- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2009

A charming four-bedroom home in Takoma Park offers an attractive mix of old and new elements. With the character of a 1940s home and the trendy features of new construction, this house will strike a chord with buyers who are looking for something different.

The brick-and-siding Colonial-style home at 506 Ethan Allen Ave. is on the market for $499,000. There is space to park in the driveway. It is located close to downtown Takoma Park, Sligo Creek Park, public transportation and the Beltway. Tall trees loom above the homes in this eclectic, close-knit neighborhood with streets lined with everything from bungalows to Victorian-style homes.

The home features polished golden oak floors on two levels, as well as a renovated kitchen and updated baths. All the windows in the house have white wood blinds.

The front door opens into an inviting living room with a wood-burning fireplace and sunny windows overlooking the front yard. A French door in the room opens to a covered side porch.

In this center-hall home, the formal dining room is across from the living room and has a window overlooking the front yard and one on the side. The dining room has an arched entryway, updated light fixture and a built-in corner hutch with double-glass doors.

Nearby, the remodeled kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, stylish cabinetry and tile floors. The kitchen has several windows and a door with a fanlight. This door leads to the backyard and a rear deck.

The house has four bedrooms and three full baths. The main-level master suite was built as an addition. It features a door that opens to a separate hall, then branches off to the bath and bedroom with wood floors, a trendy ceiling fan and several large windows.

The renovated master bath features a retro theme with black-and-white tile floors and walls, as well as a black granite countertop.

There are three bedrooms on the top floor and one full bath, which also features a black-and-white theme.

This home has a spacious, finished lower level with Berber carpet. Downstairs, there is a family room, full bath and a large laundry room with a washer and dryer. The staircase divides the family room so there is a larger space on one side and a smaller sitting area on the other side.

Above-ground windows allow light into the basement. The laundry room has a washer and dryer. There is a door on this level with a fanlight that provides easy access to the backyard.

Homebuyers of all ages seeking a neighborhood with a community feel - where residents enjoy summer parades, folk festivals, art shows and garden clubs - will enjoy Takoma Park living.

While there are many things to do in the neighborhood, they don’t have to travel far to downtown Takoma Park for coffee shops, restaurants, antique stores, music stores and shopping. Plus, the home is close to the Takoma Park Farmers Market (open year-round), Rock Creek Park and Silver Spring.

Address: 506 Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

Community: Takoma Park

Age: Built in 1940

Price: $499,000

Lot Size: 0.17 acres

Exterior features: Colonial-style home with a brick-and-siding exterior, paved driveway with space to park, deck, covered side porch and exterior doors with fanlights on a lot with tall trees

Interior features: Four bedrooms and three full baths; center-hall floor plan; polished golden oak hardwood floors; white wood blinds on all windows; renovated baths with new tile and granite counters; renovated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances; French door; built-in dining room hutch; arched entryway; updated light fixtures; lower-level family room, sitting area and laundry room with washer and dryer; wood-burning fireplace; ceiling fan

Schools: Piney Branch Elementary, Takoma Park Middle School, Blair High School

Close by: Downtown Takoma Park with coffee shops, restaurants, antique stores, music stores and shopping; Takoma Park Farmers Market (year-round); Sligo Creek Park; Rock Creek Park; Silver Spring; Beltway and public transportation

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Dale House at 202/256-7550 or Barry Lieberman at 202/255-0045 of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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