- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 23, 2010

Neighborhoods in Arlington, Va., particularly those within walking distance of a Metro station, often feature homes that have been remodeled from their original two-or-three-bedrooms-and-one-bath configuration into something more appealing to today’s families.

Though some homes simply are razed for a new home to be built on the lot, others have been carefully renovated and gently expanded to increase the living space without compromising the neighborhood or the original design.

At 6419 N. 28th St. in Arlington’s Berkshire Oakwood community, the homeowner has spent the past three years rebuilding a Colonial-style home, adding functionality and flexibility while honoring the neighborhood traditions.

On the market for $1,035,000, this home has an appealing porch that covers the entire front of the home. White columns reach from the traditional brick and white-picket porch railing to the roof. A flagstone front walk leads to the porch past landscaped garden beds. Adjacent to the porch is a covered carport and a long driveway leading to a detached two-car garage. The garage has space above that can be finished for use as a studio or private office.

The partially fenced backyard includes a level lawn, garden beds and plenty of space for adding a larger garden or a patio.

Inside, this home has been completely redesigned and enhanced with deep crown molding on the main and upper levels, recessed lighting in every room and new hardwood flooring on the main and upper levels. All three levels have been finished with flexible rooms that can accommodate multiple activities and meet the needs of multiple generations.

The main level has an open floor plan, including a living room with four windows across the front, two windows on the side and a gas fireplace in a corner. The main level also has a separate dining room with a half-wall with a column, chair-rail molding, a ceiling medallion and a chandelier.

The heart of this level is the center-island kitchen, which has top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, granite counters and custom-designed wood cabinets. The appliances include a warming drawer for food, a five-burner gas cooktop on the island, a microwave oven, a Sub-Zero refrigerator with a two-drawer freezer, and double Trivection wall ovens, which combine radiant heat, convection and microwave for customized cooking.

The kitchen has an abundance of storage space, including a wide pantry with pull-out shelving and the center island, which includes double cabinets and a breakfast bar.

Adjacent to the kitchen is an open room that could be used as a breakfast area or a family room. Buyers who prefer a casual lifestyle may want to use this space as the dining room and convert the separate dining room to an office, library or den.

The main level also has a completely new full bath and a guest bedroom with a closet and windows on two sides.

Another first-floor guest bedroom has a sliding glass door to the backyard, two closets and a private full bath that has been renovated. This bedroom offers the perfect space for in-laws or parents, whether they stay for a brief visit or move into the home permanently.

A wood-railed hardwood staircase leads from the main level upstairs and has an oversized skylight overhead. The open upper-level family room adjacent to the stairs offers a flexible space for use as a media room, study area, computer room or play area. In one corner of the family room is a built-in kitchen counter with a sink and a small refrigerator, perfect for use as a wet bar for the media room or for a craft area for art projects.

Adjacent to the family room is a sunny laundry room with a window. The family room and the rest of the upper level have hardwood flooring.

On the opposite side of the family room is a spacious bedroom with a closet and two windows overlooking the backyard. Across the hall is a renovated bathroom with a distinctive antique cabinet that has been converted into a vanity.

A second upstairs bedroom has a private door to this bath and has a deep walk-in closet with a window. The crown molding that extends throughout this home has been continued even into the closet.

The master suite includes a deep walk-in closet, a double window and a sliding glass door that will enable future residents to add a deck or balcony. The master bath may be the most spectacular room in the home, with pale slate flooring, furniture-grade vanities with white porcelain vessel sinks, and a whirlpool tub set under a window. The bath also has a glass-enclosed tile shower with multiple shower heads and body spray jets.

The finished lower level includes multiple rooms that have flexible functions, including two rooms that could qualify as additional bedrooms if desired. At the back of this level is a charming music room with Tuscan tile flooring and two windows facing the backyard. This room has a closet and a door to the backyard and could be used as a craft room, exercise room or an office.

At the center of the lower level is a recreation room with recessed lighting and double doors that open onto an unfinished storage room with a second set of laundry equipment and storage shelving. At the center of this room is an old-fashioned, retro-style sauna that still functions. Adjacent to the recreation room is a completely new full bath.

The lower level has ceramic tile flooring in every room. Additional flexible rooms include one, currently in use as a home office, that has a closet and windows. Another room, which functions now as a wine room, has a closet, a window and recessed lighting. The entire lower level could be used as an in-law or au-pair suite, especially because it has a door to the backyard.

The home has dual-zone heating and air conditioning and two sump pumps.

Residents of this home can walk to the East Falls Church Metro station, all three public schools, Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School and multiple parks. A shopping center that includes several restaurants is also within walking distance and includes several restaurants. This Arlington location is convenient to commuting to downtown Washington or to Tysons Corner, Va., or McLean, Va.

DETAILS:

Address: 6419 N. 28th St., Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Berkshire Oakwood

Age: Built in 1954

Price: $1,035,000

Size: Approximately 4,050 finished square feet on lot of 6,420 square feet

Taxes: $8,896 in 2010

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style farmhouse with brick-and-siding exterior, full front porch with columns, flagstone front walk, covered carport leading to detached two-car garage, partially fenced backyard

Interior features: Three finished levels with five bedrooms and five full baths; hardwood flooring on main and upper levels; crown and chair-rail molding; formal dining room; open living room; breakfast area and gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances; two main-level bedrooms, one with a private full bath; full guest bath on main level; family room with skylight and wet bar on upper level, along with two bedrooms that share a hall bath; upstairs laundry room; upper-level master suite with walk-in closet and luxury bath; finished lower level with recreation room, full bath, rooms with flexible uses, an unfinished storage room and a second laundry room

Amenities: New kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, luxury master bath with whirlpool tub and multihead shower, gas fireplace in living room, sauna in lower level, two sump pumps, dual-zone heating and air conditioning

Close by: Walk to East Falls Church Metro station, local shopping center, schools and several parks; quick drive to Tysons Corner and downtown Washington

Schools: Nottingham Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26

Contact: Realtor Jim Toronto of McEnearney Associates at 703/447-7481

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