- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Few condominiums in the city can boast the amenities offered by Sutton Towers, a brick high-rise off New Mexico Avenue near American University. Not only do the towers sit on a hill so the homes have spectacular city views, but the complex offers services that are unexpected within the city limits: a guardhouse manned 24 hours each day, a swimming pool, tennis courts, lush landscaping and parking included in the price of the home.

Sutton Towers overlooks the trees of Glover Park and rests in the Wesley Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington at 3101 New Mexico Ave. NW.

This quiet pocket of the city between Foxhall Road and Massachusetts Avenue features Colonial, Tudor, Victorian and Cape Cod-style single-family homes mixed in with brick condominiums and town homes.

Residents of the neighborhood gather at Chef Geoff’s restaurant for meals and drinks and enjoy a location next to shops and offices in Foxhall Square, including a gourmet grocery store.

The American University-Tenleytown Metro station is about a 20-minute walk from Sutton Towers. It also can be reached by bus from in front of the complex. Plenty of restaurants, shops, groceries and even discount electronics can be found near the Metro.

Restaurants and the National Cathedral on Wisconsin Avenue are also within walking distance. Georgetown, Embassy Row and Dupont Circle are all within a short drive.

Sutton Towers itself offers a mix of one-level and duplex condominiums in a luxurious building.

Residence No. 1009, now on the market for $1,200,000, has been remodeled from a three-bedroom home into a two-bedroom home, which new owners can reconvert, if desired.

While the interior spaces of this home have their attractions, perhaps the most appealing aspect of this home is the view of the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument, visible from every room in the home. Tall windows frame this view, which stretches across the treetops of Glover Park and into the distant city skyline.

An 80-foot long balcony stretches along the length of the residence, offering a delightful place for outdoor entertaining in warm weather.

Guests can be welcomed in a gracious foyer with marble flooring and two double-door closets. Nearby is a powder room.

The city view is visible from the foyer, drawing guests through double doors into the formal living room and beyond onto the balcony. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and a detailed mantel. Built-in bookcases and cabinets flank the fireplace, and crown moldings add elegance to the room.

The formal dining room features crown and chair-rail moldings and a crystal chandelier, with two windows framing the cathedral view.

Double doors link the dining room with kitchen, which includes space for casual dining in front of the window. This residence faces east for plenty of morning sun. This sunny room has white ceramic tile flooring with white cabinets and plenty of storage including a small pantry and a second walk-in pantry with walls of shelving.

The kitchen has granite counters and white appliances including a Jenn-Air cooktop, a Jenn-Air microwave and a Jenn-Air wall oven. Recessed lighting was added overhead.

The kitchen includes a door to the main hall, which is also reached from the foyer. The carpeted hall has parquet flooring underneath, as do the master sitting room and bedroom.

Double doors lead into the master suite, which has a separate sitting room that was once a bedroom. This room includes a private full bath. The sitting room has four sets of double door closets and a tall window at the end of the room framing the National Cathedral.

Another set of double doors links the sitting room with master bedroom, which has a double door closet and a second deep closet with shelving. The master bath features a granite counter, ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting and a marble shower with a seat.

On the opposite side of the home is the guest suite, which has parquet flooring and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring. The bedroom has a double-door closet, tall windows offering a skyline view and a wall of built-in bookcases. This room also includes a walk-in closet with shelving.

Near the second bedroom is a laundry room. Additional storage space, included in the price of the home, is found on the lower level of the building. Two assigned garage parking spaces are also included in the price of the home.

Residents of Sutton Towers have a private outdoor swimming pool and may join the Sutton Towers Tennis Club for a small fee.

Address: 3101 New Mexico Ave. NW, No. 1009, Washington, D.C. 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built in 1979

Price: $1,200,000

Size: About 2,600 square feet

Taxes: $7,064 in 2006

Condominium association fee: $1,326 per month, includes water and sewer, front desk/doorman, gatehouse security, swimming pool, two garage parking spaces, cable television, exterior building maintenance, common area maintenance, trash and snow removal.

Exterior features: Brick high-rise in gated community with on-site tennis club, swimming pool, garage parking in secured building with extensive landscaping.

Interior features: Two bedrooms; 21/2 baths; living room with wood-burning fireplace; formal dining room; eat-in kitchen; master suite with separate sitting room; guest suite including private bath and built-in bookcases; laundry room.

Amenities: 80-foot-long balcony with sweeping views of Washington National Cathedral, the Washington Monument and Glover Park; storage closet on lower level of building; refinished parquet flooring with marble foyer and ceramic tile baths.

Close by: Metrobus at entrance to Metro; next door to shops, restaurants and office complex; walk to American University, National Cathedral; easy access to both Massachusetts Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue to reach downtown or Georgetown; minutes to Chain Bridge into Virginia.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Cathie Gill and John Pruski with Cathie Gill Inc. Realtors at 202/364-3066 or 202/213-4744.

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