- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 4, 2010

Old Town Alexandria, well-known for its Colonial history and rows of centuries-old homes, also has a few newer homes that have been designed to blend with the classic architecture of the neighborhood.

In 1995, Lawrence N. Brandt Inc. built an enclave of 16 all-brick Colonial-style town homes known as Church Square. Tucked behind the revered Christ Church in Old Town, these homes offer a prime location within walking distance of all the cultural amenities, parks, shops and restaurants of Old Town.

The home at 814 Cameron St. in Church Square, on the market for $925,000, offers the elegant, classic style of historic Old Town along with the amenities desired by contemporary home buyers.

While the home itself, in pristine condition with 2,484 finished square feet of living space, has its own appeal, the location is perhaps of even more importance to buyers. Christ Church, with its gardens and peaceful setting, rests at one of the street, while around the corner are countless cafes, coffee shops and restaurants of every type. Shops are sprinkled among the restaurants, with everything from convenient drugstores to art galleries and boutiques.

The Potomac River, the Torpedo Factory’s art galleries and Founder’s Park are all within a few blocks of Church Square.

The neighborhood earns a “Walkers’ Paradise” score of 100 on WalkScore.com, a website that evaluates the walkability of various locations. Church Square residents can walk to the King Street and Braddock Road Metro stations or drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Crystal City, Arlington and downtown D.C. with ease.

The home has two reserved off-street parking spaces behind it, and additional underground parking is available on site.

From the outside, this home’s brick exterior, with a second-story bay window and stone arches above the front door and first-floor window, blends perfectly with Old Town architecture. Inside, high ceilings and an open floor plan fill the rooms with light. The walls in the main rooms and the stairwells are painted buttermilk, adding sophisticated, yet natural-looking, color to the rooms.

The double front door opens into an elegant foyer with polished marble flooring, a chandelier, crown and chair-rail molding, wainscoting and a Palladian window above the doors. The foyer includes a coat closet as well as efficient understairs storage. Nearby is an elegant powder room with marble flooring and a pedestal sink.

At the front of this home is a charming breakfast room with hardwood flooring and a tall window with a Palladian window above it facing Cameron Street. The adjacent kitchen has a tray ceiling, hardwood flooring, white raised-panel and glass-front cabinets, a pantry, granite counters and stainless appliances. Recessed lighting is found throughout this home, including in the kitchen. A swinging door links the kitchen with the dining room.

The formal dining room includes hardwood flooring, crown and chair-rail molding and a chandelier.

A wide doorway links the dining room with the living room, allowing light to flow from one end of the house to the other. The living room includes hardwood flooring and a wood-burning fireplace with a detailed mantel and a marble hearth and surround. Built-in bookcases and cabinets flank the fireplace. The room also has crown molding and built-in speakers.

At one end of the room is an expansive bay window with transom windows. French doors open onto a charming brick patio. The fully fenced patio includes a gate that leads to the parking area.

Hardwood stairs with picture-frame molding along the stairwell lead to the second level, which is entirely devoted to the master suite. This level has new wall-to-wall carpet.

The master bedroom opens to an adjoining sitting room with a walk-in bay window, recessed lighting and a wood-burning fireplace with a mantel and a marble hearth and surround. The fireplace is flanked by built-in bookcases and cabinets. A hallway linking the bedroom with the bath has two walk-in closets with built-in shelving.

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