DC's Chevy Chase

"A thoughtful renovation throughout all three levels, plus the ultimate walkability to shops, the Metro and Whole Foods makes this one hard to beat."

From the street, this classic Dutch Colonial presents a brick facade, white columns and open porch. But step to the rear and feast your eyes on giant windows and a clean, linear style. Suffice to say, the 1924 classic blends tradition and modernity in one seamless package. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with wooden flooring and 3,184 square feet of living space received a major renovation and expansion in 2006, with additional remodels since then.

A lovely entry with leaded fanlights opens into a gracious foyer. To the right, a sunny front dining room leads into an expanded kitchen that resembles something from a Swedish design catalogue. Striking blonde cabinets on legs are topped with granite and inset with stainless steel appliances, including a Viking range with Chef’s hood. A granite top island includes a wine cooler. Huge windows and a glass door look out to the rear patio. There’s a side door as well.

On the other side of the house is a wonderful front living room with wood-burning fireplace and tons of natural light. A wall opens up to a delightful family room with Wenge hardwood floors from the Congo, and an exposed brick wall. A large tropical-style ceiling fan rotates lazily overhead. French doors plus giant window walls on three sides, gaze out to the gardens. A hallway powder room with a vessel sink provides added convenience.

Wooden stairs curve upstairs. A wonderful master suite features cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, overhead beams, built-ins and lots of closet space/organizers. There’s an additional walk-in closet, plus a door leading out to a pretty balcony. An amazing en-suite bath features his and hers designer sinks with marble top vanity, plus a freestanding deep-soaking tub backstopped by multiple large windows. A large Hamman Turkish steam shower is a true revelation.

The second and third bedrooms have exposures on two sides, plenty of closet space and fun architectural details. All sleeping quarters have impressive overhead fans. The full hallway bath has been nicely remodeled. At the basement level is an impressive in-law suite with a private and secure entrance, wide-plank flooring, family room, large bedroom and an open and very stylish gourmet kitchen. A renovated full bath sports a frameless, tiled shower and marble top vanity.

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Charming Outdoor Spaces Abound

Shrubs and leafy trees ring the house, while a back yard oasis presents the perfect place for summer parties and dining al fresco, with multiple brick patios, gardens and landscaping. Bonus points for a two-car garage plus an attached carport for a third vehicle! For those who prefer commuting by rail, the Friendship Heights Metro is just two blocks away.

This wonderful abode can be described as occupying two neighborhoods. Its primary location is Friendship Heights in Washington, DC, with its sister community, Friendship Village, on the other side of the Maryland border. But the house on 5335 43rd Street is also associated with Chevy Chase, another bifurcated community on both sides of the border.

But no matter how you set your latitudes and longitudes, this is an extremely popular place to live. You’ll be close to greenspaces, shopping, dining and entertainment. Also, driving is a snap, with Wisconsin Avenue just two blocks away. As mentioned above, the Friendship Heights Metro station is also with easy strolling distance.

Maggiano’s Little Italy is roughly a block away. This perennial staple has been serving up freshly prepared cuisine for more than 25 years. Also, the only Cheesecake Factory in the District is just as close. Those seeking more variety can check out Capital Grille, Kobu, Sushiko Chevy Chase, Lia’s and Clyde’s of Chevy Chase. If all that is not enough, there’s tons more eateries along Connecticut Avenue to the east. For grocery gathering, Whole Foods is three blocks away. Also nearby is the Friendship Farmers Market and Little Red Fox, a café, coffee shop and market offering locally sourced products. Retail shopping is also plentiful, from local indie stores to upscale malls like Mazza Gallerie, Chevy Chase Pavilion and the Shops at Wisconsin Place.

But sometimes, you just want to relax outdoors. For that, there’s places like Friendship Heights Park, Fort Reno Park, Chevy Chase Circle, Francis G. Newlands Park, the Lafayette Rec Center and the large, glorious Rock Creek Park with its accompanying golf course and acclaimed tennis center. Schools in the area include Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, Alice Deal Middle School and Georgetown Day High.

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