Award-Winning Custom Mid-Century Modern in Hammond Wood
Sold June 13, 2011 for $680,000 - last offered at $749,000
Located in the National Register of Historic Places-designated neighborhood of Hammond Wood, the Esten House is a one-of-a-kind home designed by Harold Esten, one of Washington’s leading mid-century modern architects. Esten, who designed the home for his own family, built the modernist white brick structure around an existing 1951 builder home by Charles Goodman. Esten was an associate of Goodman’s firm in the early 1950s before he launched his own successful practice. This is the first time the award-winning architect’s modernist home—which was given a Merit Award for Remodeling in 1974 by The Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects—will be for on the market for sale.
The 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home is a sprawling 3,500 square feet—3,172 on the main level with a 400 square foot finished basement. The foyer—marked by sliding front door and brick flooring—leads directly to the main public spaces of the house. A large living room with sliding glass doors opens to the main patio; the library/family room opens onto a second patio, crowned with a pyramid skylight. A large private office space off the foyer boasts its own window wall and vintage lighting that would make the set designers of Mad Men proud. The living room and den, which feature dramatic corner glass windows and are excellent for entertaining, lead into the dining room and vintage kitchen with large storage pantry and washer/dryer nook with double sink.
The master suite features wall-to-wall windows looking out to the backyard of the serene .27 acre property and a large sitting area that could be used as a second office. One of the three additional bedrooms features en suite bathroom and ample closet space, excellent for guests, in-laws or nanny. A spiral staircase leads from the foyer to the large one-room basement, a perfect space for a kids’ playroom.
The Esten house has a variety of vintage and unique touches that fans of modern architecture will appreciate, including numerous skylights, custom sliding wood-slatted screens that can be use to redefine spaces throughout the house and a 256-square foot shed that matches the architecture of the main home. An entirely new roof was put on last year and the home has been freshly carpeted and painted.
Located just north of the Beltway, the home is close to the shops, restaurants and MARC in Kensington, the Wheaton Metro and Beltway access off Connecticut Avenue. Close to the popular cycling/running trail and playgrounds along Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park.