- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2004

Logan Circle is widely regarded as one of Washington’s hot neighborhoods, where historic buildings that had become dilapidated and dangerous have been transformed into trendy condominiums and town homes.

Just off the circle are streets with boutiques and ethnic restaurants, theaters and more contemporary-style condominiums and homes that are attracting a well-heeled population.

While some of the new streets teem with life day and night, buyers looking to be part of the action yet apart from it might want to look at the home now on the market at 1415 Columbia St. NW. Just two blocks long, Columbia Street (accessible from O Street) presents an old-fashioned ambience closer to that of Georgetown than Logan Circle.

The elegant Victorian-style homes have been renovated to present a pristine facade. Inside, this home has been upgraded with contemporary amenities and a decor that complements the 19th century exterior.

Now on the market for $890,000, this home was built in 1872 and renovated in 2002. The stately brick front includes a brick sidewalk and brick front stoop. In the back of the house, a wood walkway leads from the kitchen to a generous wood deck surrounded by garden beds and fully fenced for privacy.

Inside, the front room of the home is the formal living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace and a bay window. The living room has hardwood flooring and one wall of exposed brick, plus a coat closet. Nearby is a powder room with a storage closet hidden behind a door.

In the center of this level is the formal dining room, a graceful room with a crystal chandelier and hardwood flooring.

Next to the dining room is the central staircase to the upper level that has a custom-built wrought-iron railing and a skylight at the top that filters light into the dining room. Additional storage has been created under the stairs.

Throughout the home, recessed lighting and designer light fixtures have been installed to enhance the property, along with custom-designed decor and window treatments.

The kitchen includes ceramic-tile flooring and a serving area adjacent to the dining room with wine storage and a GE Monogram beverage center. The kitchen features sleek maple cabinets and a pantry with modular drawers and storage.

Granite counters and a custom drainboard have been added, along with under-cabinet lighting.

The stainless-steel professional-quality appliances include a 48-inch Viking Professional gas range with a grill and griddle, a double oven including a convection oven, and a vent hood with warming lights and shelves.

Other stainless-steel appliances include a GE Advantium speed-cook oven, a Jenn-Air dishwasher, and a GE Profile Arctica refrigerator with express chill and filtered water and ice features. A breakfast bar with copper pendant lights and granite counters is adjacent to the glass door to the yard.

Just beyond the breakfast bar is the home office overlooking the back yard. The office has hardwood flooring and two custom, built-in work areas.

As part of the Smart House wiring installed during the renovation, the home office has been wired for networked computers and printers.

Other innovations include multizone audio and video systems, a multiple-phone network, cable and audio-video systems for most rooms, and a central communications/security/entertainment wiring hub for easy system adjustments. The home also has programmable scene-lighting switches and controls.

Other household systems that have been installed or improved include new gas heat and central air conditioning, radiant floor heating with programmable thermostats, a new heat-reflective roof and gutter system, new double-paned windows, a central vacuum system and upgraded plumbing and electrical systems.

On the upper level, the smart wiring continues in the central media room, which has wiring for satellite, cable and HDTV, a built-in 5.1 Bose home-theater sound system, and custom built-ins for audiovisual components. The media room also includes a service bar and mini-refrigerator.

The master suite at the rear of the upper level features hardwood flooring; a walk-in closet; a stacked Maytag Neptune washer and dryer; and an elegant private bath including a multiple-head shower with a marble bench; tile flooring; a large window and an antique sink with a marble top and brass fixtures.

The upper level also includes a hall bath and a second bedroom at the front of the home with a wood-burning fireplace and walk-in closet.

Sophisticated buyers will appreciate the blend of Victorian elegance and high-tech wizardry in this Logan Circle home, along with the ability to walk to city hot spots while residing on a quiet street with an Old World feel.

Address: 1415 Columbia St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Community: Logan Circle

Age: Built 1872, renovated 2002

Price: $890,000

Size: 1,800 finished square feet on lot of 1,838 square feet

Taxes: $2,593 in 2003

Exterior features: All-brick 19th-century Victorian town house with stately brick front, brick stoop, brick sidewalks, private fenced back yard with wood terrace.

Interior features: Two bedrooms; two full baths; one half-bath; formal living room; formal dining room with crystal chandelier; central staircase with skylight and custom wrought-iron railing; kitchen with upgraded appliances, granite counters, serving area with wine storage and wine refrigerator, breakfast bar; home office off kitchen; media room on upper level.

Amenities: Two wood-burning fireplaces; home office wired for networked computers; media room wired for home theater, satellite, HDTV and cable, and includes service bar with mini-refrigerator; new gas heat and central air conditioning, new central vacuum system, programmable light switches, central communication/security/entertainment wiring hub.

Close by: Walk to Logan Circle, Metro, Dupont Circle, downtown

Open house: June 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Willie Parker at Tutt, Taylor and Rankin Real Estate, 202/939-1229.

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