- - Thursday, November 1, 2012

Capitol Hill may seem like the center of the political world to people from places other than Washington, D.C., but to local residents, the Hill is a village filled not only with congressmen and senators, congressional staffers, lawyers, lobbyists, journalists and think-tank academics, but also with families who live outside of politics even while residing in the shadow of the Capitol’s dome.

Parks, restaurants, shops and the beloved Eastern Market are as much a part of Capitol Hill life as the latest congressional hearings. On Halloween, the streets overflow with chattering children dragging their parents from house to house, regardless of the homeowners’ political affiliation.

While some of Capitol Hill’s historic homes have been divided into condominiums, the stateliest residences have been restored to their original three- or four-story elegance. One of Capitol Hill’s loveliest streets, East Capitol Street, is a wide boulevard leading directly to the Capitol. It is lined with row houses set back from the street for privacy.

The residence at 718 East Capitol St. NE, within walking distance of Eastern Market, the Eastern Market Metro station and all the delights of Capitol Hill, is a prime example of a restored Victorian gem. On the market for $1,249,900, this home has four finished levels, including an au-pair suite on the lower level.

This Capitol Hill property offers a variety of amenities, but perhaps the most sought-after is its upper-level roof deck with a view of the Capitol. The deck provides plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining and is accessible through a glass door off the upper-level family room.

In addition to the bird’s-eye view of the city, this residence supplies an elegant mix of modern amenities in the kitchen and baths, with restored historic features such as molding, hardwood flooring and a detailed fireplace mantel.

A low wrought-iron fence encloses the home’s front patio, which has plenty of space for a garden, mature trees and a sitting area. A few stone steps lead to the glass front door, which opens into a vestibule lined with mosaic tile walls. A transom above the front door adds more light to the vestibule, which has a wood door opening into the foyer.

The main level has high ceilings, hardwood flooring and a ceiling fan. At the front of the house is a bay window that fills the main level with light. Mature trees outside the window provide privacy. The bay-window alcove faces a wood-burning fireplace with an elaborately detailed white-painted wood mantel. Adjacent to the fireplace is a second seating area with track lighting and a ceiling fan.

Wide pocket doors can be used to separate the living room from the formal dining room, or they can be left open for a more open floor plan. The dining room includes a corner window and chair-rail molding.

Nearby is a renovated powder room with slate flooring, a marble sink and a transom above the door.

At the back of the house is the renovated kitchen, which has a deep walk-in pantry. The entire back of the kitchen has a glass door and floor-to-ceiling windows framing a view of the deck, which has a few steps to the fully fenced backyard. The landscaped yard has a flagstone patio and a gate for alley access.

The kitchen has a black, white and gray color scheme with a slate floor, white lacquer cabinets, black granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a Viking six-burner stove with a gas grill, a double-door refrigerator and a separate wine refrigerator. The kitchen has an abundance of cabinets and a black granite breakfast bar.

On the first of two upper levels, the master bedroom has a bay-window sitting alcove overlooking the street and two double-door closets with built-ins. The luxurious master bath includes another large closet with built-ins, ceramic tile flooring, a closet with a stacked washer and dryer, a window and an oversized ceramic tile shower.

This upper level has hardwood flooring and includes a second bedroom with two windows overlooking the backyard. This bedroom has a double-door closet and an adjacent renovated full bath with a deep tub and a pedestal sink. Another closet is located off the hall.

The home’s top level includes a family room with a direct-vent fireplace in one corner. The entire back of the family room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows as well as the glass door to the roof deck. A closet and a third bedroom with three arched windows facing East Capitol Street complete this level.

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