No, George Washington did not sleep here. But Count Sergei Tolstoy — great-grandson of Leo — was a frequent overnight guest at 3201 Garfield St. NW, allegedly invited by one of the young ladies who lived there at the time. The home, built in 1922, also served as one of the original sites for NATO before it was relocated to Brussels. The property provided both office space and housing for the institution’s mission organizations.
Set up on a rise and surrounded by appealingly lush and naturalistic landscaping, the elegant brick home offers three levels of living space and includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a wood-burning fireplace, two spacious flagstone patios — one with a pergola — and a two-car garage (located right on Garfield). Unique architectural details throughout the home include archways, recessed display spaces, whimsical garden sculpture and custom cabinetry. The property is on the market for $1,795,000.
A flagstone path leads to the front door where a lunette window nicely balances out the circular steps at the entry.
Inside, a marble-floored foyer opens into a circular floor plan with the formal living room to the left, the staircase straight ahead and the formal dining room to the right — a perfect flow for entertaining. Both rooms feature large built-in cabinets, walls of oversized windows and unique half-mirrored V-shaped bay windows that extend the space and enhance the view. The living room also includes an immense recessed brick hearth housing the wood-burning fireplace and white picture rail.
Off the dining room is a mudroom that leads into a bright and sophisticated eat-in kitchen featuring blanched white cabinets and brass hardware, a center island/breakfast bar, granite counters, extensive built-ins and a radiant-heated stone floor. Stainless appliances include an LG microwave, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, KitchenAid dishwasher, and Viking Professional oven and four-burner gas range with griddle.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a conservatory-like family room with a wall of oversized windows and built-in shelving, bookcases and cabinetry. It overlooks an outdoor dining/entertaining space, topped by a pergola and edged by elevated beds planted with trees and evergreen shrubbery.
Also on the main level is an especially pretty half-bath with scalloped sink and commode and dark marble tile flooring.
Upstairs on the second floor are three bedrooms — a master with dressing room and two guest rooms linked by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. All the rooms feature extensive closet space and custom-built cabinetry, often with such thoughtful touches as lined jewelry drawers. There are also two offices (one with a 13-foot vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows) and a sweet little playroom with a Juliet balcony.
By far the most interesting rooms on this level are two connected master baths. One is literally a water closet, containing a totally open shower with a huge rain head showerhead, subway tile backsplash, frosted skylight and floating white vanity. A pocket door reveals the second master bath, which is furnished with a Jacuzzi tub and wood-paneled surround, floating vanity and high-end chrome finishings.
The basement level includes a bedroom and three-piece en-suite bath, a laundry area with an Amana washer and dryer, and access to the garage. Currently one of the spaces is closed off and used as a gym and storage area. The other space is used for parking and features an electric door.
Located at the intersection of the Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights and Cleveland Park neighborhoods, the home is convenient to the Red Line Metro stations in Cleveland Park or Woodley Park, and also convenient to the National Zoo, Washington National Cathedral, and shops and restaurants on Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues.
The home at 3201 Garfield St. NW is listed for $1,795,000 with W.C & A.N Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co. For more information, contact Marjorie Dick Stuart at 240-731-8079 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit 3201garfield.com.