- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2005

Custom builder Barry Zuckerman often creates residences that integrate into the neighborhood of existing homes so well that once the construction equipment is gone, no one can identify the newest house on the block.

In Northwest Washington’s Palisades neighborhood, Mr. Zuckerman built the home at 49311/2 MacArthur Blvd. in 2001 on a narrow, deep lot, matching the home’s Victorian style with other buildings along the street.

Walls of stone and flagstone steps lead above the garage to the turreted home past landscaped garden beds. A hexagonal flagstone porch provides a charming introduction to the home, along with a perfect position for observing Palisades’ annual Fourth of July parade.

Now on the market for $2,250,000, this home includes more than 7,500 finished square feet on four levels, with closets strategically built so that future owners may add an elevator, if desired.

Careful placement of the home on this lot allows parking for additional cars on the driveway, as well as in the two-car garage, while still including plenty of space for the front porch, a flagstone patio and a sloping lawn area surrounded by garden beds in the fenced rear yard.

The Victorian theme continues inside the home, with extensive moldings on all four levels, high ceilings and tall windows at every possible location.

Guests step off the front porch into a foyer with a marble floor including black-and-white marble tiles for drama. Along one wall of the foyer are benches with storage underneath, and two closets are nearby. Wood wainscoting partially covers the foyer walls, and a broad window opening frames a view of the formal living room.

The main level and second level feature hardwood flooring in every room, and the stairs to all four levels are also hardwood. The stairwell has been placed to the side of the home to allow for broad landings between levels with two tall windows at each landing.

At the front of the home is a large library or study with four tall windows facing the street and a double-door closet along one wall. This room can function as a guest bedroom, if desired.

Adjacent to the library is a large powder room with a window and a transom over the door. The powder room could be converted to a full bath if future owners wish to create a first-floor bedroom suite.

The formal living room and formal dining room are linked by a wide opening for an old-fashioned double-parlor effect. Both rooms, like many in the home, include recessed lighting.

At the back of this level is an expansive family room with a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by hand-painted tiles, a travertine marble hearth and a wood mantel.

Tall windows flank the fireplace, and two sets of French doors link this room with the flagstone patio and rear yard. The breakfast area adjacent to the family room includes three tall windows facing the back garden and two tall side windows for additional light.

The breakfast area opens onto the kitchen, which features furniture-quality wood cabinets, including a center island with turned legs and extensive trim. Granite counters blend with top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances, including two Dacor wall ovens, a Dacor microwave, a Bosch dishwasher, a Dacor six-burner gas cooktop and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. A butler’s pantry adjacent to the kitchen provides additional counter and cabinet space and adds to the ease of catering a large party.

Wood stairs lead to the first of the two upper levels.

At the rear of the home, the master suite includes an expansive bedroom with a niche for an entertainment center or dressers, plus a sitting area in front of three tall windows overlooking the garden. Three more windows flood the room with light from the side of the home.

His-and-hers walk-in closets with built-in shelves lead into the his-and-hers-style bathroom, which has a separate vanity and commode for each spouse. In the center of the bathroom are a whirlpool tub and a multihead shower with a seat and a glass door. A linen closet has also been designed into the bathroom.

Adjacent to the master suite are two additional closets, one that could function as part of the elevator shaft and the other a room-size storage space. This level also includes a large laundry room with a window, shelves and a sink, in addition to the upgraded washer and dryer.

At the front of this level are two more bedrooms, which share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity, a combination tub and shower, and a linen closet.

The second of these bedrooms occupies the space above the hexagonal front porch and includes a bay window and a walk-in closet. The fourth bedroom on this level includes a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and a full bath with a linen closet.

The finished fourth level includes a fifth bedroom with a charming sloping ceiling and a triple window. This room includes a private full bath with a linen closet and a walk-in closet with a second closet just outside the room for additional storage.

Wood stairs lead to the finished lower level, which has Berber carpeting.

This level includes an expansive recreation room with two high windows and a full bath.

A sixth bedroom with a closet and two windows is in use as an office. Nearby are several additional finished and unfinished storage closets, along with the door to the two-car garage.

Buyers looking for a pristine version of an old-fashioned home may want to visit this Victorian gem.

Address: 49311/2 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Berkley/Palisades

Age: Four years

Price: $2,250,000

Size: 7,543 finished square feet on lot of 10,000 square feet

Taxes: $13,644 in 2004

Exterior features: Victorian-style cedar shake and stone home with flagstone front steps, flagstone front porch high above street, flagstone patio, lawn and garden beds in fenced back yard, two-car garage plus additional parking for two cars

Interior features: Six or seven bedrooms; 51/2 baths; hardwood flooring throughout first and second levels; high ceilings; moldings; marble floor in foyer; formal living room; formal dining room; front library or seventh bedroom with closet; center-island kitchen with upgraded stainless-steel appliances and granite counters, breakfast area, butler’s pantry; family room with fireplace and French doors to patio; master suite with sitting area, his-and-hers walk-in closets leading into bath; two bedrooms share a connecting bath; fourth bedroom with private bath; laundry room on bedroom level; finished fourth level with bedroom and full bath; finished lower level with recreation room, bedroom/office, full bath, extensive finished and unfinished storage rooms

Amenities: Elevator shaft at each level for optional elevator addition, extensive storage closets on all four levels, dual-zone heating and air conditioning, central vacuum system, security system, satellite-dish television.

Close by: Walk to shops, restaurants, library and parks near MacArthur Boulevard; close to Georgetown and downtown Washington

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Skip and Debbie Singleton of DC Living Real Estate LLC, 202/337-0501.

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