- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2001

When Washingtonians daydream about a neighborhood in which they wish they could live, it's often Wesley Heights, where charming Tudor and Colonial-style homes line leafy streets and the sidewalks often are filled with young families strolling.

This neighborhood's high-quality homes often command $1 million and $2 million prices, yet the houses are unpretentious and valuable more for their solid construction and excellent location than for their size.

Through the years, gardens have matured and homes have been enlarged and modernized inside, but the calm ambience of the streets off Foxhall Road above Georgetown remains.

Now on the market for $1.095 million in Wesley Heights is the stone-and-stucco Tudor home at 4534 Hawthorne St. Built in 1928, this house has been renovated and expanded over the years, including a family-room addition in the 1990s and the more recent completion of the lower level.

The house is set far back from the sidewalk and has a lush lawn surrounded by garden beds and containing mature trees. A shared driveway leads along the side of the house to a detached one-car garage used by the owners for storage.

Between the home and the garage are a brick patio and a level lawn area perfect for children's play equipment or a croquet game. Stone steps at the rear of the lawn lead around the garage to additional yard space and garden beds.

Inside, the main entrance to the home leads into a large and attractive foyer that could serve as additional entertaining or sitting space. Arched built-in bookcases flank the doorway to the kitchen and family room, and a wide arched entrance opens onto the formal living room. Hardwood flooring is found throughout most of the house, as are crown moldings and deep baseboard trim.

The formal living room features a stone fireplace with a wood mantel, tall windows overlooking the front lawn and side garden, and detailed crown moldings.

The gracious formal dining room features three sets of double-hung windows overlooking the brick patio and rear garden and includes a built-in corner china cabinet along with crown- and chair-rail moldings and wainscoting. A cozy library adjacent to the dining room includes a wall of built-in bookshelves, a coat closet and an attached alcove with a picture window overlooking the garden and a glass door to the patio.

The library is a perfect spot for curling up with a book and maybe a cat for company or setting up a home office with an inspiring poetic view. Nearby is a powder room.

On the opposite side of the dining room are the kitchen and family room, all renovated and added in the 1990s. The hardwood flooring of the kitchen extends into the adjacent breakfast area and down a few steps to the family room, which has a cathedral ceiling, a wall of narrow windows across the top and one wall of glass with doors leading to the patio. Built-in bookcases and cabinetry line another wall of the family room.

The upgraded kitchen features a white-on-white design with Corian counters, a new oven, a side-by-side refrigerator, a built-in microwave, a window over the sink and plenty of cabinets, including some with glass fronts. In one corner of the kitchen, the exposed brick of the original wall of the house adds a touch of warmth.

A staircase leads from the back of the living room to the second floor, where there is a master bedroom at the front of the house with windows on two sides, double closets and space for a sitting area. The attached master bath has the original tile work on the floor and walls and in the shower and could be expanded over the kitchen if desired.

The second bedroom, currently used as a guest room, although it could be converted into a separate master sitting room, also includes a door to this bathroom.

The third and fourth bedrooms, each with windows on two sides and garden views, share a hall bath with a combination tub-shower.

Steep wood stairs lead to the finished attic level, which has pine floors, skylights and windows, and additional storage under the eaves. Currently used as a playroom, this is a charming place for a home office, artist's studio or project room. Guests also could be accommodated here, as there is plenty of space for a bed and dressers.

The lower level was finished recently with Berber carpeting, recessed lighting and brightly painted walls. It includes a recreation room, an exercise area, a full bath, a laundry room and unfinished storage and utility space.

Stairs lead directly from the recreation room to the brick patio. A gas furnace and three-zone air conditioning provide year-round comfort to this charming Tudor home, where family and friends can be accommodated easily for activities in any season.

Details

Address: 4534 Hawthorne St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built 1928

Price: $1.095 million

Size: Lot of 8,436 square feet

Taxes: $5,564 in 2001

Exterior features: Tudor-style stone-and-stucco, set back from street with deep front lawn; garden beds, brick patio at rear of house.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3 baths, large foyer entrance, hardwood flooring, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, crown- and chair-rail moldings, library, updated kitchen with breakfast area, family room addition with cathedral ceiling and sliding glass doors to patio, finished attic-level playroom with skylights, finished lower level with recreation room, full bath, laundry room, storage.

Amenities: One-car detached garage with shared driveway, additional yard beyond garage, professional landscaping, three-zoned air conditioning, gas furnace.

Close by: Georgetown, downtown, access to Virginia and Maryland via Chain Bridge and George Washington Parkway.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Liz Lavette Shorb of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1629


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