- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2001

The hills of Colonial Village resound with the chirping of birds and the gentle rustling of leaves. This tiny triangle of Northwest Washington that pokes into Maryland features dramatically hilly and curvy roads that offer glimpses of the treetops of Rock Creek Park.

Homes in Colonial Village run the gamut from old-fashioned all-brick Colonials to dramatic rectangular contemporaries that seem to float above the ground, to Med-iterranean-flavored stucco homes with graceful arches. While the community's houses vary broadly, the residents all seem to share a reverence for the natural beauty of the neighborhood, which they enhance with spectacular gardens and broad swaths of azaleas and flowering trees.

Despite the tucked-away feeling of Colonial Village, the residents enjoy easy access to downtown Washington, George-town and the Kennedy Center via Rock Creek Parkway and 16th Street. The Beltway and Maryland suburbs also are easily accessible.

On the market for $499,000 is one of the all-brick Colonial-style homes on a quiet cul-de-sac at 2111 Sudbury Place. Recently redecorated and spruced up for sale, this home is ready for immediate occupancy.

Lots of natural daylight fills the rooms through a multitude of windows that frame leafy views of Rock Creek Park and the foliage that surrounds neighboring homes.

A small front porch offers a place for greeting guests out of the elements, and inside the front door is a large hallway with closets for guests and a window at one end. All the rooms have been freshly painted a creamy shade with paler paint on the window trim and moldings, which makes them more visible. The home also has been centrally air conditioned.

Turning to the right from the front door, the hallway leads into an oversized formal living room with windows on two sides, tall crown molding, and new Berber-style carpeting. The focal point of this room is the large brick fireplace, which has a freshly painted wood mantel and a marble hearth. Adjacent to the living room is a dining room, which features a crystal chandelier, a large window and mirrors on several sides for added drama.

Near the dining room is the remodeled kitchen, which has black-and-white marble flooring and white-on-white upgraded appliances along with white cabinetry. A large window on one wall overlooks the side yard's deck and has space below it for a tiny table for two or an extra worktable.

Folding louvered doors link both the kitchen and the dining room to the adjacent family room, which has been paneled in gray wood and has two built-in shelves with cabinets above. A side door connects this room to the adjacent deck, a large space for outdoor entertaining in nice weather.

A sidewalk and steps connect the deck to the lower rear yard and to the front of the home, making it easier for guests to come straight to the back of the house for outdoor parties. Garden beds line this sidewalk, and the back yard is fenced.

The main level of this home also includes three bedrooms and two full baths. Each of the two secondary bedrooms has a deep closet and a ceiling fan, and they share a hall bath. Nearby is the master suite, which has a private bath with a shower, two closets and additional built-in shelving covered with latticework.

The lower level has been finished with plenty of space for entertaining, including a large recreation room with a door to the rear yard and a large Formica-and-wood bar that winds around one side of the room and has plenty of built-in storage. Light-colored paneled walls and Berber carpeting add brightness to this level, which is mostly above ground.

Nearby are a game room with built-in benches with storage below, a laundry room with a full bath, a cedar closet and additional unfinished storage areas.

The neighborhood's beauty and the lovely setting for this home make the residence appealing, along with the fresh paint, carpeting and upgraded kitchen.

New owners may want to upgrade the bathrooms to meet today's standards for more space, but the essential struc-ture of the home makes it a worthwhile investment.


Address: 2111 Sudbury Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20012

Community: Colonial Village

Age: Built 1951

Price: $499,000

Size: Lot of 6,591 square feet

Taxes: $2,687 in 2000

Exterior features: Colonial-style all brick with front porch, quiet cul-de-sac location, lawns on four sides of house, street parking.

Interior features: Three bedrooms, three full baths, large hall entrance with closets, multiple large windows in every room, crown moldings in all rooms, brick fireplace with marble hearth and painted wood mantel in living room, mirrored dining room with access to kitchen and family room, family room with built-in shelving and door to deck, updated white-on-white kitchen with window overlooking deck, two large bedrooms sharing a hall bath, master bedroom with private bath, two large closets, lattice-covered storage, finished lower level with huge bar along one wall, recreation room, separate game room, laundry room with full bath, unfinished storage rooms.

Amenities: Lovely hillside setting with fenced rear yard, large deck off family room and kitchen, garden beds surrounding walkway along one side of house.

Close by: Rock Creek Park, downtown via 16th Street, Beltway

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Oliver Cowan of Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202/232-6130

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