- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2005

When Kevin Anderson, son of columnist Jack Anderson, decided that he and his family would like to spend more time visiting relatives and friends in Washington, he didn’t just make a hotel reservation.

Instead, Mr. Anderson and his wife chose to purchase a charming Georgetown town home that had recently been renovated.

The home functions as a tiny but perfect home away from home, located in the heart of Georgetown’s East Village.

The Andersons realized that they are spending less time in the area than expected, so they have placed this jewel-like home on the market for $895,000.

Georgetown has long been the home to some of the politicians and diplomats covered by Jack Anderson’s investigative journalism, a neighborhood where some journalists themselves mingle with lawmakers and lawyers at dinner parties, tennis matches, while walking the dog or watching their children play at local playgrounds.

Jack Anderson retired from daily journalism in 2004. He began work at The Washington Post in 1947, took over the syndicated newspaper column “Washington Merry-Go-Round” in 1969, and won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1972.

The Kevin Anderson home in Georgetown, at 1342 27th St. NW, between Dumbarton Street and O Street, was completely renovated earlier this year. This narrow block is just around the corner from Rose Park, where tennis courts, lawns and playground equipment draw neighbors together every day.

In addition to Rose Park, the home is within walking distance of shops and restaurants along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and of shops and restaurants along P Street from Georgetown to Dupont Circle. The Foggy Bottom Metro station is less than a mile from the home, and the Potomac River waterfront is equally close.

When the home was renovated, the owners were careful to maintain the crown moldings and polished hardwood floors that give the home character. Exposed brick lines the wall in the living room and dining room. Recessed lighting has been added to the main level to allow for less space to be occupied with lamps.

The front door opens into a tiny foyer leading to the living room, which has two wall windows facing the street and a floor-to-ceiling, brick, wood-burning fireplace. A transom above the front door adds light to the room.

Just beyond the living room is the dining room with crown moldings, a tall window facing the back yard and access to the staircase.

At the back of the home, the kitchen has been renovated into a model of efficiency, with every inch covered with maple cabinets with pewter hardware and granite counters.

New ceramic-tile flooring covers the floor, and a double stainless-steel sink is underneath a double window. Stainless-steel appliances, including a built-in microwave and a smooth-top stove, add to the sleek appearance of the space. A shuttered closet door off the kitchen opens to reveal a stacked washer and dryer.

A sliding glass door links the kitchen to an enclosed patio with one wall of exposed brick and a wood fence with a gate to the adjacent alley. The patio has plenty of space for dining outside in pleasant weather or enjoying a quiet moment.

A carpeted staircase leads to the second level of the home, which has a master bedroom at the front of the house.

This bedroom includes three tall windows overlooking 27th Street, and a mirrored wall of closets.

Down the hall is a second bedroom with a closet and a window overlooking the patio. The fully renovated bath has two windows looking onto the patio.

With slightly more than 1,000 finished square feet, this Georgetown home has plenty of space for a couple or a small family to live in year-round. With a vibrant neighborhood and an exciting city outside, it might be hard to encourage residents to stay home often enough to enjoy sitting by the fire or relaxing on the patio.

Address: 1342 27th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: East Village of Georgetown

Age: Built 1942; renovated 2005

Price: $895,000

Size: 1,030 finished square feet on lot of 1,040 square feet

Taxes: $3,300 in 2004

Homeowner’s association: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick-and-wood town home; enclosed rear patio with one brick wall and fence opening onto adjacent alley.

Interior features: Two bedrooms; one bath; hardwood flooring; miniblinds; front living room with fireplace; dining room with window; moldings; rear kitchen with stacked washer and dryer.

Amenities: Rear enclosed patio; renovated kitchen; wood-burning fireplace.

Close by: Walk to Rose Park, Georgetown shops and restaurants, Foggy Bottom Metro station; Kennedy Center and Dupont Circle; easy access to downtown Washington.

Open house: Sept. 18, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes of Coldwell Banker Real Estate at 202/333-6100.

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