- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2010

It’s the best of both worlds for buyers of this Takoma Park home. They can live in the delightful bungalow at 717 Erie Ave. and rent out the two apartments in the adjacent carriage house. Ideal for a buyer looking for a stylish home with income potential, the house offers something different from the average three-bedroom home.

A short picket fence encloses the front yard, and a covered porch adds to the charming exterior. Whether chatting with neighbors or reading the morning paper, the new owners will find the front porch is a great place to sit and relax. Sunlight flows freely through the glass-panel front door, which is flanked by two bright windows looking out on the columned porch.

Visitors to the home, which is on the market for $739,000, are greeted immediately into the adorable living room, which has a wall of built-in shelves for displaying pictures and collectibles. The home has been remodeled in the past five years and includes recently painted rooms, an updated kitchen and trendy light fixtures. Hardwood floors are found throughout most of the main-level rooms; the exceptions are the kitchen and bathrooms, which have ceramic tile.

This quaint home’s design is architecturally appealing, as each room flows naturally into the next.

In the back of the home is a bright eat-in kitchen that the owners remodeled. White cabinets line the walls, and one set of cabinets has glass doors. New appliances include a dishwasher and an electric stove. A door leads outside.

Another kitchen doorway leads into a well-appointed, cozy dining room with a stylish wrought-iron chandelier above the space for the table. While this dining area is in a space of its own, it benefits from its central location near both the kitchen and the casual living room.

This home boasts one-level living at its finest, as it has three main-level bedrooms, all equally accessible from the living-room area. Each bedroom is painted a different color, giving it its own personality.

The first two bedrooms are to the right of the front door. Both of these cozy rooms have windows and a large alcove above the closet that is great for additional storage or decorating space. The first bedroom is painted pale pink, the second beige and the third a warm shade of gray.

The third bedroom, to the left of the entry door, is the largest, but the second bedroom has direct access into the main-level, dual-entry bathroom. One of two full baths in the home, it has ceramic tile flooring and newer fixtures.

A set of stairs off the kitchen leads down to the completely finished lower level, which is painted a bright, cheery yellow and has white ceramic tile floors. In addition to an open recreation room, the basement includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator, a sink and a small stove.This level also has two smaller rooms that can be used as exercise space or a children’s area, and it has a bathroom with black-and-white tile accents and a shower.

While the finished basement is an added feature, the real bonus is the large carriage house on the property with two legal rentals that the owners say can bring in $2,795 a month.

The large, pale-yellow brick apartment building with black shutters sits behind the home and matches the main house. Its two two-bedroom units have been completely updated. Renovations include new energy-efficient windows throughout. The first-level unit comes with its own private fenced-in yard.

Each unit has its own kitchen area and bathroom. One of the bathrooms is made extra bright by a large skylight. In addition, there’s also a fully plumbed third unit that can be used as a home office or artist’s studio.

There is a wide driveway between the house and the carriage house as well as off-street parking for guests.

Takoma Park is home to Metro’s Red Line and is an easy commute to the District. Residents can enjoy a grocery co-op and strolling the streets of Old Town with its boutiques. Spring and summer welcome a bevy of activities, including holiday parades, street festivals and other community events.

Details:

Address: 717 Erie Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

Community: Takoma Park

Age: Built in 1926

Price: $739,000

Lot size: .12 acre

Taxes: $7,282

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Bungalow with covered front porch, fenced yard, deck, carriage house with rental apartment units

Exterior features: Three bedrooms, two full baths, hardwood floors, ceramic floors, finished lower level, freshly painted rooms, updated kitchen

Amenities: New kitchen appliances, laundry room

Schools: Rolling Terrace Elementary, Silver Spring International Middle, Blair High

Close by: Takoma Park Historic District, parks, playgrounds, library, recreation, dining

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14

Contact: Martin Signore of Long & Foster at 301/ 717-0332

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