- The Washington Times - Friday, June 8, 2007

Living within walking distance of city shops, restaurants and a Metro station often means compromising a bit in the size of a home and garden space, sometimes even having to live with excessive city noise.

That’s not the case with the home at 3724 Ingomar St. in Northwest Washington’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, which offers the convenience of city living with the charm of quiet village life.

On the market for $1,495,000, this home rests on a tiny, quiet street under a canopy of towering trees. Placed back from the street behind a front garden of azaleas and garden beds with colorful mixes of perennials and annuals, this 1920s white shingle home exudes an atmosphere of comfort and quiet elegance.

A flagstone walk leads to the front door, which has an arched entrance flanked by two tiny window seats perfect for placing packages or waiting for a taxi under the sheltered roof. The front door, which includes eight windows across the top and rows of windows from floor to ceiling on either side, opens into a foyer painted a gentle shade of green.

A doorway leads from the foyer into the 28-foot-long living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a mantel. This sunny room has multiple windows on three sides, including French doors that open onto a patio. The side patio has columns, a bead-board ceiling, a latticework wall for privacy and filtering sunlight, white picket fencing and steps to the back garden.



While this home clearly offers space for relaxing by the fire in the colder months, the property’s appeal becomes even greater in warm weather. As the flowers begin to bloom on all four sides of the home, residents can slip out to the side porch, to the deck off the kitchen or to the treetop-high porch off the attic. The fully fenced back garden has plenty of space for the level lawn and garden beds and includes myriad plantings of rhododendron, persimmon and cherry trees and azaleas in addition to space for annuals. On the edge of the garden is a one-car detached garage, accessible from a small alley off Ingomar Street.

Inside the home, formal entertaining is done with ease in the living room and the dining room, which has a chandelier, windows on two sides and a wood-burning fireplace. The dining room features crown molding and hardwood flooring, which has been restored to its original beauty. The hardwood flooring has been refinished on all three upper levels of the home.

The main level also includes a remodeled kitchen with white and glass-front cabinets, green Silestone counters, a breakfast bar, a porcelain double sink and stainless steel appliances, including a commercial-style range and oven. Just beyond the kitchen is the breakfast room/family room, a sunny space with two skylights overhead and three walls of windows framing garden views. This room includes a glass door leading to the rear deck. The main level also has a powder room and a large hall closet.

Hardwood stairs lead from the foyer to the second level, where each bedroom offers a view of the gardens. One bedroom includes glass doors to an enclosed sleeping porch with windows on three sides. The second bedroom has a wood-burning fireplace and private access to a full bath that has been fully renovated. Two additional bedrooms, including another bedroom with a fireplace, and a renovated hall bath complete this level.

Although the attic level of this home has been designed to accommodate a master suite, future owners may want to convert some of the bedroom space on the second level into a master suite linking the sleeping porch, a bedroom with a fireplace and the private full bath.

The upper level, reached by hardwood stairs, has been renovated into two charming rooms with sloping ceilings and hardwood flooring. Multiple closets have been placed along the walls and under the eaves. The bedroom area includes a glass door flanked by tall windows that all open onto the upper-level porch. Adjacent to the bedroom are a new full bath and a sitting room or home office space. The new owners can use these rooms as a master suite or as an office, studio, playroom or guest suite.

The lower level of this Chevy Chase home includes a large utility and storage area with a washer and dryer and an entrance into an in-law suite. The in-law suite also includes a door to the back garden. This suite has a fully renovated kitchen, a living area, two bedrooms and a full bath.

The owner for the past four years has renovated the home with new plumbing and electrical systems, a water heater, a furnace and two-zone central air conditioning.

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