New to the Market! This DC home combines the elegant proportions of classic architecture with the aesthetics required for contemporary living in our Nation’s Capitol. Built in the mid-1920’s by August Bussard, the home’s extraordinary stone construction has been faithfully maintained. Sited at the top of a promontory, an attractively landscaped front yard, accented with original stone work, includes a sweeping drive to the front entrance. Its stately exterior reveals a warm interior the moment one enters the foyer. Light streams from multiple leaded glass windows, filling rooms with a refined glow. Timeless. A grand staircase, soaring ceilings, original mill work, and polished floors nod to tradition. Well-proportioned rooms have been thoughtfully updated for living a DC lifestyle. The gourmet kitchen and family room combine comfort with modern amenities such as chef’s stove, island with seating, a fireplace, and ample storage. The dining room invites visions of leisurely dinners where spaciousness is enhanced by the beautifully carved Italian fireplace. Off the dining and kitchen areas, one finds a delightful stained-glass sunroom. There are tastefully updated second floor bedrooms and baths. The top floor offers a private suite perfect for anyone seeking quiet quarters. The ground floor has a fully autonomous living unit, useful for a variety of purposes.
Surrounded by mature trees, the outdoor living space is nestled in a multi-tiered backyard with a fire pit and ample seating space. Picnics, grilling, cozy evenings, leaf peeping in fall are among its many possibilities. The home is situated on a generous 16,000 sq. ft. (one-third acre) lot. A garage is included as well as additional outdoor parking space — rarities in NW DC.
This stately home is steps away from Rock Creek Park where extensive hiking and running trails, and peaceful green spaces await. The location is an easy commute to downtown or to the adjoining suburbs via Rock Creek Parkway or 16th Street NW.
There are those who say a home’s previous owners provide testimony to its gracious livability. This unique DC property has been called home through the years by a senator; a high-ranking naval officer; a Korean commissioner; and, by the distinguished Raphael G. Urciolo. It is not surprising that the home’s unique presence has led to monikers such as the Blagden Castle and Crestwood Castle. Its next occupant will undoubtedly share in, and enhance, this storied history.