- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 20, 2011

Washingtonians who fantasize about living the ultimate urban life, strolling from their home to a Metro station, shops, bars and restaurants or even walking to work, are sometimes disappointed when it comes to the size or condition of available city homes.

Potential buyers with experience shopping for a home on Capitol Hill should feel just the opposite about the semidetached Federal-style residence on the market at 802 D St. SE. This home offers not only a prime location within one block of the beloved Eastern Market and the Eastern Market Metro station, but it also has three finished levels of living space with high ceilings, tall windows and an open floor plan on the main level.

On the market for $919,000, this all-brick home, built by Barrett Linde in 1967, recently has been updated with features that appeal to modern homebuyers, such as new hardwood flooring, skylights and updated baths.

The feature that needed no updating is the location. While Capitol Hill residents take pride in their walkable neighborhood, this home may be in the best location of all. Not only is the house on a side street just off Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast with the Metro station across the street, but it also is within a few blocks of everything city dwellers often want: bookstores, coffee shops, ethnic restaurants, nightlife and retail shops that run the gamut from the necessities of life to antiques, vintage clothing and gifts.

Eastern Market draws shoppers and browsers from all over the city and surrounding suburbs to snap up fresh food, enjoy outdoor concerts and admire the eclectic mix of art, crafts and flea-market items. The Capitol Hill buildings, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and museums along the Mall are less than two miles from this home, easily reachable on foot or by bus or Metro. Taxicabs are readily available not far from the front door. While many city residents prefer to live car-free, this home also offers another important amenity: off-street parking for one car.

A small but charming front courtyard leads to the front door, which has sidelights to add extra natural light in the foyer. The all-brick, three-story home has black accent shutters around the windows. At the back of the home is a brick patio with flower beds, a utility closet and access to the off-street parking area.

The main level features all-new hardwood flooring that gleams from the foyer into the kitchen, dining room and living room. Just off the foyer is a powder room with a new pedestal sink, Carrera marble tile flooring, new lighting, a new toilet and a new mirror.

Across the foyer is the kitchen, which has been upgraded with new granite counters, 2-inch white wood blinds, new lighting and a new stainless steel smooth-surface stove and microwave. A pass-through links the kitchen with the dining room, a spacious room with a new brushed-nickel chandelier and a step down to the living room.

The open living room features a wall of French doors leading to the patio and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround. The pale gray walls of the main level and brushed nickel doorknobs and hinges throughout the main level add sophistication to the residence.

The main level also includes a walk-in coat closet with extra storage space tucked under the stairs.

Hardwood stairs lead to the second level, where an oversized family room or bedroom overlooks the patio. This room has newly refurbished hardwood flooring and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround that is flanked by built-in bookcases. The opposite wall is filled with built-in bookcases and cabinets, while the wall overlooking the garden has three tall windows that flood the room with natural light. This room also has an oversized walk-in closet and a private door to the hall bath.

While currently furnished as a family room, this room easily could shift to function as a permanent bedroom or as a combined office and guest room.

The full bath on this level has been upgraded with a new vanity with a granite countertop, a new mirror, new lighting and new fixtures.

At the front of the house are a bedroom with refinished hardwood flooring, 2-inch white wood blinds and a double closet. Next to this bedroom is a storage room with built-in shelving and a window overlooking the front courtyard.

Hardwood stairs with an oversized skylight above lead to the third level.

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