- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2002

Victorian-era homes may have exuded charm with their gingerbread cut-out detailing, cozy front porches and white picket fences, but they were sometimes dark inside, with small rooms that were overly furnished.

Modern-day Victorian-style homes usually combine exterior charm which often translates to such interior delights as turrets, dormer windows and cathedral ceilings along with a more open floor plan to satisfy contemporary tastes.

The Victorian-style home at 2720 Chain Bridge Road in the Kent neighborhood of Northwest Washington, now on the market for $1.095 million, features sun-filled rooms designed for comfortable family living and entertaining.

Built in 1987, this architecturally interesting home includes a front garden surrounded by a picket fence and a large wood deck in the rear of the house that includes a hot tub. Six homes in the neighborhood share a swimming pool and clay tennis court, easily accessible from this house from the end of the driveway or from steps leading from the deck to the fenced tennis court.

Across the tree-lined street from the home is Battery Kemble Park, which provides forestlike views unusual for a city neighborhood.

A small front porch leads to the front door, which includes an oval of etched glass allowing light to filter into the home. The foyer includes hardwood flooring and an entrance to the nearby powder room, which has a stained-glass window. Hardwood flooring has been installed on the three upper levels of the home, and elaborate crown moldings and window trim add elegance to every room.

To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, which has a deep bay window with tall windows overlooking the front garden and the park. Along one wall are built-in bookshelves and cabinets in a light oak that complements the flooring. The adjacent dining room has a built-in china cabinet, a ceiling medallion and chandelier, and a deep window on the side of the house that echoes the living room window.

Beyond the dining room is a comfortable and attractive kitchen that opens to the breakfast room. A greenhouse-style window over the kitchen sink adds light to the room, and a detailed tile backsplash adds color. Upgraded appliances and custom-designed cabinetry make this kitchen a chef's dream, and the open design makes it a wonderful spot for dining with family and close friends. The breakfast room features a lattice-covered ceiling with a ceiling fan, French doors to the deck and several additional large windows, creating an indoor-outdoor effect.

Adjacent to the breakfast area is a dramatic two-story family room with a wall of Palladian windows and French doors to the deck and a stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace. This room and several other main-level rooms include recessed lighting. A gallery on the second level overlooks the family room.

Handsome oak stairs lead to the second level, where a laundry room has conveniently been placed off the hall. The master suite at the rear of the home, entered through a set of double doors, provides a private haven for the homeowners. The luxurious marble bath includes a whirlpool tub, a separate glass-enclosed shower and double sinks. The suite includes two double-door closets, two closets off the bath and a walk-in closet. The bedroom features a soaring octagonal cathedral ceiling, multiple windows with plantation-style shutters and a ceiling fan.

A broad set of oak stairs leads from the bedroom to the finished third level, a charming space with hardwood flooring, a pitched roof, and a window seat with storage along two walls. The larger portion could serve as a home office or sitting room and includes French doors to a private balcony. Beyond the office is another room that the owners use as an exercise room.

The second level includes two additional bedrooms, each with huge bay windows that add a unique shape to the rooms. These bedrooms share a full hall bath.

The finished lower level includes a large recreation room with a brick fireplace and a wet bar, recessed lighting, wall-to-wall carpet and a door to the garage. Two additional large bedrooms are on this level, which share the full hall bath. In addition, there are finished and unfinished storage rooms and closets. This home also has a new roof, a security system, gas heat and central air conditioning.

The sun-filled spaces of this home are easily filled with family and friends, yet it has been designed to maximize owner privacy, as well. Whether enjoying a game of tennis with a friend or writing the great American novel in the attic-level home office, this house can provide the perfect space for each activity.

Details

Address: 2720 Chain Bridge Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20016-3404

Community: Kent

Age: 15 years

Price: $1.095 million

Size: 6,705 square foot lot

Taxes: $6,600 in 2000

Exterior features: Victorian-style blue siding with crisp white detailing, white picket fence around front garden, shared driveway to parking area and attached two-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, hardwood flooring and crown moldings throughout home, formal living room with bay window and built-in shelving, formal dining room, large kitchen with upgraded appliances open to breakfast room with lattice ceiling and multiple windows, two-story family room with stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace, three bedrooms and two full baths upstairs, upper level laundry, finished lower level with two more bedrooms, a full bath and recreation room.

Amenities: Spacious wood deck with hot tub and stairs leading to swimming pool and clay tennis court shared by six homes; deluxe master suite with luxury bath including a whirlpool tub and oversized shower, octagonal cathedral ceiling over bedroom, stairs to third-level office and separate exercise room.

Close by: Battery Kemble Park across the street, MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, Georgetown, the Kennedy Center and downtown, easy access to Virginia and Beltway via Chain Bridge.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Patrick Chauvin of Sotheby's International Realty Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1621

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