- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2009

Green building is “in” at the moment, appealing to both environmentally conscious and financially cautious buyers. Few residences in the Washington area can match the green features of the recently remodeled home at 4630 Broad Branch Road in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Northwest.

Originally constructed in 1954, with additions built in 1989, this home has been completely rebuilt this year to meet the highest green standards, intended to qualify for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating.

Now on the market for $2,495,000, this home sits on estate-like grounds with extensive garden beds, flagstone patios and a custom stone fountain. The property includes more than 7,000 square feet of living space with a main residence and a three-story carriage house with a two-car heated garage. The home directly overlooks Rock Creek Park and is set in a neighborhood of lush landscaping and mature trees. The location provides easy access to downtown Washington.

The green features in this home include hardwood floors and structural lumber, which are both certified as sustainably harvested lumber; low-E windows; skylights with exterior and interior light shades and rain sensors; radiant heat floors; customized temperature controls; high-efficiency air conditioning and lighting and extensive use of nontoxic materials.

The main house is wrapped with terraces and covered patios, including a flagstone portico that leads to the front entrance that is primarily glass. The entry foyer includes a curved accent wall, concealed art lighting, a large closet and a custom glass vanity in the half bath. The hall leads to a bay window overlooking Rock Creek Park.

The living room, which extends from the front of the house where French doors open to a terrace, to the back of the home where a picture window frames a view of the park. The living room includes multiple glass pocket-doors and a wood-burning fireplace with a custom-designed bluestone mantel. The expansive, step-down great room includes multiple skylights, multiple windows with wooded views and doors to the front terrace and backyard. The formal dining room includes pocket doors, wooded views and art niches.

Near the dining room are the open kitchen and family room, which have skylights, cathedral ceilings, custom stone counters, two built-in bars and two banks of remote-controlled skylights. This space has state-of-the-art appliances and views of the garden and woods. Just past the kitchen is a sunroom with a 16-foot-high cathedral ceiling, skylights, banks of windows overlooking two stone terraces, a heated flagstone floor and a soapstone, wood-burning stove.

The main level and the second level both have hardwood floors, while the third level has wool carpeting. The second level includes a master suite with French doors to a custom walk-in closet and a unique bath with a glass door entry, glass tiles, a custom stone vanity, a jetted tub and a glass-enclosed shower.

This level includes two more bedrooms, a hall bath with large windows and multiple closets. The media room has a cathedral ceiling with cove lighting, banks of operable skylights and a clerestory window.

The third level includes a solarium with a bank of roof windows, a full bath, a walk-in closet and a fourth bedroom with two more roof windows.

The finished lower level includes a fifth bedroom with a walk-in closet and a pocket door, with an adjacent full bath. This level also includes a laundry room and catering kitchen with ceramic tile floors, glass-front cabinets and an expansive adjacent storage room.

The carriage house includes a three-car motor court, a two-car heated garage and an apartment with a full bath and a kitchenette. The lower level of the carriage house has a game room or home office with a walk-in closet and a half bath.

State-of-the-art technology has transformed this entire property to meet the highest standards of green living, yet visitors will be just as awed by the natural beauty visible through all the carefully placed windows, skylights and glass doors.

For more information, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.washingtonfineproperties.com.

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