- - Thursday, December 22, 2011

The delights of living in Georgetown are well-known: strolling to neighborhood restaurants and shops, walking in numerous parks or heading to the Georgetown waterfront parks to watch the boats on the Potomac.

Aside from the costliness of most of the homes in Georgetown, some prospective buyers worry about parking or the age of the historic homes. The home at 3242 Reservoir Road NW, includes a one-car garage as well as off-street parking for a second car. In addition, this Federal-style all brick end-unit town home was built in 1990 and completely renovated in 2002.

On the market for $1,645,000, this residence offers all the elegance and sophistication of Georgetown along with an open floor plan and modern amenities. While many of this home’s features are appealing, perhaps one of the most unusual aspects of the property is the elevator, which links all four finished levels.

The home has walls of windows that face south on every level, adding natural light to most rooms. In addition, the residence has a private fenced backyard with a patio and garden and has a balcony off the master suite with views across Georgetown to Arlington’s skyline.

A brick retaining wall provides extra privacy for the entrance to this home, which has stone steps leading to the front door. The door opens into an elegant marble foyer with marble steps, a double-door closet, a side window and a transom window above the front door. Adjacent to the foyer is a powder room with marble flooring, a pedestal sink and a window.

The entire back section of the main level features an open floor plan with architectural columns that define the dining area. A fireplace with a marble hearth and surround provides a focal point for the living room, which also has walls of floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows.

The entire home has recessed lighting, and the main level has dark-stained hardwood flooring. The living and dining room have two side windows in addition to the south-facing wall of glass.

The renovated kitchen at the front of the house has two windows framing views of Book Hill Park, which is across the street; professional-quality stainless steel appliances; black granite counters; white cabinets; and a marble backsplash.

Hardwood stairs lead from the foyer to the first of two upper levels.

At the back of this level is a generously sized bedroom overlooking the back garden, with a walk-in closet that includes built-in shelving. A second walk-in closet has been designed as a cozy home office with a built-in desk and shelving. This bedroom includes a luxurious marble bath with an oversized oval whirlpool tub, a double-sink vanity and a marble shower with a glass door.

The second bedroom on this level has two windows plus a dormer-window alcove, a walk-in closet and a private marble bath with a combination tub and shower.

Hardwood stairs with skylights overhead and a window on one side lead to the uppermost floor.

The top level is entirely devoted to the master suite, which has a sitting area at one end. The sitting area features a gas fireplace with a marble surround and built-in cabinets and shelves below tall windows that face the rooftops of Georgetown and the Virginia shoreline. Two glass doors open from the sitting area onto a private balcony with sweeping views of Arlington. The suite includes a dormer window, a walk-in closet with built-in shelves and organizers, plus a whirlpool tub with skylights above, a glass-enclosed shower and a double-sink vanity.

The lower level has a family room with glass doors leading to the private patio, a second tall window and hardwood flooring. This room includes a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround flanked by bookcases and cabinets. The opposite wall is entirely covered by built-in bookcases. The family room also has a wet bar with a wine refrigerator.

The lower level also includes a sauna and a full bath with a glass-enclosed shower and a pedestal sink. Nearby are a closet with a washer and dryer, a utility closet with storage space and a door to the one-car garage.

This home has zoned heating and air conditioning, an intercom system and a security system.

While many residents will be delighted by their proximity to Georgetown’s eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, this home also is within a few blocks of multiple parks.

Besides Book Hill Park, a landscaped garden with stone steps leading to the renovated Georgetown Public Library, the home is within a few blocks of Dumbarton Oaks Park and Montrose Park. The owners may want just to stay home, though, luxuriating by one of their three fireplaces, relaxing in the sauna or one of the home’s two whirlpool tubs or sunbathing in the garden or on the rooftop deck.

Details:

Address: 3242 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Built in 1990

Price: $1,645,000

Size: Approximately 2,450 finished square feet on lot of 0.04 acres

Taxes: $14,994 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features:Brick Federal-style end-unit town home with one-car garage plus parking for one car in driveway, fully fenced patio and garden.

Interior features: Four finished levels with a marble foyer, a powder room, a kitchen and open living room and dining room on the main level; two bedrooms with private full baths on the second level; upper-level master suite with fireplace and luxury bath; finished lower level with family room and laundry room.

Amenities: Elevator to all four floors, balcony off upper-level master suite, three fireplaces, sauna, zoned heating and air conditioning, intercom system, security system

Close by: Across the street from Book Hill Park and the Georgetown Library; walk to shops, restaurants and amenities of Georgetown; minutes to Dupont Circle, downtown Washington.

Schools: Hyde Elementary, Hardy Middle, Wilson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Long & Foster Realtor Scott Polk at 202/256-5460 or Tamora Ilasat at 202/460-0699 or visit www.longandfoster.com

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