- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2006

With gentle hills, tree-lined lanes and well-tended gardens, the Wesley Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington provides a serene setting for an eclectic mix of homes. From small Cape Cod cottages to imposing Colonial-style mansions, the homes in this community have one thing in common: All are maintained to perfection.

Though less well-known than nearby Georgetown and Glover Park, Wesley Heights occupies a prestigious bit of Northwest bounded by Wisconsin Avenue and Foxhall Road, with Glover Park and American University at its edges.

Diplomats, journalists, lawyers and medical professionals live side by side in this neighborhood with college students, all appreciating the proximity of the neighborhood coffee shop, an upscale grocery store and restaurants.

More cafes and stores are found in the Foxhall Square office building, and a short stroll will bring residents to Washington National Cathedral and additional shops and restaurants on Wisconsin Avenue.

The charms of the neighborhood that surround the home at 4408 Klingle St. NW are matched by the charms found inside.

Built in 1925 and fully renovated in 2006, this home is on the market for $2,075,000. W.C. & A.N. Miller Cos. built this Tudor-style home and many others in the area. The owners have restored and modernized it.

A three-level addition expands the space of the original structure with a family room on the main level, an enlarged master suite on the upper level and a playroom on the lower level.

Hardwood flooring, both restored and new, blends on the main and upper levels, providing a gleaming palette for any style of furnishings. The original foyer includes a barnlike front door flanked by two closets, the original wood staircase twisting to the upper level and a side window. Arches lead from the foyer into the hall and into the formal living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace, a surround-sound system, new recessed lighting and a tall triple window facing the street.

A glass door links the living room with the sunroom, a charming space with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, new carpeting, new drywall and a ceiling fan. The sunroom can function as a comfortable sitting room or be converted to use as a home office.

A second archway leads off the living room to the dining room, a dramatic space with a vaulted ceiling, French doors leading to the deck and a window on a second wall. A large modern chandelier enhances this space, which is open on one side to the kitchen.

The modern kitchen features cream-colored walls with pale apple-green accents and silver pendant lights suspended over a marble center island. Thick glass counters are complemented by a marble farmhouse-style sink with open shelving above and a large pantry along one wall. The upgraded appliances include a convection/microwave oven set into the island, a Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer, a Wolf dual-fuel six-burner range and oven and a European-made dishwasher.

Just beyond the kitchen is the family room, which features windows on three sides, a high ceiling and a gas fireplace with a marble surround. The family room includes a stereo system and pre-wiring for a plasma-screen television. French doors open onto the deck.

The main level also includes a powder room with a custom-built vanity in zebra-striped solid wood with designer fixtures.

Upstairs, the front bedroom includes windows on two sides and a double-door closet. The second bedroom includes tall windows facing the street, along with a double-door closet. These two bedrooms share a hall bath, which has been renovated with mosaic marble flooring, a pedestal sink and a new combination shower-tub.

The third bedroom has windows on two sides, a double-door closet and a private full bath with marble flooring, a window and an Italian marble shower with a seat and a glass door. A linen closet has been added to the upstairs hall for additional storage.

The master suite, separated from the other bedrooms by a hall, has a vaulted ceiling and windows on three sides that extend practically from the floor to the ceiling. The master suite has three double-door closets, each with an automatic light, and a narrower closet with one door and an automatic light.

The master bath’s most unusual feature is a modern claw-foot tub, which includes a hand-held shower head. The bath has Italian marble flooring, two sinks set into a custom cabinet, medicine cabinets with interior mirrors and a glass-enclosed shower.

The lower level, also renovated, can be reached from a staircase off the main level hall or from a side entrance to the home from the driveway. The lower stairs and the mudroom floor have been covered with a retro-style vinyl tile flooring in black and white. This open space includes a large closet along one wall.

A colorful custom patterned carpet covers the floor in the adjacent playroom, a brightly lit room with recessed lighting and windows on three sides, including a set of French doors leading to the back yard. The playroom could be converted to a study or a second family room.

This level also includes a fifth bedroom with two walls of windows, a deep closet and the original, although non-working, fireplace and mantel. Nearby are a renovated full bath with a shower; a utility room with additional storage space; and a laundry room with a new washer and dryer, a window and room for storage.

Even while renovating the indoor space, the owners did not neglect the outdoors.

An expansive deck was added off the main level, accessible from the dining room and family room. Stairs lead from the deck to the back yard.

A covered area of the yard under the deck, accessible from the French doors in the playroom, is covered with decorative rocks and could be paved over into a patio or second deck.

Beyond this patio is a multitiered yard with a stone wall and a level lawn area that can be used for additional garden beds or even a swimming pool.

Future owners of this Tudor home will find they are moving into an essentially new home, but with the added flavor of an established neighborhood and old-fashioned charm.

Address: 4408 Klingle St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built in 1925, renovated 2006

Price: $2,075,000

Size: Lot of 6,250 square feet

Taxes: $7,460 in 2006

Homeowners’ association fee: None

Exterior features: Tudor-style home on tree-lined street with front lawn, flagstone front walk, landscaped front and rear yards, rear deck, tiered yard, shared driveway to parking area.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; dramatic powder room; fully renovated home with polished hardwood flooring; high ceilings; foyer with original staircase and window; arched entrance to living room with fireplace; sunroom/office with windows on three sides; dining room with vaulted ceiling and French doors to deck; open center-island kitchen with thick glass counters, marble island and sink, upgraded appliances; family room with windows on three sides, gas fireplace, French doors to deck; master suite with three double-door closets and one single-door closet, bath with claw-foot tub, glass-enclosed shower; two front bedrooms with two windows each; remodeled hall bath with marble floor; fourth bedroom with private marble bath; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, laundry room, mudroom with side entrance to driveway, storage room and recreation room with French doors to yard.

Amenities: Newly installed electric, heat, air conditioning, plumbing, smoke alarm and telephone systems; state-of-the-art security alarm and stereo system; two fireplaces.

Close by: Walk to upscale grocery store, restaurants and cafes, American University, Metro bus stops, Glover Park; short drive to Georgetown, MacArthur Boulevard, downtown Washington.

Schools: Mann Elementary, Deal Junior High, Wilson High

Open house: Oct. 22, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202/256-2164.


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