid-out kitchen overlooking—and providing access to—the rear garden. It is furnished with white shaker cabinets, white marble counters, and white subway tile backsplash. A peninsula/breakfast bar now sits where there was once a solid wall, creating a more convivial dining and entertaining space.

Top-of-the line appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, built-in Viking microwave, and Viking four-burner gas range and convection oven.

The kitchen opens into the living room, which is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace with a white neo-classical mantel. The adjacent sunroom has ceramic tile floors and French doors to the patio.

A view of the flagstone patio and tranquility garden. Photo credit: Home Visit

Upstairs on the second level, there is the master suite plus two additional bedrooms and two full hall baths (one with a striking vessel sink; the other, dressed black-and-white marble with a 1920s look and feel).

The master, like the kitchen, has been expanded. It now includes a spacious bedroom with a double exposure, custom built-in armoires and window seat. The luxurious spa bathroom boasts exposed brick walls, a multi-patterned marble shower, large stand-alone soaking tub, double vanity and walk-in closet fitted with built-in shelving and hanging storage. Linking the bedroom and the bath is a passage way with custom cabinetry; it has been plumbed for a future wet bar.

On the top level there is a step-up office/den and step-up bedroom, both with a pitched ceiling and cedar closets.

A serendipitous find for the seller, a composer and musician. Photo credit: Susan Bodiker

The lower level once housed a soundproofed recording studio and practice rooms. (The seller is a musician and composer.) It is now reconfigured to include a large rec room with a brick wood-burning fireplace, white paneling, a bedroom/office, full bath (with a musically inspired shower drain), extensive storage areas, and laundry room with LG washer and dryer.

Located on Massachusetts Ave NW just below Macomb St, the house sits just across from Glover-Archbold Park. It is an easy bus ride to Nebraska Ave and points west and east, up to Ward Circle or down to Dupont Circle. It is within walking distance to the restaurants and shopping attractions of Cathedral Commons and the soon-to-deliver City Ridge (and Wegmans!).

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath Colonial at 3923 Massachusetts Ave NW is listed for $1,550,000 with Keller Williams Capital Properties. For details, contact Marjorie Dick Stuart at 240-731-8079 or marjorie@marjoriedickstuart.com.