- The Washington Times - Friday, January 10, 2003

Dupont Circle offers a distinctive urban mix of Victorian and Tudor houses, boxy modern apartments, fine museums such as the Phillips Collection, elegant hotels such as the Westin, neighborhood cafes next door to sophisticated restaurants, and the perfect location for long walks.

Home buyers comfortable with flexible room spaces will want to take a look at the home now on the market for $999,000 at 1270 New Hampshire Ave. NW. This gracious Victorian-style property, built circa 1890, has functioned as a home office and residence in recent years and as an apartment in earlier times.

With about 3,500 finished square feet on four levels, high ceilings and charming Victorian details, this home awaits the next family to decide how the rooms will be used.

The elegant brick facade includes a wide front porch overlooking a garden bed and tree-lined New Hampshire Avenue. Wrought iron decorates the front door, which opens onto a sun-filled reception area. A large brick patio and garden on one side of the house provides a place for entertaining friends and family or just relaxing in the sunshine. Wood trellises protect the garden and an arched and latticed wood fence frames the rear entrance into the garden.

Inside, Southern exposure combines with tall windows on three sides of the house to keep the home as sunny as possible. Transom windows over the entrances to different rooms add more light, along with a large skylight at the top of the staircase.

The main level has functioned as a home office recently and includes a double parlor at the front of the house with a fireplace at each end. Some of the original details in the house include hardwood flooring, original windows and detailed crown moldings.

At the center of the main level is another room with a fireplace and a chandelier, indicating that the room once served as the dining room. A pocket door can be closed to divide this room from the front reception area. The main level also includes a full bath. A smaller room, once the kitchen, serves as a rear vestibule that opens onto the rear covered deck.

The property includes a driveway off 21st Street that holds up to seven cars. This area is a buildable lot of 1,425 square feet. Zoning laws allow for up to 25 percent of this building to be used as office space and is restricted to one employee beyond family members.

The Victorian charm is appealing, but this home comes with modern comforts, as well central heat and central air conditioning, a surround-sound stereo system in many rooms, and an intercom system that includes a closed-circuit camera for checking on visitors to the front door.

A turned oak banister and oak stairs lead to the second level. The rooms on this level are almost completely open to each other, with the rooms defined by open doorways with transom windows overhead. At the front of the house are the living room and family room, which have some exposed brick walls, windows on three sides, and French doors to a wonderful wide wooden balcony overlooking New Hampshire Avenue.

Dinners for a crowd are easy to serve in the dining room, which has three large windows forming a gentle bay window. At the rear of the house is the new kitchen, which has windows on three sides overlooking the garden and 21st Street. Like the rest of this level, the kitchen has gleaming hardwood floors.

Since this was formerly a bedroom level, this floor includes a full bath, a quirky room with two exposed brick walls, marble floors and vanities, and a bathtub tucked into a corner a few steps above the rest of the room.

The oak stairs twist again on their way to the upper level, where a vast skylight opens the stairs to daylight. Hardwood flooring is underfoot on this level, too, which includes three bedrooms. The two front bedrooms, each with two dormer windows apiece, have nooks perfect for a small reading chair or a desk or dresser. The third bedroom, currently arranged as a large walk-in closet, includes walls of built-in shelving, and, in one corner, a stacked washer and dryer. This space could quickly be reconverted to a bedroom.

The full bath on this level has marble flooring, peach walls and a whirlpool tub.

The lower level has a separate entrance and can be rented as a private apartment or serve as an in-law suite. At the front of this unit is a small but efficient kitchen with terra cotta tile flooring, which leads into a living room. Off the living room are a new full bath and an entrance to a private patio tucked into a space between this home and the building next door.

This unit also includes an extra-large bedroom with closets lining two walls, and a second, smaller bedroom that can function as a home office or den. A utility room provides additional storage space for this part of the house.

Freshly painted and in excellent condition, this home awaits new residents to decide how to use the rooms.

Details

Address: 1270 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Community: Dupont Circle

Age: Built circa 1890

Price: $999,000

Size: About 3,500 square feet on site of 2,482 square feet

Taxes: $3,534 in 2001

Exterior features: Professionally landscaped front yard leading to wide front porch, wooden covered deck at back of house leading to driveway with room for seven cars.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, three gas fireplaces, hardwood floors on all three upper levels, parquet flooring on lower level, high ceilings, divided light and Tudor-style mullioned windows, bedroom level laundry room, skylight over curving wood staircase.

Amenities: Side garden with brick patio and wood trellises providing privacy and framed entrance, second level balcony overlooking street, intercom system with closed circuit camera, surround-sound stereo system in many rooms.

Close by: Walking distance to museums, restaurants, shops, Metro stations at Dupont Circle or Farragut North.

Open house: Sunday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Robin McKibbon Waughof Weichert Realtors at 703/917-0515

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