- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2002

One of Washington's most prolific builders from the 1890s to the 1930s was Harry Wardman, designer of the British Embassy and the Hay-Adams Hotel, along with more than 5,000 single-family homes and row houses.

In 1925, Wardman built the home at 5011 16th St. NW, a residence that recent owners claim he built for his own family.

Now on the market for $869,000, this all-brick Colonial includes such typical Wardman-house features as hardwood flooring, high ceilings, arched entryways and a hardwood staircase set against an exterior wall so that a Palladian-style window can fill the space with daylight.

Placed on a double-size lot, this home has been set back from 16th Street with space for a wide swath of lawn on either side of the brick front walkway. A portico entrance and black-painted shutters add elegance to the facade.

The back of the home includes a large, fully fenced yard with a patio, garden and lawn areas, and a detached one-car garage accessible from a rear alley. Attached to the back of the house are a small deck off the kitchen and a screened porch for nearly year-round use. More outdoor living space is available on the second level, where a balcony covers most of the side of the house.

Inside, all three upper levels have hardwood flooring, elegant chandeliers and original doorknobs. French doors and oversized windows, many with their original glass, keep the rooms well-lit in the daytime. Once the front door is opened, visitors can look straight through the center hall floor plan to the rear foyer, where a Palladian window over glass doors offers a glimpse of the back yard. In the front foyer, a crystal chandelier hangs overhead, and a set of large French doors opens onto the formal dining room.

The dining room includes another crystal chandelier, crown and chair-rail moldings, six large windows on two sides with white plantation-style shutters, and a swinging door to the kitchen. Across the foyer is the ballroom-size living room, 30 feet long, with windows at the front and the back. The living room includes built-in bookcases and glass-front cabinets, a wood-burning fireplace with a decorative mantel, crystal wall sconces over the fireplace, and two sets of French doors that open onto the sunroom.

The original windows line three sides of the sunroom, which has hardwood flooring and a door to the screened porch.

Entertaining would be a breeze in this room, with so many French doors linking one room to another and to the outside spaces.

At the back of the house is the bright eat-in kitchen, which has inlaid white ceramic tile flooring, a high ceiling that accommodates two rows of tall white cabinets, track lighting and two windows. The center island includes a butcher block counter and more cabinets, and dominating one corner is the restaurant-size Viking gas range and double oven, which also has a bread warmer and a griddle.

The adjacent breakfast area has a large picture window with two side windows, and a built-in bookcase. Nearby is a newly remodeled powder room.

A wide oak staircase to the second level has been placed against an exterior wall so that it can be filled with light from a Palladian window. The second level has hardwood floors and a large landing in the center of the four bedrooms. Two bedrooms share a connecting full bath, with the rear bedroom including built-in bookcases, a window seat with storage underneath and built-in dressers.

A second renovated full bath is accessible from the hall and serves the additional two bedrooms. While all four bedrooms are large, the fourth bedroom also includes a glass door to a large balcony, and so is currently used as the master bedroom.

Previous owners chose to use the two bedrooms with the connecting bath as a master suite with a bedroom and a dressing room/sitting room.

A glass-front door leads from the second level landing to a hardwood staircase leading to the finished attic bedroom. This large space, currently used as a playroom and study, features hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, four skylights, three windows, built-in bookcases and 10 storage closets set under the eaves.

The lower level has recently been partially finished with a new in-law suite that has a separate outside entrance as well as being accessible from inside the house. This suite includes a den or possible bedroom with a walk-in closet, a living area, a brand-new full-size kitchen and a new full bathroom. This level also has a laundry room and utility room with access to the back yard, and there are plenty of unfinished storage areas. The original powder room on this level is being renovated.

The delights of this upper 16th Street neighborhood are abundant, as residents can walk to the Carter Barron Amphitheatre for concerts, plays and tennis matches, and can enjoy tennis and horseback riding in Rock Creek Park. Getting out to the Beltway and the Maryland suburbs takes just a few minutes, as does heading downtown or to Adams Morgan.

Details

Address: 5011 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Community: 16th Street Heights

Age: Built in 1925

Price: $869,000

Size: About 5,000 finished square feet on lot of .25 acres

Taxes: $3,638 in 2001

Exterior features: Brick Colonial-style, single-family home with brick walkway, front portico, fenced rear yard, detached one-car garage, double lot, small deck off kitchen and a brick patio.

Interior features: Six bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, original hardwood flooring, woodwork and chandeliers. House has ballroom-size living room with fireplace, banquet-size dining room, large sunroom with three walls of windows, center-island kitchen and breakfast area, powder room, wide hardwood staircase with Palladian window on one wall, four bedrooms and two full baths on second level, finished upper level bedroom or loft for use as home office, lower level with two separate entrances. New in-law suite has full kitchen, full bath, living area and den or bedroom. House includes additional storage, laundry room and powder room.

Amenities: Screened porch, second-level balcony, playhouse, sandbox, two-zone gas radiator heat and central air conditioning.

Close by: Near Carter Barron Recreation and Tennis Center, Rock Creek Park, Beltway.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Suzanne Goldstein of Long & Foster Realtors at 202/244-0400.

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