- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 4, 2010

One of Washington’s grandest homes, located in the Foxhall neighborhood near Foxhall and Reservoir roads Northwest, is on the market for $2,725,000.

This Williamsburg Georgian-style mansion on a prominent corner lot at 4600 Charleston Terrace NW appears at first glance to be a meticulously maintained historic home, but it was custom-designed by Lochman Associates and built in 1980. Its professionally landscaped lot with mature trees provides a completely private setting.

The grounds include a terraced rear garden enclosed by brick and natural spruce walls lined with American holly trees. Inside this garden are an in-ground swimming pool and hot tub, a built-in grill and an awning over part of the terrace.

The one-third-acre lot also has a three-car garage with a carriage-house apartment above. The apartment, which can be accessed from the upper level of the home and from a staircase next to the garage, includes a living room, a kitchenette, a bedroom, a walk-in closet and a private full bath. The apartment has windows on three sides.

Perhaps one of the most dramatic elements in this home is the 320-square-foot widow’s walk, which has spectacular views of downtown Washington and the monuments as well as the urban lights of the Rosslyn, Va., skyline.

A six-paneled front door with a leaded, arched transom and sidelights opens into a marble foyer with a chandelier, a coat closet and an anteroom leading to the formal powder room. The foyer opens into a grand reception hall with hardwood flooring, half-paneled walls, a marble border and rare woodblock wall coverings by Zuber that display Americana scenes from the 1880s. Visitors who have been on a White House tour will find these familiar because the president’s mansion has similar wall coverings.

A step down from the reception hall leads to the formal living room, which has three sets of French doors opening onto Juliet balconies, a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and 10-foot-5-inch ceilings. French doors link the living room with the library, which also can be accessed from the reception hall. The library has 10-foot-5-inch ceilings, a fireplace and built-in bookcases and cabinets.

The main level also includes a formal dining room with pocket doors, brass sconces, a hidden china closet and two sets of French doors with transoms opening onto Juliet balconies. A butler’s pantry and bar link the dining room with the kitchen, which has custom-designed cabinets, a center island, upgraded appliances and a bookcase and desk. Nearby is a breakfast room with a deep bay window and a second kitchen area.

A caterer’s corridor links the kitchen, laundry room, china closet, pantry and vault to the lower level, where there is another kitchen, bar, wine cellar and additional powder room. A dumbwaiter reaches three levels of the home for easier entertaining. This home also has an elevator linking all four levels.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite includes a separate sitting room or study with random-width hardwood flooring, a fireplace, a vaulted ceiling, French doors, an arched transom, a double-door media closet and a kitchenette. The suite also includes a corridor dressing area with six double-door closets and a separate dressing room with two built-in wall safes and more than 20 feet of hanging area in addition to built-in shelving. The bedroom has two double windows and a projection screen.

His and hers baths are part of the suite and include marble flooring, a whirlpool tub, a glass shower and several closets.

The upper level has two additional bedrooms, each with three closets and a private full bath. A walk-in closet and an oversized linen closet complete this level.

The finished attic level includes a central landing with a skylight and two additional bedrooms, each with a private full bath, a sitting area and a door to attic storage space.

The lower level includes a recreation room with a beamed ceiling, separated into two entertaining areas by decorative palm-tree columns. The room also has a bar, a wall of built-in bookcases and three sets of French doors leading to the rear garden. The lower level also has a staff apartment with a combined bedroom and living area, a kitchen and dining area, a full bath and a private entrance. Nearby is a corridor with a full bath, a storage room and French doors leading to the rear garden.

The home has approximately 10,000 finished square feet, with four zones of central air conditioning, three zones of gas heat, a stereo system, a central vacuum system, a security system and a high-tech phone system.

For more information about this property, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki with Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com.


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