- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2008

More than 75 years ago, construction began on the Tudor-style home at 3529 Ordway St. NW in Washington’s Cleveland Park neighborhood. Completed in 1934, this home has now been designated as part of the Cleveland Park Historic District.

The owners of the home say that Ordway Street was named after Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, a West Point graduate who, along with Gen. William T. Sherman, was in Gen. U.S. Grant’s command during the Civil War.

Summer homes for Washington’s wealthiest residents were the first residential structures to be built in the neighborhood, starting in the 1800s, according to information provided by the Cleveland Park Historical Society.

The area is named for President Grover Cleveland, who moved into an estate named Oak View that no longer exists. Suburbanization of the community began in the late 19th century when developers began to buy the larger estates in order to build more homes on the area, which had become more convenient with the introduction of streetcars on Connecticut Avenue.

Today’s Cleveland Park residents can walk to either Wisconsin or Connecticut avenues for shopping and dining.

From 3529 Ordway St. NW, residents can walk to the Cleveland Park Metro station or to countless restaurants and the Uptown movie theater.

Now on the market for $1,295,000, this home has about 3,300 finished square feet on a lot of almost 7,000 square feet with a deep, private garden.

While changes to the front of the home are more restricted and require approval because of the historic designation, buyers can easily expand the home from the back, make interior changes or add a garage.

The back garden provides a delightful space for entertaining and relaxing, with a pristine flagstone patio, mature trees, a swath of green lawn and garden beds. Patio lighting adds to the evening ambience. Mature trees and shrubs also frame the front of the home.

The owners for the past 25 years have maintained the property to perfection, adding myriad built-in cabinets, shelves and desks so that each room functions smoothly and storage is maximized. The main and upper levels have the original hardwood flooring, along with hardwood stairs. Six of the home’s original leaded Tudor-style windows are still in place, and newer windows fill the home with plenty of natural light.

The home has four sides of brick, with an arched entrance over the front door and a steeply pitched roof. The archways continue inside, with arched openings to the formal living room and formal dining room that flank the foyer.

The traditional center hall floor plan features two closets in the foyer along with the hardwood stairs to the upper level.

The formal living room actually encompasses two rooms with a wide opening between them. The front section includes a wood-burning fireplace with a mantel and windows at the front and sides of the home including a southern exposure.

The back room has a northern exposure with windows framing a garden view, plus a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets. This room also has a closet with built-in shelving and a door to the back hall, which has a full bath and a door to the kitchen.

The sunny formal dining room has both crown and chair-rail moldings, windows facing east and south, and space for a sit-down dinner for 12. A swing door connects the dining room with the kitchen.

The vintage kitchen features a cheerful, sunny, yellow-and-white color scheme with a tile backsplash and windows on two sides. One floor-to-ceiling window provides a wide view of the garden and patio. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of cabinets and a peninsula for casual meals.

The second-floor master bedroom faces south and has five windows, including three leaded windows in a sitting alcove.

A gently sloped ceiling adds charm to this room, which has an adjacent walk-in closet with a cedar closet and extensive built-in shelves and dresser drawers, along with a curving Tudor-style window for natural light. A ladder leads from this closet to additional attic storage.

The second bedroom faces east and includes three windows, a deep dormer window, a closet, a built-in desk and shelving.

The third bedroom has a wall of windows facing the garden, with a built-in bureau, shelving and a closet. The built-ins add to the charm of these rooms, which have gently sloping ceilings.

The upper-level bath has a window and restored original tile flooring.

The finished lower level, which is all above ground, has numerous windows and two doors to the back yard. The family room has custom-designed shutters, built-in cabinets and shelves and extra storage under the stairs.

The fourth bedroom includes three windows, two of which face the garden. This room has a closet with built-in shelving and a bureau, built-in bookcases, a built-in desk and an adjacent half bath.

Just past the family room are a hallway and kitchenette lined with built-in storage drawers, cabinets and closets. The kitchenette includes a refrigerator, a sink, counter space and a washer and dryer, along with a glass door to the patio.

Catered outdoor parties can be easily accomplished with this kitchen as a staging area.

Next to the kitchenette is a home office with sliding glass door to the flagstone patio and a sweeping garden view. This office includes one wall of bookcases and cabinets with a second wall of cabinets and desk space.

The home has central air conditioning, gas radiant heat on the two upper levels and electric baseboard heat on the lower level. Additional improvements to the home include high-speed Internet access, an air handler, an air cleaner and an air purifier, a security system and an eight-zone sprinkler system for the front and back yards.

Residents can walk to playgrounds, the library, shops, restaurants, a movie theater and Metro, but buyers of this home may want to spend most of their time at home, relaxing in the garden or in front of the fireplace.

Address: 3529 Ordway St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Cleveland Park

Age: Built in 1934

Price: $1,295,000

Size: About 3,300 square feet on lot of nearly 7,000 square feet

Taxes: $6,124 estimated in 2008

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Tudor-style single-family home with four sides of brick and steeply pitched roof; brick archway above front door; six leaded-glass original windows; mature trees.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 2½ baths; hardwood flooring on two upper levels; crown and chair-rail moldings; center-hall floor plan with formal dining room and wood-burning fireplace in double living room; vintage eat-in kitchen with peninsula and view of back yard; full bath on main level; master bedroom with sitting alcove with three leaded windows, cedar closet and walk-in closet with extensive built-ins; two more bedrooms on upper level with garden views and extensive built-ins; hall bath; above-ground lower level with family room, bedroom with built-in desk and shelving, adjacent half bath; kitchenette with laundry facilities and extensive built-in storage cabinets and shelving; home office with built-in bookshelves, work space and sliding glass doors to the patio.

Amenities: Fully fenced private back yard with flagstone patio, lawn and mature plantings; patio lighting; built-in cabinets, shelving, desks and dressers throughout the home; attic storage space; central air conditioning, gas radiant heat on upper levels with electric baseboard heat on lower level, security system, high-speed Internet access.

Close by: Walk to Cleveland Park Metro station, shops and restaurants on Connecticut Avenue.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Lynn Bulmer with Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc. at 202/257-2410.

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