- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2001

Kalorama Triangle, a residential enclave defined by Rock Creek Park, Connecticut Avenue, Calvert Street and Columbia Road, was originally part of the 19th-century estate known as Kalorama, known for its hilly terrain and cool breezes.

The apartments and free-standing and attached homes, completed between 1897 and 1931, are sited along tree-lined, curving streets that lead to the major thoroughfares, creating a walkable city neighborhood.

The Kalorama Triangle Citizen's Association, founded in 1919, is a thriving neighborhood organization of volunteers that addresses issues such as maintaining clean and safe streets and parks, zoning concerns, public education, historic preservation and economic development.

Living in such a delightfully convenient and charming neighborhood would be tempting for almost anyone.

Now on the market in Kalorama Triangle for $845,000 is a Victorian-style, three-level home built in 1912. The house at 2319 20th St. NW, fully renovated and refurbished 12 years ago, was updated again as recently as August.

A surprising amount of outdoor space comes with this home, including a front garden on either side of the flagstone walk and steps, and a private flagstone patio in the rear with a fish pond, hanging perennial vines, and plenty of room for dining and entertaining al fresco.

A detached one-car garage at the back of the patio includes a wood-paneled studio or office with electricity and heat. Above the studio is a deck with city views, and over the garage lies attic storage space. Cars can be parked adjacent to the garage and on the street behind the garage, as well as curbside on 20th Street. If desired, the studio space can be converted to garage space.

Inside, the main level of the home lends itself to a formal or casual decorating style. A ceramic tile foyer leads into the living room, which has hardwood flooring with contrasting wood details. A marble fireplace gleams in the recessed lighting placed overhead, and built-in bookcases rest on either side of the fireplace. Toward the rear of the living room is a handsome chestnut staircase with a large carved handrail. The lower wall of the staircase features distinguished-looking chestnut wainscoting.

A paneled pocket door leads into the dining room, which has a chandelier and a handsome beamed-wood ceiling, along with a corner window overlooking the flagstone patio. A powder room with marble flooring is nearby. At the rear of this level is the renovated kitchen, which features a generous amount of ceramic counters, white-painted and glass-fronted cabinets and storage areas, and a Jenn-Air stove.

A large pantry door conceals the conveniently located, stacked, full-size washer and dryer. An extended breakfast area with hardwood flooring to match the kitchen includes a large bay window overlooking the patio. Nearby is a glass door to the back yard, which also provides easy access when bringing in groceries from the garage.

Upstairs, a large skylight has been placed over the stairs, which brings in more light to the hall and all three bedrooms. At the front of the house is the master bedroom, which has three large windows and a large walk-in closet. The private master bath has ceramic tile flooring, a pedestal sink and a deep whirlpool tub and shower with a large skylight overhead.

The middle bedroom features French doors to the hall and a window overlooking the garden, allowing the room to function easily as an office or den. A large rear bedroom overlooks the garden and includes a wall of windows that fill the room with light. These two bedrooms share a renovated ceramic tile hall bath with a glass-enclosed tub and shower.

The completed lower level has been used as a rented apartment space, but it could easily be reconnected with the main home. Currently, the stairs leading to the lower level are blocked with a removable panel. The lower level is accessible from 20th Street via a charming flagstone courtyard with flower boxes lining the windowsills, or via the rear flagstone patio.

Inside, both entrances to this level feature a ceramic tile foyer. At the front is an efficiency apartment with a large room including built-in bookcases, a closet, a full kitchen, a stacked washer/dryer, and a ceramic tile full bath. This apartment has been freshly painted and carpeted. A long hallway links this space with the rear bedroom, which has above-ground windows with deep wood windowsills, new carpet and a full ceramic tile bath. Both spaces include recessed lighting, and the entire lower level could function as a one-bedroom apartment if desired or divided into two separate areas.

More than 350 historic buildings are part of the Kalorama Triangle Historic District, with the majority of the late 19th-century and early 20th-century buildings preserved or restored to their original architectural integrity.

Walking the curving streets of this neighborhood, residents and visitors alike share an appreciation for the varied architectural styles along with the canopy of leaves.

Details

Address: 2319 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Community: Historic Kalorama Triangle

Age: Built 1912

Price: $845,000

Size: About 3,000 square feet on lot of 2,686 square feet

Taxes: About $3,000 per year when owner-occupied

Exterior features: Victorian style with front garden, flagstone walkway leading up front steps and to front door, flagstone patio and walkway to lower-level entrance, one-car garage with attic storage and space for second car to be parked on-site.

Interior features: Upper two levels with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths; ceramic tile foyer; hardwood flooring in living room, kitchen, bedrooms; built-in bookcases and marble fireplace in living room; chestnut staircase and wainscoting on one wall; beamed ceiling and pocket door to dining room; renovated black-and-white kitchen with breakfast area; skylights; master bath with whirlpool tub and skylight above; lower level apartment with two bedrooms has two full baths, full kitchen, washer/dryer.

Amenities: Studio office with upper level deck attached to garage; enclosed private rear flagstone patio/garden with fish pond, post lamp, perennial vines, accessible from breakfast area and lower level.

Close by: Walking distance to Woodley Park and Dupont Circle Metro stations; restaurants, movie theaters, Rock Creek Park, Embassy Row.

Open house: By appointment Contact: Natalie Di Capua Marra of Long & Foster Realtors at 202/895-7328


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