Edge­moor home ren­o­vated to fit mod­ern age

The Washington Post - - REAL ESTATE GUIDE - BY KATHY OR­TON

One of the orig­i­nal es­tates in Edge­moor, this 1913 home was given a grand up­date in 2013.

Edge­wood, as it was then called, was one of the first res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods in Bethesda cre­ated by a lo­cal de­vel­op­ment com­pany. Wal­ter E. Tuck­er­man pur­chased 185 acres and di­vided it into 250 lots in 1912. The leafy neigh­bor­hood, later re­named Edge­moor, was known for its ar­chi­tec­turally di­verse homes, ac­tive civic as­so­ci­a­tion, prox­im­ity to down­town Bethesda and renowned ten­nis and swim club.

Tuck­er­man’s orig­i­nal ad­ver­tis­ing brochure for the de­vel­op­ment stated, “Those of re­fined taste, de­mand­ing a bet­ter so­cial at­mos­phere than sur­rounds the usual sub­urb; a more pic­turesque en­vi­ron­ment for an all-year-round home out of the city, without the ex­pense and re­spon­si­bil­ity of a large es­tate; will find th­ese qual­i­ties hap­pily re­al­ized and united in Edge­wood.”

The own­ers of this home em­ployed a team that in­cluded Gib­son Builders, ar­chi­tect Ge­orge Mey­ers of GTM Ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­signer Mary Dou­glas Drys­dale to bring the 100-yearold home into the mod­ern age. Drys­dale has con­sulted on close to a dozen ren­o­va­tions of var­i­ous homes with the own­ers over nearly two decades.

“The in­ter­est­ing thing about hav­ing worked with a spe­cific fam­ily on so many dif­fer­ent projects, you re­ally get to see how their taste changes, evolves, how their needs do as well,” Drys­dale said.

Drys­dale knew the own­ers wanted a home that could be used for large-scale en­ter­tain­ing but one that wasn’t for­mal or stuffy.

“I wanted to make sure that they had places to be at home and be very com­fort­able,” she said. “It had to be a dog-friendly house. It had to be a kid-friendly house. It had to be a cozy house.”

The home, which was fea­tured in House Beau­ti­ful and Home & De­sign, boasts grand spa­ces but it also en­cour­ages in­ti­mate gath­er­ings. The most spec­tac­u­lar room is the ball­room-size liv­ing room with its soar­ing ceil­ings, hefty crown mold­ing, grace­ful ped­i­ments and an or­nate Ital­ian fire­place man­tel. By ar­rang­ing the fur­ni­ture into wel­com­ing clus­ters, the room be­comes invit­ing rather than in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Var­i­ous hues of blue — the wife’s fa­vorite color — cas­cade through­out the main level. It is el­e­gant in the din­ing room, dra­matic in the kitchen and rest­ful in the fam­ily room. Drys­dale has noth­ing against white kitchens but said a bold shade was needed there. “If that kitchen had been your typ­i­cal white kitchen, the easy re­la­tion­ship be­tween the kitchen and the liv­ing room might not have ex­isted,” she said. “I re­ally planned the busi­ness end of the kitchen so that if you’re stand­ing in the liv­ing room and look­ing into the kitchen you don’t see the ap­pli­ances.”

For a home that is steps away from down­town Bethesda, it is ex­cep­tion­ally pri­vate. The house is set back from the street with a spa­cious front lawn pro­vid­ing a buf­fer. Ma­ture trees of­fer shade and more seclu­sion. In ad­di­tion, the en­trances to the home are on the side of the house rather than fac­ing the street. The for­mal en­trance is so un­der­stated as to be over­looked. The in­for­mal en­trance is tucked near the garage be­hind a fenced court­yard.

The six-bed­room, seven-bath­room, 11,241-square-foot house on 1.34 acres is listed at $9.995 mil­lion.

PHO­TOS BY HOMEVISIT

En­trances to the home, fea­tured in House Beau­ti­ful and Home & De­sign, are on the side of the house rather than fac­ing the street. With an out­door ter­race, it is ex­cep­tion­ally pri­vate. The own­ers wanted a home that could be used for large-scale en­ter­tain­ing without be­ing for­mal.

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