This house is in the Palisades neighborhood of northwest Washington, near Battery Kemble Park, with its new recreation center. The highly rated F.S. Key Elementary School is a short distance away. While the area lacks Metro service, the home is convenient to a public bus.
Indoors: A bright living room with high ceilings, heart-pine floors and a wood-burning fireplace is to the left of the front entrance. The room flows into a formal dining room. Behind that is a white kitchen with a wall of built-in storage surrounding a window with a cushioned seat.
Two bedrooms on the second floor were combined into a master suite with a pair of large closets and a marble bathroom; the glass-enclosed, jetted tub is surmounted by a multi-head shower, and the room is brightened with glass block. The guest bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a marble-tile tub and shower, as well as a balcony overlooking the pool area.
The owners finished the third-floor attic into a living space with two bedrooms, a full, skylighted bathroom and a lounging area with long, deep, cushion-covered window seats that could sleep an extra child or two.
On the walkout lower level is a family room with a wall of built-in shelves and a gas fireplace; this area is connected to a sitting room and to a bathroom with a marble shower.
Outdoor space: The lot is 0.13 acres. A kitchen door leads to a deck overlooking the fenced pool area and garden. Directly below is a covered porch that opens from the lower level. The back is planted with flowering trees and shrubs, including magnolia and wisteria, and there is a full-yard underground sprinkler system for maintenance.
Contact: Kornelia Stuphan, Long & Foster, Christie’s International Real Estate, 202-669-5555; longandfoster.com
Edward D. Dart, the Chicago architect responsible for this home, was known for designing the luxurious mixed-used Water Tower Place, as well as a number of churches. An ecclesiastical influence can be seen in this residence in a northwest suburb of Chicago, with its austere lines, lofty interior and use of stained glass. The house is three miles west of the Barrington Metra train station, with a travel time of an hour to downtown Chicago.
Indoors: Crossing an entrance portico with a front door trimmed in its original brass hardware, you enter a triple-height hall with walls of exposed brick — a material found throughout the house. Two overhead catwalks span the hall.
Straight ahead is a dining room with polished black flagstone floors, built-in cabinets and two walls of glass, offering views of the wooded property and its lake. The dining room opens to a large kitchen that was redesigned by the current owners about a decade ago with curved counters, a circular island and suspended glass cabinets.
To the left of the front entrance is the living room, which has a wall of windows, hardwood floors and a brick fireplace with a deep hearth. The powder room on this level has a granite-topped wood vanity with a copper sink and iridescent mosaic-tile walls.
The second level is reached by two staircases that also go to the lower level. The staircase at the front of the house takes you to a master suite with a large dressing room and a bathroom with travertine surfaces and a red pedestal sink and sunken, jetted tub. The rear staircase, off the kitchen, leads to three carpeted guest rooms (each with a built-in desk spanning the width, so that any of the rooms could be used as a study or office) and a guest bathroom off the hallway. A catwalk connects the two bedroom areas.
The front staircase also rises to a third level, where the catwalk leads to a carpeted office with built-in bookshelves and a full wall of glass.
A daylighted lower level contains a rubber-tile-floored gym, a bedroom, a full bathroom, a laundry room and a fallout shelter.
Outdoor space: The house sits on a 6.3-acre lot and is reached by a semiprivate driveway. An attached two-car garage with a carport is connected to the kitchen, and there are terraces off the living room and kitchen, the latter with a pizza oven. The lake on the property can be used for swimming and kayaking.
The Uri Gilbert House was named for its second owner, a manufacturer of stagecoaches and railway cars who was twice elected mayor of Troy. It faces Washington Park, one of three privately owned urban parks in the state (the others being Gramercy Park in Manhattan and Sunnyside Gardens Park in Queens). In 2001, it served as the Vanguard Designer Showhouse, and some of the walls have murals that were painted for that event.
Indoors: To the left of the arched front door, which is inset with etched glass, is a room more than 40 feet long. It has herringbone floors with an inlay border, elaborate carved crown molding, a 13-foot decorative ceiling hung with a crystal chandelier with globe lights, and two pier mirrors set in gilded frames.
A pair of archways leads to dining room, where the walls are covered in damask over a paneled wainscot, and the windows have elaborate cornices and drapery. The inlay floor pattern is unique in every room.
To the right of the front door is a parlor with an ornamental mantel and topped by a ceiling-high mirror. Here, the walls and ceiling have painted decoration. Passing through, you reach a double sitting room with eggplant-colored walls and barrister bookcases.
The kitchen on this level has stainless-steel appliances and an attached breakfast room with wall paintings and a butler’s pantry.
A divided staircase rising from a second-level landing takes you to bedrooms on the north and south sides of the house. On the north side is a master suite with a striking number of Ionic columns, as well as a bedroom, sitting room, study, dressing room and en suite bathroom with a walk-in glass shower. Behind the master is another suite with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen that opens to a deck overlooking the back.
The southern stairs lead to a pair of bedrooms, one with a brass chandelier dripping with crystals and an en suite bathroom with a large soaking tub. The other bedroom has sponged walls with ornamental painting and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the park. Its en suite bathroom includes coffered wood walls, a marble sink and a combined tub and shower.
On the third floor is a rental unit with two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. There is also a one-bedroom in-law suite on the 1,000-square-foot lower level, with a kitchen and an Italian-tiled bathroom with a shower.
Outdoor space: The 0.16-acre property includes a brick carriage house with an upper-level one-bedroom apartment renovated less than a decade ago, with hardwood floors, exposed brick, a gas fireplace and a modern kitchen. A fenced yard between the main house and the carriage house has grass and brick paving.
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