As one of Washington’s most sacred spaces, the Washington National Cathedral inspires more than just souls. Its influence is seen and felt in many of the homes in the surrounding neighborhood, where stone arches, patterned brickwork and lush gardens all reflect the ornate grandeur of this beloved landmark.
The gracious Tudor at 3816 Cathedral Ave. NW — across Wisconsin Avenue from the Cathedral Close — shares this rich tradition. Built in 1929 by the Italian stone masons commissioned by the Cathedral, the home features many of the same architectural details that elicit both awe and delight — Palladian and radius windows, high ceilings, burnished wood and stately proportions.
The 3,651-square-foot residence has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, fully landscaped grounds, a large screened-in porch and wood deck, and a two-car garage. It’s on the market for $1,995,000.
Serenity starts at the front walkway, an allée bordered by a profusion of plants (inspired by Dumbarton Oaks) and Buddhist statuary. The brick and stucco facade is traditional Tudor, with its ragged butt slate roof, gray timbering, carved bargeboard, arched stone windows and massive wood front door with decorative ironwork and round porthole window.
Inside, a marble foyer and entry hall reveal an elegant stairway lit by a large Palladian window on the second-floor landing. To the right is a formal dining room — an airy, inviting space with vintage molding and radius windows that look out over the front gardens.
A swinging door opens into the eat-in kitchen with its view of the back deck, screened-in porch and rear garden.
Designed for and by people who love to cook, it has creamy white Poggenpohl cabinets (some without doors, but with red backs) that provide plenty of work, storage and display space. The countertops are black granite; the floor is marble. Stainless appliances include a Bosch dishwasher; GE Monogram refrigerator/freezer; Thermador four-burner gas range, oven and hood; and a separate electric Gaggenau oven with black glass range top.
Off the kitchen is a sizable pantry in the hallway leading to a family room and half-bath. The family room, which opens onto the back deck, returns you to the front of the house. There, the living room sits to the left of the entry hall and includes a front-facing bay window and an impressive wood-burning fireplace with stone hearth carved into a Tudor arch — a design element that repeats elsewhere in the house.
Next to the living room, accessed via double French doors, is the solarium, a warm wood-paneled room with surround windows, terra-cotta floors and an exit to the side yard.
Upstairs, past the Palladian window on the landing, is the second story. Here, there are two bedrooms — one of which is currently being used as an office — and a hall bath with a marble floor, pedestal sink and separate tub and shower.
The master suite is also located on this floor, with an en suite bathroom identical to the hall bath but with a soaking tub with marble surround. The suite also includes a dressing room with a wall of custom-built closets and large bedroom with a bay window and additional closet space.
On the third floor are two more bedrooms. One has a blackboard wall, cedar closets, window seats and a leaded window with decorative iron lattice. The other has a dormer window and a wall of closets. The hall bath on this level has ceramic tile flooring, pedestal sink and old-fashioned clawfoot tub with shower.
On the lowest level, there is a wine cellar, located in what was once a bomb shelter; a home office or “man cave” with an exposed brick wall; a laundry area with sink and Kenmore washer and dryer; additional storage; and exits to the garage — which features a recessed wall fashioned to accommodate the grill of the first owner’s Bentley — and rear garden.
Located in Cathedral Heights off Massachusetts Avenue NW, the home is a short walk from the National Cathedral and the shops and restaurants of Cathedral Commons. The site is also bikeable, walkable and easily accessible to mass transit.
The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Tudor at 3816 Cathedral Ave. NW is listed for $1,995,000 with Evers & Co. Real Estate. For details, contact Lynn Bulmer at 202-257-2410 or Lynn@LynnBulmer.com. For a slideshow, visit bit.ly/2sBoAh4.