April 26, 2011 Hammond Wood Kensington MD

My New Listing: Custom MCM in Hammond Wood – $749K: Open 5/1 (1-4pm)

For those who have been following the site for some time, you have seen my previous posts about the Jasper House I sold in Mohican Hills and the architect who designed it, Harold Lionel Esten, FAIA. I am now privileged to be listing Esten’s own award-winning home. The house was given a Merit Award for Remodeling in 1974 by The Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. I will be holding it open this Sunday (May 1) from 1 to 4 pm.

Located in the National Register of Historic Places-designated neighborhood of Hammond Wood, the Esten House is a one-of-a-kind home designed by Esten, one of Washington’s leading mid-century modern architects. Esten, who designed the home for his own family, built the modernist white brick structure with flat roof in the early 1970s around an existing 1951 small builder home by Charles Goodman. Esten was an associate of Goodman’s firm in the early 1950s when he bought the house. He later launched his own successful modernist practice. He won numerous award for his work and even had one of his houses on Crail Drive in Bethesda featured in Arts and Architecture.

Esten living room

The 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home is a sprawling 3,572 square feet—3,172 on the main level with a 400 square foot finished basement. The foyer—marked by sliding front door and brick flooring—leads directly to the main public spaces of the house. A large living room (above) with sliding glass doors opens to the main patio (below).

Esten House Main Patio
The library/family room opens onto a second patio, crowned with a pyramid skylight.

Esten House Den

Esten House Patio

A large private office space off the foyer boasts its own window wall and vintage lighting that would make the set designers of Mad Men proud.

The living room and den, which feature dramatic corner glass windows and are excellent for entertaining, lead into the dining room and vintage kitchen with large storage pantry and washer/dryer nook with double sink.

Esten House Kitchen

The master suite features wall-to-wall windows looking out to the backyard of the serene .27 acre property and a large sitting area that could be used as a second office. Check out the vintage bathroom.

Esten House Master Bedroom

Esten House Master Bedroom Sitting Room

Esten House Vintage Bathroom

One of the three additional bedrooms features en suite bathroom and ample closet space, excellent for guests, in-laws or nanny. Nice vintage lighting as well.

Esten House Bedroom

A spiral staircase leads from the foyer to the large one-room basement, a perfect space for a kids’ playroom.

Esten House Spiral Stairs

The Esten House has a variety of vintage and unique touches that fans of modern architecture will appreciate, including lighting, skylights, custom sliding wood-slatted screens that can be use to redefine spaces throughout the house and a 256-square foot shed that matches the architecture of the main home.

An entirely new roof was put on last year (white modified bitumen) and the home has been freshly carpeted and painted. I hope you can come see this modern masterpiece this weekend. Harold and his wife Alice moved out last year after 60 years in the house that they loved. Their son, Hugh, spent the last several months going through his dad’s work, including drawing’s, paintings and images of Harold’s completed designs. We will be displaying some of Harold’s signature works so you can learn more about this groundbreaking D.C. modernist architect in the comfort of his own home.