- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2010

The homes in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Northwest Washington often are deceptive. Though they may look small and cozy from the outside, some of them offer such expansive space inside that it almost seems like magic.

Many of the homes in this neighborhood, nestled along the Maryland border, exude an old-fashioned charm and character. Clearly, the residents of this sought-after neighborhood take great pride in their blooming gardens, neatly trimmed lawns and carefully maintained homes.

On a sunny summer morning, the sidewalks are home to strolling parents with children and dogs, enjoying the good life in a seemingly suburban neighborhood minutes from downtown Washington.

The home at 3357 Stuyvesant Place NW, on the market for $1,085,000, fits easily into this neighborhood with its peach-toned siding, white picket fence and white-trimmed front porch. A flagstone front path leads from the sidewalk past a manicured lawn, azalea bushes and garden beds to the front porch.

It is likely that visitors are tempted never to go beyond this front porch, which is secluded, yet offers a view of the street and a glimpse of the charms to be found inside the home. White-painted wood flooring is underfoot, with a white bead-board ceiling overhead and white columns and railings enclosing this charming space.

The grounds of this home also include a flagstone path that leads from the front porch and side doors to the fully fenced backyard. Professional landscaping with low-maintenance perennials and shrubbery enhances the privacy and beauty of the property.

A flagstone patio provides a secluded setting for dining outdoors or enjoying a quiet conversation or a good book, yet it is large enough to accommodate groups of friends, too. Just beyond the patio is a circular lawn enclosed by garden beds and shrubbery. A detached one-car garage is also on the grounds and is accessible by a rear entrance.

Inside, this home has four finished levels with plenty of flexible rooms for entertaining and family life. Restored hardwood flooring adds warmth to the upper three levels, and a pattern of arched doorways on the main level adds architectural interest to the rooms. Guests can be welcomed in the spacious foyer, which has hardwood stairs leading to the upper level and an archway opening into the living room.

At the front of the home is the family room, which doubles as a sunroom with its three walls of windows with transoms. This room has a separate door to the front porch, allowing for easy flow for entertaining on a summer evening. Recessed lighting has been installed in most of the main-level rooms.

An archway links the family room with the living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a white-painted brick-and-stucco mantel flanked by two windows. Each of the main-level rooms includes crown molding. A third archway links the living room with the formal dining room, which has chair-rail molding in addition to crown molding and a chandelier. The dining room includes oversized windows on two sides of the room, including one window overlooking the rear garden.

Adjacent to the dining room is the eat-in kitchen, which has white appliances and white cabinets, including some with glass fronts. The kitchen has a double window over the sink that frames a view of the back garden, a side door leading to the path to the garden and a picture window overlooking the side garden. A powder room with a pedestal sink is next to the kitchen.

Upstairs, the master suite includes windows on three sides, hardwood flooring, crown molding and a chandelier. The master bath has been renovated and combined with a dressing area that includes two closets with double mirrored doors. The bath has ceramic tile flooring, a ceramic tile shower with frameless glass doors and a furniture-grade cabinet with a granite counter. A closet in this bathroom has a full-size stacked washer and dryer.

Two generously sized secondary bedrooms at the back of the home overlook the garden. These two rooms share a new full bath off the hall that has ceramic tile flooring, a combined tub and shower with a ceramic tile enclosure with accent tiles, and a window.

Painted hardwood stairs lead to the charming finished attic level, a space that can function as a guest bedroom, home office, studio or playroom. The attic includes a built-in deep window seat or daybed, built-in bookcases on two walls and multiple closets set under the eaves. This bright space has a sloping ceiling with recessed lighting and four windows.

The finished lower level has been designed as a complete apartment or in-law suite. The fully equipped kitchen has a stove, refrigerator and dishwasher and a pass-through with doors that can be closed for privacy. French doors separate the kitchen from the living area, which has recessed lighting and two built-in cabinets. A second set of French doors opens into the bedroom, a room that also can be used for a sitting area or children’s playroom if desired. The lower level also has a large full bath. A glass door provides an outside entrance for this suite to the flagstone patio.

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