- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2008

Some people refresh their outdated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances and call that a renovation. Compared with the complete remodeling undertaken by the owners of the home at 3317 N St. NW, fixing up a kitchen is a minor home-improvement project.

Six years ago, the owners of this 122-year-old house decided to gut their Victorian home, replacing outdated plumbing and electrical systems but restoring the grandeur of the rooms. Four years later, their renovation was complete, with heart-of-pine flooring on the three upper levels, three gas fireplaces, a state-of-the-art kitchen and elegantly detailed moldings throughout. On the market for $2,495,000, this Georgetown home rests on a well-known block that includes the pre-White House residence of President Kennedy.

This brick town home features an old-fashioned gas lantern in front and an antique-brass dolphin knocker on the wood door, which has a leaded-glass window above.

The extra-deep lot enabled the owners to add a family room to the back of the house but keep a deep, fully fenced garden. At the end of the garden, a gate links the property with a paved parking pad with space for two large cars. The garden has been landscaped professionally and features a brick patio with space for outdoor dining, low walls that provide great extra seating during a party and perennial plantings for low maintenance.

The home’s high ceilings and deep box-bay window on all three upper levels add grace and light to the rooms. When restoring the home, the owners replaced the damaged hardwood flooring with wide-plank floors to replicate the original. The rosettes and moldings along the floor and ceiling and around the windows and doors were custom-designed to maintain the period character of the home.

When the home’s two original fireplaces were restored, the owners added a third and worked with a designer to create matching, elaborately carved mantels inspired by an antique fireplace found in nearby Halcyon House. The gas fireplaces include a flue so each can be converted to burn wood if desired.

The foyer of this elegant home offers a glimpse through the house into the garden. To the right of the foyer is the double parlor, in which the owners removed most of one wall to open space to the foyer. At the front of the house is a bay window with plantation shutters, and two of the fireplaces are in this living area. Generously proportioned, this area already has been the setting for several large parties.

Beyond the double parlor, the formal dining room features another fireplace, a chandelier and chair-rail moldings in addition to the crown moldings. The home originally had radiators for heating, which the owners wanted to keep, so they converted the system to low baseboard radiator heat, which blends easily with the deep baseboard moldings.

The most modern portion of the home, the kitchen, is just beyond the dining room and easily complements the classic architecture of the home. The cabinetry and pantry have been created carefully in a furniture-quality style with an arched opening above the stove. Granite counters extend to the center island and into the farmhouse-style sink, and the stone backsplash blends with the granite. The owners added state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, including a drawer-style microwave oven, a Wolf gas oven and range, a Wolf convection oven, a two-zone wine cooler, a Bosch dishwasher and a Viking refrigerator.

The kitchen opens to a charming family room with two walls of windows framing views of the garden. A glass door links the family room with the garden.

Wood stairs with a wood banister and newel post lead to the second level, where a home office or second bedroom overlooks the garden.

The rest of this level is dedicated to the master-bedroom suite, including an elegantly updated luxury bath. The first section of this bath has a door to the hall and another to the rest of the bath, allowing it to be closed off for use as a powder room when the owners are entertaining. In addition to the sink in the powder-room area, this bath has two more sinks, heated marble flooring and a glass-front shower with dual shower heads.

Beyond the bath are two walk-in closets with built-in shelving and drawers. French doors link this dressing area with the master bedroom, which has a sitting area tucked into the bay window. Outside this window, a tree provides summer shade, then loses its leaves in time for winter sun to warm the room.

The finished third level has front and rear bedrooms which share a hall bath that has been renovated with elegant tile walls and floor and a claw-foot tub. In the upper hall, multiple built-in shelves and cabinets hide a Bosch washer and dryer along with providing storage space.

The partially finished lower level has a second washer and dryer. This space has been plumbed for a bath, is heated and cooled, and has a door to the rear garden. The carpeted central space now makes a great playroom or hobby room.

DETAILS

Address: 3317 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Built in 1886, completely renovated in 2007

Price: $2,495,000

Size: About 3,532 finished square feet, plus partially finished 706-square-foot lower level on lot of 2,514 square feet

Taxes: $12,551 in 2007

Exterior features: Victorian-style brick row house with a box-bay window on three levels; gas lantern; deep, professionally landscaped garden with brick patio and low brick walls; gate to paved parking pad for two cars

Interior features: Four bedrooms; two full baths; high ceilings; heart-of-pine flooring on three upper levels; detailed crown moldings, deep baseboards and chair-rail moldings; double front parlor; formal dining room; center-island kitchen with granite counters, state of the art appliances open to family room, with windows on two sides and glass door to garden; second-level master suite with sitting area; luxury master bath with doors to close off for use as guest powder room; second bedroom/office on second level; third finished level with two bedrooms, full bath and cabinet with laundry equipment and additional storage; partially finished lower level with second laundry room, rough-in for bath, door to backyard

Amenities: Three gas fireplaces with custom-made mantels can be converted to burn wood; high-tech wiring; three-zone radiator heat; dual-zone air conditioning; security system.

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants of Georgetown, parks and C&O; Canal towpath; easy commute to Maryland, Virginia and downtown Washington.

Open House: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Donna Turner with Chatel Real Estate, 703/623-8130

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