- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2001

Visitors to Washington often share a dream with local college students or young people starting their first job in the city: a desire to live in Georgetown.

Wanting to be part of this vibrant neighborhood, strolling the historic streets and enjoying some of the best shops and restaurants in the District is as natural as wanting to live in New York's Greenwich Village or the Left Bank of Paris. But for many people, living in the city carries an element of concern about safety.

The gated community of elegant town homes known as Hillandale assuages that concern in an instant, with the presence of a classic wrought-iron gate and a security guard who carefully questions each visitor before allowing them into the community. Located across Reservoir Road from Georgetown Hospital, Hillandale is a quiet oasis of all-brick homes just minutes from the excitement of Georgetown, and offers quick access to the Beltway or Virginia via nearby Chain Bridge and Key Bridge.

Currently on the market in Hillandale at 3950 Georgetown Court is a three-level town home with a one-car garage. Priced at $650,000, this end unit includes three finished levels and a charming fenced patio of brick paving stones in the rear of the house with a spiral wrought-iron staircase leading to the main level. This Burnham House model, named after Daniel Burnham, an architect and planner who assisted in expanding Pierre L'Enfant's Federal City plan, shows much of the influence of Washington's early architectural style. The all-brick home features a curving front staircase of brick with a wrought-iron railing, a solid wood door, and a transom window surrounded by an arch over the front door which adds a refined look to the home along with daylight for the foyer.

A small brick paving stone drive leads to the garage, and plenty of additional parking is available in the community.

Inside, hardwood flooring gleams on the two upper levels and the staircases. To the front of the house is a cozy kitchen with windows on two sides and space for casual dining.

Beyond the kitchen, the hardwood flooring leads to the graceful dining room, where two elegant decorative columns define the entrance to the room. Three sets of matching columns have been placed between the dining room and living room, framing the spaces but leaving them open for an easy flow when entertaining.

The formal living room includes a marble fireplace with a mantel and a marble-enclosed space for holding firewood. The entire back wall of the living room features floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which can be opened in pleasant weather. One of the doors leads to the spiral stairs to the lower level patio. Some of the homes in the development include a deck off the living room, which could easily be added to this residence by future owners.

Both the living room and dining room are graceful rooms with high ceilings and detailed crown moldings. Entertaining formally or informally would be easily accomplished in these rooms.

Several closets have been placed along one wall of the dining room, accommodating plenty of guest coats. An elevator could easily be added to the home as the builder created a set of matched closets vertically aligned on all three levels. Throughout the home additional closets have been placed in every corner and along all the halls, an unusual luxury for a town home.

Upstairs, the master suite features a wood-burning marble fireplace in the bedroom area, flanked by two deep closets with paneled doors. The rear wall of the master suite has three sets of floor-to-ceiling windows which capture a tree-top view./p Hardwood flooring on this level adds warmth to the rooms. Attached to the master suite is a private bath with a double sink, a linen closet, an oversized shower with a seat and steam sauna feature, a tall window to fill the room with daylight, and a large whirlpool tub.

Beyond this luxurious bath is a large walk-in closet with built-in shelving. The front bedroom is equally attractive, with five tall windows on two sides of the room, two double-door closets, and a private bath with a combination tub and shower. The upper level hall includes a large skylight, a linen closet, and two hall closets.

The lower level has several more storage areas including a storage/utility room, a large laundry room, and more closets. Access to the garage is adjacent to the laundry room. At the rear of this level is a large and sunny room with two glass doors leading to the rear patio.The fully fenced patio includes space for alfresco dining, sunbathing with a good book, and even enough space for indulging a green thumb.

The room accessing the patio has been designed to function as either a family room or a third bedroom, as it has two double-door closets along one wall and a door leading to a third private bath with a combination tub/shower. Guests could be comfortably accommodated in the room occasionally, but the room also offers enough space and privacy to be used as a permanent in-law suite or teen-ager's bedroom.

Additional amenities of the home include an intercom system, a gas hot water system, an automatic garage door opener, two separate gas heating systems, two separate air conditioning systems and a central vacuum system.

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