- The Washington Times - Friday, August 25, 2000

Old-fashioned Colonial homes have a special place in the hearts of many Washingtonians who love the traditional architecture and the solidity of brick. The all-brick homes built in the 1930s and 1940s stood the test of time and retained their value as the District grew around them and other architectural styles gained acceptance.

The comfortable and classic lines of Colonial homes lend themselves to traditional decor, but allow owners the leeway of choosing early American furnishings or more modern styles.

Now on the market for $429,000, the brick Colonial-style home at 4637 16th St. NW was built in 1938 in the Crestwood neighborhood. Crestwood, an upscale neighborhood of Colonial, Tudor and contemporary homes established in the 1920s and 1930s, enjoys a prime location near Rock Creek Park and is within an easy drive of both downtown and the Beltway in the nearby Maryland suburbs. The Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods are close enough for easy access to restaurants and nightlife, yet the Crest-wood ambience is quieter and more sedate than these nearby areas.

At 4637 16th St., the owners have established and meticulously maintained garden beds and lawn areas in the front and back of the house, with mature trees and azaleas that are spectacular in the spring. A touch of the garden remains inside and out all year long, with the pale pink color scheme on many interior walls and the shutters and trim in front of the house. The bay windows that flank the front door include stone foundations and pink-painted roofs.

Inside, the dominant features on the main level of the home are these two large bay windows, which grace the living and dining rooms. The central foyer features wide arched doorways to these two rooms, and deep moldings and trim surround the doors and windows.

The living room features a large fireplace flanked by windows, and hardwood flooring has been carefully maintained throughout the home. Sunlight streams through many windows in all the rooms on the main and upper levels.

Off the rear of the living room is an enclosed porch that overlooks the back yard. The porch is a cozy spot for reading or talking with a friend in any season. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame lovely views and fill the room with sunlight, which is reflected back by a white-painted, wood-paneled ceiling. A glass door leads from the sun porch to a concrete balcony that shares the view of the back yard and allows for outdoor dining. Steps lead to the back yard from this balcony, and a detached two-car garage provides the back border of the yard.

The balcony also is accessible from the cozy kitchen, which has pale rose-painted walls, space for a table in one corner and updated appliances, including a new dishwasher. A powder room is nearby.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features two closets and a private bath with a shower. In the hall, one wall has built-in drawers and shelving for linens. Two more bedrooms on this level share a hall bath with a combination tub/shower. Tall windows in all the bedrooms add to their feeling of spaciousness.

Windows along the stairwell, including the full set of stairs that leads to the finished attic level, add to the light that fills the home. Now used as additional storage space, the attic has windows on either end, high ceilings and space for two rooms.

The lower level of the home has been finished for casual entertaining, bringing the living space of the home to 3,237 square feet. The family room features a fireplace with glass doors surrounded by a smoked mirrored wall. On the opposite side of the room is a huge wet bar with a sink and cabinets above and below.

A large laundry room adjacent to the wet bar holds a second kitchen, allowing this level to be used as a fourth bedroom or in-law suite if desired. A full bath is at the rear of this level. Closets have been built into the walls adjacent to the family room, including an oversized cedar closet with two sets of clothing rods on either side of the room.

The home's owners have maintained its slate roof, plaster walls and hardwood flooring to perfection, allowing buyers to move in without need for renovation. Despite the expected bustle and noise of living facing 16th Street, the home is placed far back from the street. All through the home, but especially in the back yard, quiet prevails.

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