- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Kalorama neighborhood of Washington occupies some of the most desirable land in the District, close to Georgetown, Embassy Row and Dupont Circle. Residents of this section of Northwest Washington share their sidewalks with diplomats from nearby embassies, politicians, attorneys, journalists, physicians and students from Georgetown University and George Washington University.

The block of Q Street Northwest between 22nd and 23rd streets includes rows of Colonial-style town homes built in about 1900, each with a distinguished air of presiding over more than a century of history.

To the west of this street is Dumbarton Bridge, leading directly into Georgetown. One block to the south is P Street, lined with shops and cafes and restaurants leading into Dupont Circle, while one block to the north is Massachusetts Avenue, lined with embassies.

Residents of this block of Q Street can easily walk to Dupont Circle’s restaurants and shops, or to the Metro station to reach other areas of the city. Walking south, residents can explore the West End neighborhood of Northwest and access the Blue and Orange Metro lines or a shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

The home at 2204 Q St. NW is currently on the market for $1,299,000.

This four-level residence, built in about 1900, has been completely renovated with all new systems, including electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and air conditioning.

In 1985, the home was purchased by a corporation for use as temporary housing for out-of-town clients. At that time, each bedroom in the home was fitted with a private full bath and a large walk-in or double-door closet.

In more recent years the home has been owned by a family as a private residence.

The original style of the home has been carefully maintained, with the heart-of-pine flooring restored to its natural beauty, along with extensive moldings and high ceilings.

The outer foyer includes a tile floor, high ceilings, a brass chandelier, wainscoting and a glass front door. The inner foyer has heart-of-pine flooring, a high ceiling, a brass chandelier and a niche that is perfect for placing artwork or a mirror.

Built-in shelving and cabinets with graceful arches have been added to the living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a detailed wood mantel and a marble hearth and surround.

At the front of the main level is a deep bay window with three tall shuttered windows facing Q Street.

The main level includes a turned wood staircase leading to the upper and lower levels, with wainscoting on the stairwell. Across from the staircase are a walk-in coat closet and a powder room.

At the back of the home are the formal dining room and the kitchen. The dining room has two French doors that open onto the deck, with transom windows above. The room also includes a brass chandelier with a ceiling medallion, and crown and chair-rail moldings.

A pass-through with shuttered doors links the dining room with the galley kitchen, also accessible through a set of double doors off the dining room.

Buyers may want to update the kitchen or expand the space, but it is functional in its current state and includes a window overlooking the rear patio.

The kitchen includes stained wood cabinets with brass hardware, overhead lighting, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, an electric range/oven, a built-in microwave and a large sink with a disposal.

The pass-through allows it to function well as a catering kitchen when entertaining.

The first of two upper levels has two bedrooms. The front bedroom includes heart-of-pine flooring, a high ceiling, crown moldings and an angled bay window with three tall windows echoing the bay window in the living room below.

This bedroom has a built-in desk with cabinets and shelving, a built-in bookcase and a decorative fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and a stained wood mantel. This room also has a double-door closet and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring, a high ceiling and a shower stall with ceramic tile walls and a glass door.

The second bedroom, at the back of the house overlooking the rear patio, has heart-of-pine flooring, two windows, a high ceiling and crown moldings. This room also has a large walk-in closet and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring, a window, and shower stall with ceramic tile walls and a glass door.

The upper level has a large skylight over the staircase and a pull-down door for attic access. This level echoes the level below, with a front bedroom including a bay window, a built-in desk, moldings, heart-of-pine flooring and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and a wood mantel.

This bedroom has a double-door closet and a private full bath with a skylight, ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower with ceramic tile walls. The rear bedroom is the same as the one below it, with a walk-in closet, two windows and a private full bath.

The lower level, configured as an in-law suite, is accessible from the inside of the home and from both front and rear doors. A laundry room with a washer and dryer and built-in storage shelves is at the bottom of the stairs to the lower level next to the door to the in-law suite.

This level includes a foyer with wall-to-wall carpeting, recessed lighting and a closet. The bedroom, located at the front of the home, has three windows set in a bay window, recessed lighting and a walk-in closet. The adjacent full bath includes ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub/shower with ceramic tile walls and a sliding glass door. The open living and dining area includes a door to the brick patio, wall-to-wall carpeting, recessed lighting, a window and a kitchenette with white cabinets and counters, an electric range and oven, a refrigerator and a dishwasher.

Address: 2204 Q St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Community: Kalorama

Age: Circa 1900

Price: $1,299,000

Size: 3,917 square feet on lot of 1,316 square feet

Taxes: $10,198 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick Colonial-style row house with bay windows on four levels, decorative wrought-iron railing on front stairs and landing, carriage lamp, deck off second level

Interior features: Five bedrooms; five full baths; one powder room; heart-of-pine flooring; built-in bookcases; skylights; foyer leads into living room with bay window; kitchen opens onto dining room with French doors to deck; two upper levels with four bedrooms, each with a private full bath and large closet; lower-level in-law suite with living/dining area, full kitchen, full bath, bedroom and front and rear separate entrances and access from inside the home

Amenities: Fully fenced brick patio and garden, two wood-burning fireplaces, all new systems including electricity, plumbing, heating and air conditioning

Close by: Walk to Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Embassy Row, Phillips Collection Museum, Metro at Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom

Open house: Jan. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Bill Abbott of the Suzanne Goldstein Group, Long & Foster Real Estate, 202/244-0400.

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