- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 7, 2004

The architect-owner of the home at 2419 Sandburg St. in Dunn Loring has accomplished the nearly impossible. From the outside, the home charms observers with its original Sears bungalow front section. But guests who travel from the older section to the newer section will discover warm contemporary rooms that welcome friends and family into the 21st century with ease.

Built in 1924, this Crescent model was ordered from the Sears catalog and built on a lot slightly larger than a quarter-acre. The home was originally used as a rooming house for Bailey Circus performers. This section of the structure has been restored with most of the original windows intact and the hardwood flooring refurbished.

Now on the market for $935,000, this home offers flexible spaces and includes four bedrooms; three offices; and a low-maintenance garden with more than 250 shrubs, plants and trees established by the owners.

From the front, the home retains its old-fashioned charm, which has been enhanced with brick walkways, garden beds, a pergola leading to the side garden and an inviting front porch with two benches.

The shingle front has been painted a creamy butter shade with a cheerful blue front door framed by columns and dormer windows upstairs. The contemporary addition features cedar siding and stucco walls, which blend with the original building.

Outdoor living space includes a deck off the dining room, two “Romeo and Juliet” balconies off the master bedroom and another balcony off the upper-level corridor.

The gardens, which encompass three sides of the home, include grassy areas for seating and meandering paths with benches for enjoying the blossoms. The owners carefully created a low-maintenance yard with an English garden ambience.

Inside, the owners expanded the original structure as well as the addition with handcrafted woodwork in each room. Both owners enjoy woodworking, and most rooms include wood-trimmed doors and windows, along with extensive wood shelving. The owners also created a system of both mood and functional lighting for the entire home.

The front door opens onto a two-story entrance and two-story living room, which opens to the home-office loft with skylight far overhead. The living room includes a wood-burning fireplace, original wood floors, yellow sponge-painted walls and plenty of tall windows. The adjacent library includes windows on two sides of the room and a wall of built-in wood shelves and cabinets that includes a pull-out writing desk.

Behind the living room but still in the original part of the home is a first-floor bedroom with two windows overlooking the garden and a private vanity with a sink. Nearby are the stairs to the lower level and a large powder room with an original exterior door, which has been enhanced with privacy glass.

A two-story conservatory with walls of glass on two sides links the original home and the new addition. This area has plenty of wood trim, including a wood-trimmed cat entrance, and Mexican-tile flooring. A sliding-glass door leads from this space to the side garden.

A step-up leads into the dramatic open kitchen and dining area, both of which have been placed at an angle to echo the main house structure and to take full advantage of the north-south exposure.

Wood-trimmed windows on each side of the space add natural light.

The kitchen has been designed for multiple cooks to work with ease, including two sinks and food preparation areas, a gas cooktop, an electric cooktop, and upgraded appliances.

The counters are a blend of granite and laminate with wood trim, and the lighting system includes floor lights, track lights, under-cabinet lighting and recessed lighting.

The owners paid careful attention to detail and included a recessed towel rack, sponge drawers, slide-out drawers, a special cabinet for serving trays, a wine cabinet and extra storage wherever possible. The dining area open to the kitchen includes a sliding-glass door to the deck, and a pocket door links this area to the back hall.

A step-down links the dining room to the family room, a generously sized room with high ceilings, 8-foot south-facing windows, two glass doors to the garden and dramatic handcrafted wood beams across the ceiling.

The wood-burning fireplace includes a granite hearth and two wood trapdoors on either side for storing the wood.

Wood stairs lead from the living room to the open loft/office on the upper level, where the owners have framed three tall windows with wood trim and wood bookshelves.

The loft includes substantial space for an office overlooking the living room and expands along the side of the overlook into one of the deep dormer windows at the front of the home. Above the loft is a high, sloping ceiling with skylights. All the skylights in the home include power shades.

Adjacent to the loft is another office at the front of the home with a window seat with storage in the dormer window. To bring more light into this space, the owners moved a large curved exterior window from the original home and installed it so that it opens over the open living area.

This office was originally a bedroom and can be converted back with the addition of a wardrobe.

A small step-up leads into the new section of the home over a bridge area, which overlooks the conservatory below.

The second bedroom of this home includes three tall windows and a ceiling fan and overlooks the side garden below.

The third bedroom has recessed lighting and a deep window seat. Attic storage is accessible from the hall, which also includes skylights.

The luxurious hall bath includes a dramatic round window overlooking the rear garden, a large whirlpool tub, a heat lamp and a glass-enclosed shower, along with such practical touches as a deep medicine cabinet with space for a hair dryer and a hidden electrical outlet. A second water heater on this level means the upper-level baths have almost instant hot water.

A second bridge links the secondary bedrooms with the master suite and includes windows on either side.

The unusual master suite features a large bedroom with a cathedral ceiling with skylights far overhead. On either side of the room are the Romeo and Juliet balconies overlooking the gardens.

Most walls of the bedroom include tall built-in wardrobes with stained-glass inserts and custom-designed space for clothing and shoes. A matching built-in partial wall provides a headboard for the bed and includes built-in nightstands.

On the other side of this headboard is the master bath, which includes glass-block walls around the water closet and shower that reach part of the way to the ceiling, a tub near the window and a vanity surrounded by built-in cabinets including a laundry hamper.

More info:

Address: 2419 Sandburg St., Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Community: Dunn Loring

Age: Built in 1924

Price: $935,000

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet on lot of 0.27 acres

Taxes: $4,651 in 2003

Exterior features: Original Sears Crescent bungalow with cedar shingles, cypress siding and stucco; brick walkway, asphalt drive to two-car garage, low maintenance gardens with more than 250 plants, shrubs and trees with grassy seating areas and walkways with benches

Interior features: Four bedrooms; two full baths; one half bath; original wood flooring; some original windows; two-story entrance into two-story living room; library with built-in bookcases; first-level guest bedroom; two-story Mexican-tile conservatory with sliding glass door to side garden; kitchen with gas and electric cooking, upgraded appliances, granite counters and breakfast bar; dining room with sliding glass door to deck and garden; family room with high-beamed ceiling, fireplace, multiple tall windows and doors; back hall with convenient storage; loft/office overlooking foyer with built-in shelves; separate upper-level home office; hall bath with whirlpool tub and glass multihead shower; private master suite with cathedral ceilings, skylights, walls of built-in shelves and closets, two separate balconies, glass-block enclosed shower and water closet, tub

Amenities: Deck, multiple balconies, two wood-burning fireplaces, upgraded mood lighting in most rooms, attic storage, basement storage, washer and dryer on bedroom level

Close by: One mile to Dunn Loring Metro; one block to the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Park; short drive to Tysons Corner, Vienna, Falls Church

Schools: Stenwood Elementary, Kilmer Middle and Marshall High

Open house: Oct. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Leslie Hutchinson of RE/MAX Distinctive Real Estate at 703/675-2188.

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