- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 17, 2012

Contemporary-style homes are few and far between in the District, so when one comes on the market, it can generate plenty of excitement.

The city’s extensive swaths of greenery often are the inspiration for a contemporary home with walls of glass. Architect Errol Adels clearly meant to frame views of Rock Creek Park when he designed the single-family home at 2130 Cathedral Ave. NW in Woodley Park. Set on a hillside overlooking the park, this home has an expansive glass front as well as terraces on all three levels.

The home, on the market for $1,795,000, was built in 1988. Its interior was updated in 2002 by designer Thomas Pheasant. Dramatic exterior lighting highlights the distinctive architecture of this residence, which has a vertical cylinder of white-painted brick and a curving, walled stone terrace that punctuate the grid of glass.

The home has a slate motor court with parking for two cars and a storage area under the front exterior stairway. In addition to the curved front terrace, a sheltered terrace and garden are located off the dining room and kitchen, with Bradford pear trees, garden beds, a fountain and stairs to a gate and rear alley. The third-level master suite has a private, 30-foot-long front terrace with landscaping and lighting. The three terraces combined offer 1,250 square feet of outdoor living space.

The home’s interior provides equally dramatic living space. The light-filled foyer has an open spiral staircase to the upper levels, slate flooring and an abundance of closet space.

Adjacent to the foyer is the breathtaking two-story living room, which has an 18-foot-high front wall of windows overlooking Rock Creek Park. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace flanked by sliding glass doors that lead to the curving front terrace. In addition, this room has floor-to-ceiling illuminated shelves for displaying books or artwork, plus a large inset mirror that reflects the trees of Rock Creek Park.

Pocket doors link the living room with the adjacent guest bedroom, currently in use as a library. This room has expansive built-in shelving and custom-designed marble-topped cabinetry. Adjacent to the library are a wet bar and an elegantly remodeled full bath with a marble vanity, sleek gray tiles on the wall and floor, plus a shower with a glass door. The main level also has a utility and storage area.

The carpeted two-story spiral staircase leads up to a generously proportioned dining room that overlooks the first floor. At the front of the dining room is the upper half of the two-story living room window wall that frames treetop views. At the back of the dining room are French doors with louvered wood blinds. The French doors open onto the private rear terrace with its fountain, trees and flowers. The dining room also has marble-topped custom cabinetry.

This level is shared with the sleek modern kitchen, which has custom-designed cabinetry, granite counters, double wall ovens, a dishwasher, a refrigerator and two sinks. A state-of-the-art washer and dryer are concealed in one kitchen cabinet, and a built-in banquette provides a comfortable and stylish area for casual dining. French doors with louvered wood blinds open from the kitchen to the terrace and garden.

The spiral staircase also leads to the third level of this home, which includes a dramatic master bedroom with a front wall of glass framing a view of the woods. The bedroom includes a wood-burning fireplace under a large mirror that conceals a flat-screen TV. Floor-to-ceiling illuminated display shelves and cabinetry flank the fireplace, and the bedroom includes plenty of closet space with organizing elements.

A free-standing headboard has extra drawer space, and remote-controlled blackout curtains cover the sliding glass doors that lead to the private terrace. The terrace features a row of boxwoods for privacy and views of the sky and woods of Rock Creek Park.

Pocket doors link the bedroom with the master bath, which has a front wall of glass, a sunken tub with a shower attachment and a honed marble vanity with a vessel sink.

The upper level also has a third bedroom, currently in use as a study, which has built-in shelving and a work station with concealed wiring, a closet and large windows overlooking the rear terrace and garden. The bedroom has a dressing area with a vanity with a vessel sink and a large mirror. Pocket doors link this bedroom with a private bath with a shower and built-in storage niches.

This home has been enhanced with two-zone heating and air conditioning, a multiline phone system with DSL/Wi-Fi, and central sound and security systems.

While this home’s unique architecture may be its biggest attraction, the location, within walking distance of the Woodley Park Metro station and countless shops and restaurants, also is appealing.

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