- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

Visitors to downtown Washington’s museums and monuments usually visit Georgetown for a taste of the charming older part of the city (along with a bit of retail therapy). Out-of-towners rarely choose to walk the streets of Cleveland Park, where the tree-lined sidewalks lead from one eclectic house to another.

Those who do venture to Cleveland Park enjoy seeing the charming front porches, rose gardens and spectacular azaleas that fill the neighborhood with color in the spring. The quiet side streets offer a pleasant place for families to walk with their children and pets while admiring the homes and gardens. Many homes in Cleveland Park are within walking distance of the Cleveland Park Metro station, the Cleveland Park Library, the Uptown movie theater and countless shops and restaurants. Of course, the area’s most universally appealing location for visitors and locals is the National Zoo.

Cleveland Park’s Rosedale Cottage, at 3460 Ordway St. NW, is within easy walking distance of shops and the Metro station. This home was built around 1900 and is now on the market for $1,999,000.

The owners renovated the home in 2002 and 2003, carefully respecting the history of the residence by preserving the original floors, doors and hinges.

The eight households within the original Rosedale estate share maintenance and access to a private, rolled-surface tennis court. A narrow path leads from the driveway of this cottage directly to Rosedale Park.

Rosedale Cottage has been professionally landscaped with rose bushes, clematis, lavender and an herb and vegetable garden. A landscaped embankment leading from the street to the house has dogwoods, magnolias and low-maintenance shrubs.

The home has a deck off the first level with views of the 260-year-old Rosedale farmhouse and the National Cathedral.

Inside, this home has restored hardwood floors and four working fireplaces. The main level includes a formal entry foyer and a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, built-in bookcases and two sets of French doors leading to the deck.

The formal dining room features built-in bookcases and the original storage cupboards. The adjacent eat-in kitchen features heated stone floors and glass doors leading to the front garden and a picnic area.

The main level also includes a bedroom, currently used as a sitting room, with a wood-burning fireplace and an adjoining half bath.

Upstairs, the south-facing master bedroom suite includes a wood-burning fireplace, a full bath and view across Rosedale Park to the National Cathedral. A north-facing bedroom suite on this level also has a wood-burning fireplace and a full bath.

The upper level includes a study, which could be expanded into a fourth bedroom.

The lower level includes a laundry room, storage and utility rooms and stairs to the outside. The home has gas radiator heat, a gas water heater and central air conditioning.

For more information on Rosedale Cottage, contact Patricia Kennedy of Evers and Co. Real Estate at 202/549-5617 or visit www.eversco.com.

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