- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market neighborhood provides the best of city living, with a Metro station, an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, and a breathtaking view of the Capitol from nearly every street. Yet the community also has a village feel, with residents walking dogs, pushing strollers and ambling on the streets or sitting on front porches ready to greet their neighbors.

The historic homes in this part of Washington vary widely in size and interior style, many of them hiding extensive living space and extensive gardens behind a narrow facade.

The home at 704 A St. SE offers a broad brick facade that has been painted aqua green with complementary shutters. An adjacent drive provides parking for two cars, and the fully fenced back yard hides an unexpected treat for Capitol Hill: a swimming pool and hot tub.

This end-unit row house, built in 1915, is now on the market for $1,595,000. Three sides of the home include windows and glass doors. Skylights add to the open, airy feeling of the upper level.

Over the years, the owners have updated the home with grand features such as marble floors, track lighting and granite counters as well as adding the swimming pool and the hot tub, all while maintaining the original lines of the home and its moldings and elaborate trim.

The formal entry foyer features marble flooring, crown molding and wainscoting along the stairwell and walls. The front door features side lights and a transom above the door.

A set of pocket doors links the foyer with the formal dining room at the front of the home, which includes two tall windows facing the street. Crown molding, hardwood flooring, a chandelier and track lighting blend in this generously sized room, which includes a door to the kitchen.

The kitchen features granite counters, a marble floor, a window over the sink and abundant white-painted cabinets. In the center of the room, a granite breakfast bar has been added for casual dining and additional counter space.

The formal living room stretches across the back of the house in a double-parlor arrangement. At one end of the room is a fireplace with an elaborately carved wood mantel. Similarly carved wood trim borders the entrance to the living room from the hall.

The fireplace is flanked by built-in cabinets with shelves in the middle. The living room includes moldings and recessed lighting and can be furnished with a dining area and seating area or two seating areas.

A floor-to-ceiling window near the fireplace faces the deck, and a set of French doors nearby opens onto the ample outdoor space.

The first level of the deck overlooks the swimming pool and includes a hot tub placed in a covered area. Wood steps lead to the swimming pool, which is set in a fully fenced yard with a fountain in one corner, trees and narrow garden beds.

Upstairs, a central landing features plenty of space for a reading nook or computer desk, with a stained glass-covered central skylight. The front bedroom facing the street on this level has hardwood flooring, two tall windows and a closet.

Like the other upper-level bedrooms and hallway, this room features crown moldings and deep trim around the baseboards and windows.

The second bedroom includes hardwood flooring, two windows, a walk-in closet and built-in bookcases.

The third bedroom features built-in bookcases, a built-in desk, two windows and a walk-in closet. The hall bath has been renovated and includes marble flooring. Stairs nearby lead to the attic level, which includes storage space and dormer windows.

The master bedroom suite, located across the back of the home, features a large bedroom with a sitting area including a skylight and a marble fireplace with a mantel. Along one wall near the fireplace are several closets placed behind shutter doors.

A walk-in closet with built-ins and a window is on the opposite side of the bedroom, near the private full bath that has a marble floor. Off the master suite is a separate sitting area or office with three picture windows facing the rear yard, recessed lighting and a skylight.

The finished lower level includes a side door to the adjacent driveway and a door to the back yard and has laminated wood flooring.

The front area of the basement, the family room, features windows facing the street and a beamed ceiling with track lighting. Nearby are multiple storage closets and a wine cellar with numerous racks for wine and cork walls with a cork-lined door. The nearby full bath includes a window and a built-in bench and is adjacent to a bedroom with two windows and a closet.

While the fireplaces and gracious rooms provide a warm setting for entertaining in the colder months, this home would be even more appealing in warm weather, when the multiple windows and French doors open onto the deck and guests can soak in the hot tub or swim in pool, enjoying a resortlike atmosphere in the middle of the city.

Address: 704 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Community: Capitol Hill

Age: Built in 1915

Price: $1,595,000

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet on lot of 2,350 square feet

Taxes: $5,193 in 2004

Homeowners’ association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick end-unit town home with windows on three sides; fully fenced rear yard with two-level deck; parking for cars on adjacent driveway.

Interior features: Four finished levels with five bedrooms; three full baths; powder room; marble flooring in foyer; formal dining room; double-parlor-style formal living room with fireplace and French doors to deck; updated kitchen with granite counters and marble flooring; master suite with sitting area with fireplace, adjacent sunroom, private bath, walk-in closet; stained glass skylight in spacious upper-level hall; attic accessible from wood stairs, includes dormer windows; finished lower level with family room, bedroom, full bath and multiple storage closets.

Amenities: In-ground swimming pool in back yard with patio and deck, outdoor hot tub on upper-level deck; two fireplaces; security system; gas heat and hot water.

Close by: Walk to Eastern Market and Eastern Market Metro station; walk to Capitol and Mall; easy access to downtown Washington.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Kitty Kaupp of Coldwell Banker Pardoe at 202/546-7000, Ext. 1699.

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