Home sellers are told by their Realtors to spruce up the outside of their property and declutter the inside to appeal to buyers, but it is obvious the owners of the home at 2303 Nottingham St. in Arlington needed no such reminders.
Their home, on the market for $1,050,000, appears as pristine as a model home and has been designed to appeal to homebuyers looking for open rooms with oversized windows and plenty of natural light.
Set on a corner lot of nearly a quarter-acre, this residence is surrounded by lawns and garden beds. The fully fenced backyard includes a flagstone patio and has space for extensive gardening, entertaining crowds or even adding a swimming pool.
The front porch, nestled into the attractive stone water table that surrounds the house, offers a shady spot for relaxing under a wood-beamed ceiling. Wood doors with transoms at the front and side entrances and the garage add distinction to the exterior.
The front door opens into an open floor plan with a living and dining room at the front of the house, with a ceiling fan and oversized windows on three sides. All the custom-designed window treatments, including wood blinds, convey with the home. The main and upper levels have wide-plank hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and crown molding.
Just beyond the living and dining area is a bump-out room with a ceiling fan and windows on three sides, a space perfect for a breakfast or sitting area.
The open kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite counters and upgraded cream-colored glazed cabinets, some with glass fronts. A travertine subway-tile backsplash covers two walls and links the cabinets and granite counters.
The appliances include a wine chiller, a gas cooktop and grill, a convection oven, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher and a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. The expansive center island and breakfast bar has pendant lights overhead and space for three bar stools.
A cozy sitting area near the kitchen provides a place for guests to linger in comfort while chatting with the chef.
Just beyond the kitchen is the side entrance or family foyer, which has ceramic tile flooring, a coat closet and a powder room with a designer bowl sink. The foyer also is accessible from the oversized two-car garage, which has extra storage space.
Upstairs, the master-bedroom suite overlooks the backyard and includes oversized windows on two sides, a walk-in closet and a ceiling fan. The luxurious master bath features a corner whirlpool tub as well as a steam shower with a seat, accent tiles and multiple adjustable body sprays plus a rain shower head. The bathroom has ceramic tile flooring, a corner cabinet, a linen closet and a double-sink vanity with a marble counter.
The second bedroom includes windows on two sides, a ceiling fan, a double-door closet and a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower.
The third bedroom, the largest of the secondary bedrooms, has windows on two sides and a ceiling fan. This bedroom shares a connecting bath with the fourth bedroom. The bath has a double-sink vanity with a granite counter and a maple cabinet, ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower.
The fourth bedroom has a ceiling fan and a walk-in closet.
The upper level also has a private home office with an oversized window for natural light. The home has Verizon FiOS wiring and multiple phone lines to make working at home easier.
Just off the upper-level hallway is a large closet with a full-size, high-efficiency front-load washer and dryer.
The finished lower level is the original basement, built in 1928. The space has been brightened with new carpet and provides plenty of space for exercise equipment, musical instruments or toys. Families with children are likely to use the recreation room as a playroom, but it also could function as a bonus space for hobbies or artwork.
This home, in the Parkhurst section of Arlington, is on a quiet street a block from the bus stop at Lee Highway. Residents can walk to the Overlee Swim Club; the Westover shopping center is a little more than a half-mile away.
By car, residents quickly can reach downtown Washington, Ballston Common Mall, Pentagon City mall, Crystal City Underground and Tysons Corner.
For those who prefer outdoor life, the home is close to Lubber Run, Glencarlyn and other parks plus Upton Regional Park, where residents can enjoy walking trails, tennis courts, gardens, playgrounds, batting cages and miniature golf.
Address: 2303 Nottingham St., Arlington, VA 22205
Age: Built in 1928, completely renovated in 2008
Size: Approximately 2,500 square feet on a site of .23 acres, according to tax records
Taxes: $7,742 in 2010
Exterior features: Traditional single-family home of stone and Hardiplank siding, corner lot, fully fenced rear yard, front porch, asphalt drive to two-car garage
Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3½ baths, open living and dining room, breakfast room, kitchen with sitting area, wide-plank hardwood flooring on main and upper levels, high ceilings, crown molding, family foyer entrance, master bedroom with walk-in closet and luxury bath, upstairs office, finished lower-level recreation room
Amenities: Dual-zone gas heat, central air conditioning, gas water heater, Verizon FiOS, multiple phone lines
Close by: Walk to Metrobus stop and Overlee Swim Club; close to multiple shopping centers, restaurants, parks, 10-minute drive to downtown Washington
Schools: Tuckahoe Elementary, Swanson Middle, Yorktown High
Open house: By appointment
Contact: Associate broker Gordon Harris of Weichert Realtors at 703/927-5326