The adjectives “cute” and “small” do not exactly promise elegance and refinement. But to the owner/architect behind the renovation of 3124 38th St. NW, these elements presented just the challenge he needed to restore the multi-unit Cleveland Park town house to its former glory as a single-family home. That, and a need for parking in the perennially car-crowded streets in the Cathedral Heights/Cleveland Park area between Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues.
Built in 1923 and totally reconfigured in 2004, the French Provincial villa offers 6,450 square feet of sophisticated yet comfortable living space on three levels. It includes five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, three wood-burning fireplaces, a heated swimming pool and a wealth of stylish architectural details that add a distinctive je ne sais quoi to every room. There is also a one-car garage and bricked driveway that can accommodate up to five cars. The home is on the market for $3,995,000.
Tucked back from the street and fronted by a row of privet hedges screening a front terrace, the creamy off-white home with pale blue-green trim seems plucked from the south of France. A path laid with harlequin-patterned flagstone leads to the front door, a solid arch of mahogany set in a covered portico.
Inside, a living room, half-bath and dining room open off the entry hall, which also leads to the family room/kitchen and outdoor living/entertaining space beyond. High ceilings, continuous custom-designed molding and Brazilian cherry wood floors throughout create a feeling of both openness and connection.
The step-down living room is anchored at one end by a fireplace with a cherry and walnut burled mantel and, at the other, by three sets of French doors that open onto the terrace at the front of the house.
Past the half-bath and to the left of the main hallway is the formal dining room and gallery, lit by skylights and tall windows. Its marble-tile floor picks up the same harlequin pattern as the exterior front walkway — visually extending the space and enhancing circulation on the way to the kitchen/family room.
A coffered ceiling sets off the spacious eat-in kitchen/family room. White raised-panel cabinets and center island (both with marble counters) afford extensive storage and conceal professional-grade Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele and Viking appliances. There are two full-sized refrigerator/freezers, two under-counter refrigerators, two dishwashers, a two-zone wine cooler and an icemaker. The family room features a built-in entertainment center and a fireplace with the same burled mantel as the living room.
Four sets of French doors open from the kitchen and family room onto a covered deck (also with cherry floors) that descends to an inviting backyard with a heated pool surrounded by ornamental grasses, rose bushes, flowering shrubs, shade trees and perennials.
Double doors from the family room lead you back to the main hall and up a grand staircase to the second level, which features three bedrooms — two of them sharing a balcony that overlooks the rear garden and pool — and the expansive master suite. Each of the guestrooms is matched with an attractive en-suite bath and features extensive closet space.
The master suite includes a large bedroom with fireplace, a sitting room with three exposures and an impressively sized walk-in closet with built-ins for hanging and folded storage. The spa master bath provides a radiant heated black-and-white marble tile floor; glass-door steam shower with bench and sea-glass backsplash; deep soaking tub with light wood surround; double vanity with marble countertop; and a second large walk-in closet with built-in armoires. Also on this level is one of two laundries — the other is on the lower level — featuring a stacked Miele washer/dryer.
A world unto itself and every bit as thoughtfully designed as the upper floors, the lower level includes a thermostatically controlled wine cellar, bedroom/office with en-suite bath, laundry room (with LG stacked washer/dryer) and large rec room/media center with wet bar, built-in cabinets and walk-out to the pool.
The property is a quick walk to the Washington National Cathedral and the vibrant Cathedral Commons complex of shops and restaurants.
The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home at 3124 38th St. NW is listed for $3,995,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, contact Jonathan Taylor at 202-276-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2xl9JHv.