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Resale of the week: Architect’s vision in Arlington
One of the most-sought-after suburban areas in Northern Virginia is the cluster of streets in Arlington around Old Glebe Road and Military Road near Chain Bridge. Winding streets lined with towering trees, cul-de-sacs that offer privacy, and streams and parks within easy walking distance surround the eclectic mix of homes in this community.
Residents can enjoy both proximity to Georgetown and downtown Washington and quiet living among the trees. Many of the homes in the area have been expanded and redesigned to maximize light, space and views of nature in all seasons.
In 1999, the architect-owner of the home at 3013 Stuart St. N. in Arlington transformed a 1950s-era brick rambler into a distinctive three-level home with contemporary flair and a delightful private yard with multiple levels of terraces. The residence, on the market for $867,500, rests near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on which many of the homes sell for $1,500,000 or more.
The street’s residents can find recreational amenities within a half-mile of the cul-de-sac, including Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Marcey Road Park, Donaldson Run Park, Gulf Branch Nature Center and Park and Zachary Taylor Park. The parks include hiking trails, picnic areas, basketball courts, tennis courts and a baseball diamond. In addition to easy access by car to other parts of Arlington, McLean, Tysons Corner and downtown Washington, this area has Metrobus and ART bus lines within walking distance.
While the interior of the home offers plenty of surprises, including the recurring themes of arches and curves, half-moon windows, decorative tile and two-story spaces, the grounds provide a serene setting with several areas for relaxing with a cool glass of iced tea in summer or warming cup of cocoa on a fall afternoon.
At the front of the home is a deep lawn with garden beds and towering trees, along with a driveway leading to the one-car garage. The garage has been converted into a workshop with walls of storage and worktables, but it can be transformed easily for use as a garage.
The front porch includes covered and uncovered areas, with a white picket railing, columns and plenty of space for guests. At the back of the house, the owners created a peaceful retreat, perfect for enjoying the solitude of a Sunday morning or the joy of a large gathering. The yard includes a curving deck that echoes the architectural curves indoors and leads to a curved paving-stone patio that encircles a gentle fountain. Beyond the deck and patio are grassy areas, stone walls with garden beds and several terraces of lawn and gardens with mature plantings.
The back windows of this home all enjoy views of the garden beds and fountain, while the front windows face the mature trees and front gardens of homes across the cul-de-sac.
The main level of this home includes a generously proportioned living room with a picture window facing the front lawn, accent lighting and an open staircase with a custom-designed railing. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace with an oak-and-granite surround. The fireplace is flanked by two arched art niches with granite shelves.
A complementary open archway with a granite shelf visually links the living room and dining room, which has a two-story vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan. Both rooms have hardwood flooring.
A French door opens from the opposite side of the living room into the family room, a dramatic space with 10 windows over three sides and French doors opening onto the deck. This two-story space also could function as a sunroom or breakfast area, and it includes built-in bookcases along one wall as well as a ceiling fan and recessed lighting.
Just around the corner from the family room is the kitchen, which has ceramic tile flooring with colorful accent tiles in a pattern picked up on the tile counters. The kitchen features maple cabinets, a curved accent piece on the ceiling, a breakfast bar and a built-in desk. Custom-designed lighting includes recessed lighting, pendant lights over the breakfast bar and undercabinet lights. Appliances include a refrigerator, a gas range, a dishwasher and a disposal.
The main level also has two hall closets and a master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan and two levels of windows. At one end of the master bedroom is an alcove that can be used as a study, a sitting area or a dressing area. Adjacent to the alcove are two walk-in closets. The adjacent master bath, compartmentalized so one area also can be used as a powder room for guests, includes a dual-sink vanity, recessed lighting, and pocket doors to a two-person whirlpool tub with glass-block walls and a shower.
Upstairs, the second bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, a ceiling fan, a study alcove and a half-moon window. This bedroom has windows on two sides, a closet and nearly new Berber carpet. The Berber carpet also has been used on the stairs, hallway and two other bedrooms on the upper level.
The third and fourth bedrooms have vaulted ceilings, mirrored closet doors, built-in bookcases and alcoves perfect for a dresser or desk. Each of these rooms has a view of the front lawn and gardens and gains additional light from a half-moon window at the front of the house.
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