- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

The narrow streets of the Kalorama neighborhood in Northwest are lined with intriguing Victorian-, Federal- and Colonial-style homes. Some of these homes have been divided into apartments and condominiums. The homes that remain intact, such as the home at 1859 California St. NW, offer the luxury of expansive living in the heart of the city.

Now on the market for $1,550,000, this home was completely gutted and renovated. Realtor Roby Thompson, the listing agent for this property, says that 54,000 pounds of trash were removed from the building as part of the remodeling project. Left behind was 3,600 square feet of space with high ceilings, tall windows and four bay windows. The home has been restored and enhanced with state-of-the-art electronics, detailed crown moldings, gleaming hardwood floors and modern updates in the kitchen and baths.

This Federal-style town home provides a perfect setting for an urban lifestyle with nearly every amenity within walking distance. Walk west and south to reach Dupont Circle in minutes, walk east one block to reach the shops and restaurants and night life of Adams Morgan, and stroll a few more blocks east to reach the U Street corridor. The Dupont Circle or Woodley Park Metro stations are both within walking distance, linking the residents of this community to the rest of the city and its suburbs.

For buyers who enjoy entertaining at home, this home provides plenty of space indoors and out. The front of the house, which has the lineup of bay windows, faces south for maximum light.

The main level features a travertine tile foyer with one step up to the living room, a sunny space with a bay window overlooking the street. A gas fireplace at the opposite end of the living room creates another focal point for the room. The fireplace features a granite surround and includes built-in shelving for books, art and electronics.

The entire home features surround sound and wiring for high-speed Internet access, along with an intercom and a security system.

Just beyond the living room is a sleek powder room with a modern version of a farmhouse-style pedestal sink.

The dining room features a tall corner window and opens to the gourmet kitchen, which has a breakfast bar and multiple windows. The custom-designed kitchen cabinets rise to the ceiling, where a layer of crown moldings adds polish. The pantry includes pullout shelving, and the stainless steel appliances include a wine cooler, a double-door refrigerator, a six-burner range, double ovens and a dishwasher.

At the back of the kitchen, a glass door opens to a wide deck with steps leading to the flagstone patio. The patio includes terraced garden beds and a door to the two-car garage.

Hardwood stairs with sleek and shiny metal railings lead to the first of two upper levels. At the front of this level is a second master suite or sumptuous guest suite, with a sitting area in the bay window alcove, three double-door closets and a luxurious private bath with a whirlpool tub and a glass block wall.

The renovation added details that enhance the flow of light throughout this home, such as translucent glass doors on the bedrooms and baths and the use of glass block to add privacy or to let light flow while blocking an unattractive view.

The upper level includes two more bedrooms, each with a double-door closet. The back bedroom has a glass block wall, along with a glass door to a private deck overlooking the backyard.

Off the hall are a full bath with a glass block window and a frameless glass shower, along with a closet with a full-size washer and dryer.

Hardwood stairs with a skylight above lead to the top-level master suite. The bedroom, set at the front of the house, has a deep bay window alcove sitting area, a tray ceiling with a ceiling fan and a gas fireplace. The bedroom has recessed lighting and two double-door closets. A walk-in closet is located off the hall.

The master bath features a whirlpool tub set in the corner under a window, a frameless glass shower and a double-sink vanity.

At the back of this level is a wet bar with a wine cooler, granite counters and plenty of cabinets, with an adjacent casual dining or sitting area. A glass door links this room with the rooftop deck, which offers views across the city and neighborhood.

The lower level of this home, which is above ground, is a legal rental unit or can be used by the owners as additional living space.

The lower level features an open living and dining area with hardwood floors and bright light flooding in from the bay window.

The living and dining area is open to the kitchen, which has the same granite counters and breakfast bar as the kitchen upstairs, along with upgraded stainless steel appliances and custom-designed wood cabinets.

The lower level has a sleek full bath with a frameless glass shower and a laundry closet with a stacked washer and dryer.

Hardwood floors extend throughout this level.

The first bedroom has a double-door closet, while the second, larger bedroom also has a double-door closet.

This bedroom has a glass door leading to a private patio with steps to the main patio.

This renovation has been accomplished with so much attention to detail that buyers need only bring their clothing and a few pieces of furniture to start living the ultimate urban lifestyle in the heart of the city.

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