With Tudors, looks can be deceiving. Their decorative doorways, half timbering and steep pitched roofs suggest a throwback to 16th-century England, but, in truth, it’s a style more closely associated with those original “masters of the universe” — American financiers who made and flaunted their fortunes with grand homes before it all came crashing down in 1929.
Built in 1925, the manor at 2718 32nd St. NW is the quintessential Stockbroker Tudor (as they were then called). Set back from the street and fronted by a cobblestone courtyard with mature trees and plantings, the stone and stucco home offers more than 7,500 square feet of living space on four levels that includes five bedrooms, eight-and-a-half baths, five wood-burning fireplaces and a flagstone back patio with a swimming pool. This property in Woodland Normanstone is on the market for $5,995,000.
The home’s exterior entryway is traditional Tudor, with a roofline embellished with a carved bargeboard, stone crest, large casement windows and arched doorway. It opens into a double foyer with a leaded glass window, elegant wood staircase, a painted ceiling with trompe l’oeil medallion and a view of the family room. To the right of the foyer are two closets and an intimate study with a bay window, paneled molding and pocket doors with frosted glass panels revealing a banquet-sized dining room set off by opulent red wallpaper. There’s also a fireplace with a carved stone mantel and French doors leading to the patio.
Off the dining room is a showpiece of a kitchen with two islands, extensive sycamore Biedermeier-style cabinetry and honed black granite counters. Top-of-the-line appliances include Franke sinks with Grohe faucets; a concealed Liebherr refrigerator and freezer; Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers and icemaker; a Wolf six-burner gas range and double oven with custom hood; and a Miele dishwasher. French doors opening to an outdoor deck and full-height windows overlooking the pool visually extend the already spacious dimensions of this bright, airy kitchen, making it ideal for gatherings of all sizes and a delight for all senses.
Next door is the large but welcoming family room — which, like the kitchen, is an add-on to the original structure with two walls of full-height windows, built-in bookcases and a media cabinet, along with French doors opening to the rear deck. The family room flows into a formal living room, a creamy confection of a space with beamed ceilings and fireplace with art nouveau surround. It leads back to the main hallway, where there’s a half-bath, reminiscent of a 19th-century boudoir, and the wood/carpeted stairway that takes you upstairs.
On the second floor landing is a cozy sitting area lit by a skylight and full-sized window with Juliet balcony. To the right is the owner’s suite — an entire wing with its own sitting room, master bedroom with a dreamy view of the pool and backyard; two elegantly appointed bathrooms (with glass-doored showers, brass fittings and marble tile); deep walk-in closets with built-in storage; and a small office space. Both the sitting room and bedroom have working fireplaces.
Also on this level are three more bedrooms (each with en suite bathrooms and a ton of charm) and a second, smaller staircase that takes you to the third level — the loft, with an L-shaped room with en suite bath, plentiful light and closets galore for storage.
Downstairs, on the lowest level, is a sunny family room with a fireplace and walkout to the patio and pool. This level also includes an in-law suite with a full bath and kitchenette, plus a climate-controlled wine room and a large laundry area with two Miele Touchtronic washers and dryers. A wall of French doors keeps the room bright and provides access to the patio.
Located between Cleveland Avenue and Normanstone Park, this property offers privacy and green space yet is just minutes away from Rock Creek Parkway, Massachusetts Avenue, the Woodley Park Metro station and the shops and restaurants of Wisconsin Avenue.
The five-bedroom, eight-and-a half-bath Tudor at 2718 32nd St. NW is listed for $5,995,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details, contact Margot Wilson at 202-549-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a virtual tour, visit tinyurl.com/2718-32nd.