- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A hidden neighborhood on the edge of Northwest Washington provides a bucolic setting with towering trees, meandering creeks and the con-

stant sound of birds chattering.

Yet this community off Oregon Avenue in Chevy Chase is just minutes from the shops and restaurants of Wisconsin Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, not far from downtown Bethesda and downtown Washington.

Rock Creek Park’s nature center, stables, picnic areas and walking trails are all easily accessible to the residents along Oregon Avenue, who also appreciate the four seasons of nature views the park provides.

The home at 3015 Oregon Knolls Drive NW rests at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac of homes, each surrounded by lush gardens and trees. This home, now on the market for $1,475,000, perches above Rock Creek Park, with a gently curving creek crossing the back yard.

Trees, flowering vines, perennials and annuals enhance this serene property. The home was built in 1990.

Inside, four finished levels offer plenty of space for family and friends. The main level features a gracious marble foyer for welcoming guests, with a Palladian window placed on the second-floor landing filling the space with light.

The formal living room includes a marble gas fireplace and windows on two sides.

Throughout the home are gleaming pale hardwood floors, recessed lighting and high ceilings. Tall windows frame views of trees and flowers on all sides of the home. The owners added art niches with built-in lighting in several rooms, and crown and chair-rail moldings also enhance the main level.

The formal dining room includes windows on two sides and a crystal chandelier. This room has one of the four closets that form the ready-made elevator shaft. If future owners wish to add an elevator, the space is ready for a quick conversion. Currently, the dining room closet functions as a pantry and storage closet.

French doors link the dining room and kitchen, an open space with multiple windows and glass doors facing Rock Creek Park. Two decks are available for dining outside and listening to the birds.

The kitchen has tile counters, a double sink, double ovens, a microwave oven, a Jenn-Air cooktop and a built-in desk. The breakfast area is nearly surrounded by windows and glass doors.

The nearby family room includes windows on three sides and crown and chair-rail moldings. The main level also has a deep walk-in coat closet and a powder room.

The upper level features hardwood flooring and high ceilings, with the three-room master suite set on one side of the hall for privacy.

The master suite includes a spacious separate sitting room or home office and an airy bedroom with windows on two sides and a marble gas fireplace. This room includes an extra closet that can be converted to use for the elevator.

The marble master bath includes two additional walk-in closets, a separate shower, a double-sink vanity and an oversized whirlpool tub tucked into the corner beneath two windows with treetop views.

Two additional bedrooms on this level each include hardwood flooring and a walk-in closet. They share a hall bath with a double-sink vanity.

Two levels below the main living level have been finished. The first includes a second family room with a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood flooring and a high ceiling. Nearby is a door to a deck overlooking Rock Creek Park that includes steps to the flagstone patio below.

Two additional bedrooms are on this level, including one with a view of the park that currently functions as an exercise room. The second bedroom includes a walk-in closet. These two rooms share a full bath that also has a walk-in closet for extra storage. The laundry room is nearby.

The lowest level of the home was finished by the owners as a party space, so guests have plenty of open space for dancing. Two walls are lined with closets for extra storage. Behind one wall is a built-in workshop with additional storage. A door leads to the flagstone patio, which offers a view of Rock Creek Park.

With more than 6,000 finished square feet of living space, this home offers flexibility for any family to enjoy.

The owners say they appreciate the living areas that are available on each level for use as a family room for casual entertaining, including the master suite sitting room that is large enough to use as a family gathering area.

Address: 3015 Oregon Knolls Drive NW, Washington, DC 20015

Community: Chevy Chase

Age: Built in 1990

Price: $1,475,000

Size: About 6,000 square feet on lot of .21 acres

Taxes: $8,625 in 2005

Homeowner association fee: $85 per month

Exterior features: Colonial-style single family home of brick and cedar siding; set at end of quiet cul-de-sac overlooking Rock Creek Park; professionally landscaped front garden with flagstone steps to front door; new cedar roof; two-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 31/2 baths; four finished levels; marble foyer; hardwood flooring throughout home; formal living room; formal dining room; family room; open kitchen and breakfast area overlooking park; luxury master suite includes large sitting room/office, bedroom with fireplace and marble bath; lower level includes high ceilings, second family room, two bedrooms, full bath and laundry room; walk-out basement with recreation room, workshop and storage.

Amenities: Several decks and flagstone patio overlooking park with creek; three fireplaces; elevator shaft space ready for easier elevator installation; security system; gas heat

Close by: Rock Creek Park, Wisconsin Avenue, Connecticut Avenue all offer access to downtown or the Beltway.

Schools: Lafayette Elementary, Deal Middle, Wilson High

Open house: May 28, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Jeffrey Lockard of Tutt, Taylor & Rankin/Sotheby’s International Realty at 202/939-1234

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