- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Streets named for flowers are a trademark of Washington’s Shepherd Park neighborhood, off 16th Street in Northwest, where well-kept homes in a variety of styles boast flower-filled gardens in warmer months.

This tightly connected neighborhood has an e-mail newsletter, which helps keep residents in close touch and enhances the village feeling of this urban area.

Local residents have designed a sweatshirt with a map of the neighborhood, “Northwest D.C.’s Gateway” and the phrase “A Garden of Diversity” on the back, reflecting the community’s pride that they live in one of Washington’s most ethnically diverse areas.

One home buyer will get a chance to experience the community spirit of Shepherd Park firsthand. At 1525 Iris St. NW, a Colonial-style home built in 1927 is now on the market for $1.25 million.

Renovated in 1992, when the main entrance of the home was moved from 16th Street to Iris Street, this home has been a haven for a family that loves to display an eclectic collection of art and entertain friends in their easily flowing home.

With more than 6,700 finished square feet, the house might sound imposing, but it has a comfortable charm along with its grandeur.

Outside, professional landscaping presents a mature garden surrounding the house and leading to the lawn in the fenced rear yard. The home has both a detached two-car garage and an attached two-car garage, each with extra storage space.

In addition to the garden beds and the lawn, a wide deck across the rear of the home and a built-in brick barbecue offer summer havens.

In 1992, the owners dramatically transformed the inside of their home, creating an extended art gallery with multiple windows and skylights from the original front porch, adding a warm, large family room, renovating all the bathrooms and finishing the attic level with a spectacular master suite.

During the renovation process, all the systems of the home were replaced, including the plumbing and electric system. The original detailed moldings and hardwood flooring blend easily with the new areas, and the entire home is wrapped in windows to take advantage of the southern exposure.

A transom window over the wood double front door adds to the sunlight pouring into the foyer. To the left of the foyer, the formal living room includes a marble fireplace; recessed lighting; and expanded living space, due to the art gallery wrapping around two sides of the room.

Gently arched Palladian windows throughout the home echo the arches in the foyer and hall. The owners had a grand piano in one corner of the living room, along with plenty of seating areas for guests.

Across the foyer and hall, the dining room, scene of many happy family dinners and elegant formal dinners, includes two sets of wood-trimmed French doors, which allow the room to be separated yet still visible.

Beyond the dining room is the family room addition, a soaring space with a cathedral ceiling, hardwood flooring, a glass door to the deck, multiple windows and a fireplace. Adjacent to the fireplace is a custom-designed entertainment center with sliding drawers for storing movies and music.

In the center of the home is an L-shaped kitchen and breakfast area with recessed lighting, custom-designed cabinets with pull-out drawers, a Jenn-Air cooktop, double wall ovens and plenty of windows on two sides. A glass door leads to the deck for easy access to the back yard when entertaining. Adjacent to the kitchen is a powder room and a deep coat closet.

The first of the two bedroom levels includes the original master bedroom suite, now a guest suite. This sunny space has windows on three sides, recessed lighting, multiple closets including a private linen closet and a private full bath.

Two additional bedrooms on this level each have large picture windows and share a full bath off the hall. Two linen closets complete this level.

The upper-level master suite features a charming bedroom with two deep window seats, skylights and dormer spaces, along with a wood-burning fireplace and a built-in vanity.

Two walk-in closets on this level provide ample space for clothing, and each has been designed with built-in drawers.

Sunlight glints off the double-size marble whirlpool tub in the master bath, which has skylights, several windows and a glass-enclosed large-scale shower.

The finished lower level has a large, open recreation room with a gas fireplace and a complete kitchenette with a refrigerator, dishwasher and stove.

The recreation room has space for both a seating area and a game area with a billiards table, plus a powder room for guests. A glass door leads to the back yard, and another door opens onto a large wine cellar, which leads to cedar closet.

On the opposite side of the stairs are a large bedroom with an adjacent full bath and two closets. The bedroom functions as a home office but could be used as an in-law or au pair suite, along with the adjacent kitchen.

While not as well-known as Georgetown or Capitol Hill, Shepherd Park offers another Washington neighborhood with interesting and attractive homes and a strong sense of community.

Address: 1525 Iris St. NW, Washington DC 20012

Community: Shepherd Park

Age: Built in 1927, renovated in 1992

Price: $1.25 million

Size: 6,783 finished square feet including finished basement, on a lot of 9,707 square feet

Taxes: $4,833 in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style home of brick, stone and cedar siding; professionally landscaped; fenced yard; one attached two-car garage and one detached two-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; two half-baths; original hardwood flooring in foyer; generous formal living room with marble fireplace and skylights; Palladian windows throughout home; formal dining room with two sets of French doors; L-shaped kitchen with door to deck; family room with fireplace and entertainment center; second bedroom level with three bedrooms and two full baths; upper-level master suite with bath, multiple walk-in closets; finished lower-level recreation room with full kitchen, plus adjacent bedroom with full bath.

Amenities: Four fireplaces, extensive deck, outdoor barbecue, three-zone heat and air conditioning, professional-quality communications system with multiple phone lines.

Close by: Easy access to downtown Washington via 16th Street or to the Beltway via 16th Street and Georgia Avenue.

Open house: Sunday, Feb. 1, 1 to 3 p.m.; or by appointment

Contact: Realtor Jane Davis Adams, 202/726-0276

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