- The Washington Times - Friday, April 5, 2002

Old-fashioned Colonial-style brick houses are found on nearly every street in the District, but some of the traditional facades of these homes hide a treasure-trove of a house.

Now on the market for $899,000, the Colonial home at 3708 Quebec St. NW has a spectacular Southern exposure across the back of the house that ensures the home will be flooded with as much sunlight as possible.

The owners of this home transformed the back of their house, which once held small windows above radiators in every room, into an expanse of glass. At the same time, the fully fenced back yard became an entertainer's dream, with a huge redwood deck and a few broad redwood steps leading to a wide expanse of grass. Landscaped garden beds along the curved edges of this lawn allow a gardener to express his creativity.

A covered front portico offers a gracious place for visitors to wait until they can be brought indoors to the foyer. Hardwood flooring, a side window and decorative overhead lighting create a comfortable introduction to the home in the foyer, which also has a view toward the kitchen and back yard and a staircase along one wall.

To the left of the foyer is a large and comfortable living room with hardwood flooring, high ceilings and four windows, including two tall windows at the front of the house. At the center of one wall is a wood-burning fireplace with a white brick surround, a tile hearth and a mantel. On either side of the fireplace are built-in book/display cases with glass doors and windows above.

A wide doorway opens from the living room into the formal dining room, a large room with double glass doors at one end providing access to the redwood deck. The dining room has hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, built-in china/display cases with glass doors, and extra windows to take advantage of the Southern exposure.

A door and a few steps up lead to another improvement made by the owners, a sunroom addition over the garage. With windows from floor-to-ceiling on three sides and one wall of exposed brick with windows looking into the living room, this cheerful room, with a total of 14 windows, has become a haven for the family in all seasons. White wall-to-wall carpet keeps the space light yet cozy, while a ceiling fan gently shifts the breeze when the windows are open.

On the opposite side of the dining room is an eat-in kitchen, which has been updated with light-colored laminated wood flooring, a ceiling fan, overhead lighting and a glass door to the deck. The kitchen includes a built-in breakfast bar that provides extra counter space, and white cabinets and counters. A window over the stainless steel sink adds extra light, and a staircase leads from this room to the finished lower level. Nearby is a powder room with a painted wood floor, a high ceiling, and overhead lighting.

The owners say they have thoroughly enjoyed entertaining in this home and have fond memories of dinner parties and barbecues on the deck.

A hardwood staircase leads to the second level, which includes a wide central hall with space for bookshelves along the walls and a linen closet. Four bedrooms and two full baths have been placed around this hall.

The corner master bedroom, overlooking the redwood deck and back yard, has light wall-to-wall carpeting, a ceiling fan with a light, two windows and a large closet. This bedroom has a private entrance to the first full bath, which has decorative ceramic tile floors, a window and a combination tub/shower with a white ceramic tile surround and sliding glass doors.

This full bath connects to the second bedroom, currently in use as a home office. This bedroom includes two windows, light wall-to-wall carpeting, built-in shelving, a closet and a second closet with a stacked washer and dryer. This room can be paired with the master bedroom to create a private master suite.

The third bedroom includes two closets, a ceiling fan with a light, and light wall-to-wall carpeting. The fourth bedroom also includes a ceiling fan with a light, two windows, and light wall-to-wall carpeting. These two bedrooms share a full bath accessible from the hall.

An angled staircase with two windows and recessed lighting leads to the finished attic level, which is devoted to a huge bedroom with two skylights, two more windows and an angled ceiling. Storage shelves are hidden along one wall behind shutter doors, and a walk-in closet with extra hidden storage is adjacent to the bedroom. A full bath has been added on this level and includes white ceramic tile flooring and wall surrounds, a combination tub/shower with white ceramic tile surrounds, a window and a skylight.

The lower level has also been finished with additional living space, including a recreation room with an outside entrance to the back yard, wall-to-wall carpeting, overhead lighting and built-in bookcases. Nearby is a kitchenette with tile flooring, white cabinets and counters, a stainless steel sink and a built-in desk or table area with built-in shelving. A pantry and storage area are nearby, along with a separate utility/storage room with an entrance to the garage.

This level also includes a sixth bedroom with wall-to-wall carpeting, overhead lighting, a window, built-in shelving and a double-door closet, along with an adjacent full bath with a tile floor and a combination tub/shower.

This Cleveland Park home may have a lovely setting for spring and summer entertaining, but the neighborhood itself has plenty of restaurants and coffee bars for relaxing with friends and family, too. Within walking distance of the National Cathedral, this home offers a prime location in one of the District's loveliest neighborhoods.

Details

Address: 3708 Quebec St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Community: Cleveland Park

Age: Built 1927

Price: $899,000

Size: Lot of 4,800 square feet

Taxes: $4,539 in 2001

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick and siding with decorative front shutters, covered front landing with lighting, fully fenced level rear yard, one-car garage.

Interior features: Six bedrooms, four full baths, one half-bath, hardwood flooring in most rooms, living room with fireplace, large formal dining room with glass doors to deck, sunroom/family room addition with exposed brick and glass doors to deck, eat-in kitchen with glass door to deck, four bedrooms and two full baths on second level, finished attic-level bedroom with full bath, skylights, walk-in closet, finished lower level with bedroom and full bath, recreation room with separate entry, pantry and storage areas and kitchenette.

Amenities: Lovely redwood deck with steps leading to level lawn with landscaped garden beds and exterior lighting, fireplace in living room, light-filled house with multiple glass doors to deck and rear Southern exposure.

Close by: Just off Wisconsin Avenue near National Cathedral, near shops, restaurants of Georgetown and upper Georgetown

Schools: Eaton Elementary, Deal Middle, Wilson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Suzanne Goldstein at Long & Foster Real Estate at 202/244-0400

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