- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 31, 2004

With four fireplaces for winter warmth and four levels of terraces and decks for summer sunbathing, the contemporary home at 5033 Garfield St. NW offers year-round pleasures.

Set amid trees off a pipe-stem private driveway, this well-proportioned home of gray wood and walls of glass stands out as an example of contemporary style with plenty of space for comfortable living and entertaining.

Now on the market for $1,525,000, this 26-year-old residence becomes completely private when the leaves are on the mature trees that blanket the property.

A heated swimming pool with a diving board provides the perfect setting for summer parties, when guests can gather on the flagstone sun deck or on the multiple decks and terraces above, all of which have stairs leading to the backyard pool.

The long drive and circular parking area in front of the home provide extra space for guests’ cars, while the owners have a two-car detached garage.



Inside, four levels of aboveground living space with about 5,000 square feet can be decorated to accommodate any taste, and the rooms can be used for multiple functions.

The first level features a foyer with hardwood flooring leading into a dramatic two-level sunroom with wood-trimmed windows on both levels and sliding glass doors leading to a deck overlooking the swimming pool. Two built-in bookcases frame the doorway.

To the left of the sunroom is an airy family room with a fireplace, recessed lighting and two built-in bookcases. This room also includes a sliding glass door leading to the deck, which wraps around two-thirds of the house on this level and includes stairs to the back yard.

On the opposite side of the family room is a private master-bedroom retreat. The first room of the master suite, a sitting room or study, includes a fireplace, built-in bookcases and a sliding glass door to the deck.

A door links this room with a master bedroom, which includes another fireplace, skylights overhead and a sliding glass door to the deck. The two rooms include several closets as well as his-and-hers full baths. “Her” bath includes skylights and a double-sink vanity. And each has a combination tub-shower.

One level down from the entry level, but still completely above ground, are the rooms for entertaining on a large scale or simply enjoying family life. The living room includes a fireplace and an angled area with built-in bookcases.

All the rooms on this level have sliding glass doors leading to the flagstone terraces that wrap around the house and lead to the swimming pool and its own flagstone terrace.

The swimming-pool terrace juts out from the house at an angle to increase the sun exposure for the area and has a curving wood fence, which adds architectural interest to the space.

The formal dining room adjacent to the living room includes built-in glass shelves in one corner, a slate floor and recessed lighting. The dining room is open to the slate hall leading to the kitchen, and it also has a swing door to the kitchen.

Off the hall are a powder room and a laundry room with extra storage, plus an entrance to the open kitchen and casual dining area. The kitchen features butcher-block counters, recessed lighting, a French country-style tile backsplash along one wall, a tile floor, and a center island with multiple drawers and cabinets.

The appliances, many of them new, include a Thermador cooktop, a wall oven with a built-in microwave, a convection oven, a dishwasher and a trash compactor.

The kitchen and breakfast area includes a built-in bookcase for cookbooks, a pantry and multiple closets for additional storage. Sliding glass doors link this room with the flagstone terrace outside. On pleasant spring days, the entire house can be aired through multiple sliding glass doors.

On the opposite side of this lower level are a guest bedroom suite with built-in bookshelves and a built-in desk, plus a full bath, which can also function as a bath for guests using the swimming pool.

Two more floors of living space are accessible from the foyer on the main level. The wood stairs lead from the foyer to a large sunny landing with a large picture window, and then a second short flight of stairs leads to an open loft with hardwood flooring, sliding glass doors to a balcony at the front of the house for morning sun and a window seat overlooking the sunroom.

To the left of the loft is the third bedroom, a large private room with hardwood flooring and three sets of sliding glass doors leading to a deck that wraps around this level of the home and includes stairs to the lower-level deck.

The fourth bedroom includes a sliding glass door to the deck and overlooks the swimming pool. The fifth bedroom, actually a two-level room, includes a bedroom area on this level plus a wood staircase leading to the bedroom above.

Currently, this space functions as a home office with additional storage space on the top level. Along the hall of this bedroom level are two full baths and a large walk-in closet.

The uppermost level of the home includes a sixth bedroom with a wall of windows across the front of the home and a sloping ceiling. This room has access to a long central hall with a walk-in cedar closet and attic storage, with the seventh bedroom, attached via stairs to the fifth bedroom below, at the opposite end of the hall.

A bathroom could easily be added off this hall, if desired.

The seventh bedroom includes a deck overlooking the swimming pool, a ceiling fan and an oversize skylight.

Although few families these days need seven bedrooms, the many rooms of this home can function as office space, hobby areas and expandable space for overnight guests.

Garfield Street, a quiet block just off Arizona Avenue near MacArthur Boulevard, features a mix of graceful homes in contemporary and traditional styles, each with a zone of privacy created by the neighborhood’s many mature trees.

For city living within easy reach of Georgetown and downtown, few neighborhoods offer as much peace and privacy.

Address: 5033 Garfield St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Kent

Age: 26 years old

Price: $1,525,000

Size: About 5,000 finished square feet on lot of just less than half an acre

Taxes: $9,003 in 2003

Exterior features: Contemporary-style home of wood and glass, with private drive leading through woods to circular parking area and detached two-car garage, multiple decks and terraces

Interior features: Seven bedrooms; five full baths; one half-bath; four finished levels of living space; ground level with living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast area, bedroom with full bath; entry level with dramatic two-story sunroom, family room with fireplace, master suite with sitting room/office, his-and-hers baths; upper-level open loft area with window seat, three bedrooms, two full baths, access via one bedroom plus stairs to top level; two bedrooms, attic storage, walk-in cedar closet on top level

Amenities: Heated outdoor pool with diving board and flagstone terrace; four fireplaces; decks and balconies with sliding glass doors to every room; skylights and ceiling fans

Close by: MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, easy access to American University and upper Wisconsin Avenue; minutes to Georgetown and downtown

Open house: April 18, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Suzanne Goldstein of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202/244-0400

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