- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2004

Although not as well-known outside the Washington area as Georgetown and Capitol Hill, Observatory Circle is recognized by Washingtonians as an ideal neighborhood with tree-shaded streets; charming, old-fashioned homes; and a location with easy access to parks, shops and restaurants.

A New England-style Colonial home with storybook appeal at 3537 Edmunds St. NW epitomizes Observatory Circle. Now on the market for $1,495,000, this home rests behind a manicured lawn bisected by a flagstone walk.

Mature trees and garden beds surround the property, which has a distinctive stone chimney, pale-yellow-painted clapboard walls and traditional black shutters, with two quarter-moon windows winking on either side of the top of the chimney.

In pleasant weather, this home nearly doubles its living space with extensive porches and terraces. At the side of the home, accessible through French doors from the entry hall, is a covered porch with a picket fence on two sides and a columned step-down to a slate terrace on one side. A bead-board ceiling overhead protects the porch, allowing it to be used in three seasons.

The stone terrace adjacent to the porch is bordered by bushes and leads to the rear lawn, a level area that has been professionally landscaped. At the side of the yard is a detached two-car garage, which echoes the color and charm of the main house.

Inside, the owners have carefully renovated this 1920s home to reflect its original style yet accommodate modern needs. Throughout the home, hardwood floors have been polished and restored, and crown moldings add elegance to the main-level rooms.

The main entrance foyer in the home includes screened French doors that open onto the side porch, plus a wood staircase to the upper level.

The formal living room to the left of the foyer features a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by marble, recessed lighting, and both crown and chair-rail moldings. The formal dining room provides an elegant setting for entertaining and includes recessed lighting and a set of French doors, which open onto the stone terrace at the side of the house.

The owners renovated the kitchen, yet kept the elegant flavor of the home intact by having custom-designed furniture-quality cabinets installed with under-cabinet lighting, moldings and distinctive pewter handles.

The appliances have been upgraded with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking gas stove with a hood and a Miele dishwasher. Two windows over the sink add light to the room, which has entrances to the dining room and the family room. A half-bath with hardwood flooring is adjacent to the kitchen.

The family room features three walls of windows overlooking the garden and covering two-thirds of the space from floor to ceiling. A glass door leads to the garden.

The second floor features the first of two master suites, a gracious room with a dressing alcove and two closets, including a cedar closet. The private full bath has been renovated and includes Waterworks fixtures.

This level includes a second full bath off the hall, which has also been renovated.

Three more rooms on this floor can function in a variety of ways. All three can be used as bedroom spaces, or they can be used for sitting rooms, a playroom or a home office.

The front room includes a hall door and a glass door leading to an enclosed former sleeping porch with windows on three sides. A smaller room also includes a door to the hall and to the former sleeping porch.

Hardwood stairs lead to the attic level, which has been remodeled into a charming second master suite.

A window in the bedroom overlooks the stairs, bringing in more light, while a glass door and windows at the opposite end of the room frame views of the National Cathedral.

The glass door opens onto a flat roof overlooking the garden, which could be enclosed with a railing for use as a roof deck. It has two closets, including a cedar closet.

The master bath has marble flooring, a whirlpool tub and a glass-enclosed shower, plus two quarter-moon windows.

The unfinished lower level includes laundry facilities, utilities and a storage room with outside access.

The owners have added a security system and a stereo system that allows music to drift through the living room and kitchen and onto the porch.

Within walking distance are parks, the National Cathedral, the Naval Observatory, Embassy Row, and the shops and restaurants in Glover Park and Cleveland Park.

Address: 3537 Edmunds St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Observatory Circle

Age: Built in 1923

Price: $1,495,000

Size: Lot size of 5,750 square feet

Taxes: $7,074 in 2004

Exterior features: New England-style Colonial of pale yellow clapboard with stone front walk flanked by manicured lawn and garden beds; detached two-car garage at rear of property

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; one half-bath; hardwood flooring throughout; crown moldings on the main level; entry hall with French doors to side porch; large living room with wood-burning fireplace with marble surround; formal dining room with recessed lighting and French doors to slate terrace; renovated kitchen with upgraded appliances, custom-designed cabinetry and granite counters; family room with three sides of windows overlooking the garden and glass door to back yard; enclosed sleeping porch on second level that functions as playroom, office or sitting room; master suite with dressing alcove and private full bath; second master suite on the upper level with two closets, bath with glass-enclosed shower and whirlpool tub; lower-level laundry facilities

Amenities: Side porch with columns framing entrance to slate terrace; stereo speaker system in living room, kitchen and porch; alarm system; gas heat and hot water; two-zone air conditioning

Close by: Within walking distance of shops and restaurants in Cleveland Park and Glover Park, public parks, the National Cathedral, the Naval Observatory and Embassy Row; easy access to downtown and Georgetown

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor William F.X. Moody of Washington Fine Properties LLC, 202/243-1620

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