Luxury home: Four levels of French elegance in Kalorama

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While the District has many breathtakingly beautiful views and avenues, the Kalorama neighborhood in Northwest Washington is home to some of the best examples of residential architecture in the city. Some of its elegant buildings are embassies or ambassadorial residences, while others are private homes.

The home at 2424 Kalorama Road NW, which sits above the street in complete privacy, has had just three owners since it was built in 1936. The home was remodeled and expanded in 2010.

On the market for $5,425,000, the property includes professionally landscaped grounds with terraces and several levels of gardens for entertaining outdoors. French doors link the main level of the residence with the gardens, and the upper level of the garden includes a koi pond with a fountain. The home has an attached two-car garage and a parking space accessible through a gate from the garden. The garden is completely walled and has mature greenery for additional privacy.

Inside, this home has white oak flooring or French limestone floors with radiant heat. Original details, such as custom-designed crown molding and antique fireplace mantels, have been carefully complemented by state-of-the-art amenities. Both antique and new features offer an elegant French influence. The interior doors are original to the home and have eight to 10 panels.

The main level features a reception hall entered through a paneled wood-and-glass front door. The hall includes wide archways to the living and dining rooms, recessed lighting, custom molding and a ceiling medallion. French doors at one end of the hall lead to the garden. The formal living room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a painted antique mantel, sconces, molding and French doors on either end of the room. One set of French doors opens onto a balcony, while the other opens to the garden.

The formal dining room includes moldings, two sets of French doors that open onto balconies and a hidden wall cabinet. Nearby is the kitchen, which has granite counters with a custom stone-tile backsplash, mosaic detailing above the stove, custom molding and custom cabinets with wood and glass-front doors. The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, a built-in banquette for dining and a center island with a breakfast bar and shelving.

Two open archways lead from the kitchen into a dramatic sunroom with a heated limestone floor, recessed lighting, crown molding and a wood-burning limestone fireplace reclaimed from a French chateau. Two sets of French doors open to a terrace.

The second level includes a central landing with French doors and a balcony overlooking the garden. Double doors link the landing with the master suite, which has a private hall with moldings, storage closets and a 12-paneled door that opens to a bedroom with moldings, two double-door closets and a wood-burning fireplace with an antique mantel.

The suite also has a walk-in closet with extensive built-ins and a luxurious bath with a jetted soaking tub imported from Europe, a marble shower with a frameless glass surround, and a marble-slab double-sink vanity with custom-glazed cabinetry underneath. Just beyond the bath is a dressing room with built-in shelving and French doors to the library.

The library has two walls of built-in bookcases and crown molding.

This level also has a bedroom or office with six windows, a built-in desk or vanity, and a walk-in closet that could be converted to another full bath.

The third level includes two more bedrooms, each with a private full bath. These two bedrooms have multiple dormer windows with built-in window seats. Between the bedrooms is a central landing with an oversized skylight.

The finished lower level includes a hall with marble-tile flooring, sconces, moldings, a powder room and a door to the garage.

This level has an expansive guest or staff suite with tile flooring, a bedroom, a full bath and a full kitchen with a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. The lower level also has a laundry room with cabinetry and a Sub-Zero wine cooler.

For more information about this Kalorama residence, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki with Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.washingtonfineproperties.com.

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