- - Thursday, March 22, 2012

While many Washingtonians revere Georgetown for its boutiques, restaurants and night life, residents of this sought-after community know its real charm rests on the side streets, where classically designed homes stand as evidence of the historical significance of the area.

Georgetown residents can stroll along its brick sidewalks to run errands, walk the dog, visit local parks or head to Dupont Circle, the Kennedy Center or the Foggy Bottom Metro station to reach all of the District and its suburbs.

One of Georgetown’s authentic Federal-style row homes, at 3265 N St. NW, is on the market for $4,950,000. This elegant home rests on the north side of N Street between 33rd and Potomac streets on what is known as “Smith’s Row,” built circa 1804 to 1816 by architects Walter and Clement Smith.

The home includes a brick facade with wrought-iron stairs leading to the front door and brick steps to the lower level, with a manicured front garden, dormer windows and a classic front entrance with sidelight and transom windows.

This residence has six levels, with elegant formal rooms for entertaining as well as comfortable private rooms for family life, all with high ceilings, architectural detailing, elegant millwork and views of the terrace and garden. The bluestone terrace, surrounded by professionally landscaped garden beds, has a path leading to the two-car carriage house, which has loft storage space and a gate to a wide alley behind the property.

Inside, the foyer provides a sophisticated welcome for guests with its tumbled-marble floor with medallion inlays, a chandelier, brass sconces, custom-designed plaster molding, and archways leading to the stair hall and the formal living room. The tumbled-marble flooring continues into the stair hall, which has staircases with wrought-iron railings to the upper and lower levels.

The formal living room and formal dining room have arched entrances, the original wide-board yellow pine flooring and a wood-burning fireplace each. Both rooms have recessed lighting, custom-designed plaster molding and a ceiling medallion. The living room has two floor-to-ceiling windows and built-in speakers, while the dining room has two built-in china display cases that flank the fireplace and two pass-through windows to the kitchen.

The spectacular gourmet kitchen, a recent renovation, has a glass ceiling with shades and track lighting, an exposed-brick wall, yellow pine flooring, built-in speakers and a wall of windows overlooking the rear garden. The kitchen also has custom-designed cabinets, a granite counter and a center island with a granite top.

State-of-the-art appliances include an eight-burner gas range with two ovens and a wine refrigerator in addition to the Sub-Zero refrigerator. A nearby anteroom includes a coat closet, a powder room and a glass-paneled door to the garden.

The entire second level is devoted to the master suite, which is accessed through double doors off the stair landing. The suite includes a bedroom with original wide-board yellow pine flooring, custom-designed molding, upholstered walls, built-in speakers and a wood-burning marble fireplace.

The dressing room includes three walls of floor-to-ceiling mahogany closets, a built-in bureau, a television cabinet, a bar with a refrigerator, and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround. A pocket door links the bedroom with a luxurious bath with stone flooring, wood paneling, a dual-sink vanity, a walk-in glass-enclosed rain shower with a bench, and a whirlpool tub.

The third level has two bedrooms, each with wide-board yellow pine flooring and custom-designed molding. This level has a full bath in the hall with tile flooring and a shower with a glass door. One has a private half bath, while the other has a full bath with a combination tub and shower and a crystal chandelier.

The finished fourth level has an open loft with recessed and track lighting, a wall of built-ins for entertainment and a wet bar with a refrigerator and ice maker. This level also allows access to attic storage space.

There are two finished lower levels in addition to the four above-ground levels. The first lower level has a living room with the original wide-board yellow pine flooring, a beamed ceiling with track lighting, and French doors leading into a storage room. In addition, this level has the original kitchen with yellow pine flooring, a peninsula with a stainless steel counter, a six-burner range, a dual oven, an ice maker, a beverage refrigerator, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a dishwasher.

This area also has two large storage closets and pantries as well as a powder room, making it an excellent staging area for catered parties.

The second lower level has a black-and-white checkerboard flooring throughout the extensive storage areas and the laundry room.

The home has approximately 6,150 finished square feet and four zones of heating and air conditioning.

For more information about this Georgetown residence, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki with Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.washingtonfineproperties.com.