In a city that celebrates colonials and other traditional house styles, contemporary homes stand out.
With their sleek lines, oversized windows and occasionally edgy angles, they demand your attention — both as a place to live and as art to admire.
The stucco-metal-wood midcentury modern home at 2946 Chain Bridge Road NW in Kent would make a statement in any era. Built in 1954 and renovated in 2004, it now offers 6,855 square feet of expansive living space on three levels. It includes five bedrooms; four full bathrooms and two half-baths; front and rear terraces for maximum indoor/outdoor living; a home gym; and elegant finishings throughout. There is also a two-car garage and motor court. It is on the market for $3,995,000.
The wow factor starts at the curb, with a bold modernist facade of glass, stone and wood, framed by lush plantings. Flagstone steps take you up to a Japanese-inspired entrance set off by a front patio with beams overhead and a massive wood door.
An Asian aesthetic of light, air and use of natural materials continues inside. The open foyer, centered by a tall glass and steel stairway with light wood risers, leads seamlessly to an office and a library with built-in shelves to the right and a wide hallway to the left. Beyond the stairs, on the way to the kitchen (which you can see from the front hall), is a serene half-bath furnished with a stone floor and a floating vanity with a glass vessel sink.
The open plan kitchen and dining area bring the outside in with one long wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the back terrace, patio and landscaped rear garden. In the kitchen, wood, glass, quartz and stainless are the main ingredients, serving up extensive storage and streamlined workspace. Chef’s-grade appliances include Liebherr French door refrigerator/freezer and separate pantry/storage closets; GE Monogram wall ovens, warmer drawer and four-burner gas range and grill; Arc Zephyr hood; and two integrated Miele dishwashers.
Off the dining area is a family room anchored by a feature wall with a contemporary gas fireplace and recessed TV. There is an open sitting area (on the other side of the glass stairway) that leads to the formal living room and glass-walled balcony with a view of Battery Kemble Park.
Thanks to the glass-enclosed stairway and three skylights above it, the second level enjoys abundant natural light. There are four bedrooms here — the owner’s and three very spacious guest or children’s rooms, each equipped with deep closets and built-ins. The largest of these rooms has its own en-suite bath, and there is also a hall bath for the other two to share.
Located in its own private world is the owner’s wing, which includes a bright office; sitting room; dressing room with light wood armoires and custom-designed storage options; and the master bedroom with its own west-facing terrace and glass-paneled walls. Its exceptional en-suite spa bathroom is dressed to impress with marble tile floor and walls, a large standing tub and a glass-door steam shower. Above the double-sink vanity is a decorative tile panel that brings to mind the found objects of Joseph Cornell.
On the lower level, there is another bedroom with full en-suite bath; a wet bar with concrete floor, wood cabinets and granite countertop; a family room with a fireplace and two walls of windows; a half-bath in rich brown and gray tones; and a gym/playroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding door walk-out to the back patio. There is also a mudroom/laundry room with a GE Profile washer and dryer, a sink and additional storage.
Located across from Battery Kemble Park, the home offers easy access to the shops and restaurants of MacArthur Boulevard NW and is a short drive to Georgetown and Northern Virginia.
The five-bedroom residence at 2946 Chain Bridge Road NW is listed for $3,995,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For details, contact Jonathan Taylor at 202-276-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/2fxnKh1.