- The Washington Times - Friday, December 26, 2008

Strollers along Cathedral Avenue Northwest, just west of Massachusetts Avenue, may admire the Tudor-style homes that line the north side of the 3800 block. Arched gateways link the residences and add privacy to their back gardens, but the interiors of some of these homes are surprising.

From the outside, they appear small and very similar. However, three of the homes along this block are detached single-family homes, while the others are semidetached. The detached home at 3827 Cathedral Ave. NW, which is now on the market for $1,495,000, appears to be a charming little cottage. Inside, potential buyers will find four finished levels with six bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and delightfully restored features.

Built by Harry Wardman in 1927, this home has had just three owners. The original period details have been maintained and restored, including a faux stone wall in the foyer, wrought-iron railings on the staircase, egg-and-dart moldings in the living room, hardwood floors, interior French doors and glass doorknobs.

The front garden and flagstone front walk lead to a flagstone front porch with a dramatic wood front door with iron detailing hand-forged by Vermont Castings. Inside, the hardwood floors have been restored in the foyer, which has a hardwood staircase and a wide doorway leading into the formal living room. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace with an elaborately detailed mantel and a marble hearth, egg-and-dart moldings, wood trim on the walls and trim detailed with rosettes around the doorways and windows. The windows feature silk window treatments that will stay in the home when it is sold. Wall sconces add elegance above the fireplace.

French doors lead from the living room into the sunroom overlooking the front garden, which has stone floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. On the opposite side of the living room, French doors open into the formal dining room. The generously proportioned dining room seats 12 and includes multiple windows at one end and a built-in silver closet. A second set of French doors leads from the dining room into the family dining room or breakfast room, which has built-in bookcases and double windows. This room is also accessible from the kitchen.

At the back of the house, a family room was added, accessible through French doors from the breakfast room. This room has a gas fireplace and French doors opening onto the deck. The family room includes a walk-in closet and has an adjacent full bath so that it can be converted to use as a first-floor guest suite.

Nearby, the powder room has been restored to its original color scheme with classic black and white tiles. Other noteworthy features of the room include a glass light fixture and the conversion of the original window into a mirror, complete with detailed surrounding trim with rosettes.

The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances and black granite countertops, along with a deep pantry with pull-out drawers. The parquet flooring has been restored and blends with the abundance of white cabinets. Additional storage and counter space at the back of the room can easily function as a buffet space when entertaining.

A glass door leads from the kitchen to the deck, which wraps around the back of the house. Just outside the kitchen is a private dining area where guests can relax and listen to the church bells ringing at the nearby National Cathedral. The deck extends to the family room and includes wood steps to the back garden, which has a flagstone patio and garden beds currently landscaped to be low-maintenance. The backyard is fully fenced with automatic gates providing access to the attached two-car garage and additional parking for four cars.

The main staircase leads to the second level. The master bedroom is a sunny room with windows on two sides and has a tucked-away storage space with leaded glass doors and moldings with rosettes (that match the living room). The bedroom has an attached bath that was remodeled. It has marble floors and marble walls, along with a glass-enclosed shower. The standard closet has been converted to a linen closet since the owners converted an adjacent bedroom into a dressing room and walk-in closet. While the custom cabinetry in this room provides drawers, shelf space, shoe storage space and rods at varying heights for hanging clothing, it can all be can be used as a bedroom.

This level also includes a remodeled bathroom with black and white tiles. At the back of the home are two more bedrooms. The entire upper level has hardwood floors. One bedroom, currently used as an office, has oversized windows. The second, currently a charming study, has three windows and another deep closet.

A curving staircase leads to the finished attic level, which has restored pine floors. The front bedroom includes a deep dormer window with space for a twin bed, along with a deep closet and skylights. The large back bedroom has a tall window with treetop views along with a glimpse of the National Cathedral.

These two bedrooms share a romantic hall bath with a claw-foot tub, pine floors and a sloping ceiling. The open, upper hall is wide enough to create a reading nook or office area.

The lower level of this home has additional finished space, including a recreation room with paneled walls, Berber carpet and extensive walls of closets. Just beyond the recreation room are several storage areas lined with shelving, along with a laundry room. A door leads from this area into the garage.

While the owners restored period details to this home, they also took care to provide modern comforts such as a new slate roof and a copper roof above the sunroom, radiator heat with a new boiler, an alarm system and dual-zone air conditioning.

This deceptively small home provides a privately expansive setting for entertaining indoors and outside, yet the residents may find it hard to stay home with the delights of the city at their feet. Washington.

Address: 3827 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Observatory Circle

Age: built in 1927

Price: $1,495,000

Home size: about 4,800 finished square feet

Lot size: 4,108 square feet

Taxes: $11,979 in 2007

Exterior features: Tudor-style single-family home with brick, stucco and wood exterior; flagstone front walk, flagstone front porch, slate roof with copper flashing, fenced rear garden, low-maintenance landscaping with sprinkler system; rear, two-car garage with additional parking for four cars

Interior features: Four finished levels with six bedrooms, four full baths, one powder room, restored hardwood floors, extensive crown moldings, faux stone walls in foyer with hardwood staircase with wrought-iron railing; formal living room with wood-burning fireplace, sunroom with stone floor, French doors linking formal dining room with living room and family dining room; family room includes gas fireplace, French doors to deck, walk-in closet and full bath for use as guest room; restored kitchen with granite counters, deep pantry, gas stove and parquet flooring; second-floor master bedroom with windows on two sides, new marble bath, adjacent bedroom converted to dressing room/closet; remodeled hall bath, two rear bedrooms with windows on two sides; finished attic level with front and rear bedrooms and full bath; finished lower level with recreation room, extensive storage closets and laundry room

Amenities: Two fireplaces; deck including private dining area, steps to lower-level flagstone patio; two-zone air conditioning, radiator heat with new boiler, oversized water heater, alarm system

Close by: Walk to National Cathedral and shops and restaurants of upper and lower Wisconsin Avenue, minutes to Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Cleveland Park

Open House: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202/246-4475

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