The suburban stylish are flocking to classic homes with luxe appointments and a contemporary feel.
The kitchen at 5708 Bent Branch Road is equipped with exquisite yet practical touches, like countertops made of granite resembling Carrara marble.
A storybook Colonial home set on a winding, well-manicured street in Bethesda has old-world charm—a large stone fireplace in the living room, a dining room with detailed millwork, and covered back porches. But the perks of its new construction are what make it appealing and practical for a modern family: pristine oak floors stained a dark walnut, gleaming windows and bathroom tiles, gallery-style pin lights in the living and dining rooms, and a gourmet kitchen with counters topped with a white stone that has the glow of Carrara marble, but is a durable granite.
“The granite is called Colonial White,” says Stephen Yeonas, managing member of Artisan Builders, who constructed the five-bedroom on 5708 Bent Branch Road. “You can spill red wine on it and treat it later, rather than sooner.”
The theme of stylish family-friendliness runs through the 6,006-square-foot home: Kitchen cabinets are factory painted with 16 coats, which helps maintain their finish, and makes them easy to clean. Also in the kitchen is a food-prep island that features a microwave oven situated just below the counter. “By having a microwave at drawer height,” says Yeonas, “you can open the door and stir a dish without having to take it out.”
The transitional design of the foyer and dining room features walnut-stained oak floors and detailed millwork.
Ceiling beams in the kitchen and dining areas look like wood, but are a synthetic material that is easy to maintain: “A wood beam might have issues with warping and twisting,” Yeonas notes. Ceiling panels in the foyer have been salvaged from a nearby 19th-century home and then stained and layered with an authentic historical texture. “Buyers are looking for homes with quality materials and finishes,” says Marc Fleisher, CEO of the Fleisher Group, which is listing the home at $2.6 million (202-243-2927). “Here, the millwork, tiles, and stones are what is called transitional—classic Colonial design with a contemporary feel.”
The lot that this home sits on, along with the property adjoining it at 5704 Bent Branch (also for sale), was once the site of a single ranch home belonging to Paul Tagliabue, former NFL commissioner. Tagliabue bequeathed something special to the families who will one day live here: a perfectly f lat backyard. “It’s rare to find a yard without any undulation—perfect for children’s play, a soccer field, or swimming pools,” says Fleisher. “Both 15,000-squarefoot lots are 20 percent larger than typical lots in this neighborhood.”
The stone fireplace lends the living room old-world charm, while gallery-style pin lights add contemporary appeal.
With Glen Echo Park, The Irish Inn at Glen Echo, The Shops at Sumner Place, and downtown DC 30 minutes away, the well-appointed home offers the comforts of suburbia as well as easy access to city life.
“Young families want space to grow into, which this home affords with its separate entrances, two-car garage, and secondary mudrooms and powder rooms,” says Fleisher. “Everything here is bigger and better.”