- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

While the simple attraction of living on a cul-de-sac across from Rock Creek Park in the heart of the city may be hard to top, the home at 4530 Broad Branch Road in Forest Hills has even more appeal inside.

With four finished levels wrapped in windows, decks, patios and balconies, this pleasant home has space for entertaining, casual family living and communing with nature.

On the market for $1,149,900, this home offers a quiet lifestyle just minutes from a Metro station and the bustle of downtown Washington.

Set within a cluster of unique single-family homes off Broad Branch Avenue, the home includes an attached one-car garage with additional parking in the driveway.

Inside, guests are welcomed in the three-story foyer, which has a marble floor and a coat closet. The rest of the main and second levels have polished hardwood flooring that blends with the wooded views outside.

A few steps lead from the hall down into the sunken living room, which has a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases and cabinets at one end of the room. Two other walls have a total of four sets of sliding glass doors leading to the deck and framing the views of the trees.

This generously proportioned room lends itself to entertaining, whether in the winter by the fireplace or in the spring with all the doors flung open to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors.

Nearby, the formal dining room offers another venue for entertaining and includes another sliding glass door to the deck. Two half-walls separate this room from the hall, adding to the airiness of the space. Pocket doors link the dining room to the kitchen, making it simpler to hide the chef’s mess when dining with friends.

The kitchen includes windows on two sides and a glass door to the deck and has been updated with a pale palette. The white ceramic tile flooring underfoot blends with whitewashed pale maple cabinets and a pale beige Corian counter.

The kitchen has recessed lighting, a Jenn-Air cooktop, double wall ovens and a tall pantry cabinet on one wall to supplement the ample cabinets.

The kitchen is open to the adjacent breakfast room, a cozy space with windows on two sides and built-in bookcases along one wall. The main level also includes a powder room that has been recently updated.

Upstairs, the master suite provides a serene yet dramatic private retreat. The bedroom’s soaring cathedral ceiling is emphasized by a tall and narrow floor-to-ceiling window on one wall.

A glass door leads to the private balcony off the bedroom. The room includes multiple windows on two sides and a sitting area wrapped with three walls of closets. The adjacent master bath includes windows on two sides, a deep whirlpool tub, a separate shower and two separate vanities.

This level also includes two spacious secondary bedrooms, each with hardwood flooring, plenty of windows and a walk-in closet. These two bedrooms share a full bath off the hall. A laundry closet with louvered doors and an oversized linen closet complete this level.

The finished fourth or attic level of the home includes a glass door off the staircase leading into a bedroom with a charming sloping ceiling, a skylight and a sliding glass door to a private balcony. This bedroom space has several doors leading to closets and attic storage spaces. Along the staircase leading to the lower levels are built-in bookcases.

The finished lower level is above ground in the back, allowing for a sliding glass door to lead directly to a lovely flagstone patio and adjacent garden beds. This level has a recreation room with a door to the garage and doors to extensive storage and utility space.

The lower level also includes a home office or den with a closet. This room, nestled in one corner of the lower level, could easily be turned into a media room or kept as a private oasis from the rest of the home. An adjacent full bath completes this level.

Beautifully maintained for the past 20 years, this home will provide a family retreat surrounded by the benefits of both Rock Creek Park and the city’s amenities.

Address: 4530 Broad Branch Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

Community: Forest Hills

Age: Built in 1987

Price: $1,149,900

Size: About 3,500 finished square feet on lot of 5,931 square feet

Taxes: $6,244.14 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home with wood siding, varied roofline, attached one-car garage with space for additional car in driveway.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 31/2 baths; four finished levels with hardwood flooring on first and second floors; sunken living room with sliding glass doors to deck; dining room with sliding glass doors; updated kitchen with adjacent breakfast room; master bedroom with cathedral ceilings and bath; second-floor laundry room; two large secondary bedrooms share a hall bath; finished upper-level bedroom with additional attic storage; finished lower level with recreation room, office, full bath and storage room

Amenities: Main level deck wraps around two sides of home; balcony off master bedroom and top-floor bedroom; views of Rock Creek Park; flagstone patio and garden; wood-burning fireplace; built-in bookcases; two-zone heating and air conditioning

Close by: Rock Creek Park, short walk to Metro station, near Connecticut Avenue shops and restaurants, easy access to downtown Washington.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Traudel Lange of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 301/718-0010.

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