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Cleveland Park's Wedding Cake House - You'll Want to Eat It Up!


In Washington,'s Cleveland Park, the home at 3225 Highland Place NW is fondly known as the "Wedding Cake House".  And when the listing agent, Terry Robinson of Long & Foster held it open today for her colleagues, it was on the top of my list of homes I had to visit.

And what a step back in time!

So, how did this charmer get it's name?  It's from the frieze above the front porch looks like icing on a cake that came from Martha Stewart's kitchen. 

But this home is way more than just a delicious facade. 

First, the home is situated on a lot of almost a third of an acre on Highland Place, one of Cleveland Park's most charming streets - more of a lane, really - with charming Victorian homes lining both sides of the street.  And it's only two blocks to Connecticut Avenue, with the Uptown Theater, shops, restaurants, and Metro.  On nice days, you can head a few blocks south and go for a walk or jog through the National Zoo.

This home's  interior has 6,200 square feet of space, with 7 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths.  The ceilings soar to 11 feet on the first floor, and 10 feet on the two upper levels, and the floors look like they are beautifully restored heart pine originals.  There are three fireplaces with period mantles. 

While the home retains many of it's original architectural details, the systems, kitchens and baths are thoroughly modern in their function.  The kitchen is very open and airy, with cherry cabinetry and slate counter tops, making for a renovation that was very true to the period.

This home is priced at $4,990,000.

Here is the full virtual tour for 225 Highland Place NW.

If you would like more information about the Wedding Cake House or for any of the other his charming homes for sale in Cleveland Park,  please contact me.  You may email me ( or call (202-549-5167).

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Comment balloon 25 commentsPatricia Kennedy • October 14 2014 06:19PM


Pat, what a lovely home.  I love Victorian architecture it makes me feel warm all over and puts a smile on my face!!

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer Inc) almost 6 years ago

Hi Pat -- I've heard this term before and this Cleveland Park home looks like a wonderful example -- great details and a nice shout-out from today's tour.  

The power of previewing works!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 6 years ago

That is a house that I've love to see in person. 

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 6 years ago

Hi Pat, the photo of that home is gorgeous. I can envision a great party and dancing on the porches in the early evenings at the home. Very appealing, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Hi Pat - That is a gorgeous house, and I would have definitely gotten off my butt to go look at it. They certainly don't make them like that anymore.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 6 years ago

Thanks for your comments!

And yeah, that front porch is pretty amazing - makes me want a big old mint julip to sit and sip! 

And the crafting that went into this home is indeed rare.  It was probably originally built as a summer home for a wealthy Washingtonian who wanted to escape the heat and misquitos one found close to the Capitol. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Hi Pat, What a wonderful home. Love the detail and the design. The upper deck area looks like you might have  some great views as well.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 6 years ago

Wow Pat, what a gorgeous home, I absolutely love that porch. The architectural details are stunning.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) almost 6 years ago

Aloha Patricia, It reminded me of the Wedding Cake house in Kennebunk Port, Maine. Mmm butter cream frosting...The lovely Cleveland Park Victorian is a grande dame of ages past. The owners did a wonderful job maintaining the home. 


I guess my memory wasn't so accurate...


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) almost 6 years ago

Pat, does not take much for one to imagine themselves on the front porch with a cup of coffee in hand! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 6 years ago

You are not kidding. I would love to take a bit out of that!! THanks for posting.

Posted by Keith Strawn, ( (Ballenger Realty)) almost 6 years ago

Oh yes, that would have been on my list, too. What a great house and outstanding location!

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 6 years ago

Patricia, I love this house and it's rich history, but check out that porch, who wouldn't want to get married there. Absolutely beautiful.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) almost 6 years ago

Love the structures in those times Patricia. We don't have much details on architectures nowadays.

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) almost 6 years ago

Patricia, Makes sense that it is called the wedding cake house with the architectural details.  Beautiful!  

All the best!


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Patricia this is a huge beautiful unique house.  I would love to tour it.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 6 years ago


A grand classic home . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 6 years ago

Pat love this house and it is nice to see how the old and the new are integrated into this great home. The details on the inside as well as the outside speak loudly of the seller's pride in their home. Glad to see preservation is alive and well. Best wishes for a quality buyer who will appreciate this great home, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 6 years ago

I love the Wedding Cake House! The only one I ever saw before was the one in Kennebunk Port and I was in complete awe. I'm glad you posted this one and I'm glad Kimo Stowell mentioned the Maine Wedding Cake House to with picture. Wouldn't that be a romantic place to have a wedding???

I especially love the balconies and the large porch yours has to offer and all that attention to extraordinary cake details. It makes me hungry for wedding cake!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 6 years ago


I love this home, the details are superb, and I hope someone will buy it using your expert services.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. The price a bit above our retirement home budget.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 6 years ago

This is a huge piece of cake!  Eye candy on steroids. Even though it's not my style ( I'm into big old rustic lodge style homes), I can appreciate its beauty. The details are magnificent.  The home is aptly named, Patricia. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 6 years ago

Beautiful! I often wish that they still built like they did back then! That home is breathtaking!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 6 years ago

Pat- I can see why you went to see it!  When we were in Leesburg and visited DC on the weekends, we were so busy with the museums, we never saw much of the neighborhoods.  Wish we had!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 6 years ago

Pat, the house is beautiful. I love all the architectual details. That type of thing fascinates me. I could spend hours just walking around and taking it all in!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 6 years ago