Friday, November 23, 2001

A touch of formality and dignity characterizes many of Washington’s popular Colonial-style homes, and the house now on the market at 5108 Yuma St. NW in the District’s Spring Valley neighborhood is no exception.

This all-brick home, built 15 years ago, is on a gently curving street in one of the city’s quietest neighborhoods, within easy reach of Georgetown and downtown, and a short walk from local shops. Priced at $955,000, this home offers traditional beauty and plenty of space for an extended family.

Outside, Colonial-style shutters and a flagstone walkway complement the home’s bricks, and the oversized attached one-car garage includes extra storage space. Low-maintenance, professional landscaping extends into the gated back yard, and, in pleasant weather, owners and their friends can enjoy a flagstone patio and a main-level deck.

Perhaps the ultimate luxury this home offers is an electric awning that, at the touch of a button, provides shade for the southern-exposure deck. When the weather is cooler, the shade can be retracted, allowing sunshine to fill the deck and the rear rooms of the house.

Inside, the foyer extends to the back of the house, and an oak staircase leads to the upper level. Hardwood flooring and detailed moldings add luxury and tradition to the two upper floors of this home, which has a center-hall floor plan.

The oversized formal dining room to the right of the foyer includes a detailed ceiling medallion, three tall windows with professionally designed window treatments, wainscoting and elegant wallpaper. Across the foyer, the formal living room also has professionally designed window treatments for its three windows, along with decorative crown moldings.

A double-door entryway leads into the family room, allowing for easy flow when entertaining. The family room includes a large wood-burning fireplace with a black surround and wood mantel, a huge picture window and sliding glass doors to the deck. This room also includes a ceiling fan, crown moldings and wainscoting, and a wet bar built into a former closet, with a sink and storage space.

Nearby are a powder room with white ceramic tile flooring and a cherry vanity, and a laundry room with a window, ceramic tile flooring, a utility sink, a closet and extra shelving.

The sunny eat-in kitchen features an oversized sliding glass door to the deck, ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting, cherry cabinetry, a built-in paper-towel holder, and upgraded appliances that include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a double wall oven. The cherry cabinets and beige ceramic tile floors blend with the ceramic tiles that cover much of the walls in a brick pattern.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features three huge picture windows overlooking the back yard, a ceiling fan, and an oversized walk-in closet with built-in shelves. The master bath has a double-size skylight, a whirlpool tub, an oversized separate shower with a glass door, and a double-sink vanity with a cherry cabinet and multiple drawers. All three bathrooms on this level include white ceramic tile flooring and tub and shower surrounds.

The second bedroom, currently used as an office, overlooks the back yard through three large windows and has two large closets. The adjacent hall bath has a window overlooking the yard and a wood vanity with a cultured marble top.

The third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath, and each of these large rooms has tall windows and plenty of closet space.

The finished lower level has been designed to accommodate in-laws or an au-pair and can also be used for entertaining. The lower level has Berber carpeting, several large closets and storage rooms. A fully floored attic also is available for storage and is accessible from a set of pull-down stairs in the upper-level hallway.

A full kitchen with space for a dining table has been completed in a black-and-white color scheme and has a pass-through to the recreation room. A built-in bookcase lines the wall between the kitchen and the recreation room, which serves as a living room for the in-law suite. Recessed lighting and a ceiling fan have been placed in this room, which has a large brick fireplace, a sliding glass door to the flagstone patio, and another picture window looking at the yard.

A hall lined with closets leads to three additional rooms, including a bedroom with a picture window and a large double-door closet, an office with recessed lighting, and a multipurpose room with a closet that could function as an exercise room or playroom. Nearby is a full bath with white ceramic tile flooring and shower stall with a glass door.

Elegance and tradition are the hallmarks of Spring Valley’s Colonial homes, where residents relish their proximity to the cultural benefits of city life along with the peace of their quiet neighborhood.



Community: Spring Valley

Age: 15 years

Price: $955,000

Size: .19-acre site

Taxes: $5,423

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial-style with gated back yard, low-maintenance landscaping, main-level deck, lower-level flagstone patio, oversized one-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, hardwood flooring on two upper levels, large foyer with wood staircase, oversized dining room with tall windows, large formal living room, family room with fireplace and sliding glass door to deck, large eat-in kitchen with sliding glass door to deck, first-floor laundry room off garage, luxury master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower, lower-level in-law suite with full eat-in kitchen, recreation room with fireplace and sliding glass door to patio, a bedroom, an office, a full bath, an exercise room and storage rooms.

Amenities: Electric retractable awning over deck, two fireplaces, alarm system, intercom system, central vacuum, separate storage room accessible from outside.

Close by: Walking distance to shops on Massachusetts Avenue; minutes to Beltway, American University, Georgetown and downtown

Schools: Mann Elementary, Hardy Middle, Francis Junior High and Wilson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Charlie Miller with Long & Foster at 301/571-0535

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