- - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thirty-five years ago, the owner of the home at 2947 Macomb St. NW, in the District’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, fell in love with her home at first sight.

The front porch, the beamed ceiling in the living room, the window seat and pale stained-glass windows grabbed her heart, while the tree-lined street and neighboring front porches provided a setting conducive to building camaraderie between her family and others in the area.

After 3 1/2 decades, the home has nearly doubled in size and has been completely restored and renovated.

Built in 1916, this Cleveland Park home is on the market for $1,350,000. Connecticut Avenue, the Cleveland Park Metro station, the Cleveland Park Library, shops, restaurants and the old-fashioned two-level Uptown Theater are all within a few minutes’ stroll from this residence. Also nearby are the National Zoo, parks, playgrounds and additional shops and restaurants on Wisconsin Avenue.

Macomb Street, possibly one of the loveliest residential streets in the District, is lined with single-family homes graced with elegant trim, flowering shrubs, trees and garden beds. This home has been professionally landscaped and includes both front and back spaces for enjoying spring, summer and fall evenings.

A flagstone walkway leads to the front porch, a cheerful space with red-painted wood flooring, a beadboard ceiling, columns and a skylight to allow more sunlight to filter onto the porch. Adjacent to the home is a private drive with space for off-street parking that leads to a detached one-car garage with a new roof. A flagstone patio wraps around the back of the house and includes a low stone wall with a few steps up to garden beds shaded by trees. The property is fully fenced.

A wood front door with elegant glass insets opens into the foyer, which has hardwood flooring and wood steps with wrought-iron railings to the upper level. Next to the foyer is the open living room and dining room, which have a wood-beamed ceiling and pastel stained-glass windows that come from a church. At the front of the living room are a window seat and built-in cabinets and shelves under a triple window. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace.

At the back of the house, the owner bumped out a narrow room into a spectacular two-story great room wrapped in windows on two sides. Floor-to-ceiling prairie-style windows form the back wall of this room, with transoms and a round window tucked under the peak of the cathedral ceiling. The windows frame a view of the back patio and gardens. One wall is covered with built-in cabinets and shelving for books, artwork and entertainment systems.

Nearby is a renovated powder room with a modern glass-topped vanity with a steel sink.

The kitchen, which has hardwood flooring, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets and a distinctive tile backsplash was renovated last year. Storage space has been maximized with a wall of custom-built floor-to-ceiling cabinets and additional cabinets with glass fronts. The kitchen has two sinks for efficient cooking.

The second level, which has hardwood flooring, includes three bedrooms. Central air conditioning recently was installed. The two front bedrooms have three windows each and overlook Macomb Street. The third bedroom, formerly the master bedroom, has a private balcony with treetop views. Off this balcony is a utility closet.

This level also has a full bath with the original claw-foot tub. Adjacent to the bath is a laundry room converted from a former half bath. The laundry room has a stacked washer and dryer, a sink and storage space.

The attic level has been finished to create a private, generously sized master suite. The bedroom has skylights carefully placed so the treetops are visible from the bed.

At one end of the room is a distinctive etched-glass window, also reclaimed from a church. The windows flanking this tall window were custom-designed to fit around it. A faux-painted round window frames a perpetually sunny blue sky at the peak of the bedroom’s cathedral ceiling.

Storage closets and a walk-in closet nearly surround this bedroom, with spaces tucked under the eaves as well as taller closets. The suite also has built-in shelving and cabinets and a full, tiled bath.

The finished lower level has been designed as a studio suite to accommodate in-laws or a nanny. The suite is accessible from an exterior door to the driveway as well as within the house, and includes a kitchenette, a built-in desk, and several storage and utility rooms. This level also has a full bath with a shower and a closet with a full-size washer and dryer.

With four finished levels and plenty of charm, this Cleveland Park home offers a haven for a family or for homeowners who love to entertain and welcome overnight guests.


Address: 2947 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Community: Cleveland Park

Age: Built in 1916

Price: $1,350,000

Taxes: $9,626 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Arts and Crafts-style single-family home, shingle exterior, professional landscaping, refinished driveway, detached one-car garage

Interior features: Four finished levels; four bedrooms; 3½ baths; open living room and dining room with wood-burning fireplace; beamed ceiling; two-story great room; new kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances; renovated powder room; second level with three bedrooms, full bath and laundry room; attic-level master suite with full bath, extensive closets and skylights; finished lower-level studio suite with kitchenette, full bath, laundry closet and storage areas

Amenities: Covered front porch with columns, flagstone patio with multilevel garden, new roof, new chimney, new boiler, central air conditioning

Close by: Walk to Cleveland Park Metro station, library, shops, restaurants and National Zoo; walk to Wisconsin Avenue restaurants and shops; nearby playground and parks

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Marjorie Dick Stuart with Randall Hagner at 240/731-8079 or visit www.MarjorieDickStuart.com

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