- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

The quiet streets of the Cherrydale neighborhood in Arlington present a challenge for visitors who might be unwilling to believe that residents of this peaceful area can arrive in downtown Washington within 10 minutes by car, or walk to the Ballston or Virginia Square Metro stations.

Another apparent deception takes place in this neighborhood each day. Many of the homes present tidy yet unassuming facades that hide homes with extensive living space.

At 1903 North Quebec St. in Cherrydale, a circa 1925 Sears, Roebuck & Co. “Americus” model, extensively remodeled and expanded, is now on the market for $1,350,000.

As the owners updated this home, adding living areas over the years, they were careful to maintain the comfort of the original home’s warmth. Outdoor living spaces have been added as well, along with extensive landscaping for privacy and beauty.

The long, covered front porch can be entered from either the patterned driveway, which holds three or four cars, or a flagstone walkway that links the home with the street.

The front porch includes a low white picket railing and two gently arched openings defined by columns.

A manicured lawn, a garden bed contained by a natural stone barrier, and mature trees create a pleasant front view. Around both sides of the property are additional trees and flower beds.

A wood deck that wraps around the side and the back of the home is accessible from the dining room, family room and kitchen and includes a built-in bench. In addition, a second, private deck is off the master suite on the second level.

The property recently has been enhanced with a two-level cottage built on the other side of a level grassy area where future owners could decide to add a swimming pool. Next to the cottage is a stone patio with a koi pond and waterfall under a shade tree, a perfect retreat on a warm summer afternoon. Past the pond is a large storage shed.

The cottage, meant to function as guest quarters, studio or professional office, includes myriad windows to fill the spaces with sunlight. The first level includes an open living and dining area with a kitchenette with cabinets, a sink and refrigerator, along with extra storage under the stairs.

Just beyond this room are a full bath with a tile shower including an unusual mosaic pattern and a generously sized bedroom with a walk-in closet. Upstairs, the open room has windows on four sides, a ceiling fan, a utility room/storage closet and a powder room.

The main home features a wood front door with an oval glass insert that opens into a spacious foyer with hardwood flooring. Two tall closets here have wood doors and additional wooden storage cabinets above. The living room includes a window seat, built-in bookcases, wood crown moldings and wood blinds.

A set of wood-trimmed French doors open from the foyer into the dining room, which in turn opens into the center-island kitchen. The dining room includes a ceiling fan and a sliding glass door to the back deck. This room has chair-rail moldings, hardwood flooring and a nook for a bar.

The owners maintained a comfortable country feel in their kitchen, which has wooden bead board cabinets, a beamed ceiling, a bay window with stained glass, Corian counters and a breakfast bar with a flip-up extension.

Upgraded appliances include a six-burner Jenn-Air cooktop, a Jenn-Air oven, a built-in microwave, a side-by-side refrigerator with an in-door ice and water dispenser, a dishwasher and a Nutone in-counter food center that includes a blender, a coffee grinder and food processor.

A stained-glass door links the kitchen with a large pantry/home office with a built-in desk in front of a picture window framing a view of the back yard. A pocket door links the kitchen with a spacious laundry room and full bath.

The main level also includes a charming family room with a wood-burning stove placed on a brick hearth in one corner. The room also has two skylights, a beamed ceiling and a ceiling fan. This room has windows on three sides including a glass door to the deck, along with wood-paneled walls and two storage nooks, including one with built-in shelving.

Stairs to the upper level are along the side of the home, allowing for an additional side door that leads to a small side porch and the driveway.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite includes two closets with mirrored doors and two tall windows with wood blinds. A door from the bedroom leads to a private deck. The master bath, luxuriously large, includes a glass-enclosed whirlpool tub and shower.

The two front bedrooms are spacious, with three or four windows on two sides of the room. The second bedroom includes a tiny sink and mirror in one corner.

The fourth bedroom fulfills a child’s fantasies, with a tall, peaked wood ceiling and a ladder leading to a loft with room for two twin-size mattresses. The hall bath has been remodeled and includes a dual-sink vanity.

The finished lower level includes several rooms that can function in different ways. This level includes a recreation room or playroom with a side door leading to a few steps up to the driveway.

Nearby is an office with built-in bookcases.

A large workshop provides additional storage areas. Closets and storage areas have been added in every possible location in this home, and attic storage also is accessible.

Address: 1903 North Quebec St., Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Cherrydale

Age: Built in 1925

Price: $1,350,000

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet including guest cottage on 10,129-square-foot lot

Taxes: $6,850 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Sears, Roebuck & Co. “Americus” model from 1925, with siding, front porch, back deck, side garden, patio with pond and waterfall, garden shed and level grassy area surrounded by garden beds, patterned driveway accommodates three to four cars.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; hardwood flooring; foyer with two floor-to-ceiling wood closets; living room with window seat and built-in bookcases; moldings; dining room with bar nook; updated kitchen with breakfast bar, beamed ceiling; family room with wood-burning stove, skylights, windows on three sides; first-floor office/pantry; first-floor laundry; first-floor full bath; master bedroom with private deck, bath with whirlpool tub; one bedroom with wood ceiling and loft; updated hall bath; finished lower-level recreation room, office and storage room.

Amenities: Newly constructed two-level cottage with open kitchenette/living room, bedroom, full bath, upper-level studio with powder room; main house has gas heat and hot water, central air conditioning, attic storage, basement workshop

Close by: Walk to Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stations, shops on Lee Highway; minutes to Georgetown, downtown Washington.

Schools: Taylor Elementary, Swanson Middle and Washington Lee High

Open house: Aug. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Arlene Koby with Weichert, Realtors at 301/587-0534.

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