By Sophia Solano for The Washington Post
Published January 26, 2024
Photos by Townsend Media

The living room, separated from the dining room by steps and a column, has a fireplace. (Townsend Visuals)

Murilo Portugal and his wife were renting an apartment in Washington when they began looking for a new home in 2006. They had moved to the city from Brazil for his job at the International Monetary Fund, and the house at 4433 Cathedral Ave. NW, now on the market for $4.7 million, was “love at first sight.”

But it was a few years before they purchased the house, in D.C.’s Wesley Heights neighborhood. In 2006, the asking price was $100,000 more than it is today. Portugal offered about a million less, and when his offer was refused, he offered to increase it. And then he raised and the owner refused until the 2008 housing market crash made it possible to buy the house for “significantly less” than the original offer.

Portugal and his wife were the second owners of the house, which was custom-built in 1988 for a real estate lawyer. They lived there “very happily” for three years. In 2011, Portugal left Washington for a job with a not-for-profit association of Brazilian banks, and they rented the property with hopes of returning. But his wife died in 2021, and he decided to sell.

The Tudor-style brick house has cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, ample windows and several skylights. It is more than 8,000 square feet and has four finished levels, including the lower level. Pre-listing renovations include fresh paint and a new roof.

A stone path and arched entryway lead to the front door, which opens to a foyer on the main level. To the left, a library with built-in shelving connects to a study. To the right, the living room has a fireplace and an 11-foot ceiling. At the back of the main level, the kitchen has two dishwashers and an island with seating. A breakfast nook leads to a deck with yard access. The dining room leads to a screened porch with two skylights. This level also has a family room with a fireplace and access to a patio, and it has a powder room.


Address: 4433 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Beds/Baths: 7 Beds | 6 Baths | 1 Half Bath
Square Footage: 8,054 Sq Ft
Lot Size: 0.27 Acres
Listing Agents: Robert HryniewickiAdam RackliffeChristopher Leary, and Micah Smith, HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties.