- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2001

Suburban residents fed up with traffic problems and tired of living too far away from the restaurants, nightlife and museums in the city are heading to the District to add to the city's renewed vigor.

Tempted by the boutiques and restaurants of Georgetown and Adams Morgan, the endless knowledge to be gained in Washington's museums and the entertainment possibilities found in the city's theaters and concert halls, buyers are coming back to the city. Many anticipate having to give up spacious rooms and private gardens for the privilege of living there.

The buyer of the circa 1890 Victorian town house at 3120 N St. NW in Georgetown, however, may find more outdoor space than anticipated.

Deceptively small from the exterior, this charming town house a few doors from Wisconsin Avenue features an immensely important amenity for a Georgetown home: a one-car garage. Priced at $2.195 million, this home includes plenty of other attractive amenities as well.

Set on a deep home site, this residence includes a flagstone terrace with an oval garden surrounded by a brick wall. The lawn at the center of the garden is surrounded by flower beds and leads to a small waterfall and pond that provide gentle background sound while one is relaxing outdoors.

The second level of the house features a deep porch with white columns that overlooks the garden, and the third level features a sun-room alcove off the master bedroom, which offers this view through the treetops. From the fourth level, a wall of windows and a balcony provide the best view of all: a sweeping vista of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, the Watergate, the Washington Monument, the control tower of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the urban skyline of Rosslyn.

The southern exposure of the rear of the home allows full sunlight to fill the rooms, and the privacy of the garden and trees means that the many tall windows on this side of the house can be left uncovered. When this Victorian home was renovated, a skylight was added, and the stairwell was opened to allow light to filter down the staircase.

The gracious entry foyer offers a glimpse of the sunny garden along with a sweep of marble flooring that covers most of this level. Detailed crown moldings have been preserved throughout the home, and the upper three levels feature hardwood flooring.

Recessed lighting has been installed throughout the house. At the front of the home is a spacious formal dining room with a deep bay with three sets of double-hung windows. The extensive adjacent family room features a distinctive tray ceiling with cove lighting, a fireplace, custom-designed built-in bookshelves and cabinets, marble flooring and a sunny alcove at one end with a wall of glass and two doors to the rear garden.

Two swing doors link the family room and the all-white kitchen, which has plenty of storage cabinets with open shelving beneath, Mexican tile flooring, cheerful blue-and-white tile backsplash tiling, and upgraded appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Thermador range, a Bosch dishwasher, a built-in microwave with convection cooking and a trash compactor.

This level also includes a powder room, access to the garage and unfinished basement, and several coat closets.

The second-level landing includes glass doors to the large porch, which runs the width of the house and overlooks the garden. At the front of this level is the formal living room, which has a deep bay window with window seats, a fireplace with a mantel and decorative columns on either side, polished hardwood flooring and elaborate crown moldings.

Behind the fireplace wall is a narrow but cozy reading alcove with built-in bookshelves and a window overlooking the street. At the back of the second level overlooking the porch is a guest bedroom currently furnished as a library, with pocket doors, a custom-designed built-in desk with file drawers, built-in bookshelves and a wet bar with a minirefrigerator. Nearby is a marble-floored full bath with built-in closets.

The third level features an expansive master-bedroom suite with a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and a high ceiling. A few steps down from the bedroom is a sun-room sitting-room alcove with a wall of windows overlooking the rear garden. Closets have been built into the walls at either end of this alcove.

The adjacent marble master bath includes a bidet, a skylight, a double vanity, a dressing area and a minibar with a refrigerator. All the combination tub-showers in the full baths include two showerheads.

At the front of this third level is a charming guest bedroom with a deep window seat, built-in bookshelves and drawers, a dressing area with a minibar with a refrigerator, and a private marble bath. Nearby is a former bedroom or nursery that has been converted to be used a dressing room with built-in shelves and closets.

The fourth level features perhaps the best bedroom in the house even though it is the smallest. This room features a sloped ceiling and French doors leading to the balcony and its spectacular view. This level also includes a private full bath, a wall of closets in the hall and a laundry room with extra storage space.

The unfinished lower level has washer-dryer hook-ups and additional storage space. Other amenities are a security system, a lawn sprinkler system for the garden, and two-zone central heat and air conditioning.

The stately homes that line N Street offer only glimpses of their internal beauty to passers-by, who never guess at the space and elegance hidden behind the historic facades. One can only hope that each home in Georgetown has had a renovation as beautiful as the one that has added so much grace to 3120 N Street NW.

Details

Address: 3120 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Community: East Village of Georgetown

Age: Built 1890

Price: $2.195 million

Size: Lot of approximately 3,738 square feet

Taxes: $8,672 in 2000

Exterior features: Victorian-style gray-painted wood exterior with wide bay window on street level, one-car garage, deep lot with private garden.

Interior features: Four or five bedrooms, four full baths, one powder room, entry foyer, marble floors on first level, hardwood floors on upper three levels, crown moldings, high ceilings, large formal dining room with bay window, family room with tray ceiling and alcove overlooking rear yard, upgraded white kitchen with Mexican-tile floor, second-level living room with deep bay window with seat and adjacent reading alcove, master bedroom with adjacent sun-room sitting-room alcove, marble master bath with wet bar, second bedroom with private bath and deep window seat, separate dressing room-nursery, upper-level guest bedroom with balcony and private bath, upper-level laundry room, unfinished basement storage, library or bedroom with built-in desk and bookshelves, wet bar and adjacent full marble bath.

Amenities: City and river views from wide upper-level balcony, flagstone terrace, deep garden with waterfall and pond, three working fireplaces, two-zone heat and air conditioning, security system; all blinds and draperies convey.

Close by: Wisconsin Avenue shops and restaurants, minutes to Kennedy Center, downtown, Reagan National Airport

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties Realtors, William F.X. Moody, Patrick Chauvin or Ellen Morrell at 202/243-1620.

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