- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

While the District is known around the globe as a sophisticated capital city with large-scale monuments, upscale restaurants, glamorous hotels and first-class museums, it also includes vast areas of residential streets in quiet neighborhoods.

In Forest Hills, an eclectic mix of single-family homes from classic Colonials and Tudors to Cape Cods and Victorians share the streets with wildly experimental contemporary-style homes. Yet the neighborhood feels cohesive, perhaps because nearly every home has a landscaped garden and is overhung by towering trees.

At 2809 Chesterfield Place NW, in Forest Hills, a Colonial-style stone and clapboard home built in 1929 is on the market for $2,450,000. The home rests near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on a lot of more than 29,000 square feet that backs to woods and a creek.

A stone path leads to marble terraces nestled under the trees, a perfect spot for relaxing in the shade or entertaining on a summer evening. Closer to the home are mature trees and shrubs, perennial plants, a flagstone front walk, stone steps and a wood deck for easy outdoor meals.

The serenity of this home belies the location, just minutes from Connecticut Avenue and the Van Ness Metro station, shops and restaurants and all the amenities of city life.

Renovations to the home have added a sunroom and an expansive master bath, along with an updated kitchen, but the home retains its classic style.

The three finished upper levels feature original hardwood flooring and crown and chair-rail moldings. Multiple windows fill the home with light on all three levels, while the stone-floored unfinished basement provides plenty of storage and the option of expansion space for a playroom or exercise room.

Guests are welcomed in the foyer, which includes hardwood flooring, glimpses of the rooms on either side and a view straight ahead of the stairwell landing, which has a triple window and a Palladian window framing a view of the woods.

The formal living room features a marble fireplace with a mantel, crown moldings, two windows facing the front lawn and a door to the adjacent sunroom. At the back of the living room are a glass door to the screened porch and French doors that open into the back yard.

The sunroom includes two walls of windows, built-in bookcases and French doors that open onto the screened porch. The cozy screened porch features a ceiling fan, a stone floor, a screen door to the back yard as well as access to the living room and sunroom.

A back foyer is tucked beneath the staircase and includes a coat closet, another door to the back yard and a powder room.

The owners of this home love to entertain, and it is easy to imagine the flow of guests from room to room, gliding outdoors to enjoy fresh air and back inside through one of the many French doors.

The formal dining room easily accommodates a large group for sit-down dinners, with three windows, hardwood flooring and crown and chair-rail moldings.

Just past the dining room are the kitchen and the breakfast area/family room, a generously sized room with a wall of windows and a glass door to the deck. This area accommodates a dining table for casual meals, along with a comfortable couch for family members and guests to gather while food is prepared. The breakfast area/family room includes an open butler’s pantry with a second sink, a second dishwasher and additional cabinet and counter space.

The kitchen has a black-and-white ceramic tile backsplash, hardwood flooring, a wall oven, a pantry, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a Jenn-Air electric grill and a four-burner gas cooktop.

Upstairs, the master suite covers half of the upper level. The bedroom has hardwood flooring, a triple window on one wall and an additional window on the other. The adjacent walk-in closet may once have been a bedroom and includes a ceiling fan, two glass doors and two windows.

The master bath features a charming sloping ceiling, ceramic tile flooring, a large whirlpool tub, a separate shower, a marble double-sink vanity and three walls of windows.

This level also has a linen closet and a large full bath with a window off the landing. Two more bedrooms share a connecting bath. The second bedroom has three windows, a ceiling fan and a closet. The third bedroom has a ceiling fan, two windows and a closet.

The finished third level has two more bedrooms, each with heart-of-pine hardwood flooring and a closet. One of the bedrooms includes a window seat and built-in bookcases. This level also has a walk-in cedar closet and a full bath with ceramic tile flooring, a pedestal sink and a window seat.

The unfinished basement includes a door to the two-car garage, laundry machines and plenty of space for storage and utilities.

Whether future owners prefer to enjoy this lovely home and its quiet location in privacy or they want to fill the residence with friends and family, the classic style can accommodate either desire.

Address: 2809 Chesterfield Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Community: Forest Hills

Age: Built in 1929

Price: $2,450,000

Size: Lot of more than 29,000 square feet

Taxes: $12,961 in 2005

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style stone-and-clapboard home with landscaped yard including perennials, mature trees and a creek; wood deck off family room; two-car side-entry garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one powder room; hardwood flooring on three finished levels; stone flooring in unfinished basement; center hall layout with Palladian window on stair landing; living room with marble fireplace; sunroom with built-in bookcases; banquet-sized dining room; crown and chair-rail moldings; back foyer with door to yard; spacious kitchen opens to breakfast area/family room with door to deck; master suite with bath, walk-in closet; second and third bedrooms with connecting bath; hall bath on second level; finished third level with two bedrooms, hall bath and walk-in cedar closet.

Amenities: Large wooded lot with marble paths and terrace; screened porch; three-zone heating and air conditioning; slate roof.

Close by: Rock Creek Park, Connecticut Avenue, Van Ness Metro, downtown Washington.

Open house: Aug. 20, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Linda Rogers with Washington Fine Properties, 202/243-1615.

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