- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The neighborhood of 16th Street Heights, on a hilltop overlooking downtown Washington, was developed more than 100 years ago as a country retreat for Washingtonians.

Deep front porches and sleeping porches in the back of the house caught cool breezes, helping residents find relief from sweltering District summers.

Today this neighborhood has appeal: elegant Victorian and Colonial-style homes lining the streets with easy access to the rest of the city and nearby suburbs. Most of the homes in this area are within walking distance of Rock Creek Park and the Carter Barron amphitheater, along with the John F. Kennedy Tennis Stadium and miles of jogging trails.

The home at 1411 Kennedy St. NW, now on the market for $1,299,000, has been carefully restored to its original Victorian elegance. The home was built by a plumbing contractor for his family. Two matching homes along the block were built for other family members. Built in 1913, this gracious home has an updated kitchen and updated baths, yet displays an array of original features, including hardwood flooring, windows, pocket doors with copper hardware, glass doorknobs, transoms, sconces and chandeliers.

Guests step from the deep, columned front porch into the past. The glass front door includes a transom and two glass side lights, opening onto a tiled vestibule with its original wallpaper. A second door opens into the grand double parlor, with living areas on either side of the foyer.

Each parlor includes a brick fireplace, sconces and a chandelier, along with custom window treatments that convey with the house.

This home has 10 fireplaces, each with the original decorative inserts.

Columns frame the parlors, which each include moldings and original hardwood flooring.

Ten-foot ceilings and transoms add light to each room.

A set of pocket doors links one parlor to the family room, which has a fireplace, a triple window and a built-in cupboard in one corner. Overhead is a dramatic coffered ceiling.

Just beyond the family room is the kitchen, blending antique and modern elements. The original cabinets have been updated with new hardware, and the original farmhouse sink sits under a window with a pleasant view of trees.

The all-new appliances are stainless steel, and the counters have been upgraded with granite. An adjacent pantry includes shelving, along with the new stainless steel refrigerator.

The main level also includes a generously sized formal dining room with a crystal, floral chandelier and the original hardware for drapes on the windows. The dining room includes a built-in china cabinet, a coffered ceiling, a fireplace and a door to the powder room.

French doors link the dining room with the breakfast room, a sunny room with three walls of windows along with doorways to the kitchen and screened porch.

The breakfast room also has a built-in china cabinet and stairs to the lower level. The screened porch includes a brick wall, a bead-board ceiling and a door to the back yard. A detached two-car garage and extra parking are at the end of the yard.

Wood stairs leading to the upper level are punctuated by a dramatic wall of stained glass windows with a window seat on the landing.

The second floor includes the original hardwood flooring, with the master bedroom at the front of the home. This bedroom includes two closets, a brick fireplace, a chandelier, a side window and a box bay window alcove at the front of the house with a glass door to the front balcony.

A full bath links this bedroom with the second bedroom, which has a brick fireplace, an alcove with windows to match the room next door, a second window and two closets.

Future owners may choose to combine these two rooms into a master bedroom and a master sitting room linked by the bath.

A third bedroom includes a brick fireplace flanked by two closets. Across the hall is a fourth bedroom, currently functioning as a home theater. This room has two windows, double closets, a fireplace and an archway linking the room with the back bedroom.

The back bedroom currently serves as a home office and includes walls of windows overlooking the back yard and treetops. What must once have been a sleeping porch, adjacent to this room, functions today as a deep walk-in storage closet with a bookshelf.

Nearby are a vestibule with a built-in, glass-front linen closet and a second full bath with a claw-foot bathtub.

Wood stairs lead to the finished third floor, which has sloping ceilings and hardwood flooring.

At the front of the house are two charming rooms, one a small sitting room tucked under the eaves with a closet and a window. This space could function as a hobby room or even a small study. Adjacent is an exercise room with a triple window overlooking the street and a second window at the side of the house. This room includes a closet at one end.

Two more bedrooms on this level each include a fireplace and double closets. At the back of the home is another full bath with a claw-foot tub.

The lower level includes additional storage space, along with a laundry room, a utility sink and a darkroom.

The owners’ dedication to the restoration of this home is revealed in every room, from the tapestry window treatments in the parlors and the family room to the elaborate curtains in the bedrooms and the carefully installed wall sconces and other vintage lighting fixtures that blend seamlessly with the original decorative elements of the home.

While the essential structure of the home remains intact, the owners improved the home with a new roof, upgraded electrical and plumbing systems, new gutters and downspouts, new two-zone central air conditioning, all new plaster walls and ceilings, wired smoke detectors, a security system and a new washer and dryer.

Address: 1411 Kennedy St. NW, Washington, DC 20011

Community: 16th Street Heights

Age: Built in 1913

Price: $1,299,000

Size: 5,726 square feet on .28 acre

Taxes: $5,355 in 2006

Homeowners’ association fee: None

Exterior features: Victorian-style brick detached three-story home with front porch, upper-level balcony, screened porch, level yard with lawn, parking pad for two cars and detached two-car garage

Interior features: Eight bedrooms; three full baths; powder room; vestibule with original wallpaper; two parlors with columns; formal dining room; family room; updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances; breakfast room surrounded by windows; master bedroom with fireplace and full bath; additional bedrooms with fireplace and two closets in each room; glass-front linen closet; full hall bath; home theater room with archway into home office with walk-in closet; finished upper level with two bedrooms, an exercise room, a sitting room and a full bath; basement level with laundry room, dark room and storage space

Amenities: Hardwood flooring, pocket doors, transoms, period lighting fixtures, 10 fireplaces, coffered ceilings, columns, new roof, new water heater, upgraded electrical and plumbing systems, new two-zone central air conditioning, security system.

Close by: Walk to Carter Barron amphitheater, tennis stadium, shops and restaurants, walking trails; three miles to White House; easy access to downtown Washington and suburban Maryland

Open house: Nov. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Denise Champion with Long & Foster Real Estate at 202/215-9242.

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