Sometimes the road less traveled can take you in an entirely unexpected direction. A winding path lined with ornamental grasses and boxwood is the only hint of a home that’s tucked away off one of the Palisades’ main streets. There, in the cul-de-sac, sits a contemporary arts and crafts bungalow with a pitched roof, columned front porch and rustic facade of gray stone, cedar shake and warm gray HardiePlank siding.
Built in 2004, the house at 5528 MacArthur Blvd. NW offers close to 5,000 square feet of living space on four levels and includes five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-car garage, two large decks, three-zone HVAC and a surround-sound system in every room. It is on the market for $1,700,000.
Walk in the main door, set into a corner of the flagstone porch, and you enter a wide open space. This area contains a formal living room to the right; the formal dining room straight ahead; and a hallway passing a half-bath (with an unusual petal-shaped sink) and the main staircase to the left. All the rooms in the home feature an abundance of light, thanks to strategically placed oversized windows and French doors (nearly all with custom-fitted plantation shutters). Crown molding and narrow-plank hardwood floors run throughout.
An eat-in kitchen, accessible through a butler’s door in the dining room or via the main hallway, features granite countertops and hand-painted wood cabinets and a wide U-shaped bar ornamented with dentil molding and other decorative elements. Stainless appliances include a Bosch dishwasher and dual oven and a Viking Professional refrigerator, wine cooler and six-burner gas range. The kitchen opens into the family room, which is anchored by a gas fireplace. It features malachite surround and a traditional mantel with dentil molding and pilasters.
Outside, running almost the full width of the house — 167 feet — is a substantial deck that’s perfect for three-season living and entertaining. It offers several seating areas, a natural gas fire pit and an immense outdoor Viking Professional stainless kitchen with kegerator, burners, commercial grade rotisserie and barbecue, bun warmer and mini-fridge. Another comfortable deck area sits right below this one, outside the rec room on the lowest level of the home.
Indoors, a wide staircase takes you to the second floor, where solid French doors open to the master suite at the top of the landing. The spacious bedroom with a walk-in closet is paired with a luxurious en-suite bath that picks up the same cabinetry as the kitchen. It also includes a jetted tub with Italian tile surround and step-in shower with frameless glass door and tile backsplash. There are two other large bedrooms sharing a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with maple cabinets, double vanity and tub/shower combination. Also on this floor are linen closets and a laundry room with commercial-grade LG washer and dryer.
Upstairs on the third level is another bedroom with en-suite bath. Now used as an office, it features a deep walk-in closet with custom built-ins, including lighting.
The lowest level is home to a large rec room, which has radiant-heated tile floors, French doors leading out to the back patio and yard, a second office and a cozy bedroom with en-suite full bath. This level also provides access to the two-car garage, which is furnished with GarageTek storage cabinets.
Located off MacArthur Boulevard NW, the property is within walking distance of various shops and restaurants in the MacArthur corridor. There’s also easy access to Georgetown and beyond along MacArthur, or to Northern Virginia via Chain Bridge.
The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath at 5528 MacArthur Blvd. NW is listed for $1,700,000 with Real Living at Home. For more information, contact Bradford Deel at 202-577-5833 or email@example.com. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2tNdnvi.