- The Washington Times - Friday, December 13, 2002

When Realtors refer to a property having "all the bells and whistles," it usually means perfectly painted walls with moldings and extra trim around the doors and windows, polished hardwood and ceramic tile floors, and pretty plants to provide plenty of curb appeal.

But the "bells and whistles" at the Foxhall Crescents home, now on the market for $1.85 million, refer to the sleekest of high-technology treats. From the dramatic 64-inch TV screen built into the media center to the master bedroom television hidden behind a two-way mirror, and from the automatic lights in every closet to the electric towel warmer in the master bath, this home offers the ultimate in comfort.

Open rooms with wide doorways, transom windows and high ceilings are also appealing to 21st century buyers.

Built in 1987, the brick Federal-style home at 4718 Foxhall Crescent NW, off Foxhall Road in the District, presents a formal elegance from the outside. A curving stone staircase leads to the front door, and the two-car garage is hidden to one side. Professional landscaping provides a lovely setting for the home, with a graceful lawn and perennial garden beds visible from the stone terrace at the back of the house.

When the weather warms up, the residents can enjoy a heated swimming pool at the side of the house, along with an in-ground hot tub. Tall trees and fences provide privacy, and a wide swath of patio allows guests to gather easily at poolside.

Indoors, the elegance continues in the two-story marble foyer, which has a gently curving oak staircase leading to the upper level. To the left of the foyer is the heart of the home, the renovated kitchen, which has Dacor appliances, including a wine refrigerator, and granite counters along with a comfortable warmth that makes it a great place to gather with family and friends.

Custom lighting, a pantry with automatic lighting and handsome wood cabinets add to the charm of the room, which has a silver-painted tray ceiling and recessed lighting.

The large center island features furniture-quality cabinetry and two levels for easy seating at breakfast: for chatting while cooking and for serving and preparing food. Windows on two sides bring natural light into the room. Most of the windows in the house feature elegant wood blinds.

Next to the kitchen is the formal dining room with elaborate wainscoting and moldings, and six different tones of cream and beige paint, which create a subtle elegance. A set of French doors leads to a narrow balcony that overlooks the back yard.

Two stately columns frame the entrance from the dining room into the "grand salon," a stately living room. Hardwood flooring is underfoot here as well as in the kitchen and dining room, and two sets of French doors open onto the slate terrace. At one end of the room is the gas fireplace with an adjacent built-in bookcase with an arched opening, while over the French doors are mirrors that function almost as transom windows. One end of the living room features a custom-designed wet bar with a refrigerator and plenty of cabinets for storing wine and crystal.

Nearby is the library, a sunny room with windows on three sides and a ceiling fan overhead. One wall includes built-in bookcases and a media center, and a transom window over the doorway allows extra light to filter into the room from the foyer. The main level also includes an elegant powder room.

Upstairs, a sweeping curved landing outside the master suite functions as a cozy sitting area or reading corner. Double doors open onto the bedroom, which has a ceiling fan and plenty of space for seating arrangements along with a king-size bed. The mirror hanging on one wall hides the television, which is revealed with a remote control. An archway leads into the dressing and bath area, which has a window seat at one end overlooking the back yard.

The custom closet has an archway inside, automatic lighting, and walls of drawers and cabinets. A whirlpool tub sits under a skylight and over a marble platform, while nearby are marble "his-and-hers" vanities and a separate glass-enclosed marble shower. Just outside the master suite is a deep closet arranged for storing formal gowns.

Two additional bedrooms are on this level, each large enough to accommodate a king-size bed and more furniture. Each has a private full bath and at least two closets.

The hall linen closet includes a laundry chute to the lower-level laundry room. One bedroom has been designed as a home office/guest suite, and includes a built-in desk and a wall of built-in bookcases.

A curving oak staircase leads to the lower level, which features dramatic black-stained wood flooring. The media room features a 64-inch-wide TV screen surrounded by columns and a pediment reminiscent of a Greek temple.

Off to one side is a gas fireplace, and there is plenty of space for seating guests for a movie night at home. Outside the media room, closets line the walls of the lower level, and a central dining space has been designed for entertaining or for casual family dining. A second kitchen has been created in the oversized laundry room, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Next to the dining area is the home's fourth bedroom, now furnished as an exercise room with mirrored walls. A full bath is nearby.

Amenities in the home include a central vacuum system, a security system and an intercom system.

Address: 4718 Foxhall Crescent NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Community: Foxhall Crescents

Age: Built 1987

Price: $1.85 million

Size: About 5,000 finished square feet on site of 12,056 square feet

Taxes: $7,621 in 2002

Exterior features: Federal-style single-family home with four sides of brick, professionally landscaped with lawn and garden beds, cul-de-sac location, two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, four full baths, one half-bath, grand foyer with marble flooring, custom center-island kitchen with granite counters, formal dining room, double-size living room with gas fireplace, library with built-in bookcases, sitting area outside master suite, lower-level media room with fireplace, second kitchen, casual dining area, laundry room, exercise room/fourth bedroom.

Amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool with adjacent in-ground hot tub, flagstone terrace, 64-inch built-in television in media room and a two-way mirror hiding the master suite television, marble master bath with whirlpool tub under skylight, two separate vanities and a separate shower.

Close by: Near Georgetown, shops and restaurants of MacArthur Boulevard, American University

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtors Pat Broyles and Mary Cay Harris of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 703/518-2804.

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