- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

The charms of Georgetown life are self-evident. Residents across the centuries have been drawn to live on the banks of the Potomac River in a village of shops, restaurants and streets where strolling is delightful.

The brick sidewalks lead into the homes of some of Washington’s most renowned residents, including politicians, diplomats, journalists and lawyers. Some of those homes may look less than imposing from the outside, but their facades hide deep gardens and graceful rooms with high ceilings and historic details.

Traditional Georgetown homes have the kitchen on the lower level, a relic from the days when servants prepared the food and delivered it to the owners and their guests upstairs. Though some homes have been remodeled to a more modern design with a main-level kitchen, some embrace the original floor plan.

The home at 1414 35th St. NW in Georgetown, on the market for $1,290,000, includes a lower-level kitchen with French doors leading into a deep garden for indoor-outdoor living in three seasons.

Tax records date this home’s construction to “circa 1900,” but the Realtors listing this home believe it is much older.

Skylights, transoms and large windows bring plenty of light into all three finished levels. The rumor about this property, shared by the Realtors, is that two sisters owned this home and the one next door, so they included a connecting door, now gone, between the two homes.

These neighboring row houses share a set of steps that descend from each home’s individual balcony and then divide into each’s separate garden.

A brick front patio shared by the two homes provides access to twin sets of wrought-iron stairs leading to the front doors.

The two upper levels of the home at 1414 35th St. have restored heart-of-pine floors. Recent owners added radiant floor heating to the property so the home stays warm without the use of radiators.

The entrance into the main level opens directly into the living room, which has a gas fireplace with an elaborately detailed antique mantel of wood with marble inserts. The living room has a box bay window facing the street.

The main level has 10-foot-high ceilings, which adds to its rooms’ gracious proportions. At the back of this level is the formal dining room, which has a gas fireplace and an antique mantel to match the living room mantel.

French doors across the back of this room open onto a wood balcony with steps to the garden.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has three tall windows framing a view of the street and charming Georgetown homes. This bedroom has a ceiling fan and a closet in one corner.

At the back of the home, a second bedroom with two tall windows overlooks the garden. This bedroom has two closets.

The two bedrooms share a renovated full bath with a large skylight and an oversized shower. A hall closet includes steps to attic storage space.

The lower level has 9-foot ceilings and a second entrance to the home. At the front of this level is a third bedroom with a gas fireplace and an antique mantel that blends with the mantels in the living and dining rooms. This bedroom has a glass-front closet in one corner, tile flooring and tall windows facing the street.

The nearby full bath has tile flooring and a romantic claw-foot tub.

At the back of this level is the kitchen, a white-on-white space with white-painted wood cabinets and glass-front cabinets with moldings. The gas stove is in a brick niche that once must have held a fireplace.

The flooring is tile, and granite counters have been installed throughout the room.

Two under-the-counter side-by-side refrigerators are tucked into one corner of the room, and a free-standing freezer is in another corner.

In the center of the kitchen is a marble-topped table, a tempting spot for casual dining and family cooking projects. The table would be perfect for holiday baking with a convivial group.

French doors link the kitchen to the rear yard, a deep garden with three distinct spaces. Just beside the kitchen, the patio is shaded by wood latticework from the balcony above. Next is a stone patio; then a low brick wall creates an entrance to the garden, which has a lawn and areas that can be landscaped.

The deep rear yard is mostly fenced, with small openings to the gardens on either side.

One of the homes in this group of brick row houses has been expanded into the back yard with an extension on all three levels and a deck.

This home has one more feature common to many Georgetown homes: Under the front steps is a cellar door leading to the laundry and utility room for the residence.

Though buyers may want to remodel or renovate some parts of this home, it is hoped they will keep a reverence for the charms of this historic property and its beloved neighborhood.

Address: 1414 35th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Tax records show 1900, likely built earlier

Price: $1,290,000

Size: Approximately 1,800 square feet on lot of 1,769 square feet

Taxes: $7,905 in 2007

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial row house painted white with brick patio and wrought-iron stairs and railing

Interior features: Three finished levels with three bedrooms; two full baths; restored heart-of-pine flooring; 9- and 10-foot-high ceilings; living room with fireplace; dining room with fireplace, chandelier and French doors to balcony with steps to garden; upper-level master bedroom facing street; second bedroom overlooking garden; hall closet with access to attic storage; full bath with skylight; lower level with private entrance; bedroom with fireplace; bath with claw-foot tub; kitchen with marble-topped table for dining and/or food preparation; French doors to rear garden; cellar door to laundry and utility room.

Amenities: Balcony off main level; deep garden with brick patio; radiant heat in flooring; three gas fireplaces.

Close by: Walk to shops, restaurants of Georgetown; short drive to Virginia and Maryland, with easy access to downtown Washington.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Broker Cathie Gill and Realtor John Pruski with Cathie Gill Inc. at 202/346-3066.

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