- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Wesley Heights neighborhood in Northwest Washington may not be as well-known as Georgetown, yet the homes in this elegant community are among the most sought-after in the city.

According to Trulia.com, the median price for homes sold in Wesley Heights between August and October this year was $1,090,000 - more than 165 percent higher than the median price for all homes in the city.

A mix of single-family homes, town homes and condominiums shares the tree-lined streets of Wesley Heights, a quiet residential area with easy access to the rest of the city and to Glover Park. American University provides the northern border for the neighborhood, which also has a section of shops, offices and restaurants along New Mexico Avenue.

Wesley Heights residents can quickly reach all the amenities of Georgetown plus shops and restaurants in Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Spring Valley, Tenleytown and Glover Park. Downtown Washington and the Kennedy Center also are easily accessible.

One of Wesley Heights‘ most desirable communities is Embassy Park, a cluster of contemporary-style brick town homes nestled between New Mexico and Massachusetts avenues. Foxhall Square, a complex of elegant shops, convenient stores, a cafe, a coffee shop and medical offices, is adjacent to Embassy Square. Metrobus stops are located at both entrances to the complex, and the Tenleytown Metro station is approximately 1 1/4 miles from Embassy Square.

Some of the homes in Embassy Square face charming brick courtyards with garden beds and tall trees. The community includes an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts that are used exclusively by residents.

The homes have three or four levels, and each is constructed entirely of brick, with tall windows on each level. The home at 4319 Embassy Park Drive NW, on the market for $749,000, faces a courtyard and has a private flagstone patio in the back. The patio includes brick walls, wood fences and raised garden beds. The patio gate leads directly to an assigned parking space for this home, which makes bringing in groceries or packages simple. The community has plenty of additional guest parking and allows pets.

Inside the home, guests can be welcomed in a foyer with an adjacent powder room. To the right of the foyer is the updated kitchen, which has laminate wood flooring and Silestone counters in an elegant pale green tone. The kitchen has recessed lighting and space for a table for casual dining and extra preparation space. In addition, this room has two floor-to-ceiling windows facing the courtyard.

The main level features refinished hardwood flooring in the combined open dining and living room. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases and cabinets, along with recessed lighting overhead. Two sets of sliding glass doors lead to the flagstone patio and fill the living and dining room with natural light.

A carpeted staircase with wood railings leads to the upper level, which has two master suites. The larger suite, at the front of the house, overlooks the courtyard. This room includes two double-door closets with built-in shelving and varied closet-rod heights to maximize the space.

Across the front of this room are four floor-to-ceiling windows, and the high ceiling includes recessed lighting. A full bath is attached to the bedroom and includes a combination tub and shower.

The second master suite has three floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed lighting and two double-door closets. This bedroom also has an attached private full bath with a combination tub and shower.

The upper-level hall has an oversized linen closet.

The finished lower level has a family room with recessed lighting and plenty of space to use as an exercise room, guest room or home office. This room has several adjacent closets for extra storage. A full bath with a shower with a glass door connects the laundry room and the family room. The laundry room also is accessible from the hall and includes a sink in addition to the washer and dryer, along with extensive built-in storage shelves. This home includes a security system.

This home has plenty of space and flexibility in its three finished levels. The swimming pool and tennis courts offer an opportunity for socializing as well as staying fit, and residents also can join the fitness center at American University.

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