- - Thursday, May 12, 2011

While some homes offer an equally perfect view from every angle, others have hidden amenities that are visible only to the residents. The home at 3738 N. 30th Place in Arlington, while presenting an attractive brick front with landscaped gardens, becomes a bucolic paradise when viewed from the rear.

Located on a peaceful double cul-de-sac that backs to a woodland haven with a creek, wildlife and a trail to the Potomac River, this home is on the market for $949,000. The owners installed steps that lead from the back of their home to their land by the creek and cleared some of the property to make it more accessible. While the woods and creek offer a great place for exploring nature, this home has been designed so natural beauty is visible from every window. Owls, foxes, woodpeckers and other woodland creatures often are seen through the windows.

Built in 1962, this Bellevue Forest rambler has been updated over the years, including many renovations and improvements done within the past five months. The property was professionally landscaped a few years ago to enhance the exterior, while at the same time, retaining walls were added to both ends of the home along with a new stone patio and a stone seating wall that overlooks the woods. The property has a garage with space for two cars, storage and a refrigerator, and the concrete driveway has a turning pad and extra parking space. A charming storage shed resembles a children’s playhouse.

Inside, the home has been transformed recently with wainscoting in the foyer, hallway and dining room; new crown molding in the foyer, dining room and living room; new baseboards and window frames in most of the upper-level rooms; fresh paint; and an opening in the wall between the foyer and the living room to add more light.


Over the past few years, the owners have renovated all three baths, installed tile flooring in the sunroom, replaced the kitchen floor, added skylights and ceiling fans, renovated the kitchen, added a storage shed to the grounds, and replaced both furnaces, the water heater and the roof.

A wood door with etched-glass inserts opens into the foyer. When guests arrive in the foyer, they will immediately appreciate the hardwood flooring throughout the main level and can admire the view from the front door to the woods. To the right of the foyer is a generously sized formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases and cabinets. The living room includes three double-hung windows that face the front garden.

The adjacent formal dining room has two double-hung windows that frame a view of the woods, a new chandelier, crown molding and wainscoting. Two “solatubes,” which look like recessed lights and act as small, round skylights, bring in natural light.

A wood door with etched-glass inserts leads from the dining room to the sunroom, a spacious room wrapped in 15 oversized windows, with two ceiling fans. The sunroom, a favorite space for the owners, has porcelain tile flooring, a gas cast-iron stove and one wall of exposed brick. The back of the sunroom overlooks the stone patio and woods.

The kitchen features track lighting and a solatube skylight, granite counters and a granite island with space for a breakfast bar and prep work. Stainless steel appliances include a gas range with an oven, a wall oven, a refrigerator and a dual-drawer dishwasher. The room has ceramic tile flooring with a complementary backsplash and a glass door to the deck, which has space for a gas grill.

The main level also has a bedroom wing, including a master bedroom with a ceiling fan, two solatube skylights, and new shades for windows that frame a view of the woods. The master bedroom has a double-door closet and a renovated bath with a glass-enclosed shower and ceramic tile flooring and walls with accent tiles.

A coat closet and a linen closet are along the bedroom hallway, along with a door to a renovated full bath with a marble counter and ceramic tile floors and walls. Pull-down stairs from the hallway lead to attic storage space.

Two more bedrooms are on this level, one with a new light fixture and new window shades, and another with a ceiling fan. Each of these bedrooms has oversized windows and ample closet space.

The finished, above-ground lower level has new wood-veneer flooring and a gas fireplace. The recreation room includes two closets and French doors to the stone patio. The L-shaped room easily can be divided for different functions. Adjacent to the recreation room is a renovated full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a glass-enclosed shower.

This level also has a bedroom with wood-veneer flooring and a window facing the woods, a laundry room with two furnaces, and an oversized storage room that can be used for an exercise space or hobby area in addition to storage.

This wooded wonderland offers a peaceful retreat from city life, which is minutes away via Chain Bridge.

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