- - Thursday, January 19, 2012

If a location near the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Georgetown and Clarendon is at the top of your house-hunting priority list, you may want to check into the Highgate community in Rosslyn.

Perched on top of a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and Georgetown, this cluster of sophisticated town homes offers residents the opportunity to live within walking distance of the Rosslyn Metro station, Georgetown and some of Clarendon’s best restaurants as well as the Market Commons shopping area.

If your preference is to enjoy an active outdoor life, this community is a short walk from the Mount Vernon walking and biking trail, Roosevelt Island and the C&O Canal trail.

Built in 1993, the elegant brick town homes at Highgate have been joined by Rosslyn’s new luxury communities, including Turnberry Tower.

One of just four end-unit homes at Highgate, located at 1534 N. Colonial Court, is on the market for $1,175,000. The four-level home has the distinction of a three-level turret, a two-car garage and an oversized private patio.

Double stairs lead from the sidewalk to the main entrance to this home, which has a wood front door flanked by sidelights and dominated by a dramatic two-level Palladian window. This town home features windows on three sides, facing west, south and north. Most of the windows are floor-to-ceiling walls of glass topped by transoms.

Around the corner from the main entrance is a brick driveway leading to the two-car garage, which has extra storage space as well as a door leading to a storage room with windows. At the opposite side of this home is a fully fenced brick patio with one brick wall and a wood fence with a gate. The gate opens onto a private community sidewalk leading directly to the Rosslyn Metro station. The patio includes space for a dining table and lounge chairs as well as two stone walls and a built-in fountain that adds to the serenity of the space.

Inside, this home has four finished levels with nearly 3,500 finished square feet. The front door opens into an elegant foyer with marble flooring, a light-filled space with a chandelier and an adjacent marble powder room with a pedestal sink. Throughout the home are 10-foot ceilings, stylish light fixtures and window treatments that will convey to the new owner, including wood blinds and curtains that add to the sophisticated look of this residence.

A few steps up from the foyer are the open-floor-plan dining room and living room. The living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, is wrapped in windows. This room has a ceiling fan, recessed lighting and crown molding. One step up from the living room is the dining room, which has a distinctive chandelier, crown and chair-rail molding and polished hardwood flooring that extends throughout the main level.

Just beyond the dining room are the kitchen, breakfast area and family room. The family room, which could be converted to a dining area if desired, has three floor-to-ceiling picture windows with transoms. A breakfast bar with a new granite counter separates the family room from the kitchen, which has all-new granite counters, new upgraded stainless steel Jenn-Air appliances, a custom-paneled SubZero refrigerator and white cabinets with brushed-nickel knobs.

Perhaps the most delightful room in this home is the breakfast area, which sits in the turret surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms and is lit by another distinctive chandelier. This cozy space is filled with sunlight and is separate from, yet open to, the kitchen.

The main staircase leads past the two-story Palladian window that floods the staircase with natural light. The master suite, on the first of two upper levels, features a double-door entrance, hardwood flooring, a soaring cathedral ceiling and a wall filled by three floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms above. The double-size walk-in closet has been customized with built-ins.

The master bath fills the turret space on this level, with a deep whirlpool tub set into the turret and nearly surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. The bath includes a custom-tiled shower with a glass enclosure, a linen closet, and a double-sink vanity with a new granite top, new mirrors and new light fixtures.

This level also includes two secondary bedrooms, each with a double-door closet, a ceiling fan and multiple tall windows. The second bedroom has hardwood flooring, while the third has carpet. These two bedrooms share a full bath off the hall.

The main staircase leads up to the finished top level, which has a loft or fourth bedroom with hardwood flooring, a gas fireplace and a wet bar with a granite counter. This space could be used as a family room, guest bedroom or even as a spacious home office. The bedroom faces the main section of the Palladian window and has crown molding and a closet.

Adjacent to the bedroom are a large laundry room and deep storage closet. If future residents want to add a bath to this level, the laundry room could be converted. An additional set of laundry hookups is in a closet on the lower level.

The finished lower level includes a sliding glass door to the patio, several storage closets and a powder room. The lower-level recreation room includes a wood-burning fireplace and Berber carpet and easily can function as a home office, guest room or playroom. A door leads from the recreation room to the garage.

Details:

Address: 1534 N. Colonial Court, Arlington VA 22209

Community: Highgate

Age: Built in 1993

Price: $1,175,000

Size: Approximately 3,470 finished square feet

Taxes: $10,082 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: $345 per quarter

Exterior features: All-brick end-unit town home, turret, Palladian window, enclosed brick patio with fountain, two-car garage with extra storage

Interior features: Four finished levels, four bedrooms, two full baths, two half baths, floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, hardwood floors on main and upper levels, high ceilings, custom-designed window treatments, crown molding, open living room and dining room, breakfast area off kitchen, family room adjacent to kitchen, master suite with luxury bath, two secondary bedrooms share a hall bath, finished upper-level bedroom or family room, finished lower-level recreation room or home office

Amenities: Three fireplaces, private patio, gas heat and hot water, dual-zone gas heat and central air conditioning, security system

Close by: Walk to Rosslyn Metro, Georgetown and Clarendon shops and restaurants; near the Mount Vernon and C&O Canal walking-biking trails; easy access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Pentagon City, George Washington Parkway and commuter routes

Schools: Key Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22

Contact: Realtor Kandace Holland of Century 21 Redwood Realty at 703/528-8195 or visit www.c21Redwood.com

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