- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2008

Along the gentle slope of Rockwood Parkway in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest rest stately homes in every possible

style, including Cape Cod cottages, Victorian homes, Colonial-style homes and even one or two contemporary mansions.

Few match the grand Tudor-style property at 4921 Rockwood Parkway NW, which features genuine Tudor details such as a stone, brick and wood-trimmed exterior, flagstone steps with wrought-iron railing, the original hinged and leaded windows and a splash of turquoise-painted window and door trim.

Now on the market for $3,695,000, this 1931 residence has about 4,800 square feet of living space on four finished levels.

The home is surrounded by sweeping lawns and mature trees, with a stone walkway leading to the front door. At the back of the home are a garden, a flagstone patio and stepping stones linking the patio with a screened porch. A heated two-car garage with built-in shelving is accessible from the lower level of the home.

The formal Tudor style offers a warm and graceful setting for entertaining or for private family life. The arched, wood plank front door, surrounded by limestone, opens into a grand foyer, suitable for a reception space. The foyer and most of the rest of the home features hardwood flooring and has a wood-beamed ceiling, a lantern-style chandelier and a dramatic wood staircase with Tudor-style balustrades.

An arched doorway links the foyer and the living room, a generously proportioned room that seems like a Vermeer painting come to life. Leaded-glass windows bring in sunlight from the front and back of the room, while a window seat in a wood-trimmed enclosure provides an enticing place to read.

The living room has a high-beamed ceiling and a large, arched wood-burning fireplace with a wood-paneled wall above.

French doors lead from the living room to the screened porch, which has a ceiling fan and views of Rockwood Parkway and the surrounding yard.

On the opposite side of the foyer, the formal dining room offers an elegant setting for gracious dinner parties. The dining room has a stone enclave with an arched ceiling in one corner that holds a fountain, a vaulted tray ceiling, a chandelier, hardwood flooring and wall sconces, along with leaded glass windows on two sides.

A swinging door links the dining room with the eat-in kitchen, which has two sinks, a decorative tile backsplash, built-in shelving and access to both the back staircase and the rear garden.

The main level also features a charming library with three walls of built-in bookcases, a chandelier, hardwood flooring, crown moldings, a glass door to the garden and a door to the powder room.

Both the main staircase and the back staircase arrive at a central landing on the upper level, a wide space with wall-to-wall carpeting, a chandelier and an arched enclave with a window seat. Adjacent to the landing are a utility closet with a sink and built-in cabinets and drawers, and a double-door linen closet.

The master bedroom has a crystal chandelier, a sitting area, two cedar closets and an adjoining dressing area with built-in cabinets and drawers. The private full bath has a marble tub.

The second bedroom has a chandelier, a cedar closet and a private full bath. The third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath. Each of these bedrooms has a cedar closet, and both have built-in shelving and hardwood flooring.

The third level has two charming bedrooms with sloping ceilings, hardwood flooring, wall sconces and cedar closets. These two bedrooms are linked by a long corridor lined with built-in shelving and closets, including a deep cedar closet. The bedrooms share a full bath off the hall.

The finished lower level has a recreation room with a storage closet, a large bar and access to both the rear garden and the garage. This level also has a laundry room with a sink, a full-size refrigerator, an oven, cabinets and counter space, to allow for entertaining casually downstairs or in the rear garden. Two additional storage rooms and a powder room complete this level.

While buyers may want to update the kitchen to enhance the appeal of this home, the generously proportioned rooms, hardwood floors, original windows and beamed ceilings in this home need nothing but admiration.

Address: 4921 Rockwood Parkway NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Spring Valley

Age: Built in 1931

Price: $3,695,000

Size: About 4,800 finished square feet on lot of about .44 acres

Taxes: $16,275 estimated in 2007

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Tudor-style home of stone and brick with wood plank accents set on a hill; turquoise-painted trim on doors and windows; rear garden with stepping stones and flagstone patio; heated two-car garage with shelving.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; four full baths; two powder rooms; grand entry foyer; main and rear staircases; beamed ceilings; living room with window seat, French doors to screened porch; formal dining room with vaulted tray ceiling; library; eat-in kitchen; upper-level master suite with two cedar closets, sitting area, marble bath, dressing room; second bedroom with private bath; third and fourth bedrooms share connecting bath; finished upper level with two bedrooms, extensive closets and shelving, cedar closet and full bath; finished lower level with recreation room, second kitchen, powder room and storage room.

Amenities: Screened porch with ceiling fan; wood-burning fireplace in living room; original hinged, leaded windows throughout home; radiator heat; central air conditioning; hardwood floors.

Close by: Shops and restaurants in Spring Valley, Wisconsin Avenue, MacArthur Boulevard, American University campus, Georgetown, Kennedy Center

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620.


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