Although it overlooks the delightful green space and neighborhood secret of Dinosaur Park (aka Carolina Park), this Palisades home is far from old or “prehistoric.” The cool gray shingle and stone house at 5620 Sherier Place NW is a contemporary riff on a traditional colonial with curb appeal that’s considerably enhanced by attractive landscaping (front and back), oversized windows with mid-gray shutters and a flagstone walk leading to a bright white portico entrance.
Built in 1997 by the award-winning Zuckerman Brothers firm and later updated in 2015, the residence offers 3,950 square feet of open, abundantly lit space on three levels and includes five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a gas fireplace and a two-car garage with a motor court. It is on the market for $1,795,000.
The home’s spacious, high-ceilinged center hall is anchored by a staircase and formal dining room off to the right and living room to the left. From the main door, you can see down the foyer to the eat-in kitchen and deck beyond. Pickled bleached white oak flooring, white-gray walls and darker gray accents give the main level a Scandinavian look and feel.
The dining room is set off by Thibault silver grasscloth wallpaper and custom millwork (paneling and chair rail). Like the living room, it is bright with light from large windows that offer a view of the front lawn and street.
On the way to the kitchen is the half-bath with silver leaf painted walls and white furnishings that include a single-sink vanity.
The great room that includes a large kitchen and family room opens onto the deck via two French doors and overlooks the aforementioned park — which, the owner advised, transforms into primo sledding terrain during the winter.
At the one end of this singular space is a large fireplace with a white wood mantel and stone surround.
At the other is the kitchen, with extensive white cabinetry (including a desk) and dark gray granite countertops. There is also a gray island with seating for three and an integrated Jenn-Air gas range. Other appliances include a white Frigidaire dishwasher and GE Profile double wall oven and French door refrigerator.
Off the kitchen behind double doors is a laundry room with stacked Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer and shelving. Adjoining the laundry is a deep walk-in pantry with built-shelves and motion-detector lighting, a feature repeated in every closet in the house.
On the second level are up to three bedrooms plus the master suite. One of the guest rooms (off the master suite) is set up as an office; another has its own en suite bathroom. Off the third bedroom is the hall bath with double sink vanity and tub/shower combo. All the bedrooms have large closets with custom built-ins for hanging and folding storage.
The sophisticated master bedroom is distinguished by a cove/cotter ceiling, recessed reading lights above the bed and two spacious walk-in closets/dressing rooms. The en suite master bath includes a soaking tub, separate glass shower, double vanity and Restoration Hardware chrome fixtures.
Updated in 2015, the lower level is sleek, clean and contemporary. This area features Porcelanosa wood tile floors, two bedrooms that share an en suite bath, numerous closets and walk-out access to the rear garden. In one of the bedrooms, set up as a play space and media room, is a small slope-ceilinged closet with chalkboard walls. This level also leads to the garage, which is fitted with Elfa custom shelving.
Located amid the urban and pastoral charms of the Palisades, the home is close to bus lines, the C&O Canal towpath, the Potomac River and the MacArthur Boulevard restaurant and retail corridor.
The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath contemporary colonial at 5620 Sherier Place NW is listed for $1,795,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For details, contact Katherine Kranenburg at 703-307-1024 or email@example.com. For a virtual tour, visit spws.homevisit.com/hvid/211251.