Wednesday, August 27, 2003

The quiet streets of Wesley Heights, just north of Georgetown off Foxhall Road, have been beckoning buyers for decades with their Tudor- and Colonial-style homes and mature trees.

Easy access to Georgetown, Canal Road, Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues, and downtown Washington add to the appeal of this upscale neighborhood, where politicians, diplomats, lawyers and journalists enjoy their privacy.

The Tudor-style home at 4320 Garfield St. NW, now on the market for $1,695,000, has been the scene of elegant parties and casual family living since it was built in 1930.

Renovations over the years have brightened the home with taller and wider windows, but the exterior retains the fairy-tale Tudor look of fieldstone and wood with a steeply pitched slate roof, including iron snow guards on the edges.

A low stone wall encloses the front lawn and opens onto a winding flagstone path that leads around the grass and garden beds to the stone front steps. Alongside the path are perfectly placed shrubs and perennials, as well as charming pale green metal landscape lights in the shape of flowers.

Next to the front door is a trellis, which creates a decorative entrance to a garden, and additional stone steps that lead to the side of the house, where off-street parking has been built for two cars.

Elegant space for entertaining exists all around the house, with several levels of brick and stone patios placed under the shade trees and connected by garden paths. On one side of the home are fences that enclose a heated lap pool with a trellised deck area.

Inside, this Wesley Heights home features both elegant spaces and comfortable spaces for relaxing with friends and family. A sunroom addition was placed across the front of the home with the original stone exterior walls forming the back wall of the room, and flagstones that were once a patio are now the sunroom floor.

Wrapping around two walls of the sunroom are floor-to-ceiling windows with arched transoms above, a window style echoed in other rooms of the house. These graceful windows frame views of the peaceful front and side gardens.

Two wide entrances lead from the sunroom to the foyer and the formal living room, an elegant room with golden-oak hardwood flooring, a fireplace with a soapstone hearth, recessed lighting and crown moldings. Handcrafted floor-to-ceiling bookcases frame the fireplace, and a bank of windows with tiny bookcases below overlooks a stone patio.

A wide doorway connects the living room with the adjacent family room, which has a built-in wet bar hidden behind closet doors. The wet bar includes an elegant floral tile sink, a travertine counter and glass shelving.

Oak flooring, recessed lighting and corner cabinetry have been built into this room, which has a glass door on one side leading to the pool-side patio, and a wall of windows with a glass door on the other side with arched transoms above that overlooks another stone patio.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal dining room, a distinctive room with a bay window at the front, French doors to the foyer, and a three-section picture window overlooking the pool. Built-in cabinets are hidden below the picture window, and the room also includes golden oak hardwood flooring and crown and chair-rail moldings.

Nearby are the powder room, with marble flooring and a pedestal sink, and the kitchen. A butcher block island and an overhead pot rack with stained-glass inserts have been placed in the center of this kitchen, which has windows on two sides including a greenhouse window with shelving.

The kitchen sports sleek white cabinetry, a ceramic-tile backsplash, and GE Profile appliances, along with Thermador wall ovens including a thermal/microwave oven, warming trays and a Caloric gas cooktop.

Golden oak hardwood stairs with a handful of wide curved steps in the foyer lead to a landing with a large linen closet and a turn to the first of two upper levels. This level includes the master bedroom suite that has golden oak hardwood flooring in both the sitting room and the bedroom.

The bedroom has a marble fireplace with a mantel, windows on two sides with custom shutters and built-in bookcases below the shutters. In one corner of the room is a large walk-in closet with an automatic light, built-in organizers and a mirrored inside door. Nearby is a double-door closet, which is also next to the master sitting room.

The charming sitting room has a cathedral ceiling with steeply sloped sides and two skylights, golden oak hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and built-in cabinets and bookcases. A stone fireplace warms the room.

The master suite also features his-and-hers baths, one of which has marble flooring, a built-in marble vanity with lighting, and a deep bathtub tucked into a ceramic tile surround. The second bath features a cathedral ceiling with a skylight, ceramic tile flooring and a step-up to an extra-deep whirlpool tub with a sloping ceiling overhead.

This level also includes two more bedrooms with a connecting bath that has ceramic tile flooring and a pedestal sink. Both rooms have golden oak hardwood flooring and crown moldings, along with recessed lighting.

The front bedroom, currently in use as a home office, features windows on three sides and built-in bookcases and cabinets on three walls, along with a built-in desk and a closet with built-ins. The second bedroom has windows on two sides and a double-door closet, and nearby is a cedar closet.

Carpeted stairs lead to the second upper level, a finished attic space with distinctive dormer windows and sloping ceilings with skylights. At the top of the stairs is a full bath, so that this space can function as a guest room or a bedroom, if desired.

Currently, the attic is furnished for use as an office, with a built-in desk in one dormer area, track lighting and upgraded carpet. Under-eave storage, built-in shelves and generous closet space add to the functionality of this room.

The partially finished lower level includes a mirrored exercise room with wall-to-wall carpeting, recessed lighting and recessed bookshelves. Other rooms on this level include a powder room, a separate laundry room and a storage room with a built-in safe.

Over the years, this Tudor treasure has been upgraded with zoned gas heating, central air conditioning, a security system, a humidifier, and two gas water heaters.

More info:

Address: 4320 Garfield St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built 1930

Price: $1,695,000

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet on lot of 12,000 square feet

Taxes: $13,665 in 2002

Exterior features: Fieldstone and wood Tudor-style home with slate roof, flagstone front walk with landscape lighting, professionally landscaped grounds, low stone wall surrounding front of property; trellised front garden, multiple shade trees, off-street parking for two cars, backyard shed.

Interior features: Three bedrooms; four full baths; two powder rooms; formal living room; formal dining room; sunroom; family room; center-island kitchen; upper-level master suite with sitting room; two more bedrooms with connecting bath; finished attic level with full bath, skylights; partially finished lower level with exercise room, bookcases and recessed lighting, plus storage room and laundry room.

Amenities: Heated in-ground pool, multiple levels of brick and stone patios with garden paths, three working fireplaces; zoned gas heating, central air conditioning, security system, humidifier, two gas water heaters.

Close by: Convenient to Connecticut Avenue, Georgetown, MacArthur Boulevard and Canal Road, plus downtown and the Kennedy Center.

Open house: By appointment only.

Contact: Realtor Jean Smith of RE/MAX Capital Realtors at 202/944-2118.

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