- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

The twisting streets of Spring Valley, one of Northwest Washington’s most desirable neighborhoods, wind up and down gentle hills providing a streetscape with interesting cul-de-sacs and curving lots rather than a straight grid of streets with matching homes.

Colonial-style homes, Victorians and Tudors with a mix of brick, stone and clapboard exteriors are set amid mature trees and gardens in this area, conveniently located between Georgetown and the Palisades area near MacArthur Boulevard.

A stone-and-clapboard Colonial-style home rests on a 12,940-square-foot lot in Spring Valley, a homesite set on a hill overlooking a two-level back yard with tall trees and a sweeping view of some of the community’s most beautiful homes far below.

Stone steps link the street with the circular drive for 4829 Loughboro Road NW. The home includes a two-car garage with parking for guests available in the driveway and along the street.

Now on the market for $1,599,000, this family home of about 6,000 square feet includes four finished levels with six bedrooms.

Sun floods this home through large picture windows at the front and back of many rooms, highlighting the hardwood floors on the main level and the extensive moldings and trim.

The center-hall floor plan features a generously proportioned formal dining room to the right of the foyer, which has almost an entire wall of windows at the front of the house. The dining room includes crown and chair-rail moldings and a chandelier.

The formal living room, on the opposite side of the foyer, has been designed for entertaining graciously, with plenty of space for seating a crowd. The room has windows at the front of the house overlooking the driveway and a slope with grass and trees, plus a picture window with additional windows on either side overlooking the rear yard and Spring Valley.

The living room includes one of this home’s four wood-burning fireplaces, with a marble hearth and a Colonial-style mantel. Beyond the living room, the expansive sunroom/family room provides additional space for family life or entertaining.

At the front end of the room is a brick fireplace, while the back of the room, which overlooks Spring Valley, is wrapped in windows on two sides. Built-in bookcases and cabinets provide attractive storage in this room for books, toys, music and movies, along with a space designed to hold a plasma-screen television.

The main level also includes a charming black-and-white tile powder room with a window, closet space and an updated kitchen. The kitchen includes several windows overlooking Spring Valley and a door to a small side porch with steps to the back yard and a door to the garage.

Granite counters, custom cabinets and a center island with additional storage, recessed lighting and a built-in eating space with benches have all been added to the kitchen in recent years.

The appliances have been upgraded with a six-burner, dual-oven Viking stove and a GE Monogram refrigerator with a mirrored front reflecting the view of the trees from the windows.

On the second level, the large master suite includes four windows across the back of the room with treetop views.

A brick fireplace with a mantel adds a romantic warmth to the room, which also has hardwood flooring.

The master bath has been upgraded with ceramic tile flooring and walls and a glass-front multihead shower.

The second bedroom includes a private full bath with a shower, a closet and two windows overlooking the trees.

The third and fourth bedrooms each have several windows and share a full bath located off the hall between the two rooms. The third bedroom has a walk-in closet with a door leading to a large attic storage space over the garage with solid wood flooring, a window and a cathedral ceiling. With the addition of skylights or a dormer window or two, this room would make a perfect playroom or home office.

The upper floor of this home has been finished with two bedrooms and a full bath. The first bedroom, painted a soft buttery yellow, includes four windows on two sides of the room and a sloping ceiling for additional charm.

The second bedroom on this level includes a dormer window and a sloping ceiling. This level could be an au-pair or guest suite.

The lower level includes Berber carpeting on the stairs and in the recreation room, which has a brick wood-burning fireplace. This above-ground level features a large picture window looking into the back yard, along with a windowed door to the yard.

Adjacent to the family room are a powder room and a door to storage under the stairs.

The lower level also includes a large laundry and storage room, with a picture window facing the yard and another door to the back yard.

For family living or entertaining graciously, this Spring Valley home provides a perfect setting in a prime location.

Address: 4829 Loughboro Road NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Spring Valley

Age: Built in 1954

Price: $1,599,000

Size: About 6,000 square feet on lot of 12,940 square feet

Taxes: $12,738 in 2006

Homeowners’ association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style stone and wood single-family home; circular drive with stone steps to street; two-car garage

Interior features: Six bedrooms; four full baths; two half baths; hardwood flooring; formal living room; formal dining room; sunroom/family room with built-in bookcases; upgraded center-island kitchen with built-in eating space; master suite with fireplace, hardwood floors and bath; storage space in attic ready for conversion to playroom or office; second bedroom with private full bath; third and fourth bedrooms share hall bath; finished fourth level with two bedrooms and full bath; finished lower level with fireplace and large laundry/storage room

Amenities: Two-level rear yard with sweeping views of Spring Valley; four fireplaces; gas heat and hot water

Close by: Georgetown; MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants; easy access to Maryland and Virginia by Chain Bridge

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Barbara Radvanyi with Avery-Hess Realtors at 703/861-0323.

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