- - Thursday, August 4, 2011

It may be hard to decide which is the best feature of the home at 3506 15th St. N. in the Lyon Village area of Arlington: its location or the fact that it looks like a multimillion-dollar model home.

On the market for $1,299,000, this elegant Craftsman-style single-family home has three finished levels in the main house, along with a charming guest suite or studio above the detached garage.

Whether you are looking for a playground for children or for nightlife, this home offers a prime location. Directly across the street is Hayes Park, which has play equipment, walking trails, tennis courts and a picnic area, while another playground is on the opposite corner at the Arlington Science Focus School. Residents can walk to shops, restaurants and nightlife and also the Clarendon and Virginia Square Metro stations. Downtown Washington and Georgetown are less than 15 minutes away by car.

The home, built in 2006, has been designed and maintained in perfect style inside and out. The grounds include a wrought-iron front gate with stone pillars that opens into the front yard, with a matching wrought-iron electric gate with stone pillars opening into the driveway. The driveway has space for two cars and leads to the detached two-car garage.

Outdoor space includes a covered front entrance and a side veranda with two ceiling fans. In the back, an elegant flagstone patio offers space for dining and relaxing. Beyond the patio are a lawn and professionally landscaped flower beds. The grounds have a sprinkler system and outdoor speakers connected to the indoor sound system. The landscaping for this property and the sprinkler system cost $27,000. The master suite also has a private sun deck with speakers, planters for flowers and plenty of space for lounge chairs.

Inside, this home has Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring on the main and second levels, with hardwood stairs and oak flooring on the upper level. The owners paid meticulous attention to details such as deep crown molding, two-tone paint, wainscoting and chair-rail molding, recessed lighting and ceiling fans in several rooms. The custom-designed window treatments, which convey with the home, cost $35,000, while the sound system cost $20,000. Every room has multiple windows, giving a light and airy appeal to the home.

The foyer includes a coat closet and a small storage closet and has an entrance to the staircase. The stairs have windows on two landings and a skylight at the top that allows natural light to filter throughout all three levels.

The formal living room has a triple window facing the front yard, built-in speakers, crown molding and a ceiling fan. Just beyond the living room is the generously proportioned dining room, which has a wall of three windows, a chandelier, recessed lighting and both crown and chair-rail molding. A powder room nearby has a pedestal sink and wainscoting.

The back of this level is an open space defined by an architectural column, including a family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen. The focal point for the family room is a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by windows. This room has a ceiling fan, built-in speakers, crown molding and two tall windows framing a view of the flagstone patio and rear garden.

The breakfast area includes a bank of windows and a French door that opens onto the patio. The adjacent kitchen features a granite-topped island, maple cabinets, Silestone counters and upgraded stainless steel appliances, including a gas range with a grill, an oven, a refrigerator, a dishwasher and a convection microwave.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a walk-in pantry. A French door links the kitchen with the side veranda and driveway. This level also has a utility room with a gas water heater, a gas furnace, a humidifier and a central vacuum system.

The carriage house includes a two-car garage with storage space and stairs to the upper-level suite. The suite includes two dormer windows, recessed lighting and a bedroom or sitting area with a Palladian window, along with a full bath with a tile shower.

Inside the main house, the second level includes a master-bedroom suite with a walk-in closet, a sitting area, recessed lighting, crown molding and a glass door to the private deck. The luxurious master bath includes ceramic tile flooring, a double-sink vanity, a frameless glass shower with wall jets and a separate whirlpool tub.

The upper level also includes a second bedroom with a double-door closet and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a marble vanity. Nearby is a laundry room with ceramic tile flooring, a sink and extra storage shelves.

The finished attic level includes two bedrooms that share a connecting bath with ceramic tile flooring, a marble double-sink vanity and a separate section for the combination tub and shower. The two bedrooms each have carpeting, recessed lighting and a double-door closet. Each room has a sloping ceiling and a niche with a dormer window.

Inside and out, this home has been designed to be elegant yet comfortable, with all the finishing touches in place for new residents.

DETAILS:

Address: 3506 15th St. N., Arlington, VA 22201

Community:Lyon Village

Age: Built in 2006

Price: $1,299,000

Lot size: Approximately .12 acres

Taxes: $10,690 in 2010

Exterior features: Craftsman-style single-family home of Hardiplank and stone with fenced-in front yard and side yard, wrought-iron electric driveway gate, side porch, detached two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, three full baths, hardwood flooring, foyer, living room, dining room, open family room, kitchen and breakfast area with fireplace, master suite with sitting area and luxury bath, second bedroom with private full bath, laundry room, finished third level with two bedrooms and connecting bath

Amenities: Flagstone patio, carriage house above detached garage with guest bedroom suite including full bath, custom window treatments, landscaping with sprinkler system, indoor/outdoor sound system, gas heat and water heater

Close by: Across the street from Hayes Park tennis courts, picnic areas, playground; walk to shops, restaurants and public transportation, including the Clarendon and Virginia Square Metro stations

Schools: Taylor Elementary, Swanson Middle, Washington-Lee High and Arlington Science Focus School

Open house: 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7

Contact: Realtors Joe O’Hara and Bobbe Ward with Washington Fine Properties at 202/944-5000 or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com

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