- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2008

The historic homes of Georgetown intrigue visitors to the District and tempt many hopeful home buyers. Strolling slowly on some of Georgetown’s quieter side streets provides a glimpse of the traditional homes and gardens that line this Northwest neighborhood’s brick sidewalks.

Tudor Place, a distinguished building on 31st Street Northwest since it was built in 1816, is a National Historic Landmark and a prime example of a Federal-style estate. Built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and designed by architect William Thornton, the residence was the home of six generations of the Peter family.

However, even those with an appreciation of historic homes do not always want to live in one. Just across the street from Tudor Place is a small enclave of single-family homes built in 1980. The owner says, “This home is great for people who want to live in the historic area of Georgetown, but with the benefit of plenty of closet space and a garage for parking.”

Now on the market for $2,695,000, this home at 1621 31st St. NW rests at the back of a brick courtyard with landscaped garden beds, wrought-iron railings, mature trees and brick walkways that blend this private community with the surrounding historic properties. A detached garage behind the house has parking for one car.

A brick and wrought-iron gate leads to the front of this home, which has a covered entrance with a brick stoop. The three-level home is constructed entirely of brick and has an enclosed side garden and a spacious enclosed flagstone patio.

Inside, the front door opens into a sweeping foyer with marble floors. The entire home has 9-foot ceilings, oversized windows and French doors for plenty of sunlight and crown moldings in keeping with the home’s traditional style.

To the left of the foyer is a bright, light-filled, eat-in kitchen with white cabinets that extend to the ceiling and have pale-green knobs and drawer pulls to blend with the watery green Silestone countertops. The kitchen features a window over the sink and a picture window at the front of the house with a view of the front garden. White ceramic tile floors and recessed lighting add to the brightness of the room.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the library, which has a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets, and an alcove with a full-size wet bar and refrigerator. The library has hardwood floors, crown moldings and recessed lighting. Just off the library is a powder room. A door links the library with the enclosed side garden.

At the back of the house are spaces designed for entertaining easily. The flagstone patio, enclosed by three walls of brick, has low, loose stone walls to enclose the garden beds and a small pond. Flowering shrubs and trees create a charming, quiet oasis in the middle of the city.

French doors also link the patio with the formal dining room, which has crown moldings, two oversized windows and hardwood floors.

Upstairs, the master bedroom’s high ceilings and expansive proportions allow for a fireplace and a sitting area at one end of the room. Adjacent to the bedroom is a dressing area with two walk-in closets that have built-in shelving. The luxurious bathroom includes a double-sink vanity, a glass-door shower and a separate, sunken whirlpool tub.

The upper level has two additional bedrooms, each with two closets and windows on two sides of the room. These two bedrooms share a hall bath.

The finished lower level has additional space for casual entertaining. The family room has a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases, plus recessed lighting and crown and chair-rail moldings. A powder room is adjacent to the family room.

The lower level also has a fourth bedroom with a walk-in closet and a private full bath. Nearby is a flexible room that can function as a home office or den, an exercise room or a guest bedroom. This room has a picture window and a double-door closet.

With over 4,300 finished square feet, this Georgetown home has space for plenty of overnight guests, large parties, or just a gracious lifestyle with room for privacy.

Just beyond the courtyard and the neighboring homes, residents can stroll to M Street and browse in a bookstore, shop in a boutique, search for antiques, savor coffee or ice cream or dine in style. Walking south along 31st Street, past M Street, brings guests and residents to Washington Harbour, where more restaurants await and a new park stretches along the Potomac to Key Bridge. Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Metro stations are also within walking distance, along with parks and gardens.

DETAILS

Address: 1621 31st St. NW, Washington, DC

Community: Georgetown

Age: built in 1980

Price: $2,695,000

Size: about 4,329 square feet

Taxes: $17,266 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: $982 quarterly

Exterior features: brick, Colonial-style, single-family home in an enclave of homes with landscaped brick courtyards and wrought-iron railings; detached one-car garage

Interior features: four bedrooms; three full baths; two powder rooms; marble foyer; library with wet bar and built-in shelving; formal living room with fireplace and hardwood floors; dining room with hardwood floors; French doors to patio; eat-in kitchen with Silestone counters; 9-foot ceilings on all levels; crown moldings; recessed lighting; master suite with fireplace, sitting area, luxury bath and two walk-in closets; two large secondary bedrooms share hall bath; finished lower level with family room, powder room, bedroom with full bath and additional room with window and closet for flexible use

Amenities: enclosed landscaped garden with brick walls, flagstone patio and low, natural stone walls; three wood-burning fireplaces; homeowners association provides security, snow removal and grounds maintenance

Close by: across the street from Tudor Place; easy walk to shops and restaurants of Georgetown or to Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom Metro stations; easy access to Kennedy Center and downtown Washington

Open house: by appointment

Contact: Owner/agent Sarah Ann Michels of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202/285-7875

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