- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sharing a street with the French Embassy, the German Embassy and Georgetown University Hospital adds glamour to the single-family home at 4745 Reservoir Road NW, a deceptively simple-looking all-brick Colonial-style structure that hides a serene garden. On the market for $929,000, this home offers ideal placement with upper-level views across Reservoir Road into the trees.

The Foxhall Road/Berkeley neighborhood not only provides a dash of prestige for the home, but also offers plenty of local amenities, including shops, restaurants, a library and the Palisades Recreation Center, within walking distance. Public tennis and basketball courts are nearby, as are several parks and the walking and biking trails along the C&O; Canal. Metrobuses pass directly in front of the home to drop passengers in nearby Georgetown, and downtown also is easily accessible. Maryland and Virginia can be reached using the Beltway and Chain Bridge.

Professional landscaping enhances the home front and back, with the front of the home including a narrow driveway leading to the one-car garage. The front door and an arched gate leading to steps to the garden face each other across the front drive.

Flagstone steppingstones lead from either side of the house to the rear garden, where a manicured lawn is nearly surrounded by garden beds, neatly trimmed shrubbery and a stone retaining wall. A flagstone patio offers a peaceful spot for reading and relaxing or for entertaining guests.

Inside, this home has an entry-level marble foyer leading into the family room, a cozy room with a wood-burning fireplace, painted paneled walls, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and crown molding. Windows on two sides fill the room with light, while one wall is filled with built-in bookcases. Adjacent to this room are a full bath with a shower, a laundry room and utility room with extra storage, and a door to the garage. Buyers may want to convert the family room to a fourth bedroom, or it could remain as a flexible space for casual entertaining and the occasional guest.

Wood stairs lead to the main level, which includes a living room with a second wood-burning fireplace and a white-painted wood mantel. The living room includes two windows at the front of the house facing the street and two side windows. A set of French doors links the living room with the solarium, a charming room with a ceiling fan, rustic tile flooring and walls of windows on two sides. The back of the room has a second set of French doors leading into the rear garden.

The main level also has a formal dining room with hardwood flooring, two windows and chair-rail molding. The adjacent kitchen features white cabinets, ceramic tile flooring, a self-cleaning oven, white counters and one butcher-block counter. The kitchen has a glass door leading to the side garden.

Wood stairs lead to the upper level, which also has hardwood flooring. The master bedroom has three windows, a closet in one corner and a second walk-in closet with built-in shelving and organizers. The master bath has marble flooring and a window overlooking the garden.

The second bedroom includes a sitting room with custom-designed closets, a space that could function as a nursery or a small home office. The bedroom area has a ceiling fan and a set of French doors that open onto a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.

The third bedroom shares the walk-in closet with the master bedroom. This bedroom could become a master sitting room, if desired. The second full bath off the hall has been updated.

A set of pull-down stairs leads to the fully floored attic, which has abundant storage space.

The owners have carefully maintained this home, which has about 2,800 finished square feet.

Address: 4745 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Foxhall/Berkeley

Age: Built in 1941

Price: $929,000

Size: About 2,800 square feet on lot of 4,000 square feet

Taxes: $3,882 in 2005

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick Colonial-style single-family home with attached one-car garage, professionally landscaped garden, manicured front lawn.

Interior features: Three bedrooms; three full baths; marble foyer; hardwood flooring on all three levels; entrance-level family room, adjacent full bath, laundry room with storage, access to garage; main-level living room, solarium, formal dining room with chair-rail moldings; kitchen with door to garden; master bedroom with private full bath and walk-in closet; second bedroom with sitting room, custom closets; third bedroom; hall bath; pull-down stairs to attic storage.

Amenities: Flagstone patio with view of secluded garden; two wood-burning fireplaces; ceiling fans; roof replaced in 1997; water heater new in 2001; dual-zone heating and air conditioning; lawn irrigation system.

Close by: Georgetown, shops and restaurants along MacArthur Boulevard, trails along C&O; Canal, public tennis and basketball courts, library, downtown Washington, access to Maryland and Virginia by Chain Bridge and the Beltway.

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Emily Karolyi, Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc.,202/364-1700.

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