- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 21, 2010

Aesthetically pleasing streets filled with a variety of home styles is one of the hallmarks of Takoma Park, Md. Many of the community’s homeowners seem to have incorporated a bit of their personality into their homes.

From Victorians to bungalows to American foursquares, each home shares the tall neighborhood trees as a picturesque backdrop. Many of these single-family homes have been renovated with the intention of staying true to the original architecture.

A quaint-looking house at 6710 Allegheny Ave. is on the market for $759,000. Don’t mistake “quaint” for space-challenged, however, as this home is anything but.

The owners remodeled this 1923 home in 1994 and 1999, including creating a two-story addition. So when guests and passers-by look just beyond the home’s modest farmhouse-style front, they’ll notice a huge rear addition that almost doubles the size of the original house.

The welcoming front entrance has a covered, columned porch that stretches across the width of the home and complements the home’s exterior of blue vinyl siding. A stone walkway leads to the porch, which has whimsical purple flooring.

The front door opens to reveal a colorful array of rooms designed for today’s living. Hardwood floors and sunny rooms enhanced by recessed lights are found throughout the home.

Visitors are welcomed in a foyer hall that leads straight back to the kitchen. To the left of the foyer, which has a powder room, is a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace. The walls in this room are painted red, the foyer is a fun shade of orange, and the adjacent formal dining room has rich purple walls.

A trendy chandelier highlights the spacious dining room, where many holiday memories have been created. Before the first addition was completed, this was where the original home ended.

The owners enlarged the house by adding a huge eat-in kitchen to the home’s rear. The kitchen has white cabinets, many with glass fronts; tile floor, a tile backsplash; and two convenient pantries.

The kitchen has an open design, making it easy to maneuver around each area. Black appliances, including a side-by-side refrigerator and a new dishwasher, provide a great contrast to the white cabinets and floors.

There’s also a cozy and bright breakfast area set near a pair of large windows.

Behind the kitchen is the family room addition, which seems to bring the outdoors inside through well-placed windows and a patio door. This room has a red accent wall, recessed lights and ceramic tile floors.

The patio door leads onto a maintenance-free Trex deck and stairs that go down into the yard. Black wrought-iron railings give this deck a designer feel. Being outside on the wraparound deck almost feels as if you’re in a treehouse, thanks to the great view and tall trees.

Three bedrooms with hardwood floors and two bathrooms round out the upper level. The master bedroom boasts two walk-in closets with built-in organizers and a master bathroom with ceramic tile floors and walls and a granite-topped vanity.

The other two bedrooms on this level share a linen closet and a hall bath with ceramic tile.

For even more room to spread out, a spiral staircase leads to a multifunctional top-level retreat with four skylights. The owners use this space as a home office and exercise room, with the staircase serving as the divider between the two spaces.

This very top level also would make a great artist’s studio, hobby space or playroom. In addition to skylights ushering in natural sunshine, there are track lighting, a ceiling fan-light fixture, Berber carpeting and storage under the eaves.

The lower level is finished and offers a carpeted recreation room that easily can double as a children’s playroom. This floor is also home to a fourth bedroom and a full bathroom with a shower, ceramic tile flooring and a glass-block casement window.

Storage space is abundant throughout the house and includes storage under the basement stairs and in an unfinished room-sized area.

The home is just steps to the Old Town section of Takoma Park and the farmers market and is a 10-minute walk from the Takoma Park stop on Metro’s Red Line.

Details:

Address: 6710 Allegheny Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

Community: Takoma Park

Homeowners association fee: None

Age: Built in 1923

Price: $759,000

Lot size: .14 acres

Taxes: $8,903.53

Exterior features: Front porch with columns, wraparound Trex deck, slate patio, landscaping

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, farmhouse-style renovated home, large two-story rear additions, open floor plan, eat-in kitchen, glass-front cabinets, wood floors, ceramic tile floors, recessed lights, master bath with ceramic and granite, two walk-in closets, spiral staircase to a large third-level room, skylights, walk-out lower-level recreation room, laundry room, storage

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplace, recent interior paint, new gas furnace and air filter in 2007, zoned heat and central air conditioning, new sewer line in 2010, 40-gallon gas water heater

Schools: Takoma Park Elementary (kindergarten to second grade), Piney Orchard Elementary (grades three through five), Takoma Park Middle, Blair High

Close by: Old Town Takoma Park, Farmers Market, Takoma Park Metro Station, library and community center, shopping, dining

Contact: Meg Finn of Long & Foster at 301/270-6515

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