- - Thursday, September 8, 2011

American University Park, on the edge of Northwest Washington, offers a nearly suburban lifestyle, with single-family homes nestled under the trees, sidewalks perfect for strollers and joggers, and a quiet ambience. Yet residents of this community can walk to shops and restaurants, take one of several bus routes to reach other parts of the city and are a little more than a mile from the Friendship Heights Metro station and the many shops and restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue Northwest.

The homes in American University Park include a mix of styles from Tudor to Colonial to Cape Cod and even a handful in contemporary style. Many have been renovated and expanded over the years, yet the homes blend comfortably together.

The home at 4936 Brandywine St. NW, on the market for $1,060,000, was built in 1927 and renovated with a three-story addition in 2003. This Dutch Colonial-style home has three finished levels and is surrounded by a deep front lawn, professional landscaping and a charming backyard with a flagstone patio.

The property once included a garage and now has off-street parking for one car. Buyers can add a garage if desired, although parking is abundant on Brandywine Street.

A flagstone walkway leads from the sidewalk to the front door, which is covered by a portico. Green lawn flanks the front walk, while garden beds add a splash of color near the sidewalk, and trees and shrubs provide a green cocoon.

The owners of this home carefully maintained the Dutch Colonial style when designing their addition in 2003 and matched the original hardwood floors with complementary new hardwood flooring.

The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood flooring and built-in shelving for books, photos and art objects. Nearby is the front staircase to the upper level, with a storage closet tucked underneath the stairs.

The generously proportioned living room includes crown molding, two side windows and a brick wood-burning fireplace. The windows include wood shutters. A powder room with a pedestal sink and built-in shelving is off the living room.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has a front window and two side windows, and crown and chair-rail molding. The dining room also has a swing door into the kitchen.

The addition to this home expanded the original kitchen into an open space with a breakfast bar, a glass door to the side of the home and a sunny breakfast area with a deep bay window. The white-on-white kitchen includes a window over the sink, recessed lighting, floor-to-ceiling pantry shelving and a mix of glass-front and solid wood white cabinets. The white appliances are complemented by white Corian counters, and the walls are painted pale blue. The adjacent breakfast area overlooks the back garden through the bay window, which has a window seat. A rear staircase links the breakfast area and the upper level, while another staircase leads from the kitchen to the lower level.

Next to the breakfast area is a family room with double glass doors opening onto the flagstone patio. The family room has a ceiling fan, recessed lighting and an oversized triple window. This room also can function as a home office or a playroom.

Upstairs, the addition expanded the master-bedroom suite and added a third bedroom to the home. All the rooms and the hallway on this level have hardwood flooring, and the hall landing nearest to the front staircase is lined with floor-to-ceiling storage closets.

The master-bedroom suite covers half of the upper level and includes a dormer window at the front, a ceiling fan, a gas fireplace and two windows in the bedroom. The bedroom has two closets, including one that can be used as an entertainment center. Next to the bedroom are two walk-in closets, each with built-in dressers and multiple closet rods.

The master bath includes a whirlpool tub set under a window, a glass-enclosed shower, a double-sink vanity and a storage closet.

The secondary bedrooms share a renovated full bath near the rear staircase. The front bedroom, accessible from the front hall, includes two closets and has a second door to the back hall. The third bedroom has a walk-in closet and is accessible from the back hall.

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