- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

Brick pillars and wrought-iron security gates surround the entrance to Westover Place on New Mexico Avenue in Northwest Washington’s Wesley Heights neighborhood, while a guard stands duty at the community’s entrance on Massachusetts Avenue.

This elegant cluster of 149 brick, Federal-style town homes may not be as well-known as Georgetown, but the development shares the same ambience and provides homes for similar residents. Through the years, the community has been home to a mix of diplomats, bank employees, journalists, politicians, physicians and attorneys.

Westover Place is undergoing a $2,000,000 renovation that includes replacing concrete walkways with brick sidewalks, adding new lighting and mailboxes and fiber optic connections for computer services. The project is expected to be completed next year and will be followed by new landscaping.

This secluded community offers plenty of peace and privacy along with quick access to American University, Georgetown, the Tenleytown Metro station, Dupont Circle, Friendship Heights and downtown Washington.

The various homes at Westover Place, built between 1979 and 1984, have 2,400 to 2,800 finished square feet on four levels. The home at 4354 Westover Place NW, is now on the market for $965,000.

Sited on a corner with windows facing three directions, this elegant home includes marble and hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace and two kitchens. The foyer has marble flooring and a handful of steps on either side leading to the living room and dining room. Hardwood steps leading to the upper levels are directly in front of the main door.

The formal living room includes hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and two sets of French doors leading to a brick, enclosed patio with a gate. The owners added an automatic retractable awning for the patio so that it can become a shady spot on the hottest days. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room face the patio.

The dining room includes a bay window and is open to the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar. The kitchen has been upgraded with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and cherry cabinets and includes a pantry. Overhead are recessed lights and an exposed beam ceiling.

Upstairs, the guest bedroom includes two windows and a double-door closet, along with a renovated private full bath.

The second bedroom, currently in use as a family room, has two double-door closets, recessed lighting and a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets. This room has a pocket door leading into a marble bath with wood doors hiding a bathtub. A door could easily be cut through the two bathrooms on this level if future residents decide to create a second master suite with a larger luxury bath.

The upper-level master suite includes a separate sitting area. This room and the bedroom each have doors leading into a luxurious bath featuring a glass-enclosed shower with walls constructed of marble. The double-sink vanity also features marble.

The bedroom includes a high ceiling and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with a set of French doors leading to a private flagstone balcony. An automatic retractable awning has been installed above this balcony.

The finished lower level, accessed from a staircase off the kitchen, has another family room with a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets. This room has recessed lighting and an exposed beam ceiling. The adjacent full bath includes marble floors and a marble shower with a glass door. The owners also created a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances on this level.

Address: 4354 Westover Place NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built in 1978

Price: $965,000

Home size: About 2,400 to 2,800 finished square feet

Lot size: .02 acres

Taxes: $7,611 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: $3,500 per year

Exterior features: Federal-style brick town home in landscaped community with brick sidewalks; fully fenced brick patio, balcony off master suite, assigned parking in gated, guarded community, automated retractable awnings over patio and balcony

Interior features: Four finished levels with three bedrooms and four full baths; marble foyer with step-down to formal living room, which has French doors to patio and a fireplace; step-down from foyer to dining room, which is open to center-island kitchen and includes a bay window; updated kitchen with granite counters, cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances; second-level guest room with private full bath; second-level family room with private full bath; upper-level master suite includes separate sitting room, walk-in closet, luxury bath and French doors to balcony; finished lower-level family room with built-in cabinets and shelves, adjacent full bath and second full kitchen; recessed lighting; wood-burning fireplace; marble and hardwood floors; crown moldings

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants in Wesley Heights, American University campus, close to Tenleytown Metro station and shops, restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue, near Georgetown, Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, easy access to Dupont Circle and downtown Washington via Massachusetts Avenue

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Benjamin Tessler of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors at 202/362-1300

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