Renovating a historic home is a delicate task: It takes a knowledgeable hand to find ways to preserve the character and origin of the home without letting the story hinder the livability. The long-time owner of 5933 16th St. N. in Arlington, a real estate agent himself, was able to provide that kind of perspective to keep it carefully maintained through the years.
This Cape Cod–style house in the Westover neighborhood was built in 1937 and has since been renovated and updated with its original design kept in mind. Unique features from the original home are still there, like the oak flooring and paneled windows, to ensure that it maintains its historic character. The whitewashed brick façade gives it a charming, vintage curb appeal.
The single-family structure has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with 1,728 square feet total. The current list price is $1,150,000.
The kitchen features some original pieces of the home, like cabinets and a wide, cast-iron country sink, which preserve the character of the space. Newer innovations like a pull-out island give it an updated, functional edge. The flooring is the original oak hardwood, refinished to preserve its beauty and the character of the home.
A stairwell leads from the main floor directly into the primary suite, an open layout with a design that maximizes living space. The main bedroom is spacious, with original paneled windows, two walk-in closets, and an en suite bathroom.
In front of the primary bedroom, these original five-paneled doors — relocated from the lower level in one of the renovations — lead into the rest of the top floor; on one side, a full bathroom, and on the other, a smaller second bedroom that joins with the bathroom.
The shower in this bathroom is a showstopper, with white subway-style tiles reaching all the way up and around the ceiling, creating a unique, spacious area.
Back on the main level, this screened-in porch provides a bright, breezy space to work or relax, with views of the property’s quarter-acre plot behind you. The white-washed brick of the exterior is also visible here.
Contact Ken Courtade at KW Metro Center for more information.
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