- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2005

Northwest Washington’s Spring Valley neighborhood features gently curving tree-lined streets, rolling hills and an atmosphere of a peaceful suburb rather than an urban neighborhood.

An eclectic mix of single-family homes in contemporary, Cape Cod, Victorian, Tudor, Colonial and French provincial styles reside in harmony on the streets of this area, many with mature trees for privacy and colorful gardens for the community to enjoy.

A vintage Tudor-style home on a prime corner lot in Spring Valley, at 4118 49th St. NW, is now on the market for $1,295,000.

Built in 1935, this home has been renovated and updated to meet modern standards, while retaining an old-fashioned charm.

Within walking distance of the home are myriad shops and restaurants along Massachusetts Avenue. An easy drive brings residents to upper Georgetown, the National Cathedral, Georgetown or the MacArthur Boulevard neighborhood, which has additional shops and restaurants. Commuting to downtown Washington or Dupont Circle via Massachusetts Avenue would be a breeze.

The white-painted brick exterior of this home includes stone accents around the front door, dark shutters and a slate roof. Flagstone steps lead to the elevated home past lawns and garden beds. The height of the home allows for additional privacy, since the rooms cannot be viewed from the street.

A multi-level flagstone terrace wraps around the corner and back of the house, shaded by mature trees and bordered by garden beds. The terraces offer plenty of space for grilling and dining outdoors, relaxing under the trees and for children’s play areas. The yard is entirely fenced and includes low stone walls that can be used for extra seating when entertaining.

A shared driveway reaches behind the house and into a parking pad for two cars and a one-car garage.

The front door is shaped with a pattern echoed in many of the doorways on the main level, with a softly rounded peak at the top providing an almost Mediterranean architectural element.

The wide foyer includes ceramic-tile flooring with colorful accent tiles in tones that blend with the paint colors in various rooms on the main and upper levels.

Hardwood flooring and mullioned windows add warmth and historic authenticity to the two upper levels of the home, along with deep baseboard trim and wide trim around the doors and windows.

To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, which has a stone fireplace, recessed lighting and windows on two sides of the room.

An arched doorway links the living room to the sunroom at the front of the house, which has a step-down and brick flooring. Windows wrap the room on three sides, while a skylight overhead adds more light to the cozy space.

On the opposite side of the living room, another arched doorway leads into the family room, which has two walls of built-in bookcases and cabinets, a large window framing a view of the back yard, and arched doorways into the powder room and main hall.

The formal dining room, linked by an arched door to the foyer, has a chandelier and mullioned windows on two sides. The adjacent kitchen has been updated with granite counters, a built-in microwave, a Bosch dishwasher and a Dacor range. The kitchen includes a window over the sink and another window, plus the door to the back yard.

A curving wood staircase leads from the foyer to the upper level, where all four bedrooms include cedar closets and mullioned windows framing treetop views. The pink-painted front bedroom has gently sloping ceilings, while the back bedroom has windows on two sides and a sloping ceiling. A full bath connects these two bedrooms.

The master bedroom has an alcove at the front of the room that can function as a sitting area and includes a walk-in closet. This bedroom shares a connecting bath with the fourth bedroom, which has wide windows across the back wall overlooking the yard.

Wood stairs lead to the attic level, which is fully floored and has a high ceiling, allowing the space to be transformed to living area if desired by future owners. Now the space functions as an extensive storage room and a place for the children to play on a rainy day.

The finished lower level has an in-law or au-pair suite, including a spacious full bath and a combined bedroom and living area with windows. A closet has been tucked underneath the staircase, and along wall are built-in cabinets and bookshelves. In addition to these rooms, the lower level has an entrance to the garage and an oversized laundry and utility room with additional storage space.

Address: 4118 49th St. NW Washington, DC 20016

Community: Spring Valley

Age: Built in 1935

Price: $1,295,000

Size: About 3,000 square feet on lot of 6,098 square feet

Taxes: $4,956 in 2004

Homeowner’s association fee: None

Exterior features: Tudor-style single-family home of stone and white-painted brick on corner lot elevated above street with flagstone steps and walkways; shared drive with parking for two cars, plus a one-car attached garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 31/2 baths; foyer with ceramic-tile flooring including colorful accent tiles; formal living room with fireplace; adjacent step-down sunroom with skylight and brick floor; formal dining room; family room with built-in bookcases; powder room; renovated kitchen with granite counters and upgraded appliances; hardwood floors on two upper levels; each upper-level bath connects two bedrooms; finished lower level with bedroom/living space, full bath, laundry room with extra storage.

Amenities: Fully fenced yard with multi-level flagstone terrace, garden beds and mature shade trees; fully floored attic with high ceiling for storage/expansion space; upper-level closets all cedar-lined; gas heat.

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants along Massachusetts Avenue; easy drive to Northern Virginia, Georgetown, downtown and Beltway.

Open house: Oct. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Realtor Mariam Abrahim at 301/233-0664.

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