- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008

The luxury of a convenient location is matched by the luxurious appointments of the home at 3901 Albemarle St. NW, a corner town home just a block from the Tenleytown Metro Station.

The location provides residents the freedom to put away the car and walk or use public transportation to visit friends, enjoy night life, run errands and travel to work. They can stroll to Metro to reach other parts of the city, or they can stay in the neighborhood to sample Mexican, Thai, Chinese or French food or visit a New York style-deli or a sushi restaurant. Shops within walking distance include a Whole Foods grocery store, Best Buy, the Container Store, a hardware store, a drugstore and more. A shuttle bus links the Metro station with the nearby American University campus.

On the market for $1,699,000, this town home, which shares one wall with the neighboring home, includes about 4,250 finished square feet on four levels. Built in 2003, the house has a two-car garage accessed from a rear driveway and a designated outdoor parking space. The house has 4 1/2 baths.

Constructed of a low brick veneer facade and cedar shingle siding, this home has a steeply pitched, multilevel roof, a covered front porch with flagstone flooring to match the front walk, and two wood balconies. The owners recently updated the home with architectural detailing and a new kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances.

Guests enter on the main level in a generously proportioned foyer with hardwood flooring, which extends throughout this level. Recessed lighting and elaborate crown moldings have been installed throughout the house. Custom-designed window treatments and built-in flat-screen televisions convey with the home. A stereo-system with built-in speakers reaches every room in the house.

At the front of the main level, the formal living room, which has a bay window with wood plantation-style blinds, currently functions as a home office. This room has chair-rail moldings and paneling. The formal dining room has a crystal chandelier, a triple window, moldings and a double-wide set of pocket doors into the kitchen, allowing a separation of the spaces when entertaining formally.

The kitchen’s custom-designed cabinetry blends with granite counters and a granite center island with a breakfast bar. This upscale kitchen includes sleek stainless steel appliances, among them a built-in espresso machine, a Viking gas stove with four burners and a grill, a built-in microwave, a Miele convection oven and dishwasher and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The kitchen includes a built-in Sharp LCD TV screen and opens into the family room.

The focal point for the family room is a gas fireplace set into an arch in a stone wall. Built-in cabinets flank the fireplace; a wall alcove includes a built-in plasma television. The family room includes French doors to a wood balcony, a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting, crown moldings, a built-in wine cooler and a wall of windows with custom-designed wood blinds.

The first of two upper levels includes the lavishly appointed master bedroom suite, which has French doors leading to a private balcony. The bedroom has a wall of windows with custom-designed blinds, a sitting area, hardwood flooring, crown moldings and recessed lighting. A built-in alcove includes a plasma television, and stereo speakers have been placed in the room.

The master suite has two walk-in closets with built-in shelving. Double doors lead to a luxurious bath with a whirlpool tub, marble flooring, recessed lighting, a glass-enclosed shower, custom-designed shutters and two separate vanities.

This level includes two additional bedrooms and a second full bath. The second bedroom, now used as an office, has a built-in desk with shelving above, two closets with built-in shelving, custom window blinds and hardwood flooring. The adjacent full bath has ceramic tile flooring and a marble vanity. The third bedroom, now used as an exercise room, has hardwood flooring.

The finished upper level, tucked under the sloping ceilings of the roofline, features an appealing central media or activity room with recessed lighting, a vaulted ceiling, wall-to-wall carpeting, a skylight and custom-designed shutters. This space has built-in speakers, a built-in TV and extensive electronics that can send music all over the house.

The media room is flanked by two bedrooms, each with wall-to-wall carpeting, a ceiling light fixture, recessed lighting and custom window treatments. Sloping ceilings add charm to each of these rooms. One includes a walk-in closet, while the other has a double-door closet. The upper level also has a full bath with ceramic tile flooring and recessed lighting.

The finished lower level has a spacious recreation room with a row of windows, a built-in entertainment center, recessed lighting and a bar with a granite counter and a wine cooler. The adjacent full bath has ceramic tile flooring and recessed lighting.

The lower level also has an oversized laundry room with ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting and extensive built-in cabinets and counters for extra storage or even to function as a catering space. A storage space has been created under the stairs, and the garage, reached from the recreation room, has built-in shelving.

Architectural and decorative details add charm to all four levels of this home, which provides plenty of space for entertaining formally or casually. Overnight guests can easily be accommodated in the many bedrooms, but it may be difficult to get them to stay home when the city’s amenities are so easily accessible.

DETAILS

Address: 3901 Albemarle St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Tenleytown

Age: Built in 2003

Price: $1,699,000

Size: About 4,250 finished square feet on lot of 2,614 square feet

Taxes: $9,646 in 2007

Homeowners association fee: $350 per year

Exterior features: Colonial-style town house with brick veneer below first level, cedar shingle siding, flagstone stoop and walkway, covered front porch, two-car rear-entry heated garage and outdoor parking space.

Interior Features: Five bedrooms; 4 1/2 baths; hardwood flooring on the main level; large foyer with closet and powder room; formal living room with bay window; formal dining room with pocket doors to kitchen; upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and island; family room with gas fireplace and French doors to balcony; second-level master suite with two walk-in closets and French doors to balcony; two additional bedrooms on this level; a second bath is off the second bedroom; third-level media room with TV and entertainment center, two more bedrooms and third bath; finished lower-level recreation room, with bath, storage rooms, laundry room and access to garage.

Amenities: Two wood balconies; built-in flat-screen TVs convey with home; custom window treatments; whole-house stereo system; security system; central vacuum system; dual-zone heating and air conditioning.

Close by: One block to Tenleytown Metro, easy access to Georgetown, downtown Washington and Maryland and Virginia suburbs

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Saundra Giannini, 202/333-3023; William F.X. Moody or Robert Hryniewicki, 202/243-1620, of Washington Fine Properties

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