- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008

Most people think of the neighborhood within walking distance of the Clarendon Metro station in Arlington as a community of high-rise condominiums filled with young professionals and empty-nesters enjoying their proximity to shops, night life and restaurants.

Plenty of single-family homes are also nearby in the Lyon Park neighborhood, a family-oriented community centered on a 3.5-acre park where annual events include a Halloween bonfire, a spring festival with pony rides and bluegrass concerts in the summertime.

A Craftsman-style single-family home at 937 N. Daniel St. in Arlington, now on the market for $1,299,900, rests on the corner of 10th and Daniel streets surrounded by a natural wood picket fence.

Built in 1927, this classic home retains its original character even after its 1997 expansion and remodeling.

Professionally landscaped grounds with garden beds, wood decking, flagstone patios and covered porches surround the home, which is on a lot of 8,299 square feet.

The property includes an attached two-car garage, once used as a home office with a separate outside entrance, which has its own heating and air conditioning system. In addition, three cars may be parked in one driveway and one more car park in a second driveway.

With about 4,200 finished square feet, this home comfortably accommodates casual family living along with formal entertaining. Elegant archways link the main-level rooms, and tall windows fill the home with sunlight.

Arches are visible in the design of the cut-glass front door, which is complemented by cut-glass sidelights. Just inside, the foyer has Vermont blue slate flooring, a coat closet and a side window.

An archway links the foyer with the living room, which has windows on two sides. The focal point for the living room is the wood-burning fireplace, surrounded by mosaic glass tiles with a Vermont blue slate hearth. The living room has crown moldings, surround sound speakers and recessed lighting.

This room, along with the rest of the main level, has golden oak hardwood flooring and 9-foot ceilings.

Arched doorways lead from the living room into the dining room, which has a pass-through window to a bar with a granite counter. The dining room has recessed lighting, a crystal chandelier, crown and chair-rail moldings and arched doorways leading into the kitchen and to the stairwell to the lower level.

The kitchen has a center island and breakfast bar with a granite top, a stainless steel sink, shelves and storage.

Granite counters extend throughout the room, which has white cabinets with built-in wine racks and glass fronts on the corner cabinets. Two windows above the main sink bring extra light into the room, which also has recessed lighting and stainless steel upgraded appliances.

The kitchen opens into the family room, a generously sized room with a built-in corner media center and a door to the back covered porch and patio.

The main level also has a home office or fifth bedroom with a walk-in closet, built-in shelves and recessed lighting. Nearby is a full bath with mosaic marble tile, a linen closet and a recessed arch with a full-length mirror.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper level, where the master suite is an expansive yet cozy space. The master sitting room features a wall with a half-moon arched opening into the bedroom, reflecting the archways on the main level. The sitting room has sea grass carpet, a picture window with a view of the side yard and recessed lighting.

The bedroom has hardwood flooring and five windows on two sides of the room, which fill the space with natural light. The bedroom has a ceiling fan, recessed lighting and a large walk-in closet with organizers.

The master bath has white marble flooring, two separate sinks, an additional vanity with a seat, skylights, a linen cabinet, a whirlpool tub and a deep, open double-head shower with teak flooring.

Three additional bedrooms on this level each have sisal Berber carpet, recessed lighting, a ceiling fan and a walk-in closet. These bedrooms share a hall bath with ceramic tile flooring, wood blinds and recessed lighting.

The upper level also has a large laundry room with ceramic tile flooring, a window, a water cooler and a mini refrigerator. A large storage room/attic space off this level can be finished for a playroom or other living space.

The unfinished lower level has additional storage space with shelving and a door to the garage.

In addition to the visible charms of this home, the residence also has an intercom system, a security system and prewiring for 20 phone lines and six data lines.

Despite these modern amenities, this Craftsman-style home fits easily into the quiet Lyon Park neighborhood, where the homes nestle under canopies of oak and dogwood trees, just blocks from the urban-style atmosphere of Clarendon.

The neighborhood is near downtown Washington, the Pentagon and Rosslyn, with easy access to mall shopping in virtually every direction. Residents have quick access to commuter routes in addition to Metro.

Address: 937 N. Daniel St., Arlington, VA 22201

Community: Lyon Park

Age: Built in 1927, expanded in 1997

Price: $1,299,900

Size: About 4,200 finished square feet on lot of 8,299 square feet

Taxes: $9,744 in 2007

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Craftsman-style single-family home with cedar-shake wood siding, thermal cut-glass door with sidelights, wood picket fence, professional landscaping, slate patio, partially covered wood deck with outdoor speakers, two-car garage plus three-car driveway and additional one-car driveway

Interior features: Five bedrooms; three full baths; 9-foot ceilings on main level; golden oak hardwood flooring throughout; blue slate flooring in foyer; archways; crown moldings; living room with fireplace; dining room with adjacent bar; center-island kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances; family room open to kitchen; full bath on main level; fifth bedroom or office on main level; master bedroom with separate sitting room and marble bath; three additional upper-level bedrooms share hall bath; upper-level laundry room; attic storage room with potential as finished space; unfinished basement with storage space

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplace can be reconverted to gas; garage heated and conditioned, and formerly used as office; pre-wiring for 20 phone lines, six data lines; intercom system; security system.

Close by: Walk to Clarendon Metro, shops, restaurants, supermarket and night life; walk to Lyon Park and community house; one traffic light to the District; minutes to mall shopping and major commuter routes

Schools: Long Branch Elementary, Jefferson Middle, Washington-Lee High

Open house: Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Ron Cathell of Keller Williams Realty at 703/975-2500.

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