- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2009

Which comes first, the house or the location? Many real estate experts tell buyers that the location of a home matters most when it comes to retaining value, especially in a slow real estate market. However, some buyers fall in love with a house without even thinking about the potential resale value or the neighborhood.

Buyers of the Victorian-style home at 1621 21st St. NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of the District will enjoy both a desirable location and an attractive home. Built in 1918, this end-unit town home is on the market for $1,695,000. Recent renovations have added some 21st-century appeal to the elegant home, which has four finished levels.

Neighbors include Washington’s much-loved Phillips Collection art museum, plus countless shops and restaurants in Dupont Circle. Just two blocks away is the Dupont Circle Metro station and the farmers market, which fills 20th Street Northwest every Sunday. Several bookstores are within walking distance. In the evenings, residents can stroll to the bar of the Fairfax Hotel to listen to Peter Robinson play and sing a beguiling mix of tunes from the great American songbook on a grand piano, or simply sit by one of the bar’s two fireplaces on chilly evenings.

Of course, if sitting by a fire is the goal, this residence has that covered easily with five fireplaces. Entertaining is a breeze in this home, which has been remodeled so that the living room and dining room are combined into one generous space.

The front of the home includes a flagstone walk with brick trim leading to stone steps, with an adjacent garden bed enclosed by a low brick wall. Around the back of the home is a reserved parking space for one car.

A wrought-iron gate opens onto a covered marble vestibule, which leads to the wood-and-glass front door. A chandelier hangs above the vestibule.

Inside, at the front of the home, is a sitting alcove set in a box bay window with stained-glass transom windows. Adjacent to this alcove is the main living area, which has one of this home’s five gas fireplaces. Overhead, a curving lower section of the ceiling with recessed lights blends with the white-painted original wood ceiling. The dining area features several windows and another gas fireplace.

At the back of this level is the arts-and-crafts-style kitchen, which has been designed with several unique features. The room is dominated by an African mahogany center island with a retractable table and a farmhouse or apron-front sink. Tall, custom-designed white wood cabinets with crown moldings line the walls, while soapstone counters add contrast to the space. A gleaming black Aga stove is along the wall that has a green subway-tile backsplash, and the kitchen also includes a wine cabinet and a beverage refrigerator.

The kitchen includes a breakfast area with a gas fireplace and a door to the parking area, while overhead is a wood-paneled ceiling.

The entire first level has hardwood floors with inlaid pieces of contrasting wood on the edges of the room.

Upstairs, a spacious library sits at the front of the house, with a box bay window serving as a sitting alcove next to the gas fireplace. Built-in bookcases line the walls of this space, which has hardwood floors. A built-in entertainment center includes a wine refrigerator.

This level also has two guest bedrooms, including one with frosted glass doors and another with the fifth fireplace.

These bedrooms share a restored hall bath with a claw-foot tub with a hand-held shower and the original marble walls and floor.

At the top of the stairs is a space that was left open during the renovation for a possible spiral staircase to the roof, which is accessible through a hatch. Buyers will need to obtain a permit to create a roof deck above this space, or they can opt to turn the space into an additional closet. A skylight above the stairs allows light to filter into the bedroom and down the stairs.

The master suite occupies the entire upper level. The bedroom has a sitting area adjacent to French doors, which open to a charming balcony overlooking the rooftops of Dupont Circle and the adjacent Kalorama neighborhood.

The sleek master bath features a glass-enclosed, oversized shower with multiple shower heads, a heated stone floor plus a raised vanity with a granite top.

At the back of this level is a dressing room and walk-in closet with walls of glass and metal closets, drawers and shelves. A washer and dryer are tucked into one closet off this room.

The lower-level in-law suite or separate apartment includes one bedroom, a full bath, a kitchen, a washer and a dryer.

The new buyers of this meticulously renovated home will have a hard time deciding whether to stay home or go exploring in the vibrant neighborhood.

Address: 1621 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Community: Dupont Circle

Age: Built in 1918, renovated in 2009

Price: $1,695,000

Lot size: 1,080 square feet

Taxes: $12,353 in 2008

Exterior features: All-brick Victorian-style town home (end unit) with flagstone walk with brick trim, stone steps, front garden enclosed by a low brick wall, wrought-iron gate, covered marble vestibule with chandelier, wood-and-glass front door and parking for one car

Interior features: Four finished levels with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths; marble vestibule; five fireplaces; stained-glass and transom windows; crown moldings; open living and dining room with box bay window alcove; restored hardwood flooring with inlaid wood accents; recessed lighting; renovated arts-and-crafts-style kitchen with soapstone counters, African mahogany island and retractable table, Aga stove, subway tile backsplash, wine cabinet, beverage refrigerator, breakfast area and generous cabinet space; second-level library with box bay alcove, wine refrigerator and built-in bookcases; frosted-glass interior doors; two bedrooms share a hall bath featuring a claw-foot tub with a hand-held shower and original marble walls and floor; upper-level master suite with a bedroom, sitting area, large walk-in dressing room/closet, balcony overlooking street and a sleek master bath that includes an oversized shower with multiple shower heads, a heated stone floor and a vanity with a granite top; security system; washer and dryer on top level; central air conditioning; separate lower-level apartment or in-law suite with one bedroom, full bath, kitchen, washer and dryer

Close by: Two blocks to Dupont Circle Metro station, across the street from the Phillips Collection art museum, walk to shops and restaurants in Dupont Circle, West End, Kalorama and Foggy Bottom

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Ingrid Suisman of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202/257-9492 or visit www. ingridsuisman.com

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