- - Thursday, December 13, 2012

If elegance, sophistication and environmentally friendly features are on your wish list for a new home, you may be in luck. The home at 5420 Galena Place NW, in the Palisades neighborhood of Northwest Washington, offers four stories of luxury and state-of-the-art green design. It was designed and built recently by designer Chryssa Wolfe and Hanlon Design Build,

Set on an 8,000-square-foot site, this 6,000-square-foot home is on the market for $2,785,000. Whether you are looking for the space to spread out in six bedrooms, a low-maintenance lifestyle or a resort-style retreat, all of these elements can be found in this newly built home.

The grounds include a covered front porch, a screened porch at the back of the house, covered and open-air patios, and a dramatically landscaped space enclosed by a custom-designed bamboo fence. A circular patio faces an outdoor fireplace topped by a decorative chimney pot, while a covered patio includes a built-in gas grill. The rear terrace includes a 15-by-28-foot in-ground swimming pool with an electric cover and a saltwater chlorine generator that produces chlorine from table salt. Nearby is a detached one-car garage.

The front yard has been professionally landscaped and includes a circular courtyard. A solid mahogany front door opens onto the entry hall, which has a framed antique French mirror on one wall and custom-designed wood grid molding.

Next to the foyer is a walk-in cloakroom with rods and hooks for hanging coats, cubbies for storage and a window seat perfectly placed for pulling on boots. The adjacent powder room has a vessel sink and a lacquered wood vanity with a gold marble top.

The main level has 10-foot ceilings, crown and baseboard molding and wide-plank hardwood flooring. At the front of this level is a formal living room with a gas fireplace and custom-designed mantel. The living room opens into the formal dining room, which has a dramatic chandelier.

Across the back of the house are an open family room, a center-island kitchen and a breakfast room. The family room and breakfast room each have entrances to the screened porch. The white-on-white kitchen includes cheerful pops of color and has granite counters, two sinks, three dishwashers, state-of-the-art appliances, a pantry and plenty of cabinets.

The adjacent breakfast area has a built-in banquette, a farm table, extra cupboards and open shelving for cookbooks. The family room has a coffered ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace with a stone-top mantel and built-ins equipped with high-tech wiring.

The second level has hardwood flooring and baseboard and crown molding in every room. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and a luxurious bath with marble counters, a soaking tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity.

The second and third bedrooms share a connecting bath with a decorative glass tile border and extensive stonework. The fourth bedroom has a private full bath. This level also has a laundry room with decorative tile flooring, a storage cupboard with a natural stone counter and a linen closet.

The finished attic level includes a fifth bedroom with a walk-in closet and a private bath with a shower decorated with mosaic tiles. A storage area is also on this level.

The walkout lower level has porcelain tile flooring with a wood grain and a powder room with a natural stone floor. The sixth bedroom has a private full bath. Nearby are several storage closets.

This lower level has been designed as an entertainment space, with a step-down recreation room with an 111/2 ceiling, chandeliers and oversized windows. The recreation room has a ventless gas fireplace with an exotic marble surround and a kitchenette with a white Caesarstone backsplash and counters that complement the fireplace mantel. Next to the recreation room is a changing room/mudroom outfitted with hooks and shelves and textured floor tiles for swimmers’ safety.

Among its many environmentally friendly features, this home includes five zones of geothermal heating and air conditioning, low-voltage recessed lighting, high-efficiency doors and windows, superior air quality and steel roof tiles that look as if they are terra cotta.

For more information about this Palisades property, contact Realtors Nancy and David Hammond of Evers & Co. Real Estate at 202/262-5374 or visit www.eversco.com.