- The Washington Times - Friday, April 2, 2010

The Northwest Washington neighborhood of Wesley Heights, advertised in the 1920s as “the garden spot of Washington,” may not be as well-known as Georgetown or Dupont Circle, but many residents think their corner of the city has as much to offer as the District’s more famous locales.

Developed in the 1920s by the W.C. & A.N. Miller Co., Wesley Heights boasts single-family homes that range from expansive estates to smaller, more intimate homes with private gardens. Named in honor of John Wesley, co-founder of Methodism, and the Methodist school in the area, American University, the community originally was to be developed by John F. Waggaman, who had acquired the land in the 1890s. The Miller Co. took over the development in the 1920s. Glover-Archbold Park winds through this neighborhood, which is tucked between Garfield Street, Nebraska Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue and Foxhall Road.

Single-family homes in Wesley Heights typically range in price from $1,000,000 to as much as $4,000,000, depending on their size and condition. The community, designed to be an oasis of quiet, suburban-style living, rests in a prime location with quick access to downtown Washington, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Cleveland Park and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The Tenleytown Metro station is approximately 1.5 miles from the center of Wesley Heights.

Battery Kemble Park and Glover-Archbold Park, both within walking distance of Wesley Heights, have hiking and biking trails, and the neighborhood streets often are filled with families with their dogs and children and runners and walkers headed toward Washington National Cathedral or American University. Neighbors often gather at Chef Geoff’s, a local bar and restaurant equally popular for a quick cheeseburger or an anniversary dinner.

Just down the street from Chef Geoff’s, the home at 3018 New Mexico Ave. NW is on the market for $1,070,000. Custom-designed in 1956, this single-family home has two finished levels. The property has an attached one-car garage along with additional off-street parking in the driveway.

The classic lines of this all-brick home have been enhanced with professional landscaping, a greenish-gray exterior, black shutters and a pop of color at the orange front door. Recently renovated, this home includes plenty of 21st-century polish.

The grounds include a fully fenced backyard with professional landscaping, a lawn and a flagstone patio with a gazebo and a trellis overhead. The yard has space for dining al fresco, sitting with friends or stretching out on a lounge chair with a good book and a glass of lemonade.

Inside, the home has formal and informal spaces and plenty of flexibility for alternate uses of various rooms. Inside the front door, the foyer features a flagstone floor and faces a staircase leading to the upper level, which is the main living level.

Hardwood flooring on the main level has been painted a creamy shade to enhance the light and space of the rooms. The formal living room includes a wood-burning fireplace, two tall windows with wood blinds and a soothing color palette with a pale blue ceiling and pale green walls. An arched doorway links the living room with the main hall, and crown moldings add a formal touch to the room.

A glass door leads from the living room to the patio. French doors link the formal dining room, adjacent to the living room, with the patio. The dining room includes both crown and chair-rail moldings and a chandelier.

The renovated kitchen, which opens into the dining room, has a double sink with a farmhouse-style faucet set underneath a double window. Stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher, range and oven, and a refrigerator.

The main level also includes two bedrooms and an expansive linen closet. Pull-down steps lead to the attic, which offers additional storage. The attic has a fan for extra air circulation.

The master bedroom includes a deep double-door closet, two picture windows and a ceiling fan. A separate sitting room links the bedroom with the private full bath, which has been renovated with a new pedestal sink and fixtures.

Across the hall, the second bedroom includes two picture windows and a walk-in closet with floor-to-ceiling shelving. Adjacent to this bedroom is a second full bath, also renovated with new fixtures and a new pedestal sink.

The above-ground lower level can function as a private apartment for guests, as home office space or as living rooms. Currently configured with one bedroom, this level could be converted to hold two bedrooms.

The first bedroom includes two closets and two windows, with an adjacent full bath that has been remodeled recently. The bath includes a pedestal sink, marble flooring and a marble shower with frameless glass doors.

The second room, currently used as a family room or den, has an exterior door leading to the front drive and to steps to the backyard. This room has two closets. Additional storage has been created nearby under the main staircase.

The lower level also includes a fully equipped second kitchen, perfect for catering parties or for guests to help themselves to breakfast. This level also has a laundry room and a powder room.

Realtor J. Carroll Dey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty says that while two-bedroom condominiums in Wesley Heights and other nearby neighborhoods can sometimes cost around $1,000,000, this single-family home gives buyers the added benefits of a third bedroom and bath, a second kitchen, a family room, a garage and a garden, all without a condominium fee.

Details:

Address: 3018 New Mexico Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built in 1956

Price: $1,070,000

Size: Lot of 4,442 square feet

Taxes: $7,922 in 2009

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: All-brick traditional-style single-family home painted greenish-gray with black shutters, orange door, attached one-car garage with extensive additional off-street parking in drive

Interior features: Two finished levels with three bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room; hardwood flooring on main level; formal living room; formal dining room; renovated kitchen with side door to driveway; extensive closets; master suite with separate sitting area, double-door closet and private full bath; second bedroom with walk-in closet and adjacent full bath; finished above-ground lower level with exterior entrance, bedroom, full bath, family room or sitting room and fully equipped second kitchen

Amenities: Fully fenced private rear yard with flagstone patio, gazebo with trellis, lawn and landscaped garden beds; window treatments; wood-burning fireplace; additional attic storage; attic fan; gas heat and hot water; central air conditioning.

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants; parks; walking trails; easy access to Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Friendship Heights, downtown Washington and three airports.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Greg Gaddy at 202/421-4734 or J. Carroll Dey at 202/320-0441 of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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