- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

Some homes have it all - style, space and the perfect location. Few homes offer as much as the residence at 3824 Livingston St. NW in Washington’s Chevy Chase neighborhood.

Now on the market for $1,700,000, this home sits in a prime location on a quiet, family-friendly street. Take a short walk west to the Friendship Heights Metro station, shops, restaurants, coffee shops and a movie theater. Walk east just one block to shops, restaurants, two grocery stores, a library and another movie theater.

The home offers a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture. The original center-hall floor plan was expanded and widened into an open floor plan. Built in 1995 by Zuckerman Bros. Inc., this home is larger than some others on the street. However, it shares architectural details and a location set back from the sidewalk that helps it blend into the streetscape. The cedar-shingle and stone exterior complements nearby homes.

The front yard slopes to a covered front door, which opens into the foyer. Hardwood floors extend through the hall and into the formal living room and dining room that flank the foyer. The builder widened the doors to each of these rooms, allowing for an open view and a greater sense of space. Both rooms have tall windows on two sides, and each has a triple picture window facing the street.

The dining room, which can easily seat 16 for a formal dinner, has a sleek lighting fixture and built-in cabinets with granite counters that coordinate with the adjacent kitchen. Both the dining room and the living room have 9-foot ceilings, custom lighting and crown moldings. Throughout the main level are crown and deep baseboard moldings, and trim around the doors and windows.

The main level has a powder room enhanced with Italian glass tile. The country kitchen features granite counters, white cabinets and glass-front cabinets and a double window above the sink. Hardwood floors extend from the kitchen into the breakfast room. Appliances include a cooktop, a wall oven, a built-in microwave and two dishwashers. A pantry provides additional storage. The breakfast room has a bay window.

Just beyond the breakfast room, the family room features a wood-burning fireplace set into a stone hearth and surround. Tall windows flank the fireplace, while sliding glass doors open onto a deck. The family room also has hardwood floors and built-in cabinets and bookcases.

The foundation of the deck is strong enough to support a rear addition to the home if future owners want to expand the living space. The fully fenced yard provides space for gardening and outdoor living.

Wide oak stairs lead from the main level upstairs, past a tall window. This space is flooded with light from double skylights. The master suite features a dramatic tray ceiling with a ceiling fan, a sitting area tucked underneath three windows and an oversized walk-in closet. The luxurious master bath includes a glass-enclosed shower, a whirlpool tub and double sinks.

The second bedroom has two windows and a double-door closet and the third bedroom has three windows with two double-door closets. These two rooms share a full bath off the hall with a double-sink vanity. The fourth bedroom has a double-door closet and a private full bath, along with pull-down stairs to the attic.

The upper level also has a laundry room with a window and extra storage cabinets.

The lower level can be accessed from inside the home, and it has a separate side entrance to the outdoors so it can function as an au-pair suite or even a professional home office. The garage includes a separate storage annex.

The lower level features a recreation room with a closet, a full bath and two bedrooms, each with a walk-in or double-door closet. These bedrooms are above ground and full of light. Several extra storage closets are also on this level.

This home offers plenty of living space for an extended family, yet the residence never feels overwhelmingly large or cold. Warm colors, plenty of light and a smart design make this home a comfortable place that bridges traditional and contemporary tastes.

Address: 3824 Livingston St. NW, Washington, DC 20015

Community: Chevy Chase

Age: 14 years

Price: $1,700,000

Lot size: 6,738 square feet

Taxes: $12,088 in 2008

Exterior features: Cedar-shingle and stone single-family home with deep front yard and fully fenced backyard; side-entry two-car garage and second entrance (to lower level)

Interior features: Six bedrooms; 4 1/2 baths; three finished levels; formal living room; formal dining room; country kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and pantry; adjacent breakfast room with bay window; family room with sliding glass door to deck and wood-burning stone fireplace; master suite with walk-in closet, tray ceiling and luxury bath; three spacious secondary bedrooms, one with a private bath; hall bath with double sinks; laundry room; finished lower level with outdoor entrance, two bedrooms, full bath, recreation room and ample storage closets

Amenities: Rear deck off family room, built-in cabinets and bookcases, custom lighting, security system, extra storage bay off garage, attic storage, gas heat and gas water heater

Close by: Walk to Friendship Heights Metro station, shops, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters and library; easy access to downtown Washington and to the Beltway

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. March 22

Contact: Realtor Michael Nine with W.C.&A.N.; Miller, a Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. company, at 202/468-1080

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