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Tucked snuggly into one of the District’s greenest little corners, between Georgetown and Glover Archbold Park, Burleith-Hillandale is just that arbored oasis you’ve been longing to call home. While you won’t have to sacrifice any of the nearby bright lights or easy commutes, once you settle into 3814 T St. NW, the ‘when’ and ‘how much’ are entirely up to you. Step up from the sidewalk and breeze across the flagstone walk, through the landscaped front garden resting below the red-brick façade. Once inside, the only challenge is deciding exactly how to use the nearly 2,500 square feet you’ll have to play with. From the first floor to the lower level, find three grand areas to assign. The chef’s kitchen with JennAir appliances and the African-slate floor will fire the imagination of your inner gourmand. Of course, there is also the engineered, low-maintenance deck and stone terrace, offering even more options for entertaining or escaping beneath your stately pine trees. Take the elegant marble staircase to the upper floor and be tickled by the whimsy of the tropics-themed front bedroom. Here, you’ll also find a full bath and a quiet little room – with glorious skylight – that’s long served as a private library/office.
To the rear of this upper level, the owner’s suite invites you with a soaring cathedral ceiling and a wall of windows. The en suite walk-in shower offers spa-like sensuality in stone. An expansive, built-in closet system meets the lofty ceiling, while an additional walk-in closet makes easy work of even the most elaborate wardrobes. A third bedroom, also with a gorgeous en suite bath, waits on the lower level. On this floor, you’ll find a wet bar with granite countertops, and sliding shades to camouflage whatever media you might choose to install. Turning to the practical, on this lower level you’ll also find a powerful water-purification system, the laundry closet, as well as the heart of the home’s Nutone central cleaning system. Beyond the main house, a detached garage offers even more convenience. Mere blocks from the Washington International School, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the Georgetown Flea Market, 3814 T St. NW embodies all the beauty of Burleith-Hillandale.
Located in DC’s Ward 2, Burleith is a quiet, almost purely residential, community of about 535 households nestled alongside Glover Archbold Park. Despite this feeling of seclusion, Burleith is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Wisconsin Avenue shops and restaurants, served by frequent buses to downtown, and with quick access to the major local highways.
Though adjacent to Georgetown, the hustle and bustle of the city fades beyond Reservoir Road and 35th Street. Burleith is also distinct from its larger neighbor to the north, Glover Park, and from the gated community to the west, Hillandale, both of which are much younger. The name Burleith was taken from an estate built on the site of the Visitation Convent about 1716 by Henry Threkeld. Threkeld’s estate included most of the present Georgetown Visitation School and the present campus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (now closed for renovation). It also served as home to John Cox, mayor of Georgetown from 1823 to 1845.
Most of the houses in Burleith were built in the Roaring Twenties by the real estate firm Shannon & Luchs. Marketed to “the buyer of moderate means, but of more than ordinary good taste,” the first completed houses were put on sale in June 1923 for the initial price of $7,700. Today Burleith is home to a diverse mix of families, professionals and creatives, retirees, and students. (And house prices have increased a hundred fold!) At the community’s summer picnic in 2013, Burleith celebrated its 90th birthday with a cake and proclamations from the Mayor’s Office and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. We’re already thinking about our centennial!