- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

This close-knit Chevy Chase neighborhood is filled with charming homes on serene, tree-lined streets. One mile from Chevy Chase Circle is a home built in 1928 that has been restored and renovated with modern touches through the years.

The five-bedroom house at 3716 Thornapple St. is being offered at $1,499,000 and comes with a side drive that leads to a one-car detached garage.

Black shutters help frame the six windows on the front exterior.

Beyond a covered entrance, the front door opens into a center hall that highlights an attractive wood staircase with white spindles. Dark hardwood floors are found on both the main level and top level.

The formal dining room to the left of the foyer is separate from the other main-floor rooms. It has chair-rail molding and windows that look out onto the front and side yard.

A large, dramatic chandelier serves as the focal point in this warm and inviting room.

Directly across the hall is the living room with a cozy wood-burning fireplace. The living room is accented by two walls of built-in bookcases with cabinets at both ends.

A window and French door leading out of the room are framed by floor-to-ceiling built-ins.

Thick crown, chair-rail and picture-frame moldings and window trim add elegance to the living and dining rooms. Double doors in the living room open to reveal a comfortable home office with corner windows, a peaceful place to work or catch up on some reading.

The flowing floor plan makes all of the main-level rooms easily accessible, a nice feature for hosting company. The living room alone has access to four rooms — the study, foyer, family room and a sunny sitting room.

Windows and glass doors along the walls of the back of the home ensure that plenty of sunshine brightens the rooms during the day. The sun-drenched kitchen and breakfast area is a stylish space to prepare food or enjoy meals.

The kitchen has been renovated with custom Wood-Mode cabinets and a large center island with a built-in stove. Corian counters offer ample meal preparation space, and a newer black KitchenAid refrigerator with a bottom freezer has more than enough room for food storage.

The breakfast room, set beneath a wall of windows, flows right into the adjoining light-and-airy family room. French doors in the family room lead outside onto the backyard deck overlooking the yard and gardens.

Two built-in bench seats, wrap-around stairs and the surrounding landscape make this wood deck a pleasant outdoor retreat. The fenced back yard is private without feeling completely closed.

A few steps away, the family room opens into the sitting room, which is bright enough to be used as a sunroom. This room has a bay window overlooking the landscaped yard.

A desk alcove in the sitting room offers a pleasant place to work on the computer.

The second floor, with its five bedrooms, is larger than it appears at first glance.

Two of the bedrooms are on a landing several steps away from the top level. These bedrooms are across from one another and are separated by a small hallway with a skylight.

At the top of the stairs, the hallway opens to the three remaining bedrooms, including the master suite. This is the largest of the bedrooms, and it comes with a walk-in closet and full bath. Gray tile covers the floor and walls of this updated bath that has crisp white cabinets.

The attic, with hardwood floors, has the potential to be utilized as a sixth bedroom, if desired, or as a playroom.

A narrow, inconspicuous door in the hall on the main floor opens and leads down to the finished lower level.

At the bottom of the stairs, a recreation room has rectangular windows and white, wood-paneled walls. Plush carpeting on the floor helps to create a comfortable place to spend time.

The owners have the recreation room separated into two sections with a sitting area on one side and a game area with a Ping-Pong table on the other side.

An unfinished area offers plenty of storage space and is home to the laundry.

The house has been well-maintained and has a freshly painted interior and exterior. The neighborhood, just a short distance from a shopping center, is known for its warm and inviting community spirit.

Address: 3716 Thornapple St., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Community: Chevy Chase Village

Homeowner association fee: None

Age: Built in 1928

Price: $1,499,000

Size: Lot of 7,857 square feet

Taxes: $6,599 in 2006

Exterior features: Deck with built-in seating, fenced rear yard, side driveway with detached one-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms, hardwood floors, French doors, sitting room with multiple windows, powder room, custom cabinetry, skylight, attic with hardwood floor, main-level home office, floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases with cabinets

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplace, ceiling fans, laundry area, storage closets, central air conditioning, hot-water radiator heat

Schools: Rosemary Hills (K-3) and Chevy Chase (4-6) elementaries; Westland Middle; Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

Close by: Shopping center, library, recreation, restaurants, parks

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Priscilla Ryan of Washington Fine Properties LLC at 202/262-6585.

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