- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

Traditional center-hall Colonial-style homes built in Arlington in the 1940s are valued for their prime location close to Washington and their solid brick construction. The one drawback to these homes for some of today’s buyers is that they are too small for entertaining or have too few bedrooms and baths for a large family or overnight guests.

Owners of the home at 3216 North Abingdon St. in the Country Club Hills in North Arlington have solved these problems by renovating and expanding the home with a two-story addition at the rear of the home, an enclosed porch changed into a library, a finished attic level, a finished basement level and extensive landscaping for outdoor living.

During remodeling, the best elements of the traditional home were kept and extended into the new sections of the structure, including crown moldings, coffered ceilings and four fireplaces.

Now on the market for $2,199,000, this home has been professionally landscaped and improved with a flagstone walkway and flagstone steps to the six-panel wood front door, which is surrounded by leaded glass windows.

Flagstone terraces have been built on two levels in the back yard, with a stone wall and fencing enclosing the entire yard. At the top of the stone terraces is a level lawn, perfect for a play area or entertaining friends. French doors leading into the library and great room allow for easy flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Inside, the home features hardwood flooring on the main and second level, with extensive moldings on the main level, including moldings that rise from the top of the windows to meet the crown moldings above. The foyer also includes wainscoting.

The formal dining room has windows on two sides and a coffered ceiling matching the coffered ceiling in the formal living room on the opposite side of the foyer. The living room also includes a wood-burning fireplace and a step-down to the adjacent great room.

Two open doorways lead from the living room into the library, a space that was once the side porch. The library features a dramatic beamed cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan and includes a set of French doors to the patio. Two more sets of French doors flank the gas fireplace in the nearby great room, which has a 9-foot-high ceiling and additional steps up to the breakfast room.

The breakfast room features a wall of floor-to-ceiling pantries and hardwood flooring and is open to the center-island kitchen. The kitchen features granite counters, a large granite center island, recessed lighting, a six-burner gas range, stainless steel appliances, a built-in desk and a built-in bookcase near the stairs to the lower level. Nearby is a powder room with a window overlooking the back yard.

Hardwood stairs with a carpet runner and wainscoting along the wall lead to the second level, where the master suite is part of the new section of the home.

The master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling with dramatic exposed beams, a ceiling fan and a gas fireplace with a mantel flanked by windows looking into the rear yard. To one side of the master suite is a walk-in closet converted to a laundry room and storage room.

The luxurious master bath includes two more walk-in closets with built-ins, a soaking tub, a glass-front shower and a double-sink vanity.

The second bedroom, originally the master suite, features windows on two sides, a ceiling fan, a walk-in closet and a private marble full bath. Two additional bedrooms on this level, each with a ceiling fan, share a marble hall bath.

The finished attic level features charming sloping ceilings and deep dormer windows. The landing includes a window seat set into a dormer window, with plenty of space for creating a reading nook or small study. Both bedrooms on this level include dormer windows with window seats. The two rooms share a new hall bath with a bead-board wall to add a touch of old-fashioned ambience.

The lower level includes a recreation room with wall-to-wall carpet, a wood-burning fireplace, arched entrances to the hall and a wall of built-in bookcases. On the opposite side of the staircase is a door leading to what could be an au-pair suite, with an office or a guest bedroom space including a walk-in closet and a full bath.

Along this hall are a sports closet and utility room in a space that formerly was a laundry room and still has the washer and dryer hookups. In addition, there are a coat closet and a partially finished storage room with windows.

While this home has plenty of space for entertaining indoors and out, the neighborhood also has several parks for children and adults to enjoy. Marymount University, Yorktown High School, churches and shopping areas are within walking distance. Just two blocks away is the private Washington Golf and Country Club, where generations of children in the neighborhood have learned to swim and play tennis and golf.

Address: 3216 N. Abingdon St., Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Country Club Hills

Age: Built in 1940, renovated 2001-2005

Price: $2,199,000

Size: Home site of about 12,580 square feet

Taxes: $12,140 in 2005 (estimated)

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick-front, Colonial-style single-family home with flagstone walkway and steps; stone wall adjacent to wide driveway and one-car garage.

Interior features: Four finished levels with six or seven bedrooms; five full baths; powder room; center-hall floor plan with living room and dining room with coffered ceilings; library with French doors to rear patio; step-down great room with two sets of French doors to patio; remodeled kitchen and breakfast area with upgraded appliances and extensive pantry space; master suite with fireplace, laundry room, two walk-in closets and bath; secondary bedroom with private full bath; two additional bedrooms on second level sharing a bath; finished attic level with two bedrooms, full bath and window seats in dormer windows; finished lower-level recreation room with fireplace and built-in bookcases, an au-pair suite or office with full bath, multiple storage rooms.

Amenities: Professionally landscaped multilevel flagstone terraces in rear yard with lawn and sprinkler system, copper lighting, and gas hookup for grill; four fireplaces; recessed lighting; extensive moldings; three-zone heating and air conditioning.

Close by: Two blocks to private Washington Golf and Country Club; walk to Yorktown High, Marymount University and churches; close to shopping; easy access to downtown Washington.

Schools: Jamestown Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open house: Jan. 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Broker Linda Rogers of Washington Fine Properties LLC at 703/627-6776.

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