- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2003

Georgetown's charms are many: old-fashioned homes, modern shops and restaurants, and a villagelike atmosphere on the edge of the nation's capital.

A more unexpected attraction is Hillandale, a gated community of elegant brick town homes where residents enjoy a private swimming pool and tennis court placed among cul-de-sacs of homes on winding streets. The gate at Hillandale is staffed 24 hours a day, and each resident and guest is checked in and out. Ponds with fountains decorate the community, which offers a private retreat on the edge of Georgetown.

One of Hillandale's more dramatic homes, at 3944 Highwood Court NW, is now on the market for $995,000. Built in 1989, this home features many upgrades, including a three-level atrium with a skylight overhead.

This all-brick Federal-style town home has a one-car garage that conveniently opens into the kitchen. Adjacent to the garage and short driveway are an elegant flagstone walkway leading to an enclosed front garden that has a low brick wall and an iron gate.

Inside, this home has a gracious foyer with marble flooring and a large coat closet. Nearby is a powder room. The main level, like the rest of the home, includes elaborately detailed crown moldings and oversized door and window trim that adds a touch of formality to the rooms.

The first room to the left of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has raised-panel walls, custom-designed recessed lighting, architectural columns and the soaring three-level atrium overhead. The atrium, accessible from overlooks or shuttered openings on the second and third levels of the home, could also be enclosed to create additional bedroom space, if desired.

Adjacent to the dining room is the newly decorated kitchen, which features hardwood flooring, granite counters and a pantry. Plenty of custom wood cabinets and built-in bookshelves allow for easy storage, and a breakfast bar divides the cooking area from the adjacent breakfast room. One corner of the breakfast room has a built-in curving banquette for comfortable casual dining, while overhead a dramatic sloping ceiling with a large skylight fills this space and the kitchen with daylight.

The main level also features a grand living room with a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by marble and built-in bookcases and cabinets. Two sets of French doors with transom windows above open onto a long private deck for easy outdoor entertaining or relaxing in fine weather.

Upstairs, the second level features a gallery overlooking the atrium. The front bedroom, currently in use as a home office, features three tall windows overlooking the street, and has two large closets along one wall. The second bedroom at the back of the house has two wall closets and three windows overlooking the deck below. This level also includes a full, ceramic tile bath and a linen closet.

The master suite covers the third level, with a shuttered window opening from the gallery opening onto the atrium and a skylight over the top of the stairs. Glass French doors lead into the suite from the top of the stairs. The large bedroom at the front of the house features a soaring, sloping ceiling; three tall windows; and a large closet with a transom window overhead that opens onto the atrium and allows light to filter in from the skylight. Along one wall of the atrium is a long walk-through closet that is accessible from both the bedroom and the master bath and includes built-in shelving.

The master bath, accessible from the closet and the hall, features a whirlpool tub with a skylight overhead, a dual-sink vanity, and a separate enclosure with the commode and a large glass-enclosed shower. Extra storage has been created under the eaves on this level.

The partially above-ground lower level features a family room a few steps down from the rest of the level, adding drama to the 15-foot ceilings. The family room echoes the living room above, with a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and cabinets. French doors open onto a private flagstone patio, with charming arches created from latticework reaching to the deck overhead.

The lower level includes a full bath and a large finished utility and storage room that can easily function as an exercise room or office. The nearby laundry room is large enough to hold an extra refrigerator/freezer and storage shelves.

The home's Southern exposure adds to its charm on sunny days, and the owners have maintained and upgraded the home to add comfort. A custom stereo system provides music in the living room, kitchen and family room; recessed lighting with dimmers in all rooms allows for mood lighting; and ceiling fans, along with dual-zone heating and air conditioning, keep the temperature comfortable.

Details

Address: 3944 Highwood Court NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Community: Hillandale

Age: 13 years

Price: $995,000

Size: Lot size 2,420 square feet

Taxes: $5,505 in 2002

Exterior features: All brick Federal-style town home; flagstone walkway with low brick walls and iron gate; one-car garage; large deck; lower-level patio with garden area and arched walls.

Interior features: Three bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath, two fireplaces, foyer with marble flooring, dining room with three-level atrium overhead, living room with two sets of French doors, newly decorated kitchen with breakfast area and skylight, two large bedrooms with tile bath on second level, third-level master suite with vaulted ceilings, lower-level family room with 15-foot-high ceilings, full bath, laundry room, large storage area, potential office or exercise space.

Amenities: Gated community with 24-hour security, swimming pool and tennis court; stereo system in three rooms, ceiling fans, cable television in all rooms included in homeowner's fee, two-zone heating and air conditioning.

Close by: Georgetown, easy access to Virginia and Beltway via Chain Bridge

Open house: Feb. 23, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Mary Lynn White of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors at 202/966-1400


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