- The Washington Times - Friday, October 25, 2002

The home at 102 Park Ave. in Takoma Park offers flexible living space that would come in handy for a growing family or for someone wanting to use the generous square footage as rental property. It was originally built as a multifamily residence but functions well as a large, single-family home.

This brick Colonial-revival-style house situated on a corner lot in the heart of Takoma Park is on the market for $595,000. Built in 1921, the house has Queen Anne-style and craftsman-style influence evident in the original architectural details.

The home has only had two owners. Glenn and Wanda Pedersen say that the home has been in their family since 1959 when they moved to the area from England, where Mr. Pedersen's father served as a missionary. Mr. Pedersen's father purchased the home from C.S. Longacre, president of the general conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which had its world headquarters in Takoma Park.

Takoma Park's tree-shaded neighborhoods of Victorian mansions, Sears bungalows from the 1920s, and other historic properties clustered throughout the area are a source of pride for residents.

A large front porch greets visitors at the entrance. Mr. Pedersen says his family has enjoyed the porch and most especially the view that it offers during town events. Located on the corner of Park and Carroll avenues, Takoma Park's unofficial main streets, the front porch of this home is the best seat in the house during the community's Fourth of July parade and annual Street Festival. "We also enjoy sitting on the porch early in the morning and drinking coffee," says Mr. Pedersen.

This house encompasses three lots, two of which are included in the purchase price. An adjacent lot also can be purchased for $120,000 and used as an extra-large yard or to build property on. A side driveway leads to the detached garage.

Inside, the large foyer has been turned into an inviting sitting area. This space is large enough to be a room of its own and can comfortably hold the owner's cozy couch and chair set.

The living room and dining room are open areas that benefit from a lot of sunshine because of the abundance of windows and home's eastern exposure. High ceilings throughout contribute to the open feel of the main level. The centerpiece of the living room is a brick wood-burning fireplace that was added in the 1960s.

The living room leads directly into the dining room that has a ceiling fan and large box-type window bay looking onto the side yard.

Many of the original features, including the windows, hardware and solid doors, are in excellent condition throughout the house. The doors all have detailed molding around them. Oak and pine hardwood floors are found throughout most of the 4,266-square-foot home, and areas that are carpeted have hardwood hidden underneath.

The window treatments, including drapery rods, drapes, curtains, shades and blinds will convey to the new owners.

The home splits its nine bedrooms and three full baths among three levels. The main level has two bedrooms, the second level has four bedrooms and the third level has three bedrooms with two adjoining rooms. Some of the rooms have walk-in closets. Each floor has a full bath.

The main-level bathroom is decorated with green and black ceramic tile. Mr. Pedersen says that he has enjoyed the spaciousness that each bedroom in the home offers.

A side entrance from the driveway allows private access to the different floors without having to go through the main level. This allows for an in-law suite or rental units. The set of stairs leading to each floor has windows to the outdoors.

In addition to the main-level eat-in kitchen that has birch cabinetry and a ceiling fan, there are two kitchenettes on the second floor with large corner windows and another kitchen area on the third floor. The buyer can easily convert the kitchen areas into other rooms.

There is a partially finished walk-out lower level with a storage area, laundry room and recreation room. The recreation room has exposed brick and wood paneling. One wall of the basement features a built-in Scandinavian desk and shelves.


Address: 102 Park Ave.,Takoma Park, MD 20912

Community: Takoma Park

Age: Built in 1921

Size: Lot size 10,245 square feet; interior 4,266 square feet

Price: $595,000

Taxes: $5,393 in 2001

Exterior features: Brick and shingle construction, large front porch, two separate entrances, storm door, mature trees and landscaped yard, one-car detached garage.

Interior features: Nine bedrooms, three full baths, four kitchens, four levels, living room, dining room, recreation room, storage room, large foyer, high ceilings, walk-in closets, walk-out basement

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, exhaust fan, washer, dryer, ceiling fans, window treatments convey

Close by: Near farmers' market, food co-op, five blocks to Takoma Park Metro station, near shops, library

Schools: Piney Branch Elementary and Takoma Park Elementary, Takoma Park Middle, Montgomery Blair High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Patricia Vucich, RE/MAX Realty, 301/652-0400

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