At first you think you’re seeing some exotic breed of bird — long, red objects perched on branches in the front yard. Actually, they’re bottles and the trees are “bottle trees,” a form of garden embellishment common in the South, especially the Florida Panhandle.
The color and humor of the design appealed to the current owner of this semi-detached home in the Palisades. Plus they complemented her outdoor Christmas decorations, so now they’re a yearlong feature. Along with wind chimes and other outdoor sculptures, they give the house on the corner of Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard a distinct vitality and visual appeal.
Built in 1979 and expanded in 2000, this brick home with black shutters at 5300 MacArthur Blvd. NW offers 5,200 square feet of living space that includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, four working wood-burning fireplaces, a large side deck and a two-car garage. It is now on the market for $1,495,000.
Enclosed by a wrought-iron fence, the house sits in a parklike setting in the Palisades surrounded by the bottle trees and other greenery. The cut-glass front door opens into the house, which is no less colorful — ablaze with Chinese-themed shades of saffron, red and black on select feature walls, furniture and flooring.
To the left of the entryway is a small half-bath with a marble tile floor and marble vanity with white vessel sink. Straight ahead is the eat-in kitchen featuring black lacquer cabinets with contrasting white round pulls; marble-patterned flooring of alternating strips of black and white; and white/stainless appliances.
The kitchen opens into a large formal dining area set off by harlequin-pattern flooring in hand-painted black and dark wood, and a frosted glass wall with an Asian motif. Like the entryway and adjacent living room and den, the ornate decoration in the dining room continues upward with elaborate crown molding.
The step-down living room, large enough for a grand piano, features tall windows and a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantel and marble surround. It flows into the den, framed by a wall of windows and a long window seat that is perfectly situated for gazing at the front yard, the fireplace or built-ins on the opposite wall.
The den leads to a bright sunroom (now serving as a fitness center) with French doors that open onto a large deck — ideal for entertaining or exercising al fresco.
Up on the second floor is a large guest room that has been converted to a dressing room with two closets and extensive built-ins for hanging and folding storage. Next door is a full hall bath with a scalloped sink as well as a deep walk-in closet. At the other end of this floor is the master suite, with a cozy sitting room and bedroom with a fireplace and large windows overlooking the deck and front yard. The spacious master bath features vintage spiral black-and-white tile floor, a double sink vanity, white cabinets, and a glass-doored shower and soaking tub with tile surround.
Downstairs on the lower level, there is a bedroom/office, a full bath, a rec room with a stone fireplace, and a storage or laundry room with work sink and bright red LG washer and dryer. Off the hallway is a door leading to a two-car garage.
Located at the corner of Arizona and MacArthur, the property is within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants on the MacArthur corridor. It also offers quick access to points west via the Chain Bridge, east via Arizona and Nebraska avenues, and south down to Foxhall and Georgetown via MacArthur. The annual Palisades Fourth of July parade is a longtime tradition and point of neighborhood pride.
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath bottle tree house at 5300 MacArthur Blvd. NW is listed for $1,495,000 with Long & Foster Real Estate. For more information, contact Terri Robinson at 202-607-7737 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2rxXGqq.