Every home starts with a vision. For the owners of the brick and stone colonial at 2166 Dunmore Lane NW, their vision included a courtyard, a pool and interior spaces that could accommodate entertaining on a grand scale as well as more intimate family life.
And that was just the beginning. With its bespoke millwork and molding, sumptuous finishes and lush gardens, it has been impeccably designed and curated to reflect a singular and sophisticated aesthetic.
Built in 2009, the house is located off Foxhall Road NW in Phillips Park, one of Northwest’s newest developments of custom single-family homes. It offers approximately 6,500 square feet of stylish living space on three levels and includes six bedrooms (all with a memory foam mattress), five-and-a-half baths, a heated saltwater pool, three wood-burning fireplaces and a two-car garage. It is on the market for $4,950,000 with a homeowners association fee of $516 a month.
Fronted by a courtyard and framed by mature evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, the home’s refined facade gives no hint of the flair within. A heavy wood and glass paneled door opens into a spacious, high-ceilinged foyer that tells you right away this is not your traditional center-hall colonial. To the left is a curved staircase leading to the second level. To the right, the library, living room and dining room all flow toward the back of the house — where the magic happens.
In the library, Alder wood wainscoting, millwork with studded leather panels, built-in shelves and a wood-burning fireplace with traditional marble surround give this room an English gentleman’s club vibe. Paneling also conceals two desks and additional file storage.
Next door is the step-down formal living room, where herringbone- patterned hardwood flooring draws your eye to the stunning cast stone fireplace at the far end of the room. It is flanked by two sets of French doors that open to the artfully landscaped rear garden/pool, and it is topped by a trompe l’oeil mirror with hidden television set. The room also features a custom wet bar with pullout shelving and a stainless sink, marble countertop, icemaker and wine cooler.
Two steps take you up to the formal dining room, which can seat up to 14 and would look an amazing with a marble dining table to tie it in with the living room. It opens to the terrace and fountain outside and also to a built-in service bar that fairly glitters with etched glass cabinets, marble counter, mirrored backsplash and twin cove-lit vestibules with silver-leaf-painted domed ceilings.
The bright eat-in chef’s kitchen, which is roomy enough for a team of caterers, is also the perfect gathering place for family and friends. It offers access to a screened-in sunroom and rear terrace at one end and butler’s pantry, mudroom and garage at the other. It features white Wood-Mode cabinetry, marble counters and backsplash, a dark wood center island with stone counter, walls of open shelving and cozy dining/living space. It also includes such professional-grade appliances as an integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and Bosch dishwasher, stainless Electrolux Icon six-burner gas cooktop and a Vent-A-Hood.
The adjoining butler’s pantry is furnished with glass-fronted cabinetry with granite counters and backsplash, a double porcelain sink, double Electrolux wall ovens and tile flooring.
Stairs off the mudroom take you to the lower level, which offers plenty of storage and living space including a rec room, a bedroom with en-suite bath and an exercise room with tray ceiling. It also has its own entrance, making it an ideal space for guests or staff.
A romantic curved stairway, lit by beveled leaded-glass windows, rises from the ground level to the second-story landing, which overlooks the main entry foyer and is flanked by two wings of bedroom suites. To the right are two spacious guest rooms with walk in-closets and en-suite baths elegantly appointed with furniture-grade vanities and sleek tubs or glass showers. There is also a laundry room with extensive storage options and Electrolux washer/dryer.
To the left of the landing are two more bedrooms (one with a vaulted ceiling) and similarly furnished en-suite baths. And holding court in the center of it all, the owner’s suite features a gas fireplace and room-sized walk-in closet outfitted with extensive built-in hanging/drawer storage. The room also overlooks the rear garden, where you can really appreciate the landscape architecture and geometrically patterned grass and marble stone terrace around the pool.
The owner’s bathroom, in warm tones of creamy white and brown, features double vanity sinks with Crema Marfil marble counters, a Jacuzzi soaking tub with wood surround, a frameless glass door shower with a decorative tile backsplash, and radiant heated marble flooring.
Designed for efficiency as well as looks, the home boasts a 12-zone geothermal heating and cooling system, two internet networks and whole-house security with remote access.
Phillips Park is located on land that once housed the Dunmarlin estate, a 17-acre home built by Duncan and Marjorie Phillips in 1929. Nearby Foxhall Road provides quick access to Canal and Reservoir roads NW to reach Georgetown and points east.
The six-bedroom, five-and a-half-bath colonial at 2166 Dunmore Lane NW is listed for $4,950,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, contact Michael Rankin at 202-271-3344 or email@example.com, or Stephanie Okonek at 301-580-8661 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit spws.homevisit.com/mls/198058.