- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

When visitors stroll the side streets of Georgetown, they often gaze longingly at the curtained windows of the brick row houses, wondering what the rooms are like inside.

Although many of Georgetown’s historic homes feature standard center-hall Colonial-style interiors, some have been dramatically altered to suit contemporary tastes for open, light-filled rooms.

The semi-detached brick home at 1684 32nd St., occupying a corner lot on Reservoir Road and 32nd Street, has recently been completely refurbished with modern baths, an up-to-date kitchen and high-tech wiring.

Now on the market for $1,950,000, this home blends the best of Colonial-style elegance with detailed moldings and a wood-burning fireplace, along with a sophisticated modern ambience — with exotic rosewood hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, sleek pendant lighting, a plasma-screen television and four-zone integrated sound system.

Occupying a corner lot on a quiet Georgetown side street near Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks, this home presents a pristine presence inside and out.

The owners reconstructed the front walk and landing with brick and put in place a new low brick wall, which surrounds the property. The front yard includes a landscaped garden, while the back includes a flagstone parking pad for two cars tucked inside brick walls.

Flagstone steps lead to a flagstone terrace for outdoor dining. New Pella windows and French doors have been added to the entire property.

Inside, visitors step inside an almost loftlike space with walls of windows on three sides. This space stretches through the house to French doors leading to the flagstone terrace.

The open living and dining area features the wood-burning fireplace, which has a sleek 42-inch plasma-screen television, which will convey to the new owners. Detailed crown moldings surround this room, which has recessed lighting, mahogany railings on the staircase and plantation-style wood blinds on all the windows.

The rosewood flooring, which has been installed throughout the home, adds contemporary warmth to the rooms.

To one side of the living room is an updated powder room with rosewood flooring and upscale fixtures by Waterworks.

At the back of this level are the open kitchen and a breakfast area tucked into a box bay window with a modern chandelier overhead.

The kitchen features custom cherry cabinets, a breakfast bar, granite counters, pendant lighting, a Dacor stove, a Sub-Zero wine cooler, a KitchenAid stainless-steel refrigerator, a water purification system and a KitchenAid wall oven with a warming drawer. Two sets of French doors can be opened to the flagstone terrace.

During the recent renovation of this home, Myer-Emco installed Category 5 high-tech wiring with Internet wiring throughout the house and a security system, along with a four-zone stereo system. The entire home now has new plumbing and electrical systems.

The upper level features three bedrooms and two full baths. The front bedroom includes two skylights; recessed lighting; a picture window facing 32nd Street; and a second, smaller window. The second bedroom includes a wet bar with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, granite counters and cherry cabinets.

These two bedrooms share a full bath off the hall, which has Waterworks tile flooring and fixtures, along with a “frameless” glass shower with a body spray and a teakwood shower seat.

Nearby, a closet encloses a stacked Miele washer and dryer.

The master suite at the back of the house includes two skylights and six windows on two sides of the room, including a box bay sitting area. The master bath includes tile flooring and Waterworks fixtures, a frameless glass-enclosed shower, and a Jacuzzi tub.

The lower level has been designed as a private in-law suite, which can be accessed from inside the home or from a separate entrance on Reservoir Road. This suite includes a full-size eat-in kitchen with travertine flooring, a Dacor stove, a KitchenAid refrigerator, a Viking dishwasher, granite counters and custom-designed cabinetry.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the open living area, which has travertine flooring and new windows. The full bath includes a Jacuzzi tub, a frameless glass-enclosed shower and Waterworks fixtures with tile flooring. French doors lead from the living area into the bedroom, which has travertine flooring and a stacked Miele washer and dryer tucked into a closet.

Although the new owners will be tempted to entertain in their open living area on the main level or on their flagstone terrace in pleasant weather, the temptations of Georgetown may be greater. With restaurants and shops only one block away, residents of this delightful home may find themselves away from it as often as they are in it.

Address: 1684 32nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown, East Village

Age: Built in 1923

Price: $1,950,000

Size: 2,011-square-foot lot

Taxes: $7,575 in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick semi-detached town house, new brick landing and entrance, front garden, new low brick wall around the house, side entrance for in-law suite, flagstone terrace, two-car off-street parking

Interior features: Three bedrooms with 21/2 baths; open living and dining room with crown moldings, recessed lighting; skylights; remodeled baths with Waterworks fixtures; remodeled kitchen and breakfast area with upgraded appliances, cherry cabinetry, granite counters, pendant lighting, French doors to terrace; one upper-level bedroom includes a wet bar; master suite includes skylights and walk-in closet; stacked washer and dryer upstairs. Additional in-law suite has bedroom, full bath, living area, stacked washer and dryer and full kitchen.

Amenities: Exotic rosewood hardwood flooring, new Pella windows, high-tech wiring, security system, stereo system, two Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, all new plumbing and electrical systems.

Close by: One block to Wisconsin Avenue shops and restaurants and to Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks; easy access to downtown Washington, the Beltway and Virginia

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Jamie Peva of Coldwell Banker Previews International at 202/471-5263

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