- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2000

From a beckoning front porch and cozy turret spaces to an attic-level library and lower-level home office, the Victorian-style house at 2728 Chain Bridge Road in Northwest oozes charm. Every room is filled with warmth, a rosy glow from wide-plank hardwood flooring on all levels and an abundance of windows. Gingerbread trim and a copper roofing on the turret complement the deep front porch.

Built in 1981 by well-known local builder Joey Kaempfer, this house is on the market for $1.1 million. It rests on a private driveway among a cluster of similarly styled and equally attractive homes.

This cluster makes up an unusual community that includes a private tennis court and a heated swimming pool owned by the six homeowners in the Chain Bridge Homeowners' Association. For an annual maintenance fee of $3,000, the neighbors enjoy the swimming pool, tennis court, maintenance of the common area, and tax and insurance coverage for these amenities.

Even without the tennis court and swimming pool, this Victorian residence has plenty of amenities of its own, not the least of which is the privacy guaranteed by its location on a hidden private drive off Chain Bridge Road. The home has a two-car garage and additional parking along the drive and in front of the house. The front porch wraps around the side of the house, where it offers a court-side view of neighborhood tennis matches.

Inside, each room has a charm of its own. Guests will feel welcome in the cozy foyer, which offers glimpses of the living room and dining room and has the same oak moldings and handsome hardwood flooring, set on an angle, as the rest of the main level.

The oak moldings blend with built-in oak bookshelves in the living room. The oak mantel over the fireplace matches the moldings above, and the turret provides a cozy sitting area with windows on three sides. Additional light from stairwell windows pours into the living room through a transom opening in the wall defining the hall.

The formal dining room has a large arch over one side and two blue-painted wood columns that define the space and separate it from the hall. On the opposite side of the room are French doors that lead to a spacious two-level deck for dining and relaxing in sunny weather. The deck has been painted a pale gray and has plenty of room for entertaining. Tall trees provide shade and privacy.

Adjacent to the dining room is a modern, sunny kitchen with a greenhouse window on one side to fill the room with daylight. The color scheme is a bright blue and yellow with white cabinets. Unusual blue-painted brick flooring adds to the cheerfulness of this room.

The second level has the same hardwood flooring as the main level and features a dramatic master bedroom under the turret. Skylights on all sides of the turret are matched with windows below, so the hexagonal space is full of light. The owners use the turret space for their bed, but it could be used alternatively as a sitting area.

The master bedroom also features a two-sided fireplace surrounded by patterned tiles in pale gray and yellow. The suite also includes a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and a cozy but luxurious bath with a separate shower, a double sink and an extra-deep soaking tub accessible by wood stairs.

This level also has a large second bedroom with a nook for a vanity and space for a sitting area; a full bath accessible from the hallway; a laundry room; and a study or sitting room with a closet and stairs to the upper level.

Perhaps the most spectacular room in this home is on the attic level, which also has wooden floors and has been finished with dramatic arched windows on either end and a high gabled ceiling. A wall of bookshelves surrounds the windows on one side and includes a rolling library ladder for access to the top shelves. The current owners are use this room as a combination library and family room, but it includes several closets and under-the-eaves storage spaces along with a full bath, so it could be used as a bedroom or guest room.

The windows on one side of the attic offer views of the tennis court and the adjacent swimming pool. This open room offers a flexible space for casual entertaining, relaxing with the family or simply curling up with a good book.

The lower level has been finished with hardwood flooring, built-in bookshelves and a large fireplace with a blue-painted wood mantel. Oak trim around the windows matches the moldings and trim on the main level, and a glass door leads to the outside of the home. This flexible space has been used as bedroom and is currently a home office. It also could be used as a cozy family room. A full bath is adjacent to the main room, along with closet and storage space and access to the two-car garage.

The house's other amenities include central air conditioning, gas heat and heat pumps, a security system, cable TV hookups, a central vacuum system and an intercom system.

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