- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2001

When W.C. & A.N. Miller began building homes in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, the streets of this residential enclave immediately were known as some of Washington's most sought-after addresses.

All the homes constructed by this popular developer included a plaque placed in the sidewalk identifying the home with pride as "Miller-Built." Today, the brick-and-stone traditional houses beckon young families looking for solidly constructed homes placed along sidewalks sized just right for a stroller, with mature trees overhead to provide a little respite from Washington's muggy August days.

Among the few available homes for sale in Spring Valley now is the residence at 4822 Rodman St., a stone Colonial priced at $1.085 million. This home is blessed with one of Spring Valley's finest lots, with a large level back yard awaiting a happy cluster of children or adults who love to spread out and perhaps set up a croquet game.

The lot is large enough to add a swimming pool if desired and is already fully fenced. The playground equipment and charming playhouse convey to the new owners. The Army Corps of Engineers has recently spent time in Spring Valley checking on high arsenic and lead levels in the soil, and this property has been given a clean bill of health.

A flagstone walkway surrounded by a manicured lawn and neatly trimmed shrubs leads to the distinctive red door of this home, which has a covered front porch. Inside, the foyer includes two closets flanking the front door and an arched entryway. Hardwood flooring extends throughout this level, as well as the upper two levels.

To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has wainscoting and crown and chair-rail moldings and plenty of space to seat a large group comfortably.

Two large windows overlook the front yard, and a door leads into the rear kitchen. The kitchen has been updated with new appliances and counters but could be further expanded or improved, if desired. It has white-painted cabinets with glass doors and a window overlooking the back yard.

Nearby are a small powder room and a second door to the hallway.

The formal living room is a sunny, large space with a stone fireplace and wood mantel, and windows at both the front and back of the room.

Beyond the living room is the charming den or family room, an addition to the home with one wall of the original stone exterior exposed, which adds drama to the cozy room. A wood cathedral ceiling adds a sense of space, and plenty of bookshelves and cabinets have been built-in to use for a library and storage.

Three walls of windows and a door to the back yard create a sunroomlike effect.

The bedroom level on the second floor features three large bedrooms, each with a charm of its own. The master bedroom suite has a southwestern exposure for maximum sunlight and a sweet dressing area with a built-in curving vanity and mirrored closets along one wall. The attached private bath retains its old-fashioned look, with a pedestal sink and a shower.

Two additional bedrooms on this level share a full hall bath with a pedestal sink and a combination tub/shower. The front bedroom has three large windows and has been painted a cheerful sunny yellow, and the rear bedroom has an arched alcove with a window, a space created by two large wardrobes with storage drawers below. This bedroom has two windows overlooking the back yard.

The upper level has been completed and can function as a fourth bedroom or as an airy home office or playroom. Windows on several sides of the room, along with recessed lighting placed into the Cathedral ceiling, create a light-filled space with unusual deep nooks on either side of the staircase.

Built-in bookshelves and cabinets line the walls. Adjacent to the bedroom is a large storage closet with a Cathedral ceiling and hardwood flooring, a room which could also be converted to living space if desired.

The lower level has also been finished so that the home has fully four levels of usable living space. One section of the lower floor functions as a comfortable and casual recreation room, with a stone fireplace with a wood mantel.

Alongside this room and the hallway are walls of closets with built-in shelving for storing games, books and household items.

In one corner of this level is a home office with a built-in computer desk with shelves and drawers above and below, along with plenty of desk surface for work. The owners have been using this space as an "arts-and-crafts" center for the family, and it could easily work as a sewing or hobby space, too.

This office has an attached full bath with a claw-foot tub, and a full-size closet with additional shelving and space for clothing. The office could also function as an au pair or guest suite. Nearby is a large laundry room/utility room.

Details

Address: 4822 Rodman St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Community: Spring Valley

Age: 60 years

Price: $1.085 million

Size: Lot of about 9,000 square feet

Taxes: $5,460 in 2000

Exterior features: Stone Colonial-style with slate roof, covered front porch with wide flagstone walkway, attached one-car garage.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, gracious foyer with arched entrance, spacious living room, large formal dining room, den with built-in bookshelves and door to back yard, updated kitchen, finished upper-level bedroom with built-in shelving and adjacent storage room, finished lower level with recreation room, home office/au pair suite with full bath, and laundry room with built-in shelving.

Amenities: Large level back yard, fully fenced, with children's play equipment that includes charming playhouse; two fireplaces; two-zone heating and air conditioning, plus two additional air conditioning units.

Close by: Minutes to Georgetown, downtown, Capitol Hill, the Kennedy Center and Chevy Chase.

Open house: Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Linda Rogers with Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties at 703/627-6776

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