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Don’t miss this Contemporary gem in one of the most desirable neighborhoods DC has to offer. Built in 1966 and renovated in 2018 (with new windows in 2021), 5315 MacArthur Blvd in Kent has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, plenty of natural light, pristine hardwoods throughout, a separate dining room and a fabulous, vaulted-ceiling 4-season room, both of which open onto a gorgeous stone patio. And that’s just a general description. You have to see what the owners have done to make this home a contemporary paradise. There are custom touches everywhere you look. A custom-designed Scandinavian banister. Fantastic European kitchen featuring a gas cooktop, stainless appliances and plenty of cabinet space. Heated floors in all three full baths. Luxurious master bath with his/her sinks and large walk-in shower. Tons of closet space in the master bedroom. Dimmable recessed lighting throughout. Wall-mounted TVs with hidden wiring. Custom glass wine storage closet. The washer and dryer are new this year. And just wait till you stand on the incredible stone patio and go up the Zen-like steps to the rear garden area. Not only is the house wonderful, but it puts you in the much sought-after Kent neighborhood, giving you the ability to get out of the city at night without really getting out of the city. If you don’t already know about Kent, you’ll be amazed that such a place exists right inside DC. Kent is quiet, tree-lined and filled with beautiful homes. While someone is taking a walk and admiring your house, you’ll be strolling elsewhere admiring another. This true getaway tucked away right here in NW, is so beautiful both inside and outside, no written description is going to do it justice. Make an appointment to see it before it flies off the market.
Kent is a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. in the United States, bounded by Loughboro Road to the north, MacArthur Boulevard to the southwest, and Chain Bridge Road and Battery Kemble Park to the southeast. It is a suburban neighborhood, home to some of the most expensive homes in the city with an average home sales price in 2012 of $1.7 million ($1.89 million today). Kent is a triangular-shaped neighborhood between Loughboro Road to the north, MacArthur Boulevard to the southwest, and Chain Bridge Road and Battery Kemble Park to the southeast. The area was long considered part of Palisades, the community that lies to the south, opposite MacArthur Boulevard. The neighborhood is bisected by Arizona Avenue which runs from southwest to northeast and divides it into two distinct areas. The hilly western section was developed in the 1930s and 1940s in a suburban style of that time with similar-looking Colonial-style houses. The east developed more organically beginning before the Civil War and maintains a more rural character. The neighborhood is entirely residential with all commercial development located along MacArthur Boulevard.
The earliest habitation after the organization of the District of Columbia in 1801 was along the road to the Chain Bridge across the Potomac River (now Chain Bridge Road) which lies at what is now the neighborhood’s eastern border. The population grew during the Civil War, when settlements of freed and escaped slaves sprang up around Battery Kemble, one Civil War Defenses of Washington located to the east of the road. After the war, blacks continued to settled in the area on land they were given or that the bought from other landowners.Remnants of this community include a small cemetery established in 1868 and an old schoolhouse. When the lots in this eastern section were finally subdivided, they assumed irregular shapes that reflected the land’s contours and previous land divisions. Unlike many parts of Washington, this area did not have restrictive covenants barring habitation. Thus, the neighborhood became a haven for educated minorities, many of whom built houses designed by distinguished architects such as modernist Walter Gropius that were interspersed with 18th-century farmhouses and 19th-century bungalows.
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