House of the Week | A Charles Goodman contemporary in Chevy Chase for $799,900


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When this Chevy Chase home was first profiled in the Evening Sun on Aug. 2, 1952, the paper’s real estate editor, Robert J. Lewis, wrote:

“If built of brick alone, or of boards, this house would closely resemble a rectangular box. By using glass for three of its four ground-floor walls, and plenty of large windows on the upper floor, the architect has worked a kind of legerdemain upon the rectangular shape — a sleight-of-hand, indeed, which makes the interior appear to burst out of its box-like form and gain a new dimension.”

The architect was Charles M. Goodman, the renowned mid-century modernist who is best known for creating the original terminal of Reagan National Airport and the Hollin Hills community in Fairfax County. Goodman designed this home for his personal attorney, Lewis Jacobs, and his wife, Bella. Built in 1952, the contemporary home has never been on the market until now. Listing agent Emily Mintz of Long & Foster has the original blueprints, as well as plans for expansions that were drawn but never executed.

Like many Goodman homes, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house blends into the sloping, wooded site and capitalizes on the sweeping views of Rock Creek Park. The bedrooms and bathrooms are on the top floor, with the living room, dining room and kitchen on the bottom floor. The Evening Sun article said the living areas were placed on the ground floor because the owners wanted to have connecting terraces on grade.

The carport joins the house through beams and posts that form an abstract sculpture, which, according to the Evening Sun, the architect considered to be an integral part of the design.

The glass-and-mahogany foyer makes for a stunning entrance to the 1,826-square-foot home. The master bedroom extends the width of the house and has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramas of the park.

A brick wall with a fireplace runs nearly the entire length of the house and is a focal point in the living room. Expansive floor-to-ceiling glass walls open the living room and dining room to the outdoors. Two atrium glass doors lead from the living room to a flagstone patio.

The house is listed for $799,900.

Listing: 2925 Greenvale Rd., Chevy Chase

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.

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