- The Washington Times - Friday, March 15, 2002

While living in the city offers the important amenity of access to the cultural and recreational delights of Washington, some neighborhoods also offer a sense of serenity usually afforded by suburbia.

Sought-after Kent, a neighborhood between MacArthur Boulevard and American University, offers an eclectic mix of homes, a cozy cluster of neighborhood restaurants and shops, the rustic charm of Battery Kemble Park, and hilly terrain that offers privacy along with delightful views to some lucky homeowners.

The home at 3106 Chain Bridge Road NW, in Kent, now on the market for $1.495 million, enjoys a private lot with scenic views of the Potomac's Virginia shore and the treetops from the main and upper level.

The owners' first task when they bought this brick Georgian-style Colonial about 20 years ago was to create a professional office on the lower level. Zoned for a medical/dental office with one full-time nurse, the home now includes a separate entrance and a complete security system. Ten years ago, the owners expanded the home with a new, oversized two-car garage with a deck above, a family room/sunroom on the home's main level and a dramatically large and sunny master bedroom suite on the second level.

The owners have appreciated the garden, the two redwood decks, and the beautiful views, especially from the bedroom in the master suite. The landscaping that surrounds the house adds to its privacy in three seasons, while the views become more pronounced in winter months. The long driveway accommodates guest and patient parking, and flagstone walkways lead to the front door from the sidewalk and the driveway.

Built in 1935, this home has a traditional center-hall floor plan, high ceilings, hardwood flooring in most of the house, crown moldings, and extensive built-in bookcases and cabinets. To the right of the foyer is a formal living room with a wall of bookshelves and cabinets, a fireplace with a brick hearth and a Colonial-style mantel that complements the crown moldings, four double-hung windows, recessed lighting and French doors leading to the family room.

Across the foyer is the formal dining room, a sun-filled room with chair-rail moldings in addition to the crown moldings, recessed lighting and a large bay window with white shutters on all six windows. Nearby is the sun-filled kitchen, which has extensive white cabinetry, built-in display shelving, vinyl-tiled flooring, crown moldings, a gas oven/range, a pantry and an adjacent powder room.

Across the back of the house is the handsome family room addition, which has a full array of contemporary-style picture windows, dentil crown moldings to match the original part of the house, and an atrium door to the enormous redwood deck with its custom-designed pergola and spiral staircase to the flagstone patio and rear yard. Perhaps the best feature of the family room (besides the sunny, scenic view), is the custom-designed raised-panel white cabinetry that lines the walls and includes a slate-tiled counter. The portion of the family room adjacent to the living room includes a matching built-in buffet with a wet bar.

Upstairs, the master bedroom addition features a high ceiling, crown moldings that match the rest of the house, recessed lighting, oak hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet and two walls of contemporary-style picture windows that offer a treetop view.

A sitting room or potential second bedroom adjoins the hall and the master bedroom with French doors, and includes a high ceiling, a closet, a double-hung window with white wooden shutters and hardwood flooring. An additional sitting room adjoins the master bedroom and the fourth bedroom and includes a full complement of built-in bookcases, a double-hung window with white wooden shutters and hardwood flooring.

The third and fourth bedrooms each have three windows with white wooden shutters, a lighted ceiling fan, hardwood flooring and crown moldings.

There are two full baths adjoining the hallway on this level, each with crown moldings, a combination tub/shower with a tile surround, ceramic wall tiles and a black-and-white mosaic-tile floor.

The third finished level includes two mirror-image bedrooms, each with a dormer ceiling, three double-hung windows, a clothes closet, under-the-eaves storage, high ceilings, hardwood flooring and a lighted ceiling fan. Off the landing are two extra closets and a third full bath with a dormer ceiling, an oversized shower, black-and-white mosaic tile flooring, a double-hung window and a pedestal sink. An atrium door leads from the hallway to a large about 800-square-foot redwood deck with a Chippendale rail design and sweeping views across the treetops overlooking the Virginia landscape.

The owners often bring their dinner up to this deck in warm weather, as the privacy and views are even better than on the main-level deck.

The lower level's professional office space is accessible from inside the house, as well as the exterior entrance, and includes an office with a bay area with three windows and separate additional casement windows, complete soundproofing, commercial grade wall-to-wall carpeting and extensive built-in bookcases and cabinets, including a desk. A nearby secretary's office has been designed with a large window, desktop computer space and extensive built-in cabinets and desk space. The office space is completed with a waiting room including a built-in wet bar, French doors to the driveway, and brick paver flooring. Nearby is a powder room.

The lower level also includes a wine cellar with built-in terra cotta holders for 1,000 bottles, along with space for a tasting table and additional storage shelving. A large storage room with laundry facilities and an additional large storage room with access to the garage and the flagstone patio complete this level.

Whether another professional decides to buy this home and use it as a home office or a family chooses to convert this space for guest or family living, this home across the street from Battery Kemble Park offers a remarkable amount of space in a classically distinctive architectural style.


Address: 3106 Chain Bridge Road NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Kent

Age: Built 1935

Price: $1.495 million

Size: .35-acre lot

Taxes: $6,797 in 2001

Exterior features: All brick Georgian-style Colonial with flagstone walkways, oversized driveway, oversized two-car garage, professionally landscaped garden beds

Interior features: Six bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, hardwood flooring through most of home, high ceilings, dentil moldings, built-in bookshelves and cabinetry in many rooms, formal living room with fireplace, bay-windowed dining room, kitchen with adjacent pantry and powder room. Additionally, family room has walls of picture windows, built-in cabinets, buffet and wet bar; master bedroom addition has picture windows and four additional rooms for sitting-room or bedroom use; finished third level has deck, bedrooms and full bath; finished lower level has wine cellar, storage/laundry rooms and professional office suite with secretary's office, patient waiting room, and main office with built-in desks and cabinets.

Amenities: Two redwood decks with treetop views, shaded flagstone patio, security system, two-zone gas heat and electric air conditioning

Close by: Near Battery Kemble Park, American University, MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, Georgetown, Kennedy Center and downtown Washington

Schools: Key Elementary, Hardy Middle, Francis Junior High, Wilson Senior High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Marc Fleisher of Long & Foster Realtors at 202/364-5200, ext. 227

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