Look closely at a pointillist painting and all you can see are individual dots of color. Pull back and your perspective changes as all those granular colors and patterns resolve into a harmonious whole. The four-level home at 4054 52nd Terrace NW evokes a similar quality: numerous small details and stylish refinements that come together to create something more than a house — a work of art.
Located on a quiet and private cul-de-sac in Spring Valley, this meticulously maintained and curated residence offers over 4,700 square feet of living space that includes five bedrooms, four full and two half baths, upper and lower terraces, screened-in porch, 45-foot heated pool, artfully landscaped gardens and two-car garage. It is on the market for $3,095,000.
Set up from the street on a gentle rise, the black and white Georgian-style home is fronted by mature trees, shrubs, and beds of ground cover and annuals. On the way to the classic entrance portico, there is a stone bear, one of many animal sculptures gracing the grounds. It’s a personal touch that sets the stage for the care and attention revealed throughout the rest of this traditional-with-a-twist house, which also features hand-painted strié finishes, custom molding and built-ins, and an open floor plan that’s equally suited to family life and entertaining on a grand scale.
The gracious entry foyer with side stairs flows into the formal living room and library to the left and dining room, kitchen and family room to the right. Straight ahead is a French door, framed by an archway, overlooking one of the rear gardens.
The book-lined living room is flanked by a large bay window facing the front lawn, and French doors that open onto the rear flagstone terrace — soon to be abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas. There is also a working wood-burning fireplace with marble surround and white neoclassical mantel.
Next door is the library, a Wormy Chestnut-paneled retreat with double doors painted to match the color and grain; slate flooring; a wood-burning fireplace; and custom built-ins and windows on all sides, including French doors leading to the patio and powder room.
To the right of the entry hall is a formal dining room set off by a bay window at one end and, at the other, two arched corner cupboards painted with shimmering gold leaf — all the better to reflect your cherished collectibles. This space flows into the kitchen and family room — the heart of the house — a comfortable yet elegant space with coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, radiant heated floors, and a stunning view of the garden and pool.
The kitchen is designed for people who really love to cook and entertain. Sponge-painted in a pale Tuscan yellow, it features a center island with a Jerusalem limestone counter, small round sink, wine rack, cabinets, and shelves for cookbooks or decorative cookware. Corian counters and extensive cabinetry (some glass-fronted) offer plenty of prep and storage space. Appliances include a stainless Bosch dishwasher, six-burner Thermador range and double wall oven, KitchenAid trash compactor and concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator.
Off the kitchen is a mudroom leading to a small outside patio with a gas range and a bright office with built-ins, bookshelves and a view of the pool.
Leading back to the main staircase is a hallway with a butler’s pantry; wet bar with granite counter, brass sink and dark wood cabinet overlooking the screened-in porch; a second powder room; and a large hanging closet.
Upstairs on the second-floor landing is a charming window seat surrounded by shelves and adorned with simple rope molding. To the right is a deluxe master suite with a private rooftop balcony overlooking the rear garden and massive walk-in closet/dressing room. It’s adjoined by a sitting room — painted in serene shades of linen and pale blue — with custom built-ins; and master bath with Carrara marble floors, a glass-enclosed shower, a soaking tub with wood and marble surround, and a double-sink vanity with marble top. A large cedar closet offers additional storage. On the other side of the landing are two guest bedrooms with shared en-suite bath and ample closet space.
The third level has a treehouse look and feel with foliage hand- painted walls and views of the garden below. There are two bedrooms and shared full bath with polished marble floor, dark wood vanity and walk-in glass shower with tile backsplash. Behind the bedrooms is additional storage space.
On the spacious lowest level, there is a comfortable rec room with fireplace and walk-out access to the covered patio with a built-in stone bench and Viking Professional grill. The basement also features a full bath/pool changing room (whose charming tile has a sea creature theme), and a laundry room with Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer.
The terraced garden features an array of specimen trees (some more than 60 years old) and flowering shrubs including camellia, weeping cherry, hydrangeas, viburnum and magnolia. The 45-foot pool has a remote-controlled cover. The property adjoins District parkland and the Dalecarlia Reservoir, so green space will always be preserved.
Built in 1957, the home was later renovated and enlarged by Barnes Vanze Architects. And while Spring Valley is quieter than buzzy Sheridan-Kalorama, there are still plenty of diplo sightings and bold-faced names in the neighborhood, which offers easy access to Georgetown or Dupont Circle to the southeast, or to Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The home at 4054 52nd Terrace NW is listed for $3,095,000 with The Morrell-Roth Team. For details, contact Ellen Morrell at 202-365-0196 or MRTeam@compass.com. For a virtual tour, visit tour.homevisit.com/view/182827.