- The Washington Times - Friday, July 19, 2002

Visitors to the District might see plenty of museums and monuments, shop and eat in Georgetown and perhaps enjoy a show at the Kennedy Center.

Chances are, though, that they won't see a side of Washington locals recognize: neighborhoods with a history of noteworthy and not-so-noteworthy residents living side-by-side on leafy streets, enjoying parks such as Battery Kemble and Glover Archibald, and raising their families in a nearly suburban atmosphere.

Wesley Heights, one of Northwest Washington's most prestigious neighborhoods, features rolling hills, century-old trees and a mixture of Colonial, Victorian and Tudor-style homes. One of the community's oldest homes, built in 1916 at 4525 Klingle St. NW, is on the market for $1.589 million.

Recently expanded and renovated, this lovely home has been designed for comfortable family living in the large bedrooms and open family room and for easy formal or informal entertaining.

The home rests atop a hill that offers treetop views from even the main-level rooms and yet has an expansive level lot at the back. The owners created a commanding entrance to the house with a terraced flagstone and fieldstone staircase that leads to the front porch.

Inside, hardwood flooring on all three levels has been polished and restored, and the home's detailed crown and chair-rail moldings, wainscoting and wood-trimmed windows and doors add refinement to all the rooms. The foyer features 10½-foot ceilings and two coat closets with paneled doors and brass handles.

To the right of the foyer is an almost hidden corridor that leads to a cozy den with built-in bookcases and a bay window with a seat. Adjacent to the den is a full bath, which allows this room to function as a private guest suite if desired.

A few steps up from the foyer is the formal living room, a beautifully sunlit space that features five oversized Palladian windows in a deep box bay. The living room also includes a stone fireplace and custom-built arched bookcases. The wood staircase to the upper levels is along one side of the living room.

Nearby is the oversized dining room, which features architectural columns, elaborate wainscoting, chair-rail moldings and a built-in china closet. This room has plenty of space for large holiday gatherings and formal dinner parties.

At the back of the home is a two-story addition that nearly doubles the size of the original house. The added space on the main level, which has a wall of windows and French doors leading to the back yard, contains an open kitchen, breakfast area and family room.

The kitchen has white floor-to-ceiling cabinets, granite counters and a center island with a curving breakfast bar. The state-of-the-art appliances include a five-burner gas cooktop, double wall ovens, a trash compactor, a side-by-side white-paneled refrigerator, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher and two ceramic-tile sinks. Set under the windows along two walls in one corner of this bright kitchen is a built-in banquette for use with an informal dining table.

The family room has a stone fireplace, a white-painted mantel and lots of built-in bookcases and cabinets along one wall. A French door leads to the spectacular back yard, which has been designed for entertaining large groups and yet also offers places for children to play. The first section of the yard, closest to the house, has a wide flagstone patio for outdoor dining and sunbathing. A low stone wall rings this patio and the other sections of the yard, creating an inviting place for guests to sit during a big party.

The middle portion of the yard has been left as a lawn, with garden beds on the ends and a series of flagstone steps leading to the handful of steps to the pool deck.

The heated 32-foot pool has an automatic cover, and its deck is surrounded by evergreen trees and stone walls. Two identical pool houses with columns and windows have been built in the corners of the pool deck, one, with a full bath, to function as a pool house and the other to hold pool equipment.

Back inside, the family can enjoy plenty of space on the second and third levels. Expanding the home with the rear addition also created a wider upper-level hallway, which includes a built-in love seat. Four bedrooms, two full baths and an oversized laundry room surround this hall. The laundry room has floor-to-ceiling built-in white cabinets and both a side-by-side washer and dryer and a full-size stacked washer and dryer.

Each of the two bedrooms in the new section of the house is very large and has multiple windows, and one includes a stone fireplace. Each of the slightly smaller front bedrooms has crown moldings and south-facing windows.

One hall bath has a tub and shower with a ceramic tile surround, and the newest bath features a long vanity with two sinks, a glass shower, a separate soaking tub and built-in shelving.

This house also has a unique two-level master-suite arrangement. A second-level sitting room or home office has built-in bookcases and a staircase to the third-floor bedroom. The bedroom includes two Palladian windows, pine floors, two skylights, a ceiling fan and a sloping ceiling. Adjacent to the bedroom is a walk-in closet with built-in drawers and shelves and a skylight. A full bath with two skylights and lots of built-in cabinets completes this level.

Plans to expand this level further are available; the adjacent roof already has been fortified to accommodate those plans, and a flue is in place for an additional fireplace.

The owners added to the value of this historic home with two-zone heating and air conditioning, a stereo system for the main level and the rear yard, landscape lighting, recessed lighting, custom window treatments, an alarm system and an irrigation system to make gardening easier.

Details

Address: 4525 Klingle St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Home built 1916, recently renovated and expanded

Price: $1.589 million

Size: Home site of 7,500 square feet

Taxes: $4,015

Exterior features: Colonial-style house updated with Palladian windows, with dramatic flagstone and fieldstone terraced stairway to front porch, landscaped lot. Interior features: Five or six bedrooms; four full baths; hardwood flooring throughout; living room with five Palladian windows and a fireplace; oversized formal dining room; wainscoting and crown moldings; open kitchen with breakfast bar, built-in banquette; family room with stone fireplace and built-in bookcases; sitting room or guest room with built-in bookcases and window seat; master suite with home office/sitting room with stairs leading to attic-level bedroom with pine floors, sloped ceiling, skylights, dormer windows, full bath and walk-in closet with built-ins. Upper-level hall has built-in love seat, and oversized upper-level laundry room has floor-to-ceiling wall of cabinets, two dryers and two washers.

Amenities: Three-level terraced backyard garden with flagstone patio, lawn, heated pool with two symmetrical pool houses and landscape lighting; gas heat and hot water; irrigation system; alarm system; stereo system for first level and back yard.

Close by: Near Georgetown, MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, American University, Washington National Cathedral, Kennedy Center.

Schools: Hardy or Mann Elementary, Frances Junior High, Wilson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Chuck Holzwarth of[SoftReturn]Washington Fine Properties, an affiliate of Sotheby's International Realty, at 202/285-2616.


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