- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 18, 2004

The stately brick Colonial on the corner of Millwood Lane and Loughboro Road in Northwest Washington epitomizes the term “family home.”

The original builder in 1948 was developing the surrounding neighborhood, so he designed a home that could comfortably accommodate his family, which included a dozen children.

Thirty-five years later, the home’s second owner, Julie Montgomery Walsh, the first woman to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange, moved in with her four sons. Shortly thereafter, she met and married a neighbor with seven children, and then they had a child together, again filling the home with a dozen children.

The current owner has raised four children in the home. With a heated swimming pool, a driveway with a basketball court and two kitchens, this home easily accommodates a lifestyle of entertaining family and friends. Yet elegant touches have been placed in the home, as well, allowing more formal tastes to be accommodated with ease.

Now on the market for $2,195,000, the home at 5001 Millwood Lane in the Kent neighborhood of Washington, across Loughboro Road from Spring Valley, has been expanded and renovated in 1995 and in 2002 and 2003.

The current owner, an expert in the process of several other neighborhood renovations, transformed the facade by adding a distinguished columned portico front entrance; a two-car side-entry garage, which matches the brick of the original structure; a side garden in place of the original driveway; and flagstone terraces and walkways across the front of the home.

The 1995 addition to the back of the home includes a dramatic, sunny great room overlooking the swimming pool and garden, plus an extensive master suite above.

The foyer entrance features crown moldings and a coat closet with glass doors. To the left of the foyer, the formal living room includes a columned entrance, crown moldings, a wood-burning fireplace with a carved wood mantel and sconces, and French doors leading into the great room.

The great room includes walls of windows with transoms on three sides and a glass door to the garden and swimming pool terrace, and has a vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting. Along one wall are built-in bookshelves and cabinets with fluted columns.

Nearby, the dining room features crown and chair-rail moldings and a deep bay window overlooking the garden.

To the right of the foyer are the warm kitchen and the breakfast room, which has a gas fireplace and built-in bookshelves and cabinets. The adjacent open kitchen includes granite counters, maple cabinets with moldings above, and glass-door maple cabinets that open into both the kitchen and the breakfast room.

Kitchen appliances include a Thermador cooktop with a grill and a griddle, Thermador double convection-conventional self-cleaning ovens, two double-sinks with disposals and a dishwasher.

Just outside the kitchen, a mudroom links the original home with the new garage, which has an upstairs studio. For buyers interested in a home office that can accommodate visitors, the studio is separate from the main house, and the mudroom could function as a waiting room.

Wood stairs lead from the corner of the garage to an artist’s paradise, an open, sunny room with windows on four sides, two ceiling fans and three skylights placed in the cathedral ceiling.

The wall overlooking the garden is almost entirely glass; the studio also includes a powder room and a commercial sink. For potential buyers with other interests, the studio could easily function as a home office, a spectacular exercise or play room, or a guest suite. The powder room can easily be expanded with a shower for a full bath.

In the main home, there are plenty of bedrooms and baths for family and visitors. On the first of the two upper levels, the master suite expands from the original home into the addition.

The large sitting room, which currently functions as a study, includes three large closets. A dressing area with a domed ceiling and two walk-in closets links the sitting room to the dramatic bedroom, which has a cathedral ceiling with cove lighting, ceiling fans and skylights, along with a loft and a private balcony overlooking the garden.

The sumptuous all-marble master bath features a whirlpool tub, a separate steam shower with two seats, a bidet and two separate vanities with sinks.

The second bedroom includes a private full bath, and the gracious third and fourth bedrooms, each with garden views, share the hall bath. Along the front hall on this level is a wide window seat, a favorite reading spot for several family members. Two wide linen closets flank the window seat.

A wide staircase with walls painted to resemble the exterior of a castle with turrets leads to the third level, where an open computer or homework area shares the castle motif.

Nearby are a full bath and two charming bedrooms, each of which has a sloping ceiling, a ceiling fan and under-eave storage areas. A large cedar storage closet and an attic also are accessible from this level.

The lower level has been designed to accommodate more casual entertaining and long-term guests, since it includes an au pair or in-law suite with a bedroom and a full bath. Adjacent to the bedroom and with a separate entrance to the garden is a full kitchenette with space for a table.

Nearby, the recreation room includes a wood-burning fireplace; white-paneled walls; several windows; and walls of closets for storing games, books and out-of-season clothing. This level also has a large laundry room and a full bath, which serves swimming pool visitors.

The original two-car garage has been converted to indoor living space and functions as a storage area for now. The room could easily serve as a spacious exercise room or play room, if desired, and it has windows overlooking the side terrace.

The owner says she loves the suburban amenities found in her city home, including the heated swimming pool and gardens with space for entertaining a crowd. The home has been the scene of many happy parties, with adults gathered around the outdoor grill, admiring the garden, while the children swim and play hide-and-seek among the trees or basketball in the driveway.

Address: 5001 Millwood Lane NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Kent/Spring Valley

Age: Built in 1948

Price: $2,195,000

Size: About 6,000 finished square feet on corner lot of 12,683 square feet

Taxes: $9,677, estimated, in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style home with four sides of brick, a slate roof, copper gutters and downspouts, professional landscaping with garden beds on four sides, two-car side-entry garage, electric fence with gate to driveway

Interior features: Seven bedrooms; six full baths; two half-baths; foyer entrance; crown moldings and window trim throughout; hardwood flooring in many rooms; formal living room with columned entrance and fireplace; great room with vaulted ceiling, windows on three sides, access to pool and garden; remodeled kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets and upgraded appliances; adjoining breakfast room with gas fireplace; master suite addition with separate sitting room, five large closets, cathedral ceiling, loft and bath; three more bedrooms and two more baths on first upper level; two bedrooms, computer loft and full bath on attic level; finished lower level with recreation room, exercise or play room or storage room, full bath, full kitchen, and another bedroom and full bath for a nanny suite

Amenities: Gas-heated swimming pool; carriage house with artist’s studio or office including powder room; security system; laundry chute; three-zone heating and air conditioning

Close by: Close to Georgetown, MacArthur Boulevard, American University and upper Wisconsin Avenue; bus outside home to Tenleytown Metro station.

Open house: Sunday, Feb. 22, 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment

Contact: Realtor William F.X. Moody of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620

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