On the Market: A Spring Valley colonial with a contemporary sensibility

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This Spring Valley home has a creamy brick facade with contrasting black shutters. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
This Spring Valley home has a creamy brick facade with contrasting black shutters. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

A colonial is a colonial is a colonial except when it’s “reinterpreted” by architect Newman Lewis and designer Skip Sroka. They gave the 1950s-era brick colonial at 4916 Rockwood Parkway NW a refreshing take on a classic style, with contemporary touches that turn traditional into timeless.

The home offers approximately 4100 square feet of living space on four levels. It includes five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, three fireplaces (with an option for a fourth outside), an eat-in kitchen, and closet space to die for. The house, which includes an attached two-car garage, is on the market for $2,495,000.

Indeed, Flagstone steps lead up from the street to the entrance, which is framed by pilasters and flickering gas lanterns. Inside, a center reception hall leads to the living room, library, dining room, kitchen, and family room. Oak flooring and traditional crown molding run throughout the house. And six sets of French doors open onto the back patio and garden.

The living room features a gas fireplace, a custom-built mantel, and a set of French doors with sidelights that open onto the back patio. Two sets of double doors lead to a rich wood-paneled library. The library includes custom wood bookcases, an entertainment center, and a fireplace mantle.

A chandelier straight out of Game of Thrones lifts the eye up to the vaulted and beamed ceiling. And the French doors lead to the rear garden.

A way with wood in the library. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
A way with wood in the library. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Moreover, across the hall is an elegant formal dining room anchored by two built-in China closets with Palladian arched doors and chair rail molding. It flows into a spacious eat-in kitchen with a creamy Brookhaven cabinetry, custom storage systems, and granite counters.

Chef’s-grade appliances (some concealed) include: Wolf six-burner gas cooktop and double wall ovens; Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer; Fisher Paykel dishwasher; GE Monogram microwave and Danby wine fridge.

Off the kitchen, there is an intimate family room with a coffered ceiling. Furthermore, there are four more sets of French doors with transoms.

A view of the family room from the kitchen. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
A view of the family room from the kitchen. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

A striking staircase with a lacquered black handrail and white balustrade rises to the second level — where there is a full hall bath off the landing, an adjacent guest bedroom, and the master suite. The master suite dominates this floor. This suite, large enough to accommodate a king-size bed, has three walls of windows that face southwest, northwest, and northeast.  

The en-suite bath begins with a separate vanity/hair/make-up room. Indeed, it extends to an extraordinary wardrobe closet fitted with miles of custom hanging and folding storage, a wall of windows, a marble topped island, and a secondary laundry room with a stacked GE washer/dryer.

Between the make-up room and dressing room is the actual bathroom. It features a frameless glass door shower with two shower heads and a bench. The mirrors over the vanity do more than reflect. 

Additionally, there are two more bedrooms and one large bath on the third level. On the lower level, there is a lovely recreation room with a new tile floor, a window seat, a garage, a guest bedroom, a bathroom, and a large laundry room with a side-by-side LG washer and dryer. There’s also a sink, granite-topped cabinets, and additional storage space.

Located on an exceptionally pretty street in bucolic Spring Valley, the home offers easy access to points east and south — including Massachusetts, MacArthur, and Wisconsin Avenues. The house also offers easy access points to restaurant and retail corridors in the Palisades, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle.

The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath colonial at 4916 Rockwood Parkway, NW is listed for $2,495,000 with Washington Fine Properties. For details, contact Robert Hryniewicki, Adam T. Rackliffe and Christopher R. Leary at HRL Partners:202-243-1620 or Robert.H@wfp.com. For a virtual tour, visit https://bit.ly/2P0kSJV.