- The Washington Times - Friday, May 17, 2002

Tiny Edmunds Street in the Wesley Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington is the sought-after setting for some of the city's most impressive stately homes. Just off Foxhall Road, the homes along Edmunds Street rest behind manicured lawns and lovingly maintained gardens, with mature trees blending into those of nearby Glover Archibald and Battery Kemble parks.

The home at 4436 Edmunds St., built in 1992, was inspired by the designs of 19th-century English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Priced at $3.65 million, this all-brick manor home has been completed with the finest of detailing and materials.

Brick walkways and a brick plaza lead from the sidewalk to a few sweeping broad front steps with a brick archway above to frame the front door. Guests are welcomed in the grand foyer underneath a spectacular chandelier. Their eyes will be immediately drawn up the intricately designed wide staircase to its broad second-level landing. A repeated theme through much of the house is the arch, and a wide arch provides a gentle emphasis to the landing, which has a wall of windows and space for a grand piano and seating.

Herringbone oak floors provide a seamless background for all the furnishings on the main and upper level. Victorian-style moldings including wainscoting and oversized trim and crown and chair-rail moldings are used extensively throughout the home, adding formality and depth to the rooms. Recessed lighting is also used in most rooms, along with multiple-paned, Colonial-style windows. A custom-designed lighting system allows the owners to choose a lighting scheme at the push of a button, and lights can also be adjusted to highlight an art collection.

To the right of the foyer is the formal living room, which includes a fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and a carved wood mantel. Flanking the fireplace are two barrel-vault arched entrances to the banquet-sized dining room, a formal room meant for embassy-style entertaining. French doors lead from the dining room to a brick patio available for dining al fresco.

On the opposite side of the grand foyer is a handsome library with mahogany walls, bookshelves and cabinets, along with a marble fireplace that has a carved wood mantel. Two large windows bring natural light into the room.

The third fireplace on the main level is found in the family room and has a white-painted wood mantel, elaborately carved and including corner and center pieces. The hearth and surround are marble, and a new gas log makes the warmth available at the flick of a switch.

A focal point for family life is the country-style kitchen and breakfast room, sunny spaces that overlook the back garden. The hexagonal breakfast room features floor-to-ceiling windows and a French door to the brick terrace, and both rooms have hardwood floors and recessed lighting. The kitchen has a charming French-provincial-style ceramic tile wall that complements the white-on-white room. A large center island offers extra preparation space along with a wine rack and sink, and the glass-front cabinets are perfect for displaying pottery and glassware. Appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Thermador gas stove, and a built-in Thermador double microwave and convection oven.

Besides the brick terrace, this home features a formal garden with terraced garden beds flanking stairs to the lawn, a manicured oval with garden beds on all sides.

The main level also includes a powder room, closet space for guests and pocket doors that allow for an easy flow from room to room. A custom-designed "castle-style" door with a steeply peaked top leads from the grand foyer to the second level, where friends and family can enjoy a more casual atmosphere.

The lower level's recreation room features a fireplace and a home theater, for which all equipment will convey to the new owners. A wet bar sits in a narrow hall between the recreation room and the hobby room or playroom, a spacious flexible room for almost any use. Some buyers may choose to place a billiard table or game tables in this room, or convert it for exercise equipment.

Toward the back of this level is a fifth bedroom or home office with windows overlooking garden beds. Nearby is a full bath. This level also has a laundry room/mudroom with a closet, windows framing garden views and a door to the outside. Another door leads to the heated three-car side-entry garage. Storage and clothes closets are found in abundance on this level, too.

Upstairs, the elegant master suite covers nearly half of the top floor. Double doors lead into a large vestibule that increases the privacy of this bedroom. The bedroom features windows on two sides and built-in shelves in one corner. Nearby are an oversized walk-in closet and master bath. The master bath features heated marble floors, his-and-hers marble vanity with an arch above with hidden lighting, a marble surround and brass fixtures for the soaking tub, and a separate marble shower with a glass door.

The second and third mini-suites each include an entryway with double closets, a full ceramic tile bath and a separate bedroom area. The fourth bedroom overlooks the front yard, has two closets and shares the bath in the third minisuite.

Additional features of this home include a new efficient gas furnace, a security system, a humidifier, a sprinkler system and two 50-gallon gas water heaters.

Details

Address: 4436 Edmunds St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: 10 years

Price: $3.65 million

Size: About 6,950 finished square feet on site of .28 acres

Taxes: $8,658

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial style with brick walkway surrounded by manicured lawn and garden beds, arched brick entryway; three-car side-entry garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath, hardwood flooring on two upper levels, grand foyer with arched doorways leading to formal living room and mahogany library, formal dining room, French doors, family room, center-island kitchen with hexagonal breakfast room overlooking garden, second-floor landing with space for a grand piano, and master suite that includes walk-in closet and marble bath with soaking tub and separate shower. Finished lower level has recreation room, play/hobby room, bedroom, full bath, oversized laundry room with exterior door and multiple closets.

Amenities: Brick dining terrace and terraced back yard with raised garden beds framing stairs to lawn area, more garden beds surrounding lawn, four fireplaces, home theatre equipment, custom-designed lighting.

Close by: Near Georgetown, MacArthur Boulevard, Kennedy Center, National Cathedral.

Schools: Mann Elementary, Hardy Middle, Wilson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Pat Derwinski of Weichert Realtors at 703/821-8300


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