- The Washington Times - Friday, December 20, 2002

In 1999, the owners of the home at 5018 Yorktown Blvd. in Arlington met with architect Kim Beasley, who had worked in the past for the Disabled American Veterans, to design a functional yet attractive home.

Totally equipped to handle a disabled family member, this residence retains its sun-filled, cheerful atmosphere and has been designed with exceptional quality throughout.

Priced at $1.15 million, this home started as a 1950s rambler and evolved in 1999 into a three-level home with about 7,000 finished square feet of living space. During the renovation, the roof, wiring systems, appliances and plumbing system were all replaced, so this became essentially a new home.

Working closely with the owners, Mr. Beasley was able to create a home where beauty and serenity are given as much attention as practicality. Hardwood flooring and porcelain tiles were chosen to maximize safety, ease of travel in a wheelchair and durability, yet both are attractive, as well. Muted shades of gray and yellow and pale green walls are enhanced with detailed crown moldings and wide window trim.

A smooth ramp of porcelain tile, a weatherproof and crack-resistant material, leads gently to the double front door, which features colorful custom-made stained glass with a bird motif. The home is nearly surrounded by mature trees that attract numerous birds.

The porcelain tile continues inside to form the foyer floor, a gracious space for removing coats and greeting company underneath a massive skylight.

On one side of the foyer is a coat closet that has been converted to an elevator that leads to both the upper and lower levels. A carpenter was hired to design and build the oak staircase, which twists its way to the upper and lower levels. This same craftsman added details all over the house, including trim at the edges of all built-in bookshelves.

In front of the foyer is a large living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace, crown moldings and a set of atrium doors leading to the wraparound deck. Nearly every room on this level opens onto the deck, which winds around three sides of the house and provides a wide seating area for outdoor relaxation. The deck is constructed of Trex, a synthetic, maintenance-free material. A ramp leads from this deck to the back yard, where a concrete sidewalk winds past garden beds and lawns and slopes down to a patio with raised garden beds. Tall trees, perennial flowers, azaleas, roses, ferns and more plants provide a colorful parklike setting for the home.

Back indoors, the formal dining room is accessible through a wide doorway from the living room and the rear family room and offers glimpses of the rear yard.

A set of pocket doors on the side of the foyer can close off the main bedroom wing from the public areas of the home but can also be left open for easy access. The two front bedrooms each include custom-designed, stained-glass windows and share a full bath off the hall.

The back section of this wing is now used as the master suite, which has a large bedroom, atrium doors to the wraparound deck, two closets with custom-designed clothing racks and shelves, and a private full bath. This bath, like two others in the home, has been decorated with custom-designed nonslip tile flooring and a grab bar disguised as a towel rack, and is barrier-free, with a seat in the corner for the shower and hand-held shower heads at different heights.

On the opposite side of the main level, the family room offers a sunny and serene space for entertaining or relaxing. With atrium windows on three sides leading to the deck, tile flooring at each doorway, built-in bookcases and a built-in stereo system indoors and out, this room is the central core of the home for the family.

Next to the family room, the custom kitchen includes top-of-the-line appliances and a unique color scheme based on tiles copied from authentic Pompeii tiles. Aged ivory-colored cabinets blend with darker greenish-gray cabinets, each complemented by three separate lighting systems and stone counters. Roll-out drawers are among the convenient details in this serene room.

Beyond the kitchen lies a unique and dramatic powder room, with a glass aquamarine basin suspended in the air by a wrought-iron bracket, with a Kohler "falling water" faucet. The pale tan, tumbled-marble walls blend with the porcelain tile floor, and a custom stained-glass window that matches the aquamarine basin filters light into the room.

Adjacent rooms include a laundry room with cabinets and a raised washer and dryer for easier access. The nearby two-car garage has a sloping entrance into the house rather than steps.

Both the elevator and the elegant oak staircase lead to the upper level, a sky-lit master suite that covers the entire floor.

The front landing, surrounded by storage closets, overlooks the two-level foyer and is lit by a high wall of windows. Opening off this landing is the sitting room, a wide space with windows on two sides and a doorway to a charming sewing room tucked under the eaves.

The master bedroom looks out on the back yard, with windows on two sides, a ceiling fan overhead, plenty of closet space, and a private balcony that faces west. The master bath includes a custom ceramic sink with a moon-and-stars motif that matches the tub and shower surround. The whirlpool tub also has a central shower head. A wide linen closet lines the hall between the bedroom and sitting room.

The finished lower level features several double-door openings that connect the rooms but can also be closed off for privacy.

Two sets of doors lead into the au pair suite, an entire apartment with a roomy family room that includes a wood-burning fireplace and a complete kitchen at one end with a dishwasher and full-size refrigerator. Nearby is a bedroom with an atrium door to the patio and a second window and two closets. The adjacent full bath is designed to be barrier-free and is accessible from both the bedroom and the family room.

This entire level also includes a multitude of closets and storage space, most of which is insulated and heated. Some of the closets include custom shelving, and one has been designed specifically to hold several folding tables. A second laundry room is also conveniently nearby.

The lower level also includes a central area with storage closets and space for a large desk. Nearby is a recreation room with atrium doors to the patio and additional storage closets. Wood trim around the windows and on the floors at the entrances to each room complements the trees outside.

Every detail for the family's comfort has been attended to including three separate heating and cooling systems; DSL for computers in the master bedroom, family room and lower level; four phone lines; and a security system.

While the owners would love to have their home enjoyed by a family in need of some of the special handicapped features that they have incorporated, this property has been designed to be a serene and lovely setting for any family.


Address: 5018 Yorktown Blvd., Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Shirley Woods

Age: Original house 1950; completerenovation, 1999

Price: $1.15 million

Size: About 7,000 finished square feet on lot of .33 acre

Taxes: $6,414 in 2002

Exterior features: Brick-and-siding Colonial-style, originally a rambler, now with three finished levels, two-car garage, porcelain tile front walk, wraparound deck with ramp leading to fully fenced rear yard with patio and garden beds, sidewalk into lower level, mature trees and perennials including oaks, hickories, poplars, dogwoods and azaleas

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, one half-bath, porcelain tiles and hardwood flooring on main level, stained-glass windows, formal living room with wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, crown moldings, custom oak staircase, wing with two bedrooms share a full bath, main-level master bedroom has two closets and private full bath. Open family room has glass doors on two sides. Upper-level master suite has open sitting room, sewing room, full bath with whirlpool tub, large bedroom with private balcony. Finished lower level has recreation room, storage closets, and an au pair suite that includes a family room with a fireplace, a second kitchen, a full bath and a bedroom. Storage rooms are on all three levels.

Amenities: Elevator to all three levels, handicapped accessible throughout, security system, skylights, built-in stereo system inside and outside, three separate heating and cooling systems, new roofing, wiring and insulation.

Close by: 15 minutes to downtown Washington, Metro bus within easy walking distance, shopping and restaurants in Arlington and Tysons Corner

Schools: Nottingham Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open house: Sunday, Dec. 22from 2 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtors Ann Worley and Shahrzad Miller of McEnearney Associates at 703/790-9090.

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