On the Market: A splendid Spanish Revival in Observatory Circle

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The facade features such traditional elements as spiral columns and carved stone. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
The facade features such traditional elements as spiral columns and carved stone. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Perched above the street and tucked away behind a green wall of privet, holly and boxwood is a private retreat you would not be surprised to see in Viejo San Juan or on Miami’s Collins Avenue. The recently renovated 1920s stucco home at 3600 Massachusetts Ave NW is a harmonious balance of Spanish Revival style and modern upgrades — all housed in a thoughtful, open layout with visual delights in every room.

At 5100 square feet, the four-level residence has six bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, multiple patios (one with a hot tub) and garden terraces and a host of vintage decorative details (molding, tile, carved stonework, arches and grille work). There is ample storage space and a two-car rear-loading garage. It is on the market for $3,450,000.

The façade features a traditional Spanish Revival covered porch set off by herringbone-patterned flagstone, spiral columns and archways on two sides. The wood main door with hammered metal accents and a grille-covered glass panel opens into a broad well-lit gallery. Straight ahead is the family room and eat-in kitchen. To the right is the living room and sunroom and, beyond that, the main staircase leading to the upper levels. Dark hardwood floors and ornamental crown and picture frame molding run throughout.

The family room is bright and airy thanks to oversized windows and two French doors revealing Juliet balconies. It flows into an elegant kitchen with custom cabinetry in shades of grey and blue (some glass fronted, others with mid-century-modern-style overlays) topped with Carrara marble or dark wood.

A center island with bar seating offers extra storage and prep space. Top-of-the-line Thermador appliances include a six-burner range, custom hood, oven and integrated refrigerator freezer. There is also a U-line beverage cooler, Summit ice machine and Sharp microwave drawer.

A back deck off the kitchen has room enough for a large BBQ and comfortable al fresco dining. Back in the main hallway, behind the main stairway, is a half-bath with an Art-Deco style cylindrical sink and herringbone-patterned tile floor. The grand formal living room has a wood-burning fireplace with a delicately carved white wood mantel. Three sets of French doors open onto the front loggia (which sits to the right of the covered porch).

A view of the kitchen with shades of blue and grey. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
A view of the kitchen with shades of blue and grey. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

Next to the living room is a delightful sunroom/office with green ceramic tile floors, decorative tile fountain (now planter) and pressed tin ceiling. Five sets of arched French doors open onto a side deck with a hot tub.

Upstairs on the second floor are two guest rooms sharing a beachy- blue Jack-and-Jill bath with tub/glass door shower combo, heated honeycomb tile floor and Hansgrohe fixtures.

Across the second floor landing is the owner’s suite that includes a spacious bedroom/sitting room and walk-in closet with built-in compartments. And although it looks over Massachusetts Ave., you’d never know it. The soundproofing keeps the room quiet and serene.

The elegant and serene master bath. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
The elegant and serene master bath. Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.

The stunning en-suite bath is furnished with custom blue-grey wood armoires (one of which includes an integrated mini fridge); a radiant-heated herringbone marble tile floor; double vanity with Carrara marble top; a free-standing tub and frameless glass shower with rainhead shower. For added privacy, a separate water closet encloses a Toto washlet/commode with remote control and motion detector.

Up on the third level are two more bedrooms, one of which currently serves as an editing/post-production suite and an en-suite bath with basket weave marble flooring, glass shower and Hansgrohe fixtures.

On the lower level, there is a sixth bedroom (now a mini-gym), full bath, additional storage areas, laundry room with Samsung washer and dryer and access to the two-car garage.

Located on Massachusetts Ave NW, across from the Greek Orthodox Church (as well as a Christmas tree farm), this home is sited in the heart of Observatory Circle, just north of Embassy Row. It is an easy walk to the National Cathedral, the restaurants and shops of Cathedral Commons and a quick ride to Dupont Circle, downtown and points east and west.

The Spanish revival at 3600 Massachusetts Ave NW is listed for $3,450,000 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 or Sarah Howard at 703-862-7181, sarah.howard@wfp.com.  For a virtual tour, visit https://bit.ly/2PgKUUh.