- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 10, 2011

What makes a home perfect isn’t the same for everyone, but many homebuyers are looking for comfort above all. Many want a home with a room for every activity, four seasons of lovely views and space for relaxing indoors and outdoors, alone or with friends and family.

Beyond the layout of the residence, buyers also want a location that offers convenience to work, to friends, to errands and to entertainment. The home at 5029 38th St. North in Arlington, Va., on the market for $1,050,000, offers comfort and convenience in a prime location off Old Dominion Drive in Country Acres.

Minutes from downtown Washington via Chain Bridge, this home also is easily accessible to McLean, Va., parks, local schools and shopping areas in Arlington.

Built in 1940, this home rests on a small hill overlooking the rest of the neighborhood and is ringed by mature trees that provide privacy in spring and summer, a spectacular autumn show and stark beauty in winter. Looking deceptively small from the exterior, this home has more than 2,400 finished square feet on a lot of 0.89 acre. The property has been zoned for a 20,000-square-foot residence, one of just seven lots in Arlington with that zoning.

The grounds include a driveway with extra off-street parking, an attached one-car garage, lawns on all four sides and flagstone walkways that lead to the front door, a side terrace and around the house.

The abundant outdoor living space includes an open-air brick terrace, a side porch with covered and uncovered sections, a wood deck off the main level and a brick patio off the lower level. Beyond the brick patio is a fully fenced yard, and the property extends past the fenced section to a line of tall trees. Future owners will find plenty of options for expanding the home.

Though this home was built in 1940, there are plenty of elements that appeal to modern buyers, including hardwood flooring, an abundance of windows, high ceilings, extensive closet and storage space and two main-level bedrooms.

Restored hardwood flooring in the foyer presents an immediately warm ambience. An arched entrance leads from the foyer into the living room, while straight ahead is a view of treetops through the picture window in the kitchen.

The living room and dining room share one expansive space that extends from the front of the house to the back. The living room has a bay window facing the front lawn, crown molding and a wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth and stone surround. The dining room has a built-in china cabinet in one corner, a large picture window framing a view of the backyard and a glass door to the covered porch.

The side porch has brick walls and columns and overlooks the other homes in the neighborhood. One section of the porch is covered for shade on a hot day and dining outside, while the other is open for sunbathing on a spring afternoon.

At the back of the house, the kitchen features bright blue ceramic tile flooring, birch cabinets, a blue tile backsplash and a picture window over the sink facing the backyard. A glass door leads from the kitchen to the wood deck, which offers more space for enjoying the outdoors and stairs leading to the brick patio and back lawn.

The center of the main level next to the kitchen includes multiple closets and open shelving, along with doors to the stairs to the upper and lower levels. Adjacent to this central hall is the main-level bedroom wing.

The master bedroom, tucked into the back of the house, has two windows facing the back and side yards along with ample closet space and hardwood flooring. The second bedroom on this level, which doubles as a home office, has three windows facing the front yard and a large walk-in closet.

Between these two rooms is a restored full bath with retro black-and-white tile floors and walls, a bathtub, a separate shower and a wall-mounted sink.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper-level landing, which has under-the-eaves storage and built-in drawers. Each of the two bedrooms on this level each has deep dormer windows with built-in storage, heart pine flooring and multiple under-the-eaves storage closets and drawers.

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