- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The rolling hills of the neighborhood known as Kent, off MacArthur Boulevard, provide a charming setting for small blocks of homes with Colonial, Cape Cod, contemporary and Victorian-style architecture. The homes blend easily with one another, each shaded by mature trees that add beauty and privacy to this quiet section of Northwest Washington.

Shops and restaurants are within an easy stroll of many of the homes and the night life in Georgetown is minutes away. Kent, however, has more in common with quiet suburban neighborhoods than with the bustling streets of downtown.

One home in Kent, now on the market for $1.15 million, features a private location on a hilltop hidden beneath a canopy of shady trees. Built of white-painted brick, the Colonial home at 5137 Macomb St. NW has gray shutters that complement the steeply pitched slate roof. A one-car garage and an asphalt driveway are attached to the house on one side.

Flagstone steps and a flagstone walkway lead to the front door past professionally landscaped garden beds. The rear of the home provides a setting for entertaining, with a wide, shaded flagstone terrace accessible from several rooms stretching across the entire width of the house. A set of flagstone steps leads up the hill behind the house to shaded lawns for relaxing and entertaining.

Although built in 1941, this home has been renovated through the years, resulting in a blend of old-fashioned charm and updated amenities.

The main-level rooms all feature hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, detailed moldings and sparkling mullioned windows with oversized trim. Guests are welcomed in the foyer, which has hardwood flooring and a view to the terraced rear yard. Straight in front of the foyer is the spacious dining room, which has crown and chair-rail moldings along with wainscoting, pale wine-colored walls and French doors leading to the terrace. Large gatherings for dinner can easily be accommodated in this graceful room.

The formal living room features a fireplace along one wall, crown moldings, a picture window at each end of the room, and a wide opening to the adjacent den or study. This large room includes built-in bookshelves and cabinets, plus a French door to the terrace. The current owner uses this space as a home office, but future owners may choose to furnish this room as a family room.

On the opposite end of the main level, the kitchen provides another welcome spot for family life. Painted bright white, with a plantation-shuttered bay window and a white mantel on one wall for a former fireplace, the kitchen includes plenty of space for casual dining.

Against one wall, a small door opens to reveal a deep pantry. Granite counters contrast with the white cabinets and appliances, which include a Bosch dishwasher, a Jenn-Air stove and a built-in microwave. A granite work island allows for easy cooking, and plenty of storage has been designed into the abundant cabinets.

A butler’s pantry links the kitchen and dining room, and a door to the side yard allows easy access to the flagstone terrace when entertaining. Another door leads from the kitchen to the front hall, which has a powder room and extra closet space.

A hardwood staircase leads from the foyer to the bedroom level. To the right, the master suite features a sitting room with a closet and built-in bookcases, a cozy spot for reading and relaxing. A pocket door links the sitting room with the bedroom.

The master bedroom includes sloping ceilings highlighted with lighter paint tones, and four under-eave storage areas. At the back of the room, a picture window with plantation-style shutters overlooks the shaded terrace, and a window seat has been placed at the front of the house.

The bedroom has a walk-in closet along with a linen closet and a dressing area with a mirrored vanity. The master suite has an updated luxury bath with ceramic tile flooring, a soaking tub and a separate shower.

This level includes two large bedrooms with a connecting bath that has gray ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower. The front of these two bedrooms includes a built-in window seat along with a built-in study area. The rear bedroom, currently used as a home office, has two extra-deep closets. This level also has a full hall bath with a whirlpool tub and a large window overlooking the front of the house.

The finished attic level includes two carpeted bedrooms, each with picture windows overlooking the rear terrace. Additional attic storage also is accessible.

The finished lower level features a paneled, white-painted recreation room with a working fireplace and both natural light through high front windows and recessed lighting. A foyer area includes two closets, a door to the garage and a door to the front of the home. Additional built-in shelving and storage closets are next to the laundry room, which has a small kitchenette. At the back of this level are a bedroom with a window, a hall closet and a full bath.

This property has been a haven of peace for family and friends for many years, a perfectly maintained place to entertain formally and informally, and to live a contemplative life surrounded by books, under the trees.


Address: 5137 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Kent

Age: Built in 1941

Price: $1.15 million

Size: Lot of 6,938 square feet

Taxes: $5,137 in 2002

Exterior features: White brick Colonial with gray shutters, steeply pitched slate roof, on hill with flagstone front walk and stairs, mature trees that include dogwoods and azalea bushes, professional landscaping; one-car attached garage with front driveway.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; four full baths; one half-bath; hardwood flooring on main level; formal living room; formal dining room with French doors to terrace; den or study with windows on three sides and French door to terrace; kitchen with plantation-shuttered bay window, upgraded appliances, granite counters; master suite with sitting area, bath; two additional baths and two extra bedrooms on second level; finished attic level with two bedrooms; finished lower level with recreation room, including built-in bookshelves, bedroom with full bath, laundry area with small kitchenette, multiple closets and access to garage.

Amenities: Terraced rear shaded garden with flagstone patios and flagstone steps; two fireplaces; central air conditioning; security system.

Close by: Walking distance to MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, near Georgetown and Washington Harbour, easy access to downtown Washington, Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Anne Hatfield Weir and Heidi Hatfield of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1635 or 202/243-1634.

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