- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2003

When the owners of the home on the corner of 16th and Van Buren streets bought their home, they knew it had a rich history and would be a perfect place for their family to thrive.

In addition to the formal and informal spaces for entertaining and relaxing, the home has plenty of outdoor living space and even room to expand on two adjoining buildable lots.

Built in 1929, the house at 6600 16th St. NW was first the family home of builder Charles E. Spliedt, a partner in the construction firm of Schneider-Spliedt, along with Edwin Schneider.

The home’s value, according to the 1930 census, was $60,000. Today. it has been placed on the market for $1.95 million, a price that includes the surrounding buildable lots.

Located less than one block from Rock Creek Park and sited at high elevation, this English Tudor mansion presents a sophisticated setting for any lifestyle.

Guests stroll up a brick front walk surrounded by manicured lawns and trimmed shrubbery to the home, a blend of stone and wood trim. A tall, lighted flagpole stands at the center of the front lawn.

Relaxing outdoors comes easily when residents can follow the sun from the flagstone patio at the front of the house to the back of the home, where a flagstone patio has been expanded with a wood deck including built-in seating.

A basketball court has been built on the side of the house. The level lot could easily accommodate a swimming pool or tennis court or be converted to a family compound with a guesthouse — or even two homes — for extended family members.

Inside, the home features such elegant, old-fashioned touches as hardwood flooring, natural wood moldings, leaded glass windows with mullions, decorative covers for each radiator and arched entrances to the formal rooms.

However, the traditional darkness of so many Tudor homes is missing. This residence has multiple windows on every side, keeping the rooms sunny and cheerful. The deep, 16-inch-thick stone walls keep the outdoor sounds away from the peaceful interior.

A wide central foyer with hardwood flooring includes a guest closet and a Waterford crystal chandelier overhead, along with three archways leading to the dramatic staircase at the end of the room and the formal living room and dining room on either side.

The wood staircase has a tall, mullioned window with leaded glass panes on the rear wall, plus a similar side window on the first landing.

The formal living room juts out to one side of the house, allowing three walls of windows to fill the room with light. Along the front wall are French doors that open onto the flagstone front porch.

A stone fireplace at one end of the room adds warmth to this grand space, which measures 15 feet by 24 feet and has hardwood flooring.

Across the foyer, the dining room also has hardwood flooring, along with a Waterford crystal chandelier and a stone fireplace.

Wood French doors open off the dining room on either end. At the front of the house, the French doors lead into a cozy library with built-in bookcases and a bay window with transom windows above. Terra cotta tile underfoot adds to the sunroom feel of the room.

On the other side of the dining room, wood French doors open onto a sunny separate breakfast room, which has a deep bay window with a granite window seat. The owners will convey the matching granite breakfast table to their buyers.

Adjacent to the breakfast room, the updated kitchen includes Corian counters and a Corian island, cherry cabinets with pull-out drawers and a walk-in pantry.

Ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen has been extended into the unique butler’s pantry/solarium, a space that once was probably a screened porch. This room includes cherry cabinets and Corian counters to match the kitchen, plus windows on three sides and walls of brick and stone. At either end of this room are stone arches surrounding large windows.

The main level also includes a powder room tucked near the main staircase and an unusual storage closet, underneath the stairs, which the owners have dubbed their “wedding-gift-storage closet.” This walk-in closet includes Corian shelving.

The lower level, accessible from a staircase off the kitchen, has a finished game room with ceramic-tile flooring and space for a sitting area as well as a billiard table, which will convey to the buyers.

Paneled walls create a warm atmosphere for this level, which also has laundry equipment designed to fit inside a cabinet with a Corian counter in the utility room and plenty of storage space. A second powder room is nearby.

The garage off the lower level has been upgraded with heat for a warmer beginning to winter’s morning commute. The owners also added built-in tall storage lockers and tile flooring.

The first of two upper levels has a wide landing leading to bedrooms.

The master bedroom has a deep bay window, plus an additional picture window and built-in bookshelves and cabinets. The master bedroom has an arched entrance to the room and a cedar walk-in closet.

The master bath links to a second bedroom, currently in use as a study. This room has a wall of closets as well as built-in bookshelves and cabinets.

Off the study is an enclosed heated porch with a ceiling fan. These three rooms together create an extensive master suite.

The third and fourth bedrooms on this level share a connecting full bath. A cedar linen closet can be accessed from the hall.

Rooms in the finished attic level feature dormer windows and sloping ceilings, creating nooks for curling up with a book or listening to music.

More info:

Address: 6600 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20012

Community: Sixteenth Street Heights

Age: Built in 1929

Price: $1.95 million

Size: About 5,500 finished square feet on site of 11,500 square feet, with two adjacent buildable lots of 8,750 and 6,000 square feet. Property totals 26,250 square feet.

Taxes: $7,152 in 2003

Exterior features: Tudor-style single-family home constructed of stone with wood timbers; lighted flagpole on front lawn; exterior property lighting; stone retaining wall; window security bars; lawn-sprinkler system; heated two-car, side-entry garage with storage lockers and tile floor

Interior features: Six bedrooms; three full baths; two powder rooms; hardwood flooring; leaded glass windows; bow windows; formal living room; formal dining room; library; separate breakfast room; updated kitchen; butler’s pantry/solarium; four bedrooms and two full baths on second level with heated enclosed porch or home office; finished third level with two more bedrooms, third bath and study; finished lower level with game room, utility room; additional under-stairs storage on main level with Corian shelves.

Amenities: Front flagstone patio, rear flagstone patio and wood deck with built-in benches, basketball court, Waterford crystal chandeliers, radiator covers in every room, gas radiator heat in addition to forced-air heat, central air conditioning, two fireplaces, ceiling fans and intercom and security systems.

Close by: Easy access to downtown Washington and to the Beltway via Georgia Avenue.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Helen Dodson with Long & Foster Realtors, 202/243-2955

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