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This Week’s Find: Takoma Park Home With Secret Room

by Mark Wellborn

This Week's Find: Takoma Park Home With Secret Room: Figure 1
332 Boyd Avenue

This Week’s Find is a three-bedroom log cabin-like home in Takoma Park that has a rather unique feature: a “secret room” built into its top floor.

There are a number of cool things about the listing, which sits in a wooded section along Boyd Avenue, including the recycled yellow pine floors, the built-in bench on the back deck and the corn/wood pellet burning stove that supplements the home’s traditional heating system. The sellers were so taken with the home that they made an offer the day it hit the market 23 years ago.

This Week's Find: Takoma Park Home With Secret Room: Figure 2
Lofted Secret Room

However, the most noteworthy feature of the house is the “secret room.” When the seller’s daughter turned ten, it became clear that she didn’t like being so close to her parents. So, local architect Bill Hutchins came in and raised the roof and converted what had been a storage closet on the top level into a room filled with light and its own deck. The owners have kept the original closet doors in the room and say that, yes, a few times people have “bonked” their heads in that section of the house. In 2000, an artist custom-designed a stained-glass window for the room.

More details and photos below.

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Living Room

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Rear Deck

  • Address: 332 Boyd Avenue, Takoma Park, MD (map)
  • Price: $535,000
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: Two
  • Square Footage: 1,248
  • Listing Agent: Liz Brent, Evers and Co.
  • For the full listing, click here.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/this_weeks_find_takoma_park_home_with_secret_room/2970

2 Comments

  1. SB said at 5:40 pm on Wednesday February 9, 2011:
    I grew up in this house and it is amazing!
  1. SimonF said at 4:42 pm on Wednesday February 9, 2011:
    Proof again that Takoma Park has some of the coolest houses in the area.

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