Front facade showing brick entryway and two garages. Photo credit: HomeVisit

There’s more than meets the eye in the grand Tudor at 4400 Garfield St NW. Far more. From the storybook stone and timbered façade of the main residence to the delightful guesthouse and pool beyond, the home is an unending interior landscape of refinement, old Hollywood glamour and dazzling detail. (Not to mention, some really cool wallpaper.)
Originally built in 1930 and renovated/expanded in 2016 by Jones & Boer Architects, this now timeless-yet-modernist estate offers 12,000 square feet of living space on a half-acre corner lot. The main house includes six bedrooms, six full and two half-baths, library, media room, rec room and workout space on three levels. It is fronted by a brick motor court flanked by two oversized garages.

The elegantly appointed guesthouse has two bedrooms, three full baths, kitchen and a living room/spa with an in-ground hot tub.

Beautifully and richly landscaped with specimen trees, flowering perennials and evergreen shrubbery, the extensive exterior features a rear courtyard, patio and heated pool, all with decorative brick pavers and flagstone. The property is on the market for $9,995,000.

A decorative glass and wood door opens into an open and airy gallery set off by custom wainscoting and crown molding. F. Schumacher wallpaper adds visual interest to the “fifth wall” (the ceiling) and highlights a fanciful Jean de Merry chandelier resembling a sea anemone. Straight ahead is another glass-paneled door that leads to the back terrace and pool. To the right is a step-down living room with built-in glass-shelved, back-lit book and display cases; coffered beam ceiling; grass cloth wallpaper; herringbone-patterned wood floor and a massive fireplace with six-foot high stone Tudor-arched mantel and brick surround.

Family room looking out to the deck. Photo credit: HomeVisit

Tucked off the living room is a small vestibule, also wallpapered in grass cloth, and housing a wet bar with marble counter, brass fixtures glass shelves and mirrored backwalls. Two doors complete the room—one to the northside garage and the other into breezeway that leads to the guest house, pool and rear gardens.

Across the hall and to the left of the entryway is the formal dining room. It wrapped in silk floral Fromental wall covering and brightened by floor-to-ceiling paned windows, herringbone-patterned wood floors and custom crown and wall molding.

Next door is the stunningly renovated kitchen, dining area and family room—a blazingly white and abundantly lit space with a wall of windows and doors that open onto an outside terrace that overlooks the pool and terraced garden below.

The kitchen features sleek white lacquer Boffi cabinets and island, both topped with Calacatta marble and offering extensive storage, prep and serving space. (The island, further illuminated by a skylight and sleek spotlights, can seat eight.)

Appliances include Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator (integrated into the cabinetry) and drawers (in the island); Miele dishwasher and Sharp microwave. There is also a BlueStar 60-inch gas range with ten burners, grill and griddle; two ovens and matching Vent-a-Hood.

There’s more Calacatta marble in the butler’s pantry, nicely contrasting with the black, glossy Shaker-style cabinets. Adding utility is an integrated Miele dishwasher, Miele built-in coffee/espresso maker and Scotsman ice machine.

Upstairs, to the left of the second-level landing is a glorious library with original stone floors, custom wood mantel and millwork and three walls of bookcases, one of which rises up to the cathedral ceiling.

Living room and view of dining room. Interior Design by Jennifer Tonkel of Kemble Interiors. Photo credit: HomeVisit

Down the hall is the owner’s suite with two spacious dressing rooms custom-fitted with extensive storage options; two dreamy baths. (“Hers” has Waterworks fixtures; marble vanities and marble steam shower with frameless glass door. “His” is furnished with with a marble floor and walls, Maax jetted tub and—the pièce de résistance—a Séura vanity mirror with hidden TV.) The owner’s bedroom features a cathedral ceiling with exposed decorative beams, bay windows overlooking the rear garden and a fireplace with wood mantel and marble surround.

Also on this floor are three thoughtfully designed bedrooms, two with en-suite baths and an office.

On the third level, there is bedroom with built-in storage, full bath, and cozy office/studio.

The lower level of the main house is the recreation space and comprises a blue Mosaic-tiled mudroom with cubbies and bench; laundry room with two sets of washers and dryers (Kenmore Elite and Maytag Neptune, respectively); a lab and craft room; 950-bottle wine cellar; game room, media room and exercise room. There is also a staff kitchen, bedroom and full bath.

Located in Wesley Heights, the home is a short walk to Glover Archibold and Battery Kemble Parks, American University and upper northwest retail and restaurant attractions. It offers easy access to downtown DC, northern Virginia, Bethesda and National Airport.


The grand Tudor at 4400 Garfield St NW is listed for $9,995,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details, contact Robert Hryniewicki, Adam T. Rackliffe and Christopher R. Leary at HRL Partners: 202-243-1620 or Robert.H@wfp.com. For a virtual tour, visit http://tour.homevisit.com/view/192208