- The Washington Times - Friday, April 23, 2010

While city living has plenty of attractions for many homebuyers, those looking for a new home sometimes have a difficult time finding one in a neighborhood that has been well-established for decades and sometimes more than a century. In the Northwest Washington neighborhood of Palisades, Bogdan Builders built an enclave of three Craftsman-style homes in 2004.

Although built six years ago, the residence at 4462 MacArthur Blvd. NW looks as if it were finished this year. On the market for $1,089,000, this semidetached house includes four finished levels with picture windows and high ceilings that fill each room with natural light.

This sophisticated city residence includes polished Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring on the main and second levels and has been designed for flexible uses. The open main-level floor plan suits a variety of decorative styles and enables residents to entertain with ease.

Outside, Craftsman-style details, such as cedar siding and a stone foundation, add interest to the Palisades streetscape. Flagstone steps lead to a covered flagstone portico. The home includes a spacious deck off the main level for dining and relaxing outdoors, along with a smaller private deck off the master suite.

Inside, guests can be welcomed in an entry foyer with marble flooring and a half wall with a decorative column. The living room and library form an open L-shaped space that can be furnished in a variety of ways. The library or sitting room includes a triple picture window facing the street. This space also could be used as a formal dining area. The living room also has a triple picture window, so both rooms receive plenty of sunlight.

The main level has 10-foot-high ceilings and 11-inch crown moldings with 6-inch baseboard moldings that add elegance to every room. The entire home features recessed lighting. A hardwood staircase leads from the main level to the upper and lower levels.

The main level includes an elegant powder room with marble flooring, a pedestal sink and a window.

At the back of the house are an open kitchen, family room and dining area. The family room has a gas fireplace with a decorative wood surround and a marble hearth, along with a triple picture window. The casual dining area sits in front of French doors that open to the wood deck, which has a Southern exposure for maximum sunshine.

The kitchen includes an oversized center island with a breakfast bar and pendant lighting overhead. This sleek space features cherry cabinets with a built-in cherry pantry, granite counters with a granite backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

The open kitchen/family room/breakfast area can be furnished with formal or informal dining tables or a combination of a dining table and seating areas. No matter how the space is furnished, this clearly is the place where friends and family will gather.

The second level includes 8-foot-high ceilings and Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring. At the back of this level is the master retreat. French doors open into this suite, which includes a bedroom with a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and a decorative wood surround.

French doors lead from the bedroom to a private deck with just enough space for two people to enjoy morning tea or a glass of wine in the evening. The bedroom includes recessed lighting and crown moldings. Two walk-in closets, each with built-in shelving and multiple clothes poles, are part of the suite.

The luxurious master bath includes ceramic tile flooring, a double vanity with a full-length mirror, a whirlpool tub set under a picture window and a ceramic tile shower with a frameless glass door.

The second level also includes a second bedroom with three windows, a double-door closet, and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower.

The finished top level features a third bedroom with new carpet, a double-door closet and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower. This level also has an oversized laundry room with a window, a full-size side-by-side washer and dryer, a utility sink, storage cabinets and extra storage space.

The finished lower level includes a foyer entrance from the garage with ceramic tile flooring and a double-door closet for additional storage. This level includes a full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower. A utility and storage room is adjacent to the bath.

The lower level also includes a recreation room or media room with neutral carpet, recessed lighting, crown moldings and a small nook that offers the perfect space for a small home office.

While this home offers four finished levels with plenty of flexible rooms to accommodate a family or guests, residents are more than likely to spend most of their time exploring the delights of city living. Palisades residents share easy access to the C&O Canal, Battery Kemble Park, the Palisades Recreation Center, the Palisades branch of the D.C. Public Library and an eclectic mix of cafes, elegant restaurants and shops.

Georgetown, downtown Washington and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs are all reached quickly from this quiet but convenient neighborhood.

DETAILS:

Address: 4462 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Palisades

Age: Built in 2004

Price: $1,089,000

Lot size: 3,058 square feet

Taxes: $9,654 in 2009

Homeowners association fee: $525 per quarter

Exterior features: Craftsman-style semidetached end unit in enclave of three homes, cedar siding and stone exterior, covered flagstone front portico, two decks, rear-entry two-car garage

Interior features: Four finished levels with three bedrooms; four full baths; powder room; open center-island kitchen with breakfast bar, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and cherry cabinets; breakfast area with French doors to deck; family room with gas fireplace; master suite with private deck, fireplace, two walk-in closets and luxury bath; second bedroom with private full bath; top-level bedroom with full bath; top-level laundry room; finished lower-level recreation room with full bath and storage rooms

Amenities: Two fireplaces, solid-core doors with dark bronze hardware, recessed lighting, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring on two levels, alarm system, sump pump with radon release system, two-zone heating and air conditioning.

Close by: Near shops and restaurants of Palisades, minutes to Georgetown, parks, downtown Washington and Maryland and Virginia suburbs

Open house: 2 to 4 p.m. April 25

Contact: Realtor Bobbe Ward at 202/423-3448 and Realtor Joe O’Hara at 703/350-1234, both with Washington Fine Properties

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