With its showcase of architectural styles — Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Prairie, Mission, Victorian — and varied decorative details such as turrets, towers, Adamesque swags, Palladian windows and pilasters, Newark Street is one of the prettiest in Cleveland Park. Its wide grassy walkways and grand homes on generous lots recall a more genteel era and always make for a pleasant walk down to Connecticut from Wisconsin Avenue. (Uphill back to Wisconsin, however, not so much.)
A classic Craftsman at 3122 Newark St. NW is set back on two large lots of old-growth trees and beautifully landscaped grounds, which complement its elegant lines and offer stunning views of extensive woods surrounding it.
Built in 1910, the nearly 5,700-square-foot home has four levels with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, soaring ceilings with windows to match, two working wood-burning fireplaces, a large pool and off-street parking. It is now on the market for $5,200,000.
From the front, the home is a traditional bungalow with a large columned porch and lattice banister detail. Inside, the floor plan opens up to reveal large windows at the far end of the house framing the woods and greenery beyond. To the immediate right of the foyer is a half-bath and small sitting room with a view of the porch on one side and the formal dining room on the other via a thoughtfully placed glass display case now housing a 19th-century English model ship. (In fact, the whole house has a trim nautical feel created by space-saving built-ins, wood panel detail, curved walls that recall a ship’s hull and windows that look like sails.)
The sitting room leads to a wide galley kitchen with dark wood paneling and creamy Corian countertop. Appliances include a stainless double sink, an Amana gas range, a KitchenAid microwave and oven, a white Kenmore dishwasher and a GE French door refrigerator/freezer. There is no shortage of storage thanks to the extensive cabinets and pantries.
The kitchen gives way to the family room and dining area set off by tall windows overlooking the back deck, pool and woods. The family room features a large, elevated fireplace and built-ins, along with sliding glass doors that open onto the deck, which has a built-in glass-topped table that seats eight.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a formal dining room with walls designed with recessed arches and built-in shelves (some glass) for artwork and other objects. It flows into a glass-enclosed office/library with built-in bookshelves, banquette seating and desks, and another glass display case.
The dining room also overlooks a spectacular sunken living room with 16-foot ceilings, a 4-by-6-foot stone fireplace and towering expanses of windows with a view of the grounds. Vertical white clapboard on one wall and a gray horizontal-planked feature wall complete the nautical look and feel.
Back in the entry foyer, a switchback stairway takes you to the residential quarters on the second and third floors. There are three bedrooms on the second floor — two guest rooms, one with an en-suite bath, and the master suite.
The master bedroom opens onto a private terrace with a view of the woods and the pool. The master bath is a two-room retreat with a double-sink vanity and glass/chrome step-in shower in one space and a window-lit pavilion next door that houses an extra-spacious soaking tub with bench.
The third floor, which has a built-in bookcase on the landing, contains two more bedrooms with deep walk-in closets and an updated hall bath with mini-Carrera floor tiles, glass shower and tile backsplash.
The above-grade lower level includes another suite of family rooms, including a laundry room with Fisher & Paykel washer and dryer; full bath; extensive storage; and a rec room with kitchenette that offers access to the pool, rear terraces and gardens.
Located in the heart of Cleveland Park, the home is eminently walkable or bikeable, and it’s a short walk from the shops, restaurants and other attractions of Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues. The Cleveland Park Red Line Metro station is nearby, and the area is also served by several major bus routes.
The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home at 3122 Newark St. NW is listed for $5,200,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For details, contact Michael Rankin at 202-271-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit spws.homevisit.com/mls/196443.