- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2005

City amenities and a quiet village atmosphere represent the best of both worlds for many home buyers, but this combination can be hard to locate.

In the Berkley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, charming Colonial-style and Cape Cod-style homes line narrow streets that curve gently above MacArthur Boulevard.

On Berkley streets, children play, neighbors stroll along admiring each other’s gardens, and dog owners enjoy taking their canine friends for walks on the sloping lanes.

Battery Kemble Park and Palisades Park are nearby, offering more opportunities for outdoor activities.

Other local gathering places include the Palisades Library and the Palisades Recreation Center, along with nearby restaurants off MacArthur Boulevard. Shops and services also can be found in close proximity to the homes.

This section of Washington may be quiet, but it also offers easy access to Georgetown and downtown Washington for commuting and enjoying the city’s cultural opportunities.

The butter-yellow brick Colonial home at 2366 King Place NW rests on top of a low hill on a corner lot in Berkley and includes green shutters and a slate roof.

On the market for $1,195,000, this 53-year-old home has been updated with a modern kitchen but has kept its old-fashioned appeal.

The exterior of the home includes a covered front porch, a sloping front yard with ground cover and a one-car garage, with additional parking in the driveway. The back of the home includes a fully fenced yard with mature trees, a lawn, garden beds, low stone walls and flagstone patios. A built-in hot tub is in one secluded corner.

Inside, the front door opens onto a foyer with hardwood flooring. To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, which has a gas fireplace, recessed lighting and two front windows. The entire home has hardwood flooring. Beyond the living room, the formal dining room includes chair-rail moldings, a chandelier and recessed lighting.

French doors link the dining room to the solarium, which has three walls of windows framing views of the back yard, plus glass doors on either end that open onto flagstone patios. The solarium blends indoors and outdoors with ease, with a flagstone floor and sloping wood ceiling. The floor is heated, and the solarium includes a separate heating and cooling system so that it can be used in any season.

On the other side of the formal dining room is the kitchen, which has hardwood flooring and stainless-steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Viking range.

This elegant-looking room includes a double window over the oversize sink, custom-designed 42-inch wood cabinets, a tile backsplash and granite counters.

The main level also includes a cozy den with a ceiling fan and built-in cabinets and bookshelves on either side of the front window, which overlooks the porch.

Just off the den are a walk-in closet with pantry shelves and a full bath, so the den can function easily as a guest room.

The wood front staircase has a carpet runner and wainscoting on the stairwell walls. The master bedroom includes a large closet and a private full bath.

The second bedroom includes two closets and windows on two sides. The owners are using the third bedroom as a home office. All three bedrooms have hardwood flooring.

The two secondary bedrooms share a hall bath.

Hardwood stairs lead to the fourth level, a finished loft with six skylights, windows at each end and storage built into the eaves. The loft has hardwood flooring and plenty of space for use as a bedroom, home office, play area or studio. It includes track and recessed lighting.

Hardwood stairs lead from the kitchen to the lower level, which has access to the one-car garage and an additional entrance that would make this an ideal au pair or in-law suite.

This level has flagstone flooring in the hall and the finished recreation room, which has a wood-burning fireplace and pocket doors to link the room with the hall.

The lower level also has storage under the stairs and in a large unfinished storage room, plus a laundry room with a stacked full-size washer and dryer. Nearby is a full bath.

Built 53 years ago, this traditional home produces a warmth that seems to come from the generations of families who have lived and laughed here.

Address: 2366 King Place NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Foxhall/Berkley

Age: Built in 1952

Price: $1,195,000

Size: 5,815 square foot lot

Taxes: $5,994 in 2004

Exterior features: Colonial-style, yellow-painted brick with slate roof, covered front porch, rear lawn and garden beds; one-car garage parking plus space for a second car in the driveway

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; hardwood flooring throughout; foyer entrance; formal living room; formal dining room; main-level den; solarium with heated tile flooring; granite kitchen counters and upgraded appliances; lower-level recreation room with fireplace, storage room, full bath and separate entrance; upper level with three bedrooms and two full baths; finished fourth-level loft with skylights for use as bedroom or office

Amenities: Hot tub and flagstone patios in back yard, two fireplaces, crown moldings and chair-rail moldings, built-in bookcases, security system

Close by: Walk to Battery Kemble Park and Palisades Park; close to Palisades library, Palisades Recreation Center, MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants; easy trip to Georgetown or downtown Washington or to Virginia via Chain Bridge

Schools: Key Elementary, Fillmore Junior High, Woodrow Wilson Senior High

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Sue Glowacki of EYA/UrbanProperties, 202/303-3450

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