A One-of-a-kind home by and for Fieldston's foremost architect
When Dwight James Baum-- the renowned architect who created the majority of the Fieldston Historic District's stately Tudors, Mediterraneans, Classical Revivals and Colonials -- decided to live among his creations, he presumably had his choice of where to build. It's not surprising, then, that he picked 5011 Waldo Ave., a large, secluded corner lot on a gentle slope with a canopy of beautiful trees.
Described by The New York Times in 1914 as having been "derived from the Old Dutch Colonial farmhouses found throughout Pennsylvania," the house is a fascinating three-dimensional sample book displaying many of the details the architect was offering to home buyers when Fieldston was new a century ago.
It features a slate hipped roof with overhanging eaves, shed dormers, paneled and louvered shutters, brick chimneys with corbelled caps, copper gutters and metal drainpipes.
A spacious patio wraps around the house and the entry foyer and central gallery lead to a large living room featuring a fireplace encased in imported white marble. French doors open to a veranda with a colonnade overlooking a landscaped garden. The gallery also leads to a formal dining room with a screened outdoor dining porch. The windowed eat-in kitchen features original cabinetry and gleaming wood flooring.
The wide center hall stairway-- leading to an oversized master suite and two additional bedrooms-- is flooded with light from a Palladian window. There is a walk-up attic with a finished oversized room featuring a cedar closet that may be used as a guest bedroom with a full bath.
A finished basement has a full bath and laundry room and there is a detached two-car garage with a long double-wide driveway.
According to co-exclusive brokers Sanjya Tidke of Halstead Property and Sean Trebach of Trebach Realty, the property is listed at $1,995,000 with annual real estate taxes of $16,190.
Clockwise from top:
A brick stairway winds through a romantic setting of tall trees and ground cover to the front door.
French doors bring the outdoors in to the living room.
A Palladian window floods the stairway with light.
The house sists well back from the street, screenced by shrubbery.
The formal dining room is light and airy.
Thursday, September 03, 2015