In the upscale Washington, D.C., bedroom community of Bethesda, Maryland, you don’t have to go far to find the home of a politician, a military official or a medical professional.
This two-story contemporary, about 4 miles from Bethesda’s retail-oriented downtown, was the onetime residence of Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first female to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
The secluded half-acre property is set in the family-friendly Bradley Hills Grove neighborhood, which has housing stock dating from the 1950s to the present. In general, the single-family houses are large with four to eight bedrooms. A wide variety of architectural styles are represented. Schools and parks are nearby, and a creek runs through the leafy community.
The former Kirkpatrick home was built in 1988 and recently renovated for 21st century living, while maintaining its period appeal.
Slate steps lead up to the double front door, which is sheltered by stone arches on either side. Stone accents continue on the facade, mixed with shingle siding.
The 6,540 square feet of interiors center on the main floor glass-walled great room with vaulted ceilings and a stone-fronted fireplace.
The newly-renovated kitchen features a center island, two sinks and a walk-in pantry. A dining room, a family room, a library/study with a bay window, a mudroom and two powder rooms complete the level.
Upstairs are four en-suite bedrooms, including a primary suite with a cathedral ceiling and fireplace, and a loft sitting room.
The lower level offers several spaces for recreation, a guest room, two more bathrooms and a laundry room.
A covered porch at the front of the home and a slate patio in back with a fire pit and a barbecue extend the living areas outdoors. Another 700 square feet of unfinished space sits above the four-car garage.
The motor court, along with a lighted circular driveway, provides additional parking. There’s a permanent easement for use a shared driveway, which is maintained by the neighboring property.
The U.S. Capitol is about 17 miles away from the property; Arlington, about 14 miles.
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