- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

Visitors to Georgetown often stroll the side streets, admiring the historic Victorian- and Federal-style town homes, wondering what it must be like to live in one of these appealing residences.

While many of the homes have narrow facades, the surprise is that they are often built on deep lots that allow for additional living space, private terraces and gardens in the rear.

The home at 1413 33rd St. NW is a prime example of a historic residence that has been restored and improved to meet modern needs. Now on the market for $1,200,000, this Victorian-style home has three finished levels and a prime location in the heart of the West Village of Georgetown.

Residents along this street often stroll with their children and dogs to the shops and restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue, or to nearby parks including the Volta Park Recreation Center one block away. This park includes a baseball diamond, a basketball court, tennis courts, a playground and an outdoor swimming pool. Residents can walk to the Potomac River waterfront and have easy access to downtown Washington, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.

In addition to a great location, this home has charming curb appeal with brick steps and a wrought-iron railing that leads to the glass front door, which has a transom, and opens into a vestibule.

Built around 1900, this home features a traditional layout on the main level with two rooms open to each other, each with a fireplace. At the front of the home is a classic bay window sitting area with three floor-to-ceiling windows framing a view of the street. Adjacent to this sitting area is the living room, which opens into the dining room. The front fireplace has been sealed but can be converted to a gas fireplace, while the rear fireplace is a functional wood-burning fireplace. This space features 10-foot ceilings, two wrought-iron chandeliers, restored hardwood floors, original crown moldings and deep baseboard moldings.

At the center of the home is the original staircase that leads to the upper and lower levels. Adjacent to the staircase is a powder room with hardwood floors, beadboard walls and a pedestal sink.

At the back of the main level is a study with built-in bookcases and cabinets, a custom-designed office corner with a desk, two floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass door to the terrace.

The terrace functions as an outdoor room to provide space for entertaining guests, dining or relaxing outside. The brick terrace features a large fountain, four raised-brick garden beds and plenty of space for patio furniture. A flagstone staircase links the lower level with the terrace, which is fully fenced for privacy. Hidden behind this fence is an insulated storage shed with built-in shelving and room for a refrigerator. Both the terrace and the front garden have landscape lighting and an in-ground irrigation system.

Inside, the lower level has porcelain tile floors that resemble hardwood floors and a gourmet kitchen with custom-designed cabinets and upgraded stainless steel appliances. The kitchen features black granite counters, recessed lighting and a center island and breakfast bar. The wood-and-glass cabinets include a wine rack and a built-in pot-and-pan rack. One cabinet holds a stacked washer and dryer.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a family room with heated porcelain floors, recessed lighting and custom-designed cabinets tucked underneath a bay window. The cabinets include a granite top to match the kitchen.

The family room has a door leading to the front garden. Outside, opposite this door and tucked under the front steps, is another storage closet.

Upstairs, the master bedroom faces the street, which is visible through three tall windows. The master bedroom has hardwood floors, a ceiling light and ceiling fan, two sets of built-in cabinets and two built-in nightstands with cabinets beneath them. The oversized closet has mirrored doors, built-in shelves and drawers.

Each bedroom on this level has a transom above the door. The second bedroom has hardwood floors, a ceiling light fixture and a closet with built-in shelving.

The third bedroom overlooks the terrace and features hardwood floors, a ceiling light fixture and three built-in shelves.

The full bath off the hall includes a pocket door, marble floors, a vanity with a marble top, marble walls and a ceramic tub, along with multiple built-in medicine cabinets.

Living in a circa 1900 home may require the new owners to compromise on the number of bathrooms, but this home makes it worthwhile with its many other features and charm.

Address: 1413 33rd St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: West Village of Georgetown

Age: Built circa 1900

Price: $1,200,000

Lot size: 1,284 square feet

Home size: 1,750 square feet

Taxes: $8,599 in 2008

Exterior features: All-brick Victorian-style town home with bay window, brick stairs with wrought-iron railing, glass front door, lower-level and main-level entrances, landscape lighting and irrigation system in front and rear gardens

Interior features: Three finished levels with original hardwood staircase; open living room and dining room on main level with two fireplaces and bay window sitting area, 10-foot ceilings, crown and deep baseboard moldings; study with built-in desk and bookcases, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass door to terrace; powder room with hardwood floors; gourmet kitchen on lower level with center island and breakfast bar, granite counters, heated porcelain tile floors, recessed lighting, custom cabinets, built-in cabinet with stacked washer and dryer, stairs to rear terrace; adjoining family room with bay window nook with custom-designed cabinets and granite counter; master bedroom with ceiling fan, built-in cabinets and nightstands, oversized closet; second and third bedrooms with built-in shelving and hardwood floors; full hall bath with marble floor and walls; transom windows throughout home, original hardwood floors on main and upper levels, wrought-iron chandeliers, natural gas heat

Amenities: Enclosed brick terrace with raised-brick flower beds and fountain, insulated storage shed in yard

Close by: One block to Wisconsin Avenue, shops and restaurants; one block to Volta Park Recreation Center with swimming pool; easy access to Key Bridge, Rock Creek Park, Kennedy Center and downtown Washington

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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