- The Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2001

Tudor homes from the 1920s and 1930s offer something few of today's new homes can provide: solidly constructed walls of brick and stone, exceptionally quiet interiors and, often, intriguing floor plans with unusual twists and turns.

A brick Tudor-style home near Rock Creek Park in the Forest Hills neigh-borhood of Northwest Washington, on the market for $1.075 million, has a unique floor plan and plenty of potential to be a spectacular property.

With three gardens and several flagstone terraces, this residence, built in 1936, begs for a buyer with the energy and interest to restore the garden beds to their original grandeur. Perched high on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park, this home features spectacular views of the treetops and maintains an elegant atmosphere even though it will require some repairs and upgrading to meet the standards of a discriminating owner.

Flagstone steps lead up the hill from the street to 4650 Broad Branch Road, past garden beds and a flagstone terrace. At the top of the steps, the flagstone front porch beckons along with a flagstone walkway that leads to the side door and a large two-level terrace. The residence also can be reached from a wide alley off Brandywine Street that leads into a private drive to the two-car garage. A wrought-iron gate leads from the driveway to the flagstone terraces and the side entrance to the all-brick home.

The entire property covers about one-half acre of the hillside. Inside, flagstone and hardwood flooring and stucco walls create an intriguing blend of surfaces, and a slightly Moorish influence is apparent in the arched doorways and iron interior railings.

A flagstone foyer floor leads to a curving wood staircase to the upper level, and the foyer faces a backyard door with a glass insert. The oversize living room, dominated by a large working fireplace with a brick mantel, features a wood-beamed ceiling, yellow stucco walls, a deep bay window, hardwood flooring and mullioned windows.

Three wood steps lead up to a charming sun room with an arched entrance, a curving wrought-iron railing, a flagstone floor, built-in bookshelves tucked under the mullioned windows, and French doors to another flagstone terrace. A solid wood door leads to the first-floor powder room, also accessible from the back of the foyer.

On the opposite side of the foyer is a gracious formal dining room with a crystal chandelier, hardwood flooring, mullioned windows on two sides and wood paneling to chair-rail height on the walls. A butler's pantry with glass-fronted cabinets links the dining room and tile-floored kitchen, which will need renovation. From the kitchen, an arched entryway leads into a charming and cozy breakfast nook with a glass-fronted cabinet and windows on two sides overlooking one of the flagstone terraces.

Adjacent to the kitchen are two rear staircases, one leading to the upper-level bedrooms and the other past a pantry to the lower-level laundry room and storage rooms. A wine cellar also is nearby on the lower level.

Upstairs, dark wood-paneled walls with deeply set mullioned windows add a mysterious glamour to the bedrooms. At the top of the stairs is a deep niche overlooking the front gardens and terraces. Linen closets with unusual angled doors are set into the walls on either side. The flexible layout of the rooms on this level, which includes four bedrooms and three full baths, allows for two potential master-bedroom suites. All of the rooms have high ceilings, each with slightly different angled contours that add charming nooks to the rooms.

The largest bedroom includes a full bath with a combination tub and shower. Nearby is a second bedroom and another full bath with a combination tub and shower. This bath also is accessible from the hall.

Another large bedroom with a high ceiling has a door that opens to several steps that lead down to a unique bathroom with an extra-deep sunken whirlpool tub. The peaked ceiling of that bathroom adds to the attraction of the room, as do windows on two sides framing the treetops.

Beyond this bathroom is another door that leads to the rear staircase down to the kitchen. Past the stairs is the fourth bedroom, a smaller room with a steeply peaked ceiling tucked into a corner of the residence. Buyers interested in an expanded master bedroom might be interested in creating a sitting room out of this space, with the bathroom as the link between the sitting room and bedroom areas.

The third-level attic space has been finished with ample storage areas and cozy living space tucked under the eaves. At one end of this enormous space is a home office near a window; the other end currently serves as guest space. The attic could function in a variety of ways, including as a home office, children's computer space, children's playroom or artist's studio.

The varying ceiling heights in the attic help define the space but also render a few areas useful only for storage.

The lower level of the home has a mazelike floor plan that includes a marble-floored entrance area with doorways to several rooms. The largest room functions as a family room and library, where a huge working fireplace is surrounded by built-in bookshelves on three white-paneled walls. Nearby are a powder room, access to the wine cellar and several partially finished or unfinished rooms, including a laundry room and storage areas. Two staircases link this level to the main level, including one leading from the laundry room to the kitchen.

The corner of Forest Hills where this home rests enjoys bucolic views of Rock Creek Park along with a convenient location: It is a quick drive to Connecticut Avenue or through the park to the Kennedy Center.

The right buyer will turn this Tudor residence back into the glamorous home it deserves to be and hopefully surround it with the landscaping it deserves.

Details

Address: 4650 Broad Branch Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20012

Community: Forest Hills

Age: Built in 1936

Price: $1.075 million

Size: About 4,200 finished square feet on home site of .46 acres

Taxes: $5,928 in 2000

Exterior features: Tudor-style all-brick exterior with flagstone terraces on several levels, steep flagstone steps from street to main entrance, private parking on rear driveway off alley, attached two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; two half-baths; formal living room; formal dining room; sun room; kitchen with butler's pantry and breakfast nook; finished attic level with living and storage spaces; partially finished lower level with family room that includes built-in bookshelves, laundry room, storage rooms, wine cellar.

Amenities: Multilevel flagstone terraces with some landscaping, treetop views from hilltop location, two fireplaces, two potential master suites, sunken whirlpool tub.

Close by: Rock Creek Park; minutes to upper Connecticut Avenue shops and restaurants; minutes through Rock Creek Park to Kennedy Center and Georgetown.

Open house: Sunday, March 18, noon to 3 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Marcia Linder at Pardoe Real Estate, 202/362-5800


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