- - Thursday, August 18, 2011

While plenty of visitors gawk at the stately homes in Georgetown and ponder what it would be like to live in one of the charming Victorian, Federal or Colonial-style residences, most people assume the homes lack interior space and perhaps need rehabilitation to meet modern tastes.

The home at 3204 Q St. NW in the east village of Georgetown presents an elegant facade and then surprises visitors with the depth of the home and the addition of a bonus room on each of its three finished levels.

On the market for $1,569,000, this home offers a prime location as well as the distinction of professional interior features from Noble Design. Just one block from Wisconsin Avenue, yet above the crowds that gather on M Street, it is a short walk to myriad shops and restaurants, to the Georgetown Public Library and to recreational sites such as Montrose Park, Dumbarton Oaks Park, the Georgetown playground and the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Metrobus and the Circulator bus link residents to other parts of the city and to Metro stations at Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom.

Georgetown has long been a mecca for politicians, journalists, diplomats and academicians who enjoy the village atmosphere of this section of Northwest Washington along with the eclectic mix of architectural styles and proximity to a variety of shops, art galleries and eateries that run the gamut from casual cafes to gourmet restaurants.


The home at 3204 Q St. NW offers a serene respite from the excitement that surrounds this home, with meticulous attention to detail, high-quality materials and a nod to the Victorian past even in the midst of modernization.

The exterior of the property includes detailed masonry trim just under the roofline and at each row of windows, along with a Palladian window above the front door and shutters flanking the windows. The main and upper levels each have a box bay window with shutters on each side. Extra windows on the side of the rear addition and in the dining room allow extra light to flow into the home.

The front door opens into an entrance hall with hardwood flooring, a crystal chandelier and crown molding. Throughout the main and upper levels are crown molding, detailed trim around the windows and doors, and high ceilings.

The renovated kitchen at the front of the home includes a breakfast area tucked into the box bay window overlooking the street.

The kitchen has a distinctive basket-weave-patterned marble floor, honed granite counters in black, and furniture-grade white cabinets, including a set of cabinet doors that camouflage the refrigerator and two freezer drawers. The cabinets extend to the ceiling for added storage. Upgraded appliances include a Miele dishwasher, a Wolf four-burner gas cooktop, Miele wall ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Just beyond the kitchen, a swinging door opens into the elegant formal dining room, which has a tall window facing the back garden, hardwood flooring and detailed molding. Nearby is the formal living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace and a doorway and window opening to the study. This study, originally the back porch of the home, has a glass door to the garden along with a side window. The main level also has a powder room with a pedestal sink.

The deep garden, which faces south, is enclosed by a brick wall and fencing and has been professionally landscaped. The garden includes a brick patio for entertaining and dining outdoors. Green awnings over the eastern- and southern-facing windows on the main level add to the garden ambiance.

Hardwood stairs lead from the entrance hall to the second level, which has an oversized skylight that fills the hall with natural light. The master suite, entered through double doors, faces the street. The suite includes a box bay sitting area and a wall of closets. The renovated master bath has marble floors, an oversized shower enclosed by frameless glass doors and a distinctive glass pedestal sink.

The second bedroom overlooks the garden and has a glass door leading to the office, which faces south and has a garden view. The office includes a ceiling fan and two walls of picture windows. The third bedroom has tall windows and a double-door closet. The secondary bedrooms and the office share a full, renovated bath off the hall with black-and-white tile flooring and tile walls.

The lower level has a complete in-law suite with a full kitchen, including ceramic tile flooring, a refrigerator, a range and oven, and plenty of cabinet and counter space. Adjacent to the kitchen is a renovated full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a granite shower. Nearby is a bedroom with a closet and window.

At the center of the lower level is a family room with stone flooring and a wood-burning fireplace. Just beyond the family room is a garden room with stone flooring, walls of built-in cabinets and work space for gardeners. The garden room also has two walls of picture windows framing views of the garden and an exit door to the garden.

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