- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2009

Minutes from Georgetown and the shops and restaurants of the villagelike neighborhood of Palisades in Northwest Washington, a charming Colonial-style home is now on the market for $850,000. Located at 1660 Foxhall Road, an address with plenty of prestige, this home on a corner lot has a main entrance that faces Salem Lane.

Built in 1950, this brick home features an open floor plan on the main level for comfortable living and easy entertaining. Warm paint colors and window treatments add to the charm of this home, which has hardwood floors throughout and at least two windows in each room.

The property includes a driveway that leads to a one-car garage and a fenced side yard with a garden and brick patio. Mature trees and a level lawn surround the house, which maintains a serene presence facing the tiny side street. Flagstone walkways lead to each of several entrances into the home.

The main entrance to the home leads into a foyer with hardwood floors, a half bath and a coat closet. An arched entrance leads from the foyer into the main living and dining rooms, which are open to each other. Oversized picture windows are at either end of this space, which covers the entire width of the home. Another oversized window faces the side yard.

Both rooms are painted yellow and feature crown moldings. The living room includes a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by brick with a painted wood mantel.

Tucked in a corner near the living room is perhaps this home’s most charming room - a cozy den with a deep bay window overlooking the garden and a second oversized window facing the front yard. The den, painted pale green, has a ceiling fan and a wall of built-in bookcases. The bay window includes a window seat.

On the opposite side of this home, near the dining room, is the updated kitchen. The kitchen includes a swing door to the dining room, along with a door to the main hall near the foyer. In addition, this room has an outside door to the side yard near the garage. The kitchen has ceramic tile floors, light wood cabinets and a window over the sink.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper level, punctuated by a landing with an oversized window that fills the stairs and upper level with sunlight. The generously proportioned master bedroom includes a picture window overlooking the garden and a second picture window overlooking the side yard. The bedroom includes a double-door closet and a second closet with extra storage space tucked under the eaves. The master suite includes an updated full bath.

Two additional bedrooms upstairs each have a ceiling fan and windows on two sides. The second bedroom has two closets, while the first bedroom has a closet with two mirrored doors. These two bedrooms share a hall bath, which has been updated.

The finished lower level is entirely above ground and includes two outside entrances in addition to hardwood stairs leading down from the foyer. Below the lower level is a cellar, currently outfitted for storing hundreds of bottles of wine.

The lower level is divided into two sections. The first includes an office with a wood-burning fireplace and a door to the garden. Adjacent to this office is a full bath.

Nearby is a large laundry room with additional storage and a door to the garage.

The second section of the lower level, accessible from the main house, can also be an apartment. It includes a front room with an outside door, a newly refurbished full bath and a kitchen. Adjacent to the kitchen is another room, which can be used as a bedroom.

This home has central air conditioning and forced air heat.

While the home itself offers plenty of appeal, this home’s location offers easy access to both the quiet neighborhood of Palisades and the livelier streets of Georgetown. Just across Foxhall Road are a few convenient shops and the well-loved neighborhood sandwich shop, Jetties.

Residents can walk to Georgetown University and Georgetown Hospital, or drive for a few minutes and arrive at the heart of Georgetown’s shops and restaurants. Just across Key Bridge or Chain Bridge are the Virginia suburbs for more shops and commercial centers. The Whitehurst Freeway whisks local residents into downtown Washington.

Yet, residents of this Palisades home may simply want to stay home and enjoy a quiet walk under the trees. Nearby, parks offer more places to stroll and relax within the city limits.

Address: 1660 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Palisades

Age: Built in 1950

Price: $850,000

Taxes: $7,290 in 2009

Exterior features: Colonial-style, brick single-family home sited on a corner lot; driveway leads to one-car garage; brick patio; fenced side yard with garden; flagstone walkways

Interior features: Four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths; hardwood floors; at least two windows in every room; arched entrance leads from the foyer into the open living room and dining room; crown moldings; two wood-burning fireplaces; den with built-in bookcases and a bay window with a window seat; updated kitchen with light wood cabinets, ceramic tile floors and a door to the front yard; master suite with two closets, under-eaves storage and an updated full bath; two additional bedrooms upstairs share an updated hall bath; finished lower level includes an office with a fireplace and door to garden, laundry room, full bath, apartment suite with separate entrance that includes a kitchen, new bath, living area and bedroom; ceiling fans; wine cellar with space for hundreds of bottles; central air conditioning and forced air heat

Close by: Near shops and restaurants; Georgetown; easy access to downtown Washington and Virginia suburbs

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Claudine Chetrit and Michael Schaeffer of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202/277-2814 or 202/491-5910

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