- The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2009

It is a surprise for most people to learn that many single-family communities offering suburban- or resort-style amenities can be found within the city limits. Five charming Victorian-style homes clustered on a cul-de-sac off Chain Bridge Road in the Kent neighborhood of Northwest share a tennis court and a swimming pool and are adjacent to Battery Kemble Park.

The home at 2728 Chain Bridge Road NW, near the end of the cul-de-sac, is on the market for $1,565,000.

Though the neighborhood is quiet, shops and restaurants can be found just a few blocks away on MacArthur Boulevard, as can a library and a recreation center. In addition to walking in Battery Kemble Park, residents can stroll to the C&O; Canal. Other sections of the city - including Georgetown, downtown, Capitol Hill, Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle - can be accessed quickly by car from this peaceful neighborhood, and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs are equally accessible via Chain Bridge Road or the Beltway.

The home for sale includes four finished levels, a covered front porch that wraps around a side of the house, and a deck in the back. The Victorian elements of this home have been enhanced with bright-blue paint and a red-painted turret. Crisp white paint accents the trim, railings and columns on the porch. The porch’s wood floor has been stained to match the front door, which is wood with etched glass.

Hardwood floors continue inside this home on all four levels, along with extensive crown moldings, decorative columns and recessed lighting. The main level features a foyer entrance with wood stairs leading to the upper level, a coat closet and a half bath along the main hall.

The living room features a sitting area tucked into the turret, with floor-to-ceiling windows creating a cozy sunroom effect. The main section of the living room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and windows on two sides.

An archway with columns connects the living room with the dining room, which has two glass doors opening onto the deck. The dining room includes a chandelier, crown moldings and pocket doors linking this room with the kitchen.

The kitchen has been remodeled to the highest standards, with custom cabinets (some lighted), including built-in spice drawers, a lazy Susan and warming drawers. The kitchen includes a granite-topped center island with extra storage, granite counters and tile backsplashes along three walls, along with upgraded stainless steel appliances.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a dramatic two-story turret space with tall windows topped by skylights. The master suite contains two walls of custom-designed closets with built-in drawers and shelving. The bedroom section has a sitting area with a picture window.

The luxurious master bath includes a claw-foot soaking tub set under a window, a glass-enclosed steam shower and two marble-topped vanities.

Across the hall is a second bedroom with windows on two sides and a double-door closet. Adjacent to the bedroom is an updated full bath.

This level also includes a potential children’s study or reading nook. This room has a deep closet, built-in bookcases and a built-in desk, along with a window overlooking the deck. Wood stairs lead from this room to the finished attic bedroom, which has an oversized half-moon window on one wall, built-in bookcases and a long window seat. The bedroom includes multiple closets and built-in drawers tucked underneath the eaves, along with a charming sloping ceiling. Adjacent to the bedroom is a full bath.

The finished lower level can function as the fourth bedroom or as a home office. This level has a private entrance near the front of the house along with an interior entrance and includes a wood-burning fireplace with a brick hearth and an arched brick surround. The bedroom includes two closets, and built-in bookcases cover the wall below the front window.

The lower level also has a full bath and a door to the two-car garage, which also has a laundry area.

The entire home has been wired with an audio-visual system and has dual-zone heating and air conditioning.

Address: 2728 Chain Bridge Road NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Kent

Age: Built in 1980

Price: $1,565,000

Lot size: 0.14 acres

Taxes: $10,588 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: $3,200 annually

Exterior features: Victorian-style single-family home of brick and siding with distinctive turret, set on a quiet cul-de-sac with covered front porch with columns, deck, two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths; four finished levels with hardwood flooring on all levels; extensive crown moldings; decorative columns; recessed lighting; living room with wood-burning fireplace and second sitting area in turret; dining room with glass doors to the deck; pocket doors to gourmet center-island kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash and windows overlooking deck; master suite with turret including skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, two walls of closets with custom-designed built-ins, luxury bath with claw-foot soaking tub, two marble-topped vanities, glass-enclosed steam shower; second bedroom with adjacent hall bath; children’s computer room or library with built-in bookcases; finished attic-level bedroom with half-moon window, window seat, built-in bookcases, under-eave storage, adjacent full bath and peaked ceiling; finished lower level with wood-burning fireplace, bedroom area with built-in bookcases, two closets and a separate entrance, with adjacent full bath and door to garage with laundry area; whole-house audio-visual system; dual-zone heating and air conditioning

Amenities: Tennis court and pool (shared with four other homes)

Close by: Adjacent to Battery Kemble Park and close to shops and restaurants on MacArthur Boulevard; quick access to Georgetown, downtown Washington and Capitol Hill via Whitehurst Freeway and to Virginia and Maryland suburbs via Chain Bridge Road and the Beltway

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Jim Simpson and Larissa Fain of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202/741-1703 or 202/741-1647


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