- The Washington Times - Friday, June 8, 2001

Sometimes the overriding characteristic of a house is something simple: It's in a great location, or it has a spectacular master suite or a great water view.

In the case of the mansion at 2325 Wyoming Ave. in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington, the most instantly noticeable feature is its size. Every room in the house is larger than usual and includes high ceilings and tall windows that add to the house's grandeur.

Once the size of the rooms is absorbed, visitors and potential buyers can go on to recognize features such as detailed crown moldings, hardwood flooring, crystal chandeliers, wrought-iron railings, marble flooring and a multitude of French doors leading to charming flagstone terraces.

Now priced at $2.5 million, this home includes more than 8,200 finished square feet, much of which has been renovated and remodeled over the years since the house was built in 1923. New owners will want to replace the kitchen, which has plenty of space for expansion, and also will want to update some of the decorative items for modern tastes.

Buyers will be impressed, though, with the quality and elegance of this home, which is suitable for entertaining on the most formal level possible.

Guests enter along a stone-and-brick walkway adjacent to a landscaped and walled-in front yard and into a black-and-white-tiled front landing with a stone archway. Inside, an elegant foyer with two recessed display alcoves, more black-and-white tiled flooring, a crystal chandelier and crown moldings provide a glamorous place for guests to remove their wraps before making a grand entrance into the formal reception room.

The black-and-white flooring continues into the reception room, this time with polished marble tiles leading to a wide staircase that curves at the bottom and has a spectacular wide landing on the second floor with a triple window that includes iron detailing over the glass. Wrought-iron railings lead from the reception area to the upper level, and a dramatic large crystal chandelier presides over the room.

Mirrored doors on either side of the main entrance to the house hide a coat closet and a spacious powder room with a large vanity and sitting area for guests to freshen up before joining a party.

To the left of the reception room is the formal living room, which opens onto the front terrace and landscaped garden. A marble fireplace warms the room, which has multiple French doors to the terrace and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases and cabinets.

Across the reception area is a banquet-size dining room with inlaid hardwood floors, high beamed ceilings, wall sconces and two French doors that open onto a covered flagstone terrace.

Several rooms adjacent to the dining room form the expandable kitchen area, including a butler's pantry with a closet, a buffet counter, a sink and a multitude of glass-fronted cabinets. Nearby is a large breakfast room or informal dining room that has a chandelier and two French doors to the back patio and yard. The adjacent kitchen has additional space for casual dining, along with three windows, a double porcelain sink and a separate entry off the side driveway. Access to the lower level and an additional coat closet are nearby.

The second level includes two master suites with private baths, each with several closets. The larger master suite has a wall of built-in dressers and cabinets, and its full bath includes a tub and separate shower. The second master suite has been fitted with built-in bookcases and cabinets and could serve as an upstairs family room or large office. The third and fourth bedrooms on this level share a hall bath, although the third bedroom has a private door to the bath.

Both of these bedrooms have private access to a large, light-filled addition that currently functions as an artist's studio. This L-shaped space has separate heat and air conditioning from the rest of the house, a huge skylight, cathedral ceiling, a walk-in closet with built-in shelving, and sliding glass doors leading to a tiny balcony overlooking the rear yard.

The studio includes decorative tile floors and plenty of built-in shelves, cabinets and counters and can serve a myriad of functions.

The fully finished third level has a spacious central landing with hardwood floors, high ceilings and two windows. The fifth bedroom has four deep dormer windows and two large closets, and the sixth and seventh bedrooms also include dormer windows and large closets. These three bedrooms share a hall bath with a combination tub and shower.

This level also has a large storage room with several defined areas that could be converted to an additional bedroom and bath, as there is a rough-in for a bathroom.

The lower level is a labyrinth of storage rooms and finished spaces, including two separate entrances. The finished recreation room has tile flooring, built-in cabinets, several windows and a built-in wet bar with cabinets and lighting. Nearby is a powder room for guests and a guest suite with a bedroom, den and full bath with a claw-footed tub. In addition, there are several storage rooms, a workroom and a laundry room.

The entire level has plenty of potential for use for entertaining or living space.

The rear yard offers complete privacy. Curving brick walls surround the space, which includes an oval green lawn, several open and covered flagstone terraces, stone benches, exterior lighting and professional landscaping. Adjacent to the yard are the private driveway and detached two-car garage, which has been constructed of brick to resemble the main home.

While some decorative work remains to be done on this magnificent home, its classic design and formality will appeal to a buyer ready to settle into one of Washington's most sedate and sought-after neighborhoods off Embassy Row.


Address: 2325 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Community: Kalorama

Age: Built in 1923

Price: $2.5 million

Size: More than 8,200 finished square feet on lot of .15 acre

Taxes: $13,000 in 2000

Exterior features: Brick and stucco on all four sides, front landscaped yard with terrace surrounded by brick wall for privacy, detached two-car brick garage with long driveway and parking pad, exterior lighting, stone-and-brick front walkway leading to front landing with black-and-white tile flooring, arched entry, moldings and a carriage lamp.

Interior features: Eight bedrooms, five full baths, two powder rooms, grand entrance foyer with marble floor, sweeping curved staircase with wrought-iron railing, formal living room with marble fireplace, French doors to front terrace, formal dining room with crystal chandelier, French doors to rear flagstone terrace, butler's pantry with adjoining breakfast area, eat-in kitchen with access to guest closet and stairs to lower level, two finished upper levels with bedrooms and baths, partially finished lower level with recreation room, bedroom or den and full bath, powder room, laundry room and storage rooms.

Amenities: Walled rear garden with two flagstone terraces covered with canvas overhangs, oval lawn, stone benches, three-zone heating and air conditioning, artist's studio addition to second level.

Close by: Near Embassy Row, Massachusetts Avenue between Georgetown and Dupont Circle, easy access to city amenities

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Long & Foster Realtor Suzanne Goldstein at 202/244-0400

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