- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2010

The mantra for success in real estate has always been “location, location, location.” For buyers in the District, the focus on location often translates to transportation options and the ability to walk to shops, services and restaurants.

One reason the Greenbriar condominium, at 4301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, always has attracted residents is the community’s prime location in Cleveland Park, near Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues. Metro buses stop regularly in front of the building, and residents can walk approximately one mile to the Tenleytown Metro station and shops and restaurants on Wisconsin Avenue.

A shorter walk brings residents to the shops, offices and art galleries in Foxhall Square and the beloved Wesley Heights location of Chef Geoff’s restaurant. American University’s Katzen Arts Center is located across Ward Circle from the Greenbriar.

Adjacent walking paths and biking trails provide a place for relaxing while walking the dog or strolling with friends and lead to additional restaurants and shops near Wisconsin Avenue and Macomb Street, such as Cactus Cantina, Cafe Deluxe, Two Amys and Something Sweet.

Downtown Washington, Georgetown and the Kennedy Center are all quickly accessible from the Greenbriar for commuting, cultural activities and entertainment. The Greenbriar’s location also offers plenty of peace and quiet, as it’s set back from Massachusetts Avenue by a deep lawn, mature trees and landscaped grounds. A circular drive leads to the main entrance, where a long awning provides an elegant focal point.

Inside, the lobby has a 24-hour front-desk attendant and multiple seating areas for welcoming guests or socializing with other residents. The building has a private rooftop deck with panoramic views of the city and comfortable lounges for relaxing and sunbathing. The building is pet-friendly.

On one of the upper floors in the Greenbriar, unit No. 7004 is on the market for $569,500. This three-bedroom corner home includes windows facing north, south and west for maximum light and sun. The monthly condominium fee of $1,345 includes all utilities, building and lawn maintenance, snow and trash removal and laundry costs.

The Greenbriar’s lobby and hallways are meticulously maintained and include extensive woodwork and molding. This home extends the meticulous maintenance inside its doors. Hardwood flooring has been polished and restored to its original beauty, while the kitchen and baths have been renovated.

Double closets with shelving open off the main entrance to this home, a foyer that leads into an open receiving room with another closet and arched doorways to the living room and dining room. The receiving room provides an elegant space for entertaining friends.

The formal dining room, surprisingly spacious for a condominium, easily seats a large gathering. A wall of windows frames a treetop view.

The living room includes a wall of windows along with a second window and a glass door to a balcony with a wrought-iron railing and expansive views.

The kitchen has been thoughtfully renovated and expanded with a breakfast nook with a built-in table and benches with storage under the seats. The kitchen has a large window, ceramic tile flooring and upgraded cabinets with an elegant, almost imperceptible curve. In one corner is a floor-to-ceiling pantry with pull-out storage shelving. The kitchen also has granite counters, a slate backsplash, a built-in granite desk and upgraded stainless steel appliances.

The master suite, set privately off the receiving room, has two windows with scenic views, hardwood flooring, a double-door closet and a second closet. This expansive room has a private full bath that has been renovated in a sleek modern style with gray stone flooring and walls, a glass vanity with a porcelain sink, a built-in linen closet and a glass-enclosed, oversized shower.

The second bedroom has an oversized window, a double closet and access to a renovated full bath shared by guests and the third bedroom.

This bath features creamy stone flooring and walls with interesting tile detailing, walls of mirrors with built-in sconces, a vanity with a porcelain sink and a built-in linen closet. The main attraction for this bath is the air-jet whirlpool tub, which also has a shower and glass doors.

The third bedroom has an oversized window and a large closet.

This home has additional storage space in the basement and two assigned garage parking spaces included in the price.

This Greenbriar home provides the space and privacy of a single-family home along with the sense of security of living in an elegant, well-maintained building.

DETAILS:

Address: 4301 Massachusetts Ave. NW No. 7004, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Cleveland Park

Age: Built in 1951

Price: $569,500

Size: Approximately 1,900 square feet

Taxes: $4,404 in 2009

Condominium association fee: $1,345 per month

Exterior features: Brick high-rise condominium with circular drive, mature trees, professional landscaping, awning over front entrance. No. 7004 has two assigned garage parking spaces.

Interior features: Three bedrooms; two baths; hardwood flooring; spacious foyer and hall; multiple closets; wall of windows in living room; renovated kitchen with upgraded cabinets, granite counters, slate backsplash, pantry, built-in breakfast table and benches, and built-in desk; master suite with two closets and renovated full bath; two additional bedrooms share a renovated full bath

Amenities: Roof deck, elegant lobby with seating areas and 24-hour front desk, pet-friendly building, central air conditioning, gas heat, extra storage space in basement

Close by: Near Sutton Center and Foxhall Square; approximately one-mile walk to Tenleytown Metro station and Wisconsin Avenue shops and restaurants; Metro bus stop at building

Schools: Mann Elementary, Deal Middle, Wilson High

Open house: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 8

Contact: Realtors Chuck Holzwarth and Kerry Byers of Washington Fine Properties at 202/285-2616

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