- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Two neighborhoods in Northwest Washington commingle at Aspen Street: Both Brightwood and Takoma Park claim this residential street of Tudor, Victorian and Colonial-style homes.

Takoma Park was developed in the 1880s as a suburb of Washington by Benjamin F. Gilbert, the National Park Service Web site reports. The original town of Takoma Park featured cottages and villas within walking distance of the B&O; Railroad station and covered parts of Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and the District.

Today, many residents of Takoma Park in Maryland and the District can walk to the Takoma Park Metro station.

Brightwood’s history, according to neighborhood information provided by the Lofts of Brightwood development, has many close military connections. Brightwood was the site of a training and supply center for Union troops during the Civil War and includes Fort Slocom, where fortifications protected the city against threats to the water supply and from invasion.

Brightwood is adjacent to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Trolley lines running through Brightwood linked dairy farms to the rest of the city, and as the area grew, Harry Wardman, one of the District’s best-known architects, built more than 500 homes in the neighborhood.

The home at 913 Aspen St. NW presents a charming Tudor-style facade on a quiet street within walking distance of the Takoma Park Metro station and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The home was built in 1932 and is now on the market for $600,000.

The stone and brick exterior of the home also has vinyl-siding gables, a flagstone front walk and a flagstone front step.

An arched solid wood door opens onto a stucco foyer with a second glass door leading into the home. During winter months, this foyer keeps cold breezes from entering the residence.

The living room, like the rest of the two upper levels, has the original hardwood flooring. A brick, wood-burning fireplace with a mantel provides the focal point for the room. Picture moldings allow owners to display artwork without putting holes in the plaster walls.

Wood-framed French doors link the living room with a cozy den, which overlooks the back yard. This room can function as a library or media room or a home office, if desired.

An arched entrance on the other side of the living room leads into the dining room, which has wood chair-rail moldings, deep wood baseboards, two large windows and a dramatic crystal chandelier that is original to the home.

Between the dining room and the kitchen is a breakfast room with walls half-covered with wood panels to match the hardwood flooring and a casement window above. This room has been used as an office in the past and could be converted to a first-floor powder room, if desired. Nearby is a floor-to-ceiling pantry for additional kitchen storage.

The kitchen has been updated with new flooring, a gas stove, a microwave, a refrigerator with an ice maker, a dishwasher and a double-sink below a window.

The kitchen door leads to the back yard, where a curving deck offers plenty of space for entertaining outside. A lawn and garden beds link the deck with the detached brick one-car garage, which has a loft with storage space inside. The owners added a large brick barbecue pit.

Inside, the wood staircase to the upper level is conveniently accessible from both the living room and the kitchen. The master bedroom has windows on two walls, oak flooring, a closet and a private bath. The bath includes a linen closet and has been updated, but it retains the attractive original tile flooring and walls.

The second bedroom has windows on two walls, an oak floor and a large cedar-lined closet, while the third bedroom also has windows on two walls and an oak floor. The closet for this room is in the hall, along with another linen closet.

The updated hall bath includes a whirlpool tub and the original tiled floor in an unusual basket-weave design.

A door leads from the third bedroom to the attic, which has a solid wood staircase and abundant storage space. Future owners may want to finish the attic for additional living space.

A staircase near the breakfast room leads to the finished lower level, which includes a family room with a decorative fireplace that possibly could be converted to a gas fireplace. The large closet at one end of the family room currently functions as a computer workstation, but it can still be used as a closet. If desired, the family room could be converted to a bedroom since it has windows and a closet.

The nearby half bath has plenty of space to add a shower or tub.

The lower-level laundry room/workshop includes a washer and dryer, a laundry tub and a worktable. In addition to the space in this large room, another storage room, which can function as a wine cellar, is nearby. An outside door leads to steps to the back yard and garage.

Abundant storage space and comfortable rooms make this a welcoming setting for a family, with space to enjoy the cooler months by the fire and a gracious back yard for relaxing in warmer weather.

Address: 913 Aspen St. NW, Washington, DC 20012

Community: Brightwood/Takoma Park

Age: Built in 1932

Price: $600,000

Size: Lot of 4,000 square feet; 1,750 finished square feet with 1,550 unfinished square feet

Taxes: $2,234 in 2005

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Tudor-style single-family home with brick-and-stone exterior, vinyl-sided gables; flagstone front walk; flagstone stoop; front lawn with garden beds; detached one-car garage with loft storage.

Interior features: Three bedrooms; two full baths; powder room; foyer; hardwood flooring on main and upper level; living room with fireplace; formal dining room; updated kitchen; breakfast room; den; master bedroom with a private full bath; two more bedrooms sharing a hall bath; attic storage space available for finishing; finished lower-level family room and powder room; laundry room/workshop; storage room.

Amenities: Fenced rear yard with curving deck, built-in brick barbecue pit; security system; gas-fired steam convector heat; central air conditioning; gas water heater

Close by: 10-minute walk to Takoma Park Metro; near Walter Reed Medical Center; access to downtown Washington via Georgia Avenue and 16th Street.

Open house: by appointment

Contact: Realtor Arlene Koby of Weichert Realtors at 301/587-0534

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