- The Washington Times - Friday, November 17, 2000

Naming a residence a town home sometimes evokes an image of a narrow building with uninteresting architecture that includes a flat front with a square garden, and small rooms inside.

The end-unit town home at 4471 Greenwich Parkway in the Foxhall neighborhood of Northwest Washington could hardly be more different from this description.

Now on the market for $725,000, this all-brick home has varied window styles including Palladian, dormer, circular and standard double-hung ones with shutters. The front walkway and steps curve around garden beds, which add charm and color to the front of the home. Inside, varied ceiling heights, spacious rooms and a dramatic curving oak staircase belie the concept that this could be a traditional town home.

This Foxhall town home has more than 4,000 finished square feet on four levels. Built in 1989, it enjoys plenty of sunlight in every room, along with the extensive use of recessed lighting to enhance the brightness of the home. Detailed crown and chair-rail moldings, along with gleaming hardwood floors and intricate trim around the doors and windows, give an air of elegance to the home, which has a dramatic foyer entrance with hardwood floors and a handful of curving steps to the main level.

To one side of the foyer is the spiraling oak staircase, which gently winds its way to the two upper levels and includes a skylight and windows along the side that help fill the rooms with sunshine.

The step-down living room features a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and a bank of windows with transoms above that overlook the front yard and the street. A low wall with several columns reaching to the high ceiling defines the formal dining room, which easily seats 12 for special occasions. Built-in hutches in two corners accommodate fine china and glassware, and mirror the niches on either side of the fireplace in the living room.

To the rear of the house is the kitchen, which overlooks the slate patio in the back yard. Corian counters and a Jenn-Air cook top blend with cherry cabinets, and a deep pantry provides additional storage. The kitchen is large enough to accommodate a table for casual family dining.

A door leads from the kitchen to the yard, which has a vine-covered pergola on one side and backs to the detached two-car garage.

Off to one side of the kitchen are the stairs leading to the lower level, a powder room and an extra coat closet. The lower level is brightly lit with high windows and recessed lighting. It includes a walk-in wine cellar that can hold more than 100 bottles. The lower level also has space for an extra refrigerator. A door with a large glass window offers an enticing glimpse into the wine cellar.

Nearby is the recreation room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a brick hearth and surround. An interesting feature of this level is a huge picture window that fills part of the interior wall separating the recreation room and a large room currently used as a home office.

The window serves to provide additional light in the office and makes both rooms seem even larger than they are. The office includes a closet at one end, and could be used as a guest bedroom or au-pair suite.

Adjacent to the office is a full bath with a glass-enclosed shower, and a large laundry room with additional storage space.

Back upstairs, the curving oak staircase leads from the main level to an oval-shaped landing on the second level that has hardwood flooring. The master bedroom suite covers this entire floor, offering space for relaxing in privacy from the rest of the household. The bedroom at the rear of the home has tall windows across the back of the room and a door leading to the master bath. This space includes an oval whirlpool tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a double vanity.

Another door leads from the bedroom to the dressing area, which has a double closet with mirrored doors on one side, and his-and-hers walk-in closets on the other. Shelves and multiple drawers of varying sizes and shapes have been built into the closets and the dressing room to keep clothing and accessories organized.

Beyond the dressing room is a charming sitting room or den, with its own marble fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases. Tall windows frame views of the treetops and the street, filtering light into the room.

Next to this room is another full bath with a glass-enclosed shower, allowing the sitting room to be used easily as a guest suite or converted to a second bedroom.

The upper level of the room is filled with sunlight from the skylight above the staircase and the Palladian window on the side of the house.

Two bedrooms are on this level, each with cathedral ceilings and large spaces that could each easily accommodate a king-size bed. The front bedroom benefits from the charm of two deep dormer windows, each of which can hold a small desk, a cozy chair or a window seat.

A walk-in closet and additional under-the-eaves storage spaces also provide cozy hideaway spaces for a child to curl up with a flashlight, a great mystery and a favorite stuffed toy.

The rear bedroom has a charm of its own, with plenty of room to spread out under the peaked ceiling.

Both rooms share a full bath off the hall, which has a combination tub/shower and a separate room with a double vanity.

Just a half-block off Foxhall Road and within one mile of Georgetown, this residence rests on a lovely quiet street with a plant-filled median.If access to the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland is a priority, the George Washington Parkway can be reached in minutes from this location via Chain Bridge.

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