- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2010

The District has plenty of opulent homes with massive brick or stone facades or two-story walls of windows, but the classic elements of architecture sometimes can come together quietly in a home with universal appeal. At 4554 Lowell St. NW in the District’s Wesley Heights neighborhood, an English Colonial-style single-family home unites the simple features of hardwood flooring, crown moldings and sun-filled rooms to create an elegant yet comfortable residence.

On the market for $1,425,000, this home has been refurbished with new bathrooms and a new kitchen, yet keeps the charming elements of its circa-1926 architecture. Archways, molded niches and built-in bookcases add distinction to nearly every room.

Located on the corner of Foxhall Road and Lowell Street Northwest, this home includes a driveway and a detached one-car garage with extra storage space. The grounds have been professionally landscaped and include flagstone steps and walkways. The backyard has a flagstone terrace edged in brick.

The home includes a brick exterior on the main level with siding, including Tudor-style detailing, on the upper levels. The steeply pitched roof is new and includes maintenance-free gutters. The covered flagstone entrance leads to the front door.

Just inside, the elegance of this home immediately becomes apparent. Refinished hardwood flooring gleams in every room, and the extensive crown moldings provide a consistent architectural detail throughout the home. The foyer includes a double-door closet and recessed lighting. Recessed lighting has been installed throughout the main level.

To the left of the foyer are the center-island kitchen and the dining room. These rooms have been opened to each other, so the residents may opt to create a casual dining area or family room from the dining room space. Triple windows at the front and side fill the dining room with light, and an additional box bay window with a window seat provides a perch for guests while the hosts are preparing dinner.

The kitchen includes a glass door to the rear garden and terrace, custom-designed natural cherry cabinets, granite counters, a granite center island with additional storage cabinets and designer light fixtures. Stainless steel appliances include a gas range with electric oven and convection ovens, along with a refrigerator and dishwasher.

Just beyond the kitchen is an alcove with a charming powder room with beadboard walls. An arched doorway leads from this alcove into the library, which is lined on three walls with custom-designed bookcases and cabinets. Bookcases surround a large window facing the garden.

A wide doorway links the library with the formal living room, which has original hinged windows and a wood-burning fireplace with a slate hearth and surround. Adjacent to the fireplace is an arched niche with a seashell pattern at the top and a cabinet below.

An arched doorway links the living room with the family room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a slate hearth and surround, flanked by custom-designed built-in bookcases. This room extends from the front of the home to the back, with a bay window overlooking the front garden and a wall of windows and a glass door at the back leading to the terrace and garden. The family room also includes a wet bar with a custom-designed brass sink.

Wood stairs lead to the upper level, where the central landing includes an oversized linen closet and a full bath off the hall. The bath has been renovated with ceramic tile flooring and matching ceramic tile walls, along with a cast-iron tub.

The master suite includes a ceiling fan and light, along with extensive closet space, including a walk-in closet, a double-door closet and a linen closet. The newly remodeled master bath includes dramatic gray tile flooring and walls, a double-sink vanity, a linen closet and a cast-iron tub. The bath includes a window overlooking the back garden.

One of the most appealing rooms in the home is the master sitting room, a corner space with windows on three sides, a steep cathedral ceiling and custom-designed built-in bookcases. The sitting room includes a ceiling fan and light.

The second bedroom, which has windows on two sides, includes a ceiling light and a large closet. The third bedroom, also with windows on two sides, includes a ceiling light, a double-door closet and additional under-eaves storage.

Hardwood stairs lead to the finished upper level, which has a 9-foot-4-inch ceiling. A storage closet has been added just off the stairwell.

The fourth bedroom includes two built-in desks with bookcases and tall windows on two sides of the room. The bedroom has a large closet along with access to under-eaves storage and pull-down stairs to additional attic storage space.

Across the hall is a new bath with ceramic tile flooring, ceramic tile walls and a bathtub.

The lower level includes plenty of additional storage space, a powder room and a laundry area with a new front-loading washer and dryer, built-in shelves and a sink. This level has been freshly painted and could be converted easily to additional living space.

With its classic lines and sun-filled rooms, this home would be attractive in any neighborhood, but Wesley Heights has a special appeal to many local residents. The narrow side streets, with towering trees that meet overhead during the summer, carry an ambiance of comfort and beauty found in few urban neighborhoods. Yet residents can make their way quickly to downtown Washington, Georgetown, shopping areas in Friendship Heights and MacArthur Boulevard, or be in the Virginia or Maryland suburbs in minutes.

Address: 4554 Lowell St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built in 1926

Price: $1,425,000

Size: Between 2,600 and 2,800 finished square feet on a lot of 3,750 square feet

Taxes: $10,200 in 2009

Exterior features: English Colonial-style single-family home with brick first level, siding and Tudor-style detailing on the upper level; steeply pitched new roof with 50-year shingles and maintenance-free gutters; walk-out main-level flagstone terrace and garden; one-car detached garage with extra storage space.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; two powder rooms; foyer with double-door closet; formal living room with fireplace and arched doorway to library with built-in bookcases; family room with bay window and glass door to terrace; open center-island kitchen with box bay window with window seat; formal dining room with windows on two sides; second-level master suite with three closets, new bathroom and separate sitting room with built-in bookcases; two spacious secondary bedrooms and second full bath on second level; finished attic level with bedroom with two built-in desks and adjacent full bath; lower-level storage rooms and laundry room.

Amenities: Landscaped front and rear gardens, two-wood-burning fireplaces, new security system, recessed lighting, refinished hardwood flooring and crown moldings throughout the home, dual-zone gas heat and central air conditioning.

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants at Foxhall Square and to Glover-Archbold and Battery Kemble parks; minutes by car or bus to Georgetown, Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, downtown Washington and Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

Open house: 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 10

Contact: Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620

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