- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2005

Living a half-block from Wisconsin Avenue in the center of Georgetown is a fantasy for folks who long to be part of the traditional community,

home to politicians, diplomats, journalists, lobbyists and attorneys. The Potomac waterfront, eclectic shops, delectable restaurants, parks and local night life are all activities easily accessible for Georgetown residents.

Now a historic home, built around 1900, is available at 3126 N St. NW, priced at $1,349,000. This home has been extensively renovated, yet features some original windows and original wood doors, the original heart-of-pine flooring on all three levels and gas lighting fixtures in the main living areas.

The property’s charming enclosed garden provides a secret, quiet haven in the middle of bustling Georgetown village.

This three-level home, which has painted gray shingles and black shutters, begins with a foyer with heart-of-pine flooring and a wood staircase to the main level. To the left of the foyer is a guest bedroom with Berber carpeting, two windows with white blinds, a walk-in closet and a gas fireplace with a brick mantel and surround.

The adjacent full bath features white ceramic-tile flooring and a large shower with white ceramic-tile walls.

This level also includes a brick-walled wine cellar tucked under the stairs, a laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer, an extra freezer and overhead lighting, and a storage/utility room with trap-door access to the kitchen above.

The main level features a landing with a skylight and a coat closet. Arched open doorways link the formal living room and formal dining room, with a second set of arched doorways with pocket doors linking the dining room and kitchen.

The formal dining room includes recessed lighting, heart-of-pine floors, crown moldings, an electric and gas brass chandelier and two matching gas wall sconces. A two-sided gas fireplace with brick surrounds and a mantel is shared with the living room and flanked by the arched doorways.

The formal living room includes two tall windows facing the street with white blinds, crown moldings, recessed lighting, an electric and gas brass chandelier to match the dining room and built-in stereo speakers.

Pocket doors link the dining room to the custom kitchen, which includes a sitting area or small family room. This sitting area can also function as a casual dining area or library.

The kitchen includes custom cabinets with dentil moldings and brass hardware, heart-of-pine flooring, crown moldings, built-in speakers, overhead lighting and granite counters.

The large granite center island includes a breakfast bar with brass overhead lighting, and the appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a black-on-black gas cooktop, two dishwashers and black-on-black built-in microwave and regular ovens.

The entire rear wall of the kitchen and sitting area features three sets of French doors with transoms, framing a view of the brick patio and garden. Flower beds and low shrubs surround the brick patio, which has one brick wall and two walls of fencing.

The main level also includes a powder room with a pocket door off the sitting area. The powder room has heart-of-pine flooring, crown moldings and a granite vanity.

A hardwood staircase leads from the dining room to the third floor, which has a wide landing with heart-of-pine flooring, crown moldings, recessed lighting, and an electric and gas brass chandelier. Adjacent to the landing is a laundry closet with a pocket door, a full-size washer and dryer, a storage shelf and a safe.

At the front of the home is a large bedroom with heart-of-pine flooring, two tall windows with white blinds, crown moldings and a closet. The adjacent full bath includes inlaid marble flooring, a window, a marble vanity, recessed lighting and a shower with marble walls and a glass door.

At the back of the home is the master suite, which has two tall windows and two Palladian-style French doors with southern exposure, overlooking the rear garden.

The bedroom has high ceilings, heart-of-pine flooring, crown moldings, built-in speakers and one wall of floor-to-ceiling closets. The elegant private bath includes marble floors and marble tub and shower surrounds, a window, a marble vanity, recessed lighting, a linen closet, wall sconces, overhead lighting, a claw-foot tub and a separate shower with marble walls, a marble bench and a glass door.

This bathroom has an unusual high-tech feature, a see-through mirror for a built-in hidden television with a remote.

Even with such renovations as an upgraded kitchen, a stereo system and recessed lighting, this sophisticated Georgetown home retains an old-fashioned ambience with its brick fireplaces, wood floors and gas lighting. The owners managed to bridge the centuries with ease.

Address: 3126 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Circa 1900, extensive recent renovations

Price: $1,349,000

Size: About 2,200 square feet on lot of 1,164 square feet

Taxes: $7,992 estimated in 2005

Homeowner’s association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style attached town home with gray-painted siding and black shutters; landscaped front garden

Interior features: Three bedrooms; three full baths; powder room; heart-of-pine flooring; lower-level guest bedroom with fireplace, private full bath, walk-in closet; laundry room; storage/utility room; living room; formal dining room; recessed lighting; gas chandelier and gas sconces; center-island kitchen with breakfast bar and sitting area, granite counters, custom cabinets; three sets of French doors link kitchen to garden; nearby powder room; hardwood staircase; upper-level laundry closet with storage shelf and safe; master bedroom overlooking garden with wall of built-in closets, luxury bath with claw-foot tub and separate glass-door marble shower; front bedroom with private bath

Amenities: Fully fenced back garden with brick patio; two gas fireplaces; wine cellar; security system; built-in stereo system

Close by: Walk to shops, restaurants in Georgetown; easy access to downtown Washington and Dupont Circle

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Suzanne Goldstein of Long & Foster Realtors at 202/244-0400.

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