- The Washington Times - Friday, August 31, 2001

Builder Michael Dersookian has transformed many homes in Northwest, expanding traditional Colonials with light-filled, elegant additions to create grand residences for the 21st century.

His latest project, at 5018 Eskridge Terrace in the Kent neighborhood, on the market for $2.495 million, features a dramatic stone-and-flagstone staircase leading to a stone turret.

Drama abounds inside as well, where high ceilings and transom windows flood the home with sunlight and air and pale hardwood flooring provides a handsome base for furnishings of any style. The home has been designed for entertaining lavishly; a huge circular foyer inside the turret provides a perfect reception area for guests. Etched glass surrounds the front door, and crown and chair-rail moldings add a formal touch. Though the original concept for this room was as a two-story space, it now is closed off partially for a large closet off the master suite above and to create a less imposing yet still appealing room.

To the right of the foyer is the formal living room, which has several windows with transoms above, a gas fireplace that will have a mantel and a tile surround, and crown and chair-rail moldings. Double doors lead into the adjacent den or library, which has a deep bay window with carefully placed recessed lighting in case future owners want to place a desk in this window. The library also is accessible from a central hall area with a half-bath.

Beyond the library is a generously sized sunroom that is an expanded version of the original home's screened porch. The ceiling was raised, and the room was enclosed with two walls of windows and French doors that lead to the swimming pool and back yard. Professional landscaping around the pool and deck and in the front yard will be completed after the construction process is finished, presumably early next month.

Between the sunroom and the kitchen is a family room with a wood-burning fireplace and tall windows overlooking the swimming pool. This room was the original home's living room, although the floor has been replaced and unique tiles have been placed around the fireplace.

Adjacent to the family room is the renovated kitchen, which has granite counters and plenty of maple cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, including double ovens and a six-burner cooktop, and two windows. A breakfast area with a deep bay window overlooking the back yard and swimming pool is next to the kitchen. A side door leads from the kitchen to the driveway and into the back yard.

The formal dining room has been designed with banquet-size facilities for embassy-style functions. Graceful tall windows with transoms above line two sides of the room, which has a large doorway leading into the kitchen.

Besides the dramatic circular staircase in the foyer, this home has two sets of stairs leading to the lower level and a second rear staircase leading to the upstairs bedroom level.

Upstairs, the master suite fills a private front corner of the house. Double doors lead into the room, and a second set of double doors opens onto the dramatic master bath. A deep whirlpool tub sits in front of a bay window and features the latest in whirlpool action, a series of tiny holes instead of larger jets, which allows for more bubbles, completely filling the tub. In one corner is an oversize shower with a seat, and there are two separate vanities.

The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and an adjacent walk-in closet with recessed lighting, a window and a curving wall.

Across the gallery overlooking the hall is the second bedroom, with a vaulted ceiling, private full bath, tall windows and a walk-in closet.

Two small steps lead from this new portion of the house to the completely renovated older area. Just beyond the stairs are a storage closet and a large, conveniently located laundry room at the center of this upper level.

To one side of the laundry room is the third bedroom, a charming room where an original dormer window has been preserved for a nook with shelving. Adjacent to this room is a full bath with an oversize shower replacing the original tub.

The original master suite has been converted into a fourth bedroom suite with the help of an addition over the first-floor sunroom. The space above the sunroom functions as a large bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and walk-in closet, and the original bedroom area holds a fourth full bath and a charming computer room, study or sitting room with another closet.

The original home included a finished lower level, an area that has been renovated and includes a fireplace, a wet bar, a full bath and two storage areas, including one that functioned as the laundry room as well. Mr. Dersookian also chose to expand the living space for this manor house by excavating an additional lower level underneath the new portion of the house.

This expansion will include a full bath and whatever additional features the new owners desire. The central staircase defines the two large rooms, which can be used for casual entertaining or as exercise space or a home office.

The house is equipped with high-speed wiring for easy Internet access.

This dramatic house is situated on its half-acre lot so that it faces to the side off its quiet private driveway, partially away from the street's cul-de-sac. Maximizing privacy and creating additional parking for guests along the driveway also allows for the turret to rise higher on a gentle slope. The new owner will enjoy privacy and the chance to place an individual imprint on this nearly completed, handsome home.


Address: 5018 Eskridge Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Community: Kent

Age: Original 1946, remodel/addition 2001

Price: $2.495 million

Size: Nearly 7,000 finished square feet when lower level is completed on a half-acre homesite

Taxes: $5,495 in 2000

Exterior features: Brick-and-stone Colonial-style exterior with stone turret, stone-and-flagstone steps, private driveway; detached two-car garage.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; six full baths; one half-bath; circular two-story foyer; banquet-size dining room; oversize living room with fireplace; multiple windows with transom windows in most rooms; den/study with bay window; sunroom with French doors to pool; family room with fireplace; large kitchen with breakfast area; partially completed lower level with fireplace and two full baths.

Amenities: Heated inground swimming pool; tile detailings around fireplaces, hardwood flooring.

Close by: Near MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, Georgetown.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Realtors Kathleen Sheeran and Sheldon Tommer of Weichert Realtors at 301/468-1600

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