- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 5, 2006

The Cleveland Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington often inspires admiration from visitors. The Victorian, Cape Cod and Colonial-style homes in this part of the city have individual charm, with inviting front porches, glimpses of well-tended gardens and perhaps a sharply peaked roof that just might enclose a storybook-style playroom.

Though some of the homes offer imposing formality, most provide a solid image of the traditional, small-town family home.

The historic Cleveland Park home at 3401 Lowell St., which was built in 1916, is on the market for $1,850,000. The lot, on the corner of Lowell Street and 34th Street, rises from both streets to place the home on a slight hill. A gated driveway just off 34th Street offers parking space for two cars.

Extensively remodeled and renovated in 2000, this home includes four levels of living space and extensive outdoor space that makes the most of the 0.12-acre lot.

A stone front walk leads to a front portico with columns, and a mature magnolia tree adds privacy and shade to the front of the home. On the side of the main level is a wide porch with a painted wood floor, a bead-board ceiling and low walls to enclose the space and add privacy.

A second covered wood porch is accessible at the rear of the home from the kitchen. Above this porch is a private covered wood balcony off the master suite.

Steps from the back porch lead to the back yard, which includes plenty of space for play equipment and garden beds. A flagstone path links the house to the driveway and a glass-enclosed swimming pool and steam bath.

The pool and the conservatory that encloses it are heated and can be used year round. A flagstone deck surrounds the pool and blends with a flagstone patio just outside the conservatory.

The six-bedroom home has been designed to accommodate family living and incorporate modern tastes with old-fashioned charm. The mullioned glass front door, flanked by glass sidelights, opens into a gracious foyer with a hardwood staircase.

The upper three levels of the home all include hardwood flooring and crown moldings. As part of the renovation, 30 Pella windows were installed, adding light to every level.

The foyer opens onto the formal living room, which is dominated by a large wood-burning stone fireplace with an arching stone surround. Two columns frame the entrance to the living room, and a triple window faces the front yard. Built-in bookcases and cabinets flank the fireplace.

Glass doors link the living room with the dining room, a room with so many windows it can almost pass as a sunroom. The dining room’s walls are painted in peach tones. The room has crown moldings, a chandelier and a swinging door into the kitchen, plus French doors to the side porch.

The kitchen has been upgraded with modern appliances and ceramic-tile flooring, cherry cabinets and granite counters, making the best use of every possible space. The renovated kitchen also includes a built-in breakfast table and incorporates an original icebox into the design.

The main level also includes a powder room and a coat closet.

The hardwood stairs to the upper level are set into a staircase with several windows, adding to the openness of the house. The front bedroom includes a ceiling fan and windows on two sides. A full bath and a deep linen closet are off the hall.

The second bedroom includes a wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookcases and windows on two sides.

The master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows on the side wall, a triple window overlooking the back yard and a private covered balcony. This room includes two closets and access to a private full bath with a glass-enclosed shower.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper-level landing, which has a window and space for a small desk or reading area. Two bedrooms are on either side of this landing, and the rear bedroom includes a sloping ceiling, a closet and windows overlooking the back yard. The front bedroom has recessed lighting, a closet and a sloping ceiling. It overlooks the front yard.

The finished lower level has a central recreation room with recessed lighting and a wall of closets. Nearby are a bedroom, a full bath and a laundry room, along with additional storage space. The lower level can function as an au-pair suite if desired.

This historic home has many charms, and the neighborhood offers many pleasures. The Washington National Cathedral and shops and restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue are a few blocks away.

Address: 3401 Lowell St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Cleveland Park

Age: Built in 1916

Price: $1,850,000

Size: 5,400 square foot lot

Taxes: $7,569 in 2004

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Traditional Colonial-style single-family home on corner lot, small front porch, wide side porch, rear porch, balcony off master suite, rear garden, two-car driveway for tandem parking.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; three full baths; powder room; glass door with sidelights leading into foyer; hardwood flooring on all three upper levels; formal living room with stone fireplace and ceiling fan; formal dining room with windows and French doors on two sides; renovated kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters and built-in breakfast table; master suite with private balcony, private bath; second bedroom with fireplace; attic-level bedrooms with sloping ceilings; finished lower level with recreation room, bedroom, full bath, separate laundry area and storage space.

Amenities: Glass-enclosed heated swimming pool with steam bath and adjacent flagstone patio; mature magnolia tree adds privacy; two fireplaces; central air conditioning; security system.

Close by: Walk to Wisconsin Avenue shops and restaurants and Washington National Cathedral; minutes to Connecticut Avenue and Metro stations; easy access to downtown Washington

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Bobbie Brewster of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Georgetown at 202/588-5816.

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