Washington | DC
4 Bedroom | 2.5 Bathroom | 3-Level | 2,403 Sq Ft | Off-Street Parking | $775,000
Nestled in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington DC, this home has been well preserved since 1936 and boasts many of its original Art Deco and cubist characteristics. The dramatic entrance with restored limestone and slate terraces compliments the exterior of this residence and creates a striking first impression.
The inviting living area with its original and unique features such as maple paneling trimmed in aluminum add warmth to the living room. Dramatic finishes (considered luxury in their day) such as crimped aluminum crown molding, oval windows, stunning cubist bookcase, random-width oak floors, and an original one-of-a-kind painting will whisk you back to a bygone era. Gather around the detailed fireplace with it’s sleek modernist design on a chilly evening, enjoy an old fashioned cocktail, and relax with a good book.
Lovingly maintained by its owners, this home boasts a beautiful formal dining space, a cheery kitchen, updated to perfection with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and elegant white cabinetry. Take advantage of the kitchen’s side entrance while bringing in your groceries, or step out onto your own deck – perfect for grilling, entertaining, and gardening; a get-away right out your kitchen door.
Take the rounded staircase to the second floor where you will find three well proportioned, custom painted bedrooms with plenty of natural light filling the windows. The primary bedroom is sizable with 4 bedroom closets in addition to the sliding double-door closet. Imagine having a summer closet and a winter closet; no more moving wardrobes from storage as the seasons change.
With ample room throughout this bright and unique home, the basement can be used for living, working, playing, exercising, or lounging. With access to the backyard, a half bathroom, and a bedroom with hardwood floors, the basement is a great space for when family visits. This area has plenty of storage space too, so no need to stuff the closets; there’s room for everything and everyone has space.
Finally, there is plenty of parking with a parking pad in the backyard. Or use the parking pad as a patio and purchase the separately deeded tandem parking spot on the other side of the alley instead.
With a walk score of 82 (very walkable) and its sought after location, you can enjoy all that Brightwood has to offer: shops, restaurants, Farmer’s market, grocery stores, Rock Creek Park, and all the new development at The Parks at Historic Walter Reed. Located on several main arteries, with quick access to downtown DC, there is easy accessibility for any commuter. Apparently you can have it all!
Want to know more about this home’s history? Check out this article from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2015/02/27/house-of-the-week-art-deco-duplex-in-brightwood-for-599K/
The Brightwood land was part of a land patent called White Mill Seat in 1756. Later, the area was called Crystal Springs, named after the pure water that flowed from several nearby springs. One of the springs was located near the modern-day intersection of Fourteenth and Kennedy streets, which still flows in the present day, creating a constant stream of water on the sidewalk of the western side of Fourteenth Street, across from the Metrobus building. The area had many chestnut trees, and it was considered a place to enjoy with family. The Passenger Railroad Company ran hourly stagecoaches from Fourteenth Street and Boundary Avenue to the springs, charging 25 cents per ride. The area was later known as Brighton, but residents decided to change the name to Brightwood because the postal service frequently confused it with Brighton, Maryland. Archibald White and Louis Brunett are generally given credit for coming up with the name Brightwood. The area has been known as Brightwood since the 1840s.
The boundaries of Brightwood are easy to define and have been for many years. In the mid-nineteenth century, Brightwood generally encompassed the region north of Brightwood Park, west of Fort Totten, east of Rock Creek, and south of the Maryland line. Today, the Brightwood Community Association, an association of residents and business owners from the western part of Brightwood, define the neighborhood’s boundaries as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Aspen Street to the north, 16th Street and Rock Creek Park to the west, Georgia Avenue to the east, and Kennedy Street to the south. Other widely accepted variations bound Brightwood on the east by 5th Street. Nearby neighborhoods include Shepherd Park and Takoma to the north, Manor Park to the east, and Sixteenth Street Heights and Petworth to the south. According to the 2010 census, the neighborhood had 11,242 residents. Much of the retail in the neighborhood is located along Georgia Avenue. Although no Metrorail stations lie within the neighborhood, the Takoma Metrorail station is within walking distance from the northern end of the neighborhood. The Fort Totten Metro Station is also within walking distance from other areas of Brightwood. There are several Metrobus routes that serve the community.