- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2005

With the spires of Washington National Cathedral towering nearby, the 3-year-old home at 3700 Cathedral Ave. NW might seem to be overwhelmed. Not so. This elegant Colonial-style brick home’s distinctive design allows it to create its own presence.

Built in 2002 and on the market for $2,300,000, this home rests in a prime location near the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues.

A few blocks’ stroll north or south on Wisconsin Avenue leads to popular local restaurants and shops. By car, residents can travel quickly to Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, downtown and even the Beltway.

This semidetached home faces Cathedral Avenue and presents itself as a wide single-family home. Only after turning the corner onto 38th Street does it become clear that the residence is part of a row of elegant brick homes. A two-car underground garage adds to the convenience of this home, which has a private interior elevator linking all four floors.

The architect of this home paid careful attention to blend new amenities and sophisticated details with the Colonial-style exterior, which matches the surrounding neighborhood.

Windows are carefully angled to capture the cathedral spires as often as possible while filling the home with natural light. Iron detailing over some of the front windows matches the railings that surround the side patio and add interest to the facade.

Inside, polished hardwood flooring smooths the way from one room to the next on the main level, which features rooms defined by decorative columns and wide, open doorways.

High ceilings with ceiling fans add to the sense of space in the gracious rooms, where entertaining can be accomplished with ease.

The open foyer offers a glimpse into the adjacent formal dining room, which has two decorative columns framing the doorway, tall windows, crown and chair-rail moldings, a chandelier, and a deep bay window overlooking the street.

The formal living room features a tall box bay window, recessed lighting and a raised-hearth marble gas fireplace with a Colonial-style mantel.

Nearby are a powder room and several closets, along with a hall leading to the elevator and stairs to the lower level. The lower level includes closets, storage space and an entrance to the garage.

Across from the open living room, a wide hall leads into the kitchen and breakfast area and family room.

This expansive open section of the home has two sets of glass doors, which open onto a flagstone patio privately placed at the side of the home. The family room includes a gas fireplace with a mantel and built-in cabinets and bookcases on either side.

Both the breakfast area and the family room include box bay windows, which allow more light into the rooms, and the family room also has tall windows across the front of the home.

The kitchen features polished maple cabinets with pewter knobs; granite counters; and a granite center island for food preparation, extra storage and a breakfast bar.

The upgraded stainless-steel appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking six-burner cooktop, double wall ovens and a built-in GE Profile microwave.

The oak staircase, which leads to the two upper levels, has been placed at the front corner of the house, which allows for multiple windows at each landing looking out the side of the home and the front.

The first of the two upper levels includes double doors off the main landing, leading to the gracious master suite. The first room of the suite is a large sitting room with a bay window and a view of the cathedral.

Double doors connect the sitting room with the bedroom, which has a box bay window in addition to two tall front windows and another view of the cathedral’s spires.

The luxurious master bath has ceramic-tile flooring, a whirlpool tub set in a box bay window, two vanities with multiple drawers and cabinets, and a large shower with a glass door and multiple shower heads. Pocket doors connect the bath to a double-size walk-in closet.

This level also includes a hall off the landing leading to the elevator and into the second bedroom suite, which has a box bay window, a walk-in closet and a private full bath.

The oak stairs curve to the upper level of the home, which features the best views of the cathedral from several rooms.

At the top of the stairs is a flexible open space with an enormous half-moon window and additional windows. This space includes a ceiling fan and functions easily as a playroom, computer area or library.

Nearby, the upper-level laundry room includes multiple cabinets, counter space and a sink. Across the hall are the elevator and a walk-in linen closet. This level has a second linen closet and a utility room with extra storage.

The third bedroom upstairs has a ceiling fan and a walk-in closet. The fourth bedroom, in the front corner of the home, has a walk-in closet and a cathedral view.

The fifth bedroom has tall windows with a similar view but lacks a closet. This room easily could be outfitted with a wardrobe or be used as a secluded home office.

The upper level also includes a full bath.

With about 4,500 finished square feet of living space on four levels, this residence provides enough space for family and friends to visit and enjoy life in style.

Address: 3700 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Cathedral Heights, the Town Homes of Alban Row

Age: Three years

Price: $2,300,000

Size: About 4,500 finished square feet on lot of 7,841 square feet

Taxes: $14,959 in 2004

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial-style semidetached end-unit home with two-car underground garage, enclosed flagstone patio off main level

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 31/2 baths; hardwood flooring on main level; elegant open foyer; wide oak stairs with oak railings; formal dining room with bay window; formal living room with fireplace; open kitchen, breakfast area and family room with fireplace, bookcases, glass doors to patio; second-level master suite; second-level laundry room; upper-level open room for play area or second family room; finished lower-level storage areas and access to garage

Amenities: Elevator that reaches all four floors; two gas fireplaces; large windows, transoms and ceiling fans; zoned temperature control; Washington National Cathedral views

Close by: Within one block of Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues for easy access to Georgetown, Upper Georgetown and downtown; two blocks to cathedral

Open house: April 10 and April 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Janet Lebedeker, 561/309-5061

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