For years, pediatrician Arthur Kreischer saw patients at his American University Park home. When he built the house in 1987, he had the first floor constructed as a medical suite with exam rooms and a laboratory. He and his family lived on the upper two floors.

When the home was sold earlier this year, Bethesda-based architect and developer Sassan Gharai did a top-to-bottom renovation, creating a more functional floor plan suited to today’s living.

Gharai, whose projects include the Jackson Place Flats condominiums in Brookland, gave the home some pizazz by painting the exterior brick white and the double entry doors an eye-popping red.


(Photo by Joe Heim) The public rooms — living room, dining room and kitchen — flow easily from one to another.

The marble entry foyer provides a gracious welcome to the home. Up the stairs, the public rooms — living room, dining room and kitchen — flow easily from one to another.

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Windows on three sides of the sunken living room flood the space with natural light. The 10-foot ceilings create an open, airy feel. A gas fireplace provides a focal point. Dark-stained floors warm the room.

Large dinner parties are no problem for this home. A formal dining area leads to an informal breakfast area, offering plenty of seating options. The spacious white kitchen’s two islands with Carrera marble countertops work well for serving or preparing food. Storage isn’t a problem with the 60-inch double-wide refrigerator.

On warm nights, the party can spill out through the three sets of double doors that open to the rear flagstone patio and garden.


(Photo by Joe Heim) The master bathroom has a soaking tub and separate shower.

The top floor has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master suite includes a large walk-in closet and a spacious bathroom with a separate soaking tub.

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The former medical office on the ground floor is now a two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite with a kitchenette. It can be turned into a rental apartment.

The house has a smart-home control system that allows many of its systems to be used remotely with a smartphone or tablet.

The 5,535-square-foot home with a two-car garage is listed at $2.2 million.

Listing: 4725 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Listing agent: Shahab Nasrin, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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