- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

Classic Arlington homes are often fully constructed of brick, with a center hall design and four bedrooms upstairs. A local builder recently renovated the Colonial-style brick home on a sweeping corner lot at 5410 N. 15th St. in Arlington, adding brick wings to each side of the main level, finishing the attic and lower levels and upgrading the premises with marble fireplaces, Roman tubs, mosaic flooring and countless French doors.

Now on the market for $1,870,000, this home blends classic and exotic styles smoothly, resulting in a roomy residence perfect for entertaining with flair and enjoying a sybaritic lifestyle.

The brick home has been placed on an angle so that it faces the corner, with flagstone walkways lined with decorative low brick and slate walls leading to the front door and the back yard. The entire property has been fenced with an elegant metal fence with bronze finials.

A slate drive opens into a parking pad with space for four to five cars, flanked by decorative curving-brick retaining walls. At the end of the drive is a two-car garage.

While the front of the home presents an elegant facade, the back yard is even more appealing. A stone patio covered with natural black slate is accessible from several rooms and is lined with low brick and slate walls, which provide natural seating when entertaining a crowd.

The back yard has been professionally landscaped and includes a Japanese garden with rocks and a water feature, a cast iron fountain and a grill station with a stainless steel 10-burner outdoor grill with an adjacent stainless steel sink.

The most exotic amenity in the back yard is a 600-gallon outdoor Roman-style tub with hot and cold water, lined with tile-inset mosaics.

Unique touches are found inside the home as well, beginning with the foyer, an addition to the home that has custom arched windows on two sides and a solid mahogany door with crystal inserts. The two-story foyer has neoclassical-style moldings and window trim, columns, a brass chandelier and a tumbled marble floor with metallic-tile inserts.

The living room features a white marble fireplace that is a replica of a fireplace in the Luxembourg Palace, with two sets of French doors leading to the rear patio, two additional French doors into the solarium, hardwood floors and a crystal chandelier.

The solarium is ringed by custom arched windows and French doors to the patio. This sparkling sunny room includes a white marble fireplace, which is a replica of a fireplace in the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. The room also features architectural columns, a bronze chandelier and a custom-designed diamond-patterned marble floor.

The dining room has hardwood flooring, a crystal chandelier imported from Europe, French doors and crown moldings. Just beyond the dining room is a den with marble flooring to match the solarium, arched windows and a white marble fireplace that is a copy of a fireplace mantel in Coco Chanel’s residence in Paris.

A wet bar and butler’s pantry link the dining room with the kitchen. The wet bar has a “black galaxy” granite counter that matches the kitchen counters and includes a unique bar sink made in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

The sink is made of two pieces of glass with gold leaf between the glass layers. Nearby is a utility room and mud room with glass doors, a laundry room and storage space.

The kitchen features a wall with two sets of French doors in addition to a double window over the sink. The whitewashed cabinets include some with glass fronts and some open shelving. The kitchen has heart-of-cedar hardwood flooring, crown moldings, granite counters, a custom farm-style sink and stainless steel appliances, including a double wall oven with a warming drawer and a Thermador Pro-Series gas range.

Hardwood stairs lead to the lower level, which features a family room with a stone fireplace and a tile floor with mosaic medallions patterned after a floor design discovered in one of the villas found in Pompeii.

Just beyond the family room is a library with cherry flooring and four walls of shelving with space for about 1,000 books.

The lower level also includes a tile-floored exercise room with mirrored walls and adjacent closets. Nearby is the Roman-style spa, a room covered in marble from floor to ceiling.

The spa includes a 300-gallon marble bathtub that is 3½ deep and a separate deep marble shower with a seat. Two water heaters supply hot water for the home so that the spa can be used at all times. A cedar sauna is just around the corner, adjacent to a wine cellar with custom clay bottle holders that hold over 200 bottles.

The second level of the home includes two master suites and an additional bedroom and bath. The master suite has plantation shutters on the windows, two sets of French doors to a custom wrought-iron balcony, hardwood flooring and two large closets with custom shelving.

The master bath has a marble floor and marble walls, as well as a cast iron tub and faucet that can be found in retail stores for about $8,000.

The second bedroom has hardwood flooring, crown moldings and custom shelving. The nearby hall bath has white tile floorings and walls.

The second master suite has hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet with a window and crown moldings. The private bath in this suite has floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall marble and includes a deep whirlpool tub with an unusual swan-shaped faucet imported from Germany.

Wood stairs lead to the finished attic level, which can be used as a bedroom or studio. The room has plenty of space for a sitting area and bedroom and includes a built-in desk. The space has two half-round windows and two quarter-round windows, distinctive sloping ceilings, recessed lighting, a closet and wide-plank bamboo flooring.

The adjacent bath has extra storage space, custom tile work and a whirlpool tub.

The living space in this home has been designed with care so that each guest room or bedroom has plenty of privacy. When entertaining a crowd, the main-level rooms, connected by French doors, provide an easy flow.

In pleasant weather, the many French doors opening onto the back patio can create a breeze and allow guests to move indoors and out with ease.

Address: 5410 N. 15th St., Arlington, VA 22205

Community: Larchmont

Age: Built in 1939

Price: $1,870,000

Size: Lot of 12,495 square feet

Taxes: $8,388 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial-style home on a corner lot has two additional brick wings, flagstone front path, flagstone parking pad and drive leading to two-car garage, low brick and flagstone walls in both front and rear yards, flagstone patio with cast-iron fountain, Japanese garden with water feature, professional landscaping, fully fenced yard

Interior features: Four bedrooms; five full baths; one powder room; four finished levels; tumbled marble floor in foyer, which has arched windows, columns; hardwood and ceramic tile flooring; formal dining room; living room with fireplace; solarium with columns, fireplace, French doors; den with fireplace; butler’s pantry and wet bar adjacent to kitchen; granite counters and stainless steel appliances in kitchen; master suite with bath, two double-door closets; third bedroom or second master suite with private full bath; finished upper-level suite with updated full bath; finished lower level with library, family room with fireplace, exercise room with adjacent custom marble spa bath, wine cellar

Amenities: Outdoor Roman-style tub with mosaics, outdoor grill station with adjacent sink, balcony off master suite, sauna on lower level, four marble fireplaces

Close by: Short drive to shops and restaurants in Arlington; quick access to downtown Washington and Georgetown via Key Bridge or Chain Bridge

Schools: Glebe Elementary, Swanson Middle, Washington-Lee High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Karen Close of Long & Foster Real Estate in McLean at 703/903-8656.

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