- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

When Oliver Cotton Moore transformed the former Rockefeller estate off Foxhall Road in Northwest Washington into an enclave of elegant homes, he envisioned a collection of homes with international sophistication clustered on quiet cul-de-sacs.

Not only does Foxhall Crescent present a stately European-style ambience, but the residents themselves include an eclectic mix of diplomats from around the world.

Nestled together on a gentle slope between Foxhall Road and 48th Street Northwest, the homes of Foxhall Crescent have been carefully designed for privacy. Each home has a private terrace and faces trees or open space between the homes, so residents feel comfortably aware of their neighbors yet can enjoy their own serenity.

Constructed of brick and stucco with wood doors and large windows, each of the homes in Foxhall Crescent shares certain distinctive elements, such as the curving exterior staircase and a complementary curving staircase inside.

The home at 4711 Foxhall Crescent, now on the market for $1,969,000, features the same elegant touches of architecture as the other residences in the community, along with extensive upgrades and remodeling.

This home, the largest in the development with about 5,600 finished square feet, has five bedrooms and five full baths, with three finished levels and an elevator reaching every floor. Hardwood flooring has been installed on all three levels.

Each generously proportioned room in this home includes large windows and French doors, with high ceilings and detailed crown moldings. The gracious foyer includes a black-and-white marble floor with a curving staircase leading to the upper level.

A curving wall leads to the kitchen, which has been remodeled and outfitted with wood cabinets faux-painted to resemble antique German Beidermeier cabinetry. The kitchen includes two tall front windows facing the street, along with a picture window over the kitchen sink on the side of the house.

The center island features a granite counter that matches the rest of the kitchen counters and includes a warming oven and trash compactor.

Upgraded appliances in this kitchen, ready for entertaining for two or a crowd, include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Thermador double oven, a Jenn-Air cooktop, a Thermador range, a Dacor microwave and a Bosch dishwasher. The kitchen also has a walk-in pantry and a built-in wine rack, with recessed lighting overhead.

The large formal dining room includes a ceiling medallion, moldings, a picture window facing the terrace and tall windows on the side of the room.

The formal living room, which has entrances from the hall, dining room and library, covers 36 feet across the back of the house, with space for a grand piano as well as seating areas.

This living room has been designed for entertaining with ease and includes tall French doors to the terrace as well as picture windows facing the terrace. At one end of the room is a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround.

Between the living room and the library are a full bar and a powder room. The library has tall windows at the front of the house and a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets.

The curving main staircase leads to the upper-level gallery, where a charming open sitting room rests between the front window and the staircase. Built-in bookcases flank the window, leaving space for a reading chair or a writing desk in front of the window.

The master suite has a double-door entrance and two tall windows facing the street. The suite includes two standard closets with double doors and a walk-in closet.

The luxurious bath has a large whirlpool tub and a separate shower with a glass door.

The second bedroom includes two closets with double doors and a private full bath and overlooks the rear terrace. The third bedroom, also in the back of the house, has windows on two sides, a double-door closet and a private full bath. The fourth bedroom, at the front of the house, has two tall front windows, two closets with double doors and a private full bath.

A curving staircase leads from the foyer to the finished lower level, which is entirely above ground. This level includes a newly remodeled family room that currently functions as an office. This room has a double-door entrance, a wood-burning fireplace, four tall windows and built-in bookcases.

The lower level has been designed to optimize storage. Closet space and shelving are tucked around the staircase and in the large laundry room.

This level also has a guest bedroom with a picture window at the side of the house and a double-door closet. The full bath on this level is accessible directly from the bedroom and from the hall. Nearby is a door leading to the oversized two-car garage.

Built 20 years ago, this sophisticated home is in such pristine condition that it looks as if it could be new. Buyers need only bring an appreciation of generously proportioned rooms with high ceilings and tall windows, which bring this southwest-facing home plenty of light.

Address: 4711 Foxhall Crescent NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Berkley

Age: Built in 1987

Price: $1,969,000

Size: About 5,600 square feet on homesite of 7,514 square feet

Taxes: $12,729

Homeowner association fee: $2,550 annually

Exterior features: Single-family home of brick and stucco with curving front staircase, cobblestone driveway, large two-car garage and curving rear terrace.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 51/2 baths; marble entry foyer with curving staircase; hardwood flooring on main level; formal living room; formal dining room; library with built-in shelving; center-island kitchen with upgraded appliances, faux-painted cabinets and walk-in pantry; master suite with multiple closets and bath; three additional upper-level bedrooms each with private full bath; upper-level loft sitting area with built-in bookcases; finished above-ground lower level with office with built-in bookcases, fifth bedroom, full bath, storage rooms, exercise area

Amenities: Elevator serving all three levels, two wood-burning fireplaces, alarm system, central vacuum system, gas heat and hot water.

Close by: Georgetown, MacArthur Boulevard shops and restaurants, Beltway and Chain Bridge Road

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Jim Firkser of Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty at 202/747-1002.

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