In a city given to superlatives, “luxury homes” are a dime a dozen. (McMansions, we’re looking at you.) But, as fashion designer and style icon Coco Chanel once observed, “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”
The newly constructed stone and stucco Colonial at 2948 University Terrace NW is an artful blend of both luxury and comfort. In addition to high-end finishings and meticulously rendered architectural details, it also boasts open yet intimate rooms with spectacular views. This home, offering 8,077 square feet of living space thoughtfully arrayed on three floors, is on the market for $4,500,000. It includes six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, four gas fireplaces, an elevator and a two-car garage.
Set back from the street, the contemporary home presents an elegant, refined face to the world, with a professionally landscaped front yard, a brick walk, oversized windows (one arched and two shuttered), a wood-columned entryway and a wood door with leaded rippled glass.
Inside, a spacious entry hall gives way on the right to the open formal living room, which is anchored by two square windows and a fireplace with Carrara marble surround and wood mantel. To the left of the entry is an equally open dining room that seats eight or more. Off the dining room is a scullery or butler’s kitchen, an added prep and service area for large-scale entertaining. It features a long wall of white shaker cabinets with black pulls and knobs, Carrara marble counters, a gray crackle porcelain subway tile backsplash, a concealed Asko dishwasher and a deep stainless sink with Kohler faucet.
The scullery kitchen connects, on one side, with a mudroom and a staircase leading up to a second-floor private bedroom/office space with vaulted ceiling and en-suite bath. On the other, it opens into a bright, expansive eat-in kitchen with wood beams, walls of cabinets in the same style as the scullery, and a large center island topped with Carrara marble and wrapped with a walnut breakfast bar.
Stainless appliances include a Wolf microwave, three ovens (two convection and one steam), and a six-burner gas cooktop with griddle and hood. There is also a second concealed Asko dishwasher and a closet-sized Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer with a built-in wine cooler.
Adjoining the kitchen is the family room, which has coffered ceilings and an elevated stone fireplace. Its limestone mantel and hearth is bookended by built-in shelves and cabinets. Multi-slide French doors open onto a three-season deck, with its own stone fireplace, overlooking the landscaped and terraced backyard.
The family room leads back into the main hall, where there is an elevator (serving all three levels); a glittery powder room with a mirrored and marble vanity; and a library with built-in cabinets, shelves and glass pocket doors.
A wide switchback staircase with oversized white balusters and substantial post-to-post rail takes you to the second floor, which has four bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bath dressed in shades of gray and white; a family lounge; a laundry room; and numerous deep closets with built-ins for hanging and folded storage.
The owner’s suite is a world of its own. It includes a spacious bedroom with a wood-mantled fireplace and a sitting room with a built-in bookcase. A sliding glass door opens to a private balcony with views of the garden and the woods beyond. The stunning master bath offers a panoramic view of Virginia through the curved bow windows, and it also includes a massive double closet. This exceptional retreat is luxuriously appointed with marble-topped vanities, and also features a frameless glass shower with decorative tile flooring and backsplash and three shower heads (one rain-head); Rohl fixtures and a Victoria + Albert freestanding soaking tub.
The bright lower level is designed for fun. It includes a guest room with en-suite bath; wine cellar with built-in wood racking; media room; gym with rubber floor and mirrored walls; and large family/dining room with wet bar, wine fridge and walk-out to the covered patio.
Located in a quiet section of Kent between Loughboro Road and MacArthur Boulevard NW, this property’s pastoral setting and quiet neighborhood offer unparalleled privacy and tranquility. At the same time, it is a short and convenient drive to Chain Bridge and Northern Virginia, Bethesda or central D.C.
The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath residence at 2948 University Terrace NW is listed for $4,500,000 with Keller Williams Realty. For more information, contact Roger Carp at 301-602-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a video tour, visit tour.homevisit.com/view/201254.