Maybe the best time to enjoy 3220 Idaho Ave. NW is the summer — when the pool and hot tub are in all their shimmering glory. Or, perhaps, it’s the fall when the trees and shrubs are ablaze with color. No, wait! It’s spring, when the gracious wraparound porch provides the perfect vantage point to view games and sports played on the terraced side lawn. (Or not — the porch also invites more restful pursuits like naps in the hammock or dining al fresco under the gazebo.)
Whatever you choose, and whenever you choose to do it, this welcoming family residence is a home for all seasons and reasons. Built in 1910 and expanded in the late ’90s, it sits on more than half an acre of richly landscaped grounds that embrace a large pool area with a 55-foot pool and adjoining heated spa; an outdoor kitchen with fireplace; a covered cabana/sitting area; a private dressing room; and an outdoor shower. There is also a two-car attached garage and a wide circular driveway for additional parking.
Inside, the house offers approximately 6,300 square feet of living space on four levels that includes five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, two wood-burning fireplaces and a host of elegant touches throughout — both vintage (dentil and acanthus crown molding, leaded glass windows, timbered beams) and modern (spa bathrooms, chef’s-grade appliances). It is on the market for $4,995,000.
Set back from the street and sheltered by tall trees, the home’s classic facade features a columned front porch, large windows with black shutters and a bright red Palladian door. True to its Southern roots, the porch features ceiling fans, a hunter green painted floor and pale blue beadboard ceiling.
An elegant center hall with a staircase leading to the upper floors anchors the entry. To the right is a formal living room with built-in arched cabinets, large windows (one with a window seat) overlooking the front porch and garden beyond and a wood-burning fireplace with natural pine mantel. Next door is the den with two sets of French doors that open onto the porch and a wet bar cleverly situated to serve thirsty guests inside and out.
Across the hall from the living room is the formal dining room, also with built-in cabinetry. It opens into a spacious country family kitchen with such rustic touches as timbered beams (which appear elsewhere in the home), wide-plank pine floors, a farmhouse sink, butcher-block countertops and pine display cabinetry. Kitchen appliances include a FiveStar six-burner gas range with griddle and two side-by-side ovens; GE Monogram microwave; Bosch dishwasher; and Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer with glass door. An enormous open pantry and mudroom with access to the garage is down a few steps from the kitchen.
Adjoining the kitchen is a breathtaking family room with a timbered two-story ceiling, built-in shelving, clerestory windows, a large bay window with custom window seat overlooking the pool and an imposing fireplace with carved stone mantel. It also features a back stairway up to the bedrooms on the second floor.
Off the family room is an office nook with built-in desk. It leads back to the hall where there is also a half-bath and coat closet.
The second floor is home to four bedrooms: the master suite and three guest rooms down an open hall/loft space that overlooks the family room. One guest room has an en-suite bath with stone tile floor, river stone backsplash and rain head shower. The other two guest rooms share a Jack-and-Jill bath with a frosted glass barn door and glass door shower with river stone floor and subway tile backsplash.
The master suite is supremely private and luxurious. The bedroom has abundant light and a balcony overlooking the pool. The bathroom is dressed mostly in marble (double sink vanity, tile floor, decorative tile walls) with brushed nickel hardware. There is a Victoria + Albert standing tub surrounded by windows and frameless glass steam shower with multiple shower heads — including a rain head — and benches.
Between the two bedroom wings is a laundry room with plenty of storage, a large sink, and a Samsung washer and dryer. Off the laundry room is a stairway leading to the third floor playroom, which can accommodate several single beds and extensive storage for games and toys. There’s also a separate bedroom and en-suite bath. The finished lower level, used for storage, also includes a full bathroom.
Refined but family-friendly, urban yet surrounded by well-manicured green space, this home has something for everyone. Located between Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW in Cleveland Park, it is steps away from the vibrant Cathedral Commons restaurant and retail complex, numerous bus lines and Capital Bikeshare, and barely a mile from the Cleveland Park Metro station.
The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath residence at 3220 Idaho Ave. NW is listed for $4,995,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details, contact Theresa Burt at 202-258-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a visual tour, visit bit.ly/2ubymbt.