- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

The District has plenty of luxury homes priced at more than $1,000,000 but few reach the heights of grandeur found at 3542 Newark St. NW. The home is in Cleveland Park, a neighborhood that features some of the city’s most charming homes, including Victorian-style residences with whimsical filigrees and Cape Cod-style homes with front porches.

This Georgian Colonial-style country estate is in the middle of the city and priced at $9,500,000. Built in 1927, the home rests on nearly an acre and was completely restored from 2002 to 2005 by Bethesda-based architect Stephen Muse. The main residence has an estimated 11,000 to 12,000 finished square feet.

The grounds of this estate include a mosquito repellant system around the perimeter of the property. More visible and equally desirable features of the grounds include an illuminated and heated swimming pool with an arched fountain system and a shaded pergola along the pool terrace. There is an outdoor kitchen with a copper sink, storage cabinets and a Viking grill. The property also includes a carriage house with a three-car heated and air-conditioned garage, a wine cellar and an upper-level apartment with one bedroom and one bath.

The interior of this Cleveland Park estate is equally impressive, with a grand reception hall extending from the front entrance to the rear covered portico, with gumwood paneling, floor-to-ceiling moldings and a sweeping staircase leading to the upper and lower levels. Oak floors extend throughout the main level, staircases and master suite, and the secondary bedrooms have old elm floors. Gumwood moldings create a distinctive design element in every room of the home.

The main level includes a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace and two sets of French doors to the covered portico. The adjacent library has a wood-burning fireplace, arched double doors leading to a covered patio and built-in bookcases. The formal dining room also has a wood-burning fireplace, along with two sets of French doors leading to the portico. The elegant butler’s pantry has a tumbled marble floor, granite counters, a dishwasher, an icemaker, a refrigerator and shoji screen pocket doors leading into a custom-designed office nook.

The country kitchen includes a coffered ceiling, tumbled marble floors, white marble counters, a white marble island, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets. The kitchen is open to the family room, which has three sets of double glass doors with arched transoms, a wood-burning fireplace and a wall of built-in shelving. The adjacent breakfast room features two walls of French doors and windows, a half bath and a staircase to the lower level.

The second level is almost entirely devoted to a master suite with a sitting room, a covered balcony, a bedroom with walls of glassed-in bookcases and French doors leading to a private terrace with a Japanese mineral soaking tub and a view of the National Cathedral. The suite also includes a marble bath with a glass steam shower, a soaking tub and dual vanities. An adjacent dressing room with built-in shelving and glass cabinets completes the suite.

The second level also has two more bedrooms, each with a private full bath. The third level includes a central sitting room with walls of glass and French doors to the hall. The fourth bedroom has a private full bath, a built-in desk and a walk-in closet. The fifth bedroom has a built-in desk, a walk-in closet and a private full bath, along with access to a playroom.

The finished lower level includes a media room, a recreation room with a wood-burning fireplace, a second recreation room or den, a sixth bedroom with a private full bath, and extensive storage rooms and workshops with cedar closets, a laundry room and storage cubbies.

Upgrades to this home include a security system, high-tech wiring in every room, gas radiator heat with controls in every room, five-zone central air conditioning, a water purification system, recessed lighting, built-in speakers and radiant-heated floors.

For more information, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody or Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties LLC at 202/243-1620 or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com.

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