In Colonial Village, history is everywhere. This charming enclave, located at the northernmost tip of the city, features some of the finest examples of American Colonial architecture, inspired in part by Colonial Williamsburg. With grand homes, large landscaped lots and Rock Creek Park as its backyard, the neighborhood — one of Washington’s best-kept residential secrets — has all the graciousness and unhurried feel of another era.
Built in 1934 and expanded in 2000, the stately Cape Cod at 1920 Plymouth St. NW is the quintessential Colonial Village home. It offers more than 7,000 square feet of living space on four levels and includes six bedrooms; five full bathrooms and two half-baths; vintage architectural details, including arched doorways with keystones, paneled walls, brass sconces and ceiling medallions; a two-car garage; and a wholly unexpected rooftop deck. It is on the market for $1,950,000.
The traditional white facade with arches, pilasters, hunter green shutters and door sets the stage for the ambiance within. A spacious entry foyer flows to a step-down living room with a wood-burning fireplace on the left, a switchback stairway straight ahead and the dining room on the right. Hardwood floors run throughout and oversized windows (bay, fanlight and colonial) bring abundant light to every room.
French doors from the living room open into a solarium overlooking the back garden with hardscape, grass and brick patio. Next to the solarium is a wood-paneled library with built-in bookcases, cabinets and leaded windows with a Tudor-style diamond grill pattern. Past a cozy “lady’s writing room” overlooking the front yard is the dining room with round-topped double doors and similarly arched built-in glass-fronted cabinets.
The professional chef’s kitchen is lined with walls of rich wood cabinetry (some glass-fronted), honed marble countertops and a ceramic tile backsplash. Stainless appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer; Wolf double wall oven and six-burner gas range; Elan hood; and Miele dishwasher. Conveniently, there’s a back staircase leading from the kitchen to the upstairs bedrooms (great for kiddos’ midnight snacks). There’s also easy access to the mudroom, garage and sunken wood-paneled family/screening room, which features a dry bar and an almost floor-to-ceiling window with custom shutters and a window seat.
Upstairs on the second level are four bedrooms. These include the owner’s suite, with a sitting room and spacious en-suite bath with separate shower, soaking tub and skylight. There are also three guest or children’s rooms, one with an en-suite bath and the other two sharing a comfortable Jack-and-Jill bathroom. There is also a balcony off the second-floor landing, as well as numerous closets — some cedar — with built-ins for hanging and folded storage.
The third floor houses the fifth bedroom and large en-suite bath, plus a second solarium/conservatory with three walls of windows and leaded glass built-in bookcases. It would make an ideal family room, office or yoga/workout/meditation space.
And just when you think there are no more secrets to be discovered, you find a spiral staircase that takes you up to a hardwood rooftop deck with a glorious view of the trees and the neighborhood beyond. It is a magical place.
On the lowest level, the partially finished basement offers extensive storage space, a half-bath, a walk-out to the rear garden and a laundry room with Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer.
Meanwhile, above the garage, there is a separate, very private in-law or au-pair suite with a bedroom, sitting room and bathroom.
Serene, private, pastoral yet still urban, this Colonial Village home offers an easy commute downtown or north into Montgomery County. It is within easy access to Beach Drive, 16th Street and the Red Line’s Silver Spring Metro station.
The six-bedroom home at 1920 Plymouth St. NW in Colonial Village is listed for $1,950,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details, contact Theresa Burt at 202-258-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a video tour, visit 1920plymouthstreet.com.