- The Washington Times - Friday, August 4, 2000

One of the benefits of city living is being able to walk to bookstores, restaurants, shops, libraries, ice-cream shops and movie theaters. Strolling to the market to pick up groceries for dinner or to the Metro to commute to work or visit friends is a dream come true for suburbanites who long to put their car in the garage and leave it there.

The downside to the urban lifestyle for some people is living on or near a busy street, with traffic noises or too many people walking by.

A house on the market at 4432 Faraday Place NW has this problem solved: Though it is just a few blocks from Wisconsin Avenue's many amenities, Faraday Place is a quiet street only one block long, bordered by 44th and 45th streets. Traffic is minimal.

Faraday Place looks like a New England street, with Cape Cod homes interspersed with brick Colonials, tall trees and rear-entry garages, which allow the streetscape to keep its beauty. The current owners say they will miss the friendly neighbors and sidewalks filled with neighborhood children.

Priced at $475,000, their Cape Cod-style home has more to offer than just the considerable charms of the neighborhood. Built in 1936 and renovated extensively in the early 1990s, it is filled with sunlight and surrounded by windows. Its old-fashioned ambience is preserved with oversized moldings and paneled-wood doors, which are used throughout the house.

The owners say they love their foyer entrance with its hardwood flooring and a staircase along one wall, which allows space to greet guests with ease. Adjacent to the foyer is a spacious living room with hardwood flooring under wall-to-wall carpeting. A huge bay window overlooks Faraday Place, and a fireplace surrounded by a brick wall and built-in bookcases lines another wall.

A wide doorway leads from the living room to the oversized dining room, which also features wall-to-wall carpeting over hardwood flooring. A picture window in the dining room overlooks the back yard, and a powder room has been tucked into one corner.

A glass door leads to the most charming feature of this home: a glassed-in sun porch with hardwood flooring, a white-painted wood-paneled ceiling, heating and air conditioning. This sun porch is the owners' favorite spot for weekend breakfasts and is particularly appealing on sunny winter days, when the porch warms with the sun and baseboard heat.

Adjacent to the sun porch is a deck with just enough space for a dining table. Wooden steps lead from the deck to the fully fenced back yard, which has a flagstone patio. The back yard, surprisingly spacious for a city home, features a grassy area that holds playground equipment. A paved brick driveway in this yard leads to the one-car garage.

The old-fashioned garage doors contain paned windows on the top half and white-painted paneled wood on the lower half. Access to the garage is through a wooden gate to the alley behind the house.

Inside the house, the main level features a charming kitchen, large for a home built in the 1930s. A greenhouse-style window that reaches to the floor floods the room with sunlight and offers a view of the back yard. Cabinet space is maximized by the addition of glass-fronted cabinets and an open shelf over the center island as well as by enclosed and glass-fronted cabinets all around the room.

Space for casual dining is available in one corner, and there is a huge pantry, hidden by the swinging door that connects the kitchen and dining room when the door is swung open.

Upstairs, three bedrooms are placed around a large, sunny landing, as is one full bathroom with a combination tub and shower. All the bedrooms and the landing have hardwood flooring under wall-to-wall carpeting. A cedar closet and linen closet add to the storage on this level.

Above the landing is a trapdoor to which pull-down stairs for the attic are attached. The attic is spacious and available for future expansion, if desired. The owners of one home in the neighborhood built a spiral staircase off the landing to reach their finished attic.

The master bedroom includes a wide picture window; a private bath with a shower; a walk-in closet with an arched, curtained entrance; and a second closet. Two smaller bedrooms have one closet each and large windows overlooking the back yard or Faraday Place. The unfinished lower level has a laundry area, half-bath, storage space and a large open room that can be used as a recreation room.

The house also has a security system, ceiling fans in the master bedroom and on the sun porch, gas hot water, electric baseboard heating and central air conditioning.

This house is charming enough to attract a buyer who wants a sunny home with plenty of old-fashioned style along with a thoroughly updated kitchen. Equally enticing is knowing that a five-minute stroll can put the city at your feet via Metro or take you to the Friendship Heights neighborhood with its array of restaurants and entertainment.

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