- The Washington Times - Friday, September 15, 2000

The delights of Cleveland Park are many this Northwest neighborhood is home to a plethora of restaurants both formal and informal, interesting shops, the National Zoological Park, and the Uptown movie theater, which has a balcony and one of the few remaining big screens in our area.
Added to the pleasure of this D.C. neighborhood are plenty of lovely side streets for strolling, parks for pushing children on swings and old-fashioned houses featuring deep front porches.
Macomb Street features the Cleveland Park branch of the D.C. Public Library on the corner of Connecticut Avenue, towering trees that meet overhead, and stone and brick Colonial homes intermingled with Victorian and Cape Cod charmers.
The home at 2954 Macomb St. NW, on the market for $1.295 million, was built in 1922 and has been renovated three times. Looking deceptively small from the front, this home has four finished levels, and a one-car garage on a quarter-acre lot.
The stone exterior has a deep front porch with columns. The porch has been painted white with a blue floor and blue ceiling. Many guests could be accommodated on this porch, which neighbors pass on their way to the library, Starbucks Coffee, the grocery store or one of the many restaurants lining Connecticut Avenue.
For more private outdoor relaxation, the rear of the house backs to trees and open land belonging to the International School. A deck off the main level can be reached from the sun room, dining room and family room, and features a staircase to the flagstone patio below. Part of the patio is covered by the towering deck, which offers a wood-paneled ceiling over the flagstones. More of the patio extends beyond the deck and is surrounded by a terraced garden.
Inside, the home offers formal and informal rooms for entertaining and relaxing. A glass-front door with two glass side panels opens onto the foyer, which has elaborate crown moldings, decorative lighting, light hardwood flooring and a coat closet.
To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround, a tile hearth and a mantel. Light hardwood flooring, crown moldings, five windows, and four built-in bookcases add to the cozy effect of this room, which opens onto the formal dining room.
Elegant dinner parties would be enhanced by this dining room, which has a decorative beamed ceiling, a brass chandelier, wainscoting, crown molding and plenty of light from the two sets of French doors that lead to the sun room and rear deck.
The sun room features Spanish-tile flooring and is currently in use as a home office and sitting room. At one end of the room is a wall of bookshelves and two windows, while at the other end is a two-story wall of windows overlooking the landscaped garden. This section of the room has a loft overlook from the master bedroom, which shares the view.
The most recent renovation has been the redesign of the kitchen and the addition of a dramatic sunlit family room that opens to the kitchen. The family room has windows on three sides, a door to the deck and two oversized skylights that can be opened. Built-in cushioned window seats have been placed all along the rear wall of windows. The windows offer a panoramic view of the garden and the trees beyond.
The family room has an arched opening to the kitchen and an arched opening to the hall, light hardwood flooring, recessed lighting placed along the edges of the skylights, a built-in china cabinet, and a built-in wet bar with granite counters, white cabinets and a wine rack.
The center-island kitchen also features granite counters, and has a breakfast bar that opens to the family room. Antiqued wood cabinets line the walls, and state-of-the-art appliances have been chosen. Nearby is a powder room with light hardwood flooring and a built-in display case/bookcase.
The second level of the home features an elegant master suite that has been renovated recently. Several rooms have been used to create this personal space, which includes a bedroom with a loft overlooking the sun room and the treetops outside.
A foyer or hall links the rooms, and has light hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, two built-in bookcases and two double-door closets. An arched entry off this hall leads to the sitting room, which overlooks the rear garden and includes a built-in bookcase and a closet. Also off the hall is a dressing room with several closets and space for seating. The master bath includes a whirlpool tub, a glass-enclosed shower, two pedestal sinks, two mirrored medicine cabinets and decorative ceramic-tile floors and walls.
Two more bedrooms are on this level along with a second full bath. The third bedroom has been used as a home office, and includes several built-in bookcases.
The third level features two more bedrooms and a full bath with an old-fashioned claw-foot tub. Attic storage space is also found on this level.
The lower level has been finished with a large recreation room with Berber carpeting, multiple closets along all the walls for storage, and a built-in pine bed or casual seating area with pine cabinets above. Access to the rear patio and the garage are off the recreation room, and a sixth bedroom and fourth full bath are on another side of the room. Additional rooms on this level include a utility room, a large storage space or workroom, and a laundry room.
The old-fashioned charm of this Macomb Street home has been maintained throughout all three of its renovations, which have served to expand the living space and take advantage of the spectacular natural view in the rear of the property, a surprising view for a home so close to a world of city amenities.

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