- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2010

Among the many reasons people love the District is the charm of neighborhoods such as Woodley Park and Cleveland Park, where city amenities and Metro stops are as easily accessible as parks, playgrounds and wooded glades.

While neighborhoods such as Georgetown attract more out-of-town visitors to admire the Colonial and Federal-style architecture, area residents know that for a quiet stroll or leisurely drive to view charming homes, Woodley Park and Cleveland Park have equal appeal. Victorian, Colonial, Cape Cod and contemporary-style homes share the narrow streets of these neighborhoods with Craftsman-style bungalows.

One characteristic shared by most of the homes in these city communities is a front porch where neighbors can gather in pleasant weather and greet local families on their way to the park, the library or the zoo.

The home at 2910 Cortland Place NW, a Colonial-style end-unit row house on the market for $1,095,000, has a charming enclosed front yard that leads to the front porch. Flagstone walkways lead from the sidewalk through the front yard and along the side yard to the enclosed backyard. The front patio, with flagstones on the floor and a beadboard ceiling overhead, is enclosed by a latticed railing painted Williamsburg blue. The landscaped front and side yards provide a glimpse of the care taken inside and in the backyard of this brick home.

Built in 1930 and renovated in 1987 with a design by award-winning architect Joseph Wnuk, this home includes an eye-catching wrought-iron and glass storm door that opens onto the original arched wood front door, which has been painted Williamsburg blue to match the porch. Inside, the home features restored hardwood flooring on the main and upper level.

Guests can be welcomed in the wide foyer, which leads to a hall that includes a coat closet and a powder room. Wide, arched doorways lead from the foyer into the formal living room and formal dining room. Throughout the home are myriad windows and skylights, which bring in natural light in every season.

Directly across the street from this home is a wooded park, which adds to the views from each window. Residents can walk into Rock Creek Park and on jogging and walking trails, or walk just a few blocks to Connecticut Avenue’s shops, restaurants and Metro stations. Dozens of restaurants are within walking distance of this home, along with grocery stores, cleaners, drugstores, banks, ice cream shops and coffee shops. The much-loved Uptown movie theater, with its old-fashioned oversized screen and balcony seating, is also within walking distance, as is the Cleveland Park Library.

Residents will, of course, be tempted by the many nearby city amenities, but this home has plenty to entice the owners and their guests into staying home. The charming living room has three windows, crown moldings, chair-rail moldings and a wall of built-in bookshelves. The wood-burning fireplace has a brick hearth and an elegantly detailed mantel. Across the foyer from the living room is the formal dining room, which has a double window facing the side yard. French doors open from the dining room into a sitting room and the adjacent kitchen.

The cheerful kitchen has a sparkling Mediterranean blue-and-white color scheme, with skylights and recessed lighting overhead. Hardwood flooring extends from the dining room through the sitting area and the kitchen. Wide sliding glass doors link the sitting area with the backyard and provide more light for this open space, which has a ceiling fan.

The kitchen includes a breakfast bar, a mix of white and glass-front cabinets, and white appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen are a pantry and a conveniently located stacked washer and dryer.

The enclosed backyard becomes an additional L-shaped, two-room space in warm weather, with a full-size dining area in one corner and a sitting area underneath a pergola. Landscaped garden beds add to the privacy and peace in this inviting yard. A wood gate, accessed by a flagstone front path, can be completely opened when entertaining so friends can come directly into the backyard.

Inside, hardwood stairs lead to the second level, where the master bedroom has three windows facing the park and two windows overlooking the side yard. A wall of mirrored closets fills one side of the room, which has hardwood flooring and a ceiling fan. The adjacent full bath includes an oversized vanity with a wall of mirrors, tile flooring and a glass-enclosed, tiled combination tub and shower.

The second bedroom includes a ceiling fan, double windows and a walk-in closet. The third bedroom, at the back of the home, has an anteroom with two closets, including one walk-in closet. The bedroom, a step down from the closet area, has wide windows on two sides of the room. These two bedrooms share a full bath with a glass-enclosed shower off the hall.

Hardwood stairs lead from the upper-level hall to extensive finished attic storage space.

Hardwood stairs also lead from near the kitchen on the main level to the finished lower level, which has Berber carpet, recessed lighting and a door to the two-car garage. The lower level features a family room or sitting area, a bedroom and a full bath.

From the exterior, this brick home, with its charming front porch, exemplifies the old-fashioned ambience of Woodley Park. Inside, the renovation succeeded in keeping such elements as hardwood flooring and arched doorways, while opening the rooms to a new level of modern style.

Details

Address: 2910 Cortland Place NW, Washington, DC 20008

Community: Woodley Park

Age: Built in 1930, renovated 1987

Price: $1,095,000

Size: Site of approximately 3,226 square feet

Taxes: $9,751 in 2009

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style all-brick end-unit row house with covered flagstone front porch, wrought-iron and glass storm door, landscaped yard, enclosed backyard, two-car garage and additional parking pad.

Interior Features: Four bedrooms; 3 full baths; powder room; hardwood flooring; foyer with arched entrances to formal living and dining rooms; living room with built-in bookcases; kitchen includes blue tile counters, skylights, adjacent sitting area and sliding glass doors to deck; stacked washer-dryer next to kitchen; master bedroom with wall of closets; master bath with glass-enclosed tub and shower; two additional bedrooms and a second full bath upstairs; finished attic storage space; finished lower level with family room, bedroom, full bath and storage closets.

Amenities: Architect-designed, expansive enclosed deck with pergola, raised garden beds, wood-burning fireplace, skylights, ceiling fans, recessed lighting.

Close by: Walk to Cleveland Park and Woodley Road Metro stations, National Zoo, shops, restaurants, the Uptown movie theater, library, Rock Creek Park.

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31

Contact: Realtor Tamora Ilasat of Long & Foster Realtors at 202/460-0699

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