- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2006

Visitors to Georgetown may assume that all the homes have a similar interior because the exteriors have been so carefully maintained in their historic style. Inside, however, most homes in Georgetown offer one or two surprises.

Often, the surprise is simply abundant living space in a home that seems narrow from the front. Sometimes, the homes include a charming private garden for enjoying serene outdoor living in the middle of a bustling neighborhood. Always, the surprise comes with how each owner has blended the antique elements of the home with modern amenities.

The home at 2709 P St. NW in Georgetown’s East Village offers a subtle balance of old and new, with the original hardwood flooring and original staircase, stained glass windows and even some original shutters complemented by a new kitchen and new baths.

While the home offers plenty of charm, the fact that the property includes two parking spaces in a rear alley makes this is a true Georgetown find.

Now on the market for $1,790,000, the home rests in a prime location within walking distance of the boutiques and restaurants of Georgetown and the shops and cafes along P Street into Dupont Circle. The Dupont Circle Metro station is about a 10-minute walk; Foggy Bottom Metro station is about a 15-minute walk. The East Village of Georgetown offers plenty of parks within walking distance, including some with tennis courts, playgrounds and even a baseball field.

The all-brick Victorian-style home has rounded bow windows on the three upper levels that face the street. A tiered and landscaped front garden is shaded by mature trees. Guests are welcomed in an entry vestibule with marble flooring, an original stained glass window above the door and wainscoting on the walls.

The hallway has original pine flooring, a brass-and-glass chandelier and the original oak staircase and balustrade to the second and third levels. The main level includes high ceilings, which add elegance to the rooms. A set of pocket doors links the formal living room with the hall. The living room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and a bowed window with the original shutters and three stained-glass transoms.

A second set of pocket doors links the living room with the formal dining room, which has high ceilings, a ceiling medallion and a window overlooking the rear garden. The adjacent kitchen has been renovated and has a butcher block center island along with space for a table. Guests often gather in this cozy room when the owners entertain.

The kitchen includes tile flooring, birch cabinets, granite countertops and a mirrored backsplash, along with a Thermador cooktop, a GE Profile wall oven, built-in microwave and a refrigerator. The kitchen has built-in bookcases and a double-size coat closet. Tucked under the stairs nearby is a powder room with a pedestal sink and English wallpaper.

The rear garden and deck are accessed from the kitchen. This pretty space includes a brick rear wall, a wood deck and a gate leading to the parking area. A wrought iron railing at the edge of the deck curves around a tree trunk and adds charm to the space.

Inside, the walls of the hallway on the main and upper levels and along the staircase give the home a castlelike effect, since each resembles a pale yellow stone. Each piece of wallpaper was individually applied by a previous owner, with the project taking about two years.

The second level features a family room/library above the living room, sharing the same shape as that room with a deep bowed window accented by the original shutters.

Although some previous owners have used this room as a master suite, the current owners enjoy this room as a morning room because it receives plenty of morning sunshine. The family room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, plus two deep closets.

This level also includes a den or home office with two windows overlooking the rear garden and a laundry closet. This room functions easily as a guest bedroom, a nursery or even an exercise room.

The second level includes a renovated full bath with a glass-enclosed shower, a pedestal sink and a window. The adjacent bedroom includes a window overlooking the rear garden and two deep closets. Each room on this level and upstairs includes a transom over the door to add extra light. The hall includes a built-in bookcase.

The upper level features a study alcove off the hall with high-speed Internet access. Recessed lighting has been added to the alcove and the hall, which also includes a large linen closet. Next to the alcove is a door to the roof, which could be modified with a rooftop deck. Buyers can also opt to add enclosed living space on the deck, if desired.

The master bedroom includes a ceiling fan and a glass door to a small curving balcony, which offers sweeping city views that include the Washington Monument. The balcony is perfect for viewing fireworks.

The master suite includes a luxurious bath with a Carrara marble shower, a separate bathtub, a linen closet and a double sink. A customized walk-in closet completes the suite.

The finished lower level can be rented as an apartment, if desired. Completely renovated, this level can be accessed from the front and rear of the home, although not directly from inside the house. The apartment includes freshly painted white paneled walls, recessed lighting, several closets and a large living room with a working wood-burning fireplace. This level also has a renovated kitchen, a bedroom, a full bath, a stacked washer and dryer, new carpet and separately controlled heat and air conditioning. At the front of this level is a rounded alcove, which echoes the rooms above.

Address: 2709 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Built circa 1900

Price: $1,790,000

Size: About 3,800 finished square feet on lot of 1,953 square feet

Taxes: $11,098 in 2005

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: All-brick Victorian-style town home with landscaped front yard shaded by mature trees, fully fenced back yard with deck and garden.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 3 baths; original hardwood flooring on three upper levels; stained glass inserts; transoms; original staircase; entry foyer with marble flooring and wainscoting; high ceilings; living room with fireplace and bowed windows; dining room; center-island kitchen with space for a table; powder room on main level; den or nursery or exercise room on second level, including laundry closet; bedroom with two closets overlooking garden; renovated hall bath; family room/library on second floor with bowed window and fireplace; third level with study alcove; linen closet in hall; master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and bath; lower level with front and rear entrances, living room with fireplace, kitchen, bedroom, full bath, stacked washer and dryer, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, new paint and new carpet.

Amenities: Parking for two cars in rear alley; balcony off master suite with city views; hot-water radiator heat; central air conditioning, security system, gas cooking; cable and high-speed Internet access; wiring for sound on main and second level.

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants of Georgetown, parks, Metro at Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom

Open house: By appointment

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

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