- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 14, 2005

Like many other Northwest neighborhoods, Logan Circle has been transformed in recent years. Charming Victorian and Colonial-style town homes and former mansions have become updated, appealing homes for young professionals and empty nesters eager to experience city life.

Logan Circle itself has been landscaped into a green city space perfect for walking dogs, pushing baby strollers or simply relaxing on a park bench.

Within walking distance of the circle are several vibrant parts of the city, including the 14th Street corridor, where interesting shops and restaurants and several theaters are part of the attraction.

The U Street corridor is just a few blocks north of Logan Circle and includes an eclectic mix of night life, shops and restaurants. Green Line Metro stops also are nearby, linking the area to the rest of Washington and the suburbs.

While builders and buyers have transformed the once run-down buildings of Logan Circle into upscale homes, they have maintained and restored the exterior of the structures along with some of the appealing interior features, such as high ceilings and hardwood flooring.

At the Sherwood, at 1736 13th St. NW, just north of Logan Circle, a handful of condominiums have been placed in a former mansion.

The Sherwood features a pristine exterior of gray-painted brick with a bright red door and a neatly landscaped front yard.

The owners recently restored the oak stairs, which link all three levels of the building and added marble-finish ceramic-tile flooring to each landing. The building also features new thermal pane windows and a secured entrance.

The penthouse-level condominium in the Sherwood, No. 3, features a private landing with a window and a wrought-iron spiral staircase leading to the home’s most spectacular feature, a rooftop deck with panoramic views of the city.

No other rooftop decks are visible in the neighborhood, affording privacy for the residents of this home.

The deck has plenty of space for sitting and dining areas, a gas grill and large containers for a garden. Made of Trex, the deck is sturdy and requires no maintenance.

Now on the market for $499,000, the penthouse condominium includes several luxurious features.

Just inside the front door, the foyer features a large skylight, high ceilings, track lighting and white ceramic-tile flooring with decorative black inlays. Off the foyer are a coat closet and a utility closet.

To the left of the foyer is a combined living and dining room with hardwood flooring and windows with custom blinds on two sides of the room for maximum light.

Most rooms in this home have extra windows, and because the residence occupies the entire upper level, it has exposure to sunlight on all four sides.

At the front of the home, the windows frame a view of treetops with 13th Street far below.

The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with a slate tile hearth and surround. Custom bookcases and cabinets and an entertainment shelf cover the wall that surrounds the fireplace.

In the back corner of this home, the eat-in kitchen has windows on two sides of the room, track lighting, white ceramic-tile flooring, white cabinets and upgraded counters.

The white-on-white appliances include a built-in microwave, an electric range/oven, a refrigerator and a dishwasher.

Across the foyer from the kitchen is the master bedroom, which has wall-to-wall carpeting, windows on two sides with custom blinds, a ceiling fan with a light and two closets. A third closet door reveals a stacked washer and dryer.

Next to the bedroom is a full bath, updated with black marble tile flooring, a white vanity with cabinets, a built-in linen cabinet, and black-and-white ceramic-tile tub and shower surrounds.

The second bedroom, currently used as a combined office and guest room, includes a closet and two windows.

This Logan Circle home offers a perfect urban condominium with space for guests and an elegantly sophisticated lifestyle.

Whether entertaining on the roof in fair weather or by the fire on a cold night, the buyers of this home should consider themselves privileged to be part of this neighborhood’s renewal.

Address: 1736 13th St. NW, Apt. 3, Washington, DC 20009

Community: Logan Circle

Age: Built circa 1900

Price: $499,000; condominium fee about $135 per month

Size: About 1,000 square feet

Taxes: $1,183 in 2004

Exterior features: Small condominium building with newly refinished wood stairs and marble-finish ceramic-tile flooring on each landing; third-level unit with private landing with window and spiral staircase to the rooftop deck

Interior features: Two bedrooms; one full bath; foyer with ceramic-tile flooring and skylight; hardwood flooring in living-dining room, which has wood-burning fireplace, five windows, one wall of built-ins; eat-in kitchen with windows on two sides; master bedroom with windows on two sides, two closets; second bedroom with closet, hardwood flooring; full bath with black marble tile floor

Amenities: Rooftop deck with panoramic city views, privacy, garden beds; stacked washer and dryer; pets allowed; two satellite dishes and pre-wiring in living room and master bedroom; security system

Close by: Walk to Logan Circle; walk to 14th Street shops and restaurants, including Whole Foods grocery store; walk to U Street corridor restaurants, shops and nightlife; three blocks to Green Line Metro station

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Suzanne Goldstein of Long & Foster Realtors at 202/244-0400.

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