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Resale of the week: Three-level contemporary in Arlington

- - Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Lee Heights neighborhood of Arlington offers its residents several advantages: an area with bike paths, parks and plenty of shops; a location within minutes of downtown Washington and Georgetown; and a diverse mix of home styles.

The home at 2414 Vermont St. N. in Arlington, on the market for $1,099,000, has been redesigned and upgraded by the owners to allow for easy entertaining and family life indoors and out.

Built in 1954, this contemporary-style home features a distinctive stone and stucco exterior with oversized windows. The home is nearly surrounded by tall trees and professional landscaping.

Like many homes in Lee Heights, this home rests on a steeply sloped lot that provides extra privacy and more expansive views. The homeowners recently enhanced the lot with an asphalt driveway and parking pad, with a set of stone steps rising along one side. The home also has a detached one-car garage with a patio on the top.

Enjoying the outdoors is simple at this home, which has two flagstone patios at the front of the house. Slate walkways wrap around the house on either side, linking these two patios with a newly built flagstone patio at the back of the home.

The rear patio has plenty of space for a grill and has a built-in wood-burning fireplace with an adjacent space for storing wood. Slate steps lead from this patio to a brick patio seating area under the trees. On one side of the home is a built-in sandbox.

The owners upgraded the home's interior as well, enhancing all three levels of living space. The main level, which has formal entertaining spaces as well as a study, has an open floor plan. The foyer has hardwood flooring, while the living room and dining room have travertine flooring.

The living room has a marble fireplace with a wood mantel and an oversized front window facing one of the front terraces. While the living room has a contemporary, open layout, touches such as crown and chair-rail molding add classic details. The living room, which has enough space for entertaining on a grand scale, opens to the dining room, which has a chandelier and tall windows on two sides.

Pocket doors with etched-glass inserts link the dining room with the study, which has crown and chair-rail molding. The main level also has a powder room and a large storage and laundry room with built-in shelving.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper level, where in the back of the house is an open kitchen, breakfast area and family room with hardwood flooring, five skylights, a sloping ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls. A sliding glass door links the breakfast area with the back patio.

The kitchen has been stylishly upgraded with an abundance of custom-designed wood cabinets, black granite counters and a gray tile backsplash. Stainless appliances and steel pendant lighting blend with the tiles and cabinets. The oversized kitchen sink sits on a peninsula facing the breakfast area and family room, making it easier to chat with guests or oversee homework while preparing a meal. The family room has a cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan.

A hallway with hardwood flooring leads from the family room to the main bedroom wing. The master bedroom is a spacious corner room with hardwood flooring, windows on two sides, a sitting area overlooking the front garden and crown molding. The bedroom has an adjacent 11-by-10-foot walk-in closet with a built-in vanity and dresser, floor-to-ceiling shoe racks and a door to a second closet for storing luggage and out-of-season items. The renovated master bath includes stone flooring, a double-sink vanity and an oversized shower with a built-in bench and a skylight overhead. A linen closet is next to the master bath.

This level has two more bedrooms and a second full bath. The bath has been renovated with stone floors and tile walls and includes a skylight. The second bedroom has hardwood flooring and a closet, with a tall window on one side of the room. The third bedroom, slightly larger, has windows on two sides and hardwood flooring.

Pocket doors with etched-glass inserts can be used to close off the finished top level, which currently is used as a guest suite. This spacious room has skylights, windows on either end and two closets. The full bath has been renovated and includes a skylight, stone flooring and a deep bathtub with stone walls. This level could be used as a bedroom suite or as a private home office or play room.

Details:

Address: 2414 Vermont St. N., Arlington VA 22207

Community: Lee Heights

Age: Built in 1954

Price: $1,099,000

Size: Approximately 3,390 square feet on site of .19 acres

Taxes: $8,192 in 2010

Exterior features: Contemporary-style single-family home of stone and stucco, asphalt drive and parking pad, one-car detached garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 3½ baths; living room, dining room and study on main level; open kitchen, breakfast area and family room on upper level with bedrooms and baths; top-floor guest suite

Amenities: Three flagstone terraces, including one with an outdoor fireplace; living room fireplace; hardwood and travertine floors; ceiling fans and skylights; zoned heat and air conditioning; gas heat and hot water

Close by: Walk to park and shops, close to Georgetown and downtown Washington

Schools: Taylor Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Ashley White with TTR Sotheby's International Realty at 703/319-3344