Just north of Beach Drive and east of Connecticut Avenue is one of Kensington’s most charming neighborhoods: Rock Creek Hills. According to the Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association, the subdivision was part of a 300 acre farm at the turn of the century. Bought by an insurance company after the landowner died at sea in the sinking of the Titanic, the rolling hills were carefully subdivided into an early example of the modern suburb. Lots were sold off to various developers who built the first homes in the decades before and after World War II.
Our feature property is one of the homes built in the wave of construction after the Second World War. Completed in 1955, this rambler at 9815 Haverhill Drive would have likely been sold for around $30,000. Walking around the Rock Creek Hills neighborhood, one quickly notices that many of the original homes are also ramblers. They are characterized by their long, low profiles that seem to hug the landscape rather than dominate the lot.
The home on Haverhill seems almost reluctant to stand out. Expertly designed to blend into its surroundings, it shies from the gaudiness so prevalent in modern design and denotes a quiet, serene lifestyle. The fading white paint over the original red brick may betray the home’s age, but enhance it’s beauty and appeal. Walking through the front door, one immediately senses that this home has been lovingly looked after for many years. The foyer opens into the living room over double half walls that give the entrance an airy feel. The living room and dining room are traditionally elegant entertaining spaces with a wood-burning fireplace and elegant chandelier that has presided over many a dinner party. The kitchen, a recently renovated addition to the home is a chef’s dream, featuring granite counter tops, premium appliances and cabinetry and a hidden trick: a breakfast table that hides away amongst the cabinetry but when fully extended, seats six comfortably. The 4 bedrooms, this home being a rambler, are all on the first floor, but are separated from the rest of the home by a hallway and pocket doors. These rooms, especially the master suite, have plenty of space and beautiful hardwood floors to match the rest of the main level.
Moving to the basement, the huge rec room with plush carpet and additional fireplace are perfect for playing children or cinema hungry family members. The full bath in the basement complements the two main level full baths and gives the home extra versatility and function. The immaculately maintained storage area houses the laundry room with high efficiency washer and dryer, as well as a fully outfitted workshop and extra space to stash those holiday decorations.
Walking outside of the house, it is immediately clear that the lawn and patio were designed with entertaining in mind, as they make the back yard not just a beautiful view from the inside, but an extension of the character found throughout the home.
Homes with character like this one are a rare treat. They draw out that inescapable feeling of a place that has seen many generations of families, and been appreciated and loved by all of them.
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