- - Thursday, August 2, 2012

While some city residents gladly sacrifice a backyard and privacy for the joy of experiencing urban life, others are fortunate to enjoy the sanctuary of a private oasis along with proximity to city amenities.

In leafy Wesley Heights, the home at 3028 New Mexico Ave. NW, has been landscaped and designed to be hidden yet welcoming. On the market for $1,095,000, this single-family home has an abundance of natural light, high ceilings and well-proportioned spaces.

The owners worked with a landscape architect to refine the entrance to their home by curving the asphalt driveway and enhancing their privacy with trees, hedges and perennial plants. The driveway leads to an attached one-car garage, while a limestone front walk leads to limestone front steps under a covered entrance.

A laurel hedge and wrought-iron fencing enclose the back and sides of this property, adding both greenery and privacy to the flagstone rear patio. This spacious patio faces a gently sloping hill with plantings and a low stone wall that curves around the patio. The stone wall is just the right height for guests to perch on during a party.

The patio could accommodate a tent for a more formal event. In the cooler months, residents and guests can enjoy the warmth of a fire in the built-in wood-burning brick outdoor fireplace.

While the elegant exterior of this home is appealing, the interior also has plenty of charm on all three levels. The owners replaced all of the doors and windows in the residence and added recessed lighting when they overhauled and upgraded the electrical systems.

The glass front door opens into an entrance hall with travertine flooring and a second glass door to a side garden that connects with the back patio. This level includes a door to the one-car garage, coat closets and a large unfinished storage and laundry room with an adjacent full bath. The storage room could be partitioned and finished for use as a home office, a den or a guest room.

Hardwood stairs lead from the entrance to the main level, which has a spacious central hall with a door to the powder room. The powder room has a pedestal sink. The main level has hardwood flooring that has been stained with an elegant dark tone.

To the right of the hall is a generously sized living room with a wood-burning fireplace with an elaborately detailed mantel. The living room has recessed lighting and a wide bay window at one end with a shelf that also could be used as a window seat. In addition, this room has tall windows and French doors to the rear patio.

On the opposite side of the hall is a large formal dining room with chair-rail molding and tall windows on two sides of the room. The dining room overlooks the front garden and trees. This room has double shutter doors so it can be closed off, if desired.

Adjacent to the dining room is the updated kitchen, which has a tall floor-to-ceiling window on one end and another window above the sink. The light-filled kitchen has space for a small table for casual dining and stainless steel Miele appliances.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper level past a landing with a tall window. The upper level has a spacious central landing with a door to a full bath with a combination tub and shower and a window.

The baths in this home all have been meticulously maintained, with original tile flooring and pedestal sinks.

The upper level has two secondary bedrooms that face the street, each with tall windows on two sides and a double-door closet. The master bedroom overlooks the flagstone patio and includes windows on three sides. The spacious bedroom has a nook with two double-door closets and a window. The private master bath has a combination tub and shower, a window and a pedestal sink.

The owners updated this home with a security system, new central air conditioning in 2001, a gas water heater and gas heat.

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