- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 7, 2011

One of the reasons many people love the District is that it is a city of greenery, with small parks, circles with grass and gardens complementing the swath of trees and grass of Rock Creek Park, the National Mall, Glover Park, and West and East Potomac Parks. Living with a view of trees and the changing seasons can take the pressure off city life, and Washington’s parks are filled nearly all year with walkers, runners and cyclists.

The home at 2218 Cathedral Ave. NW, nestled between Rock Creek Park and Connecticut Avenue, faces a portion of Rock Creek Park that ends at the National Zoo. From the front porch and the front rooms, the view encompasses trees and parkland rather than buildings.

Residents of this quiet section of Woodley Park not only can walk to Rock Creek Park and the zoo, they also can stroll to shops and restaurants along Connecticut Avenue and to the Woodley Park Metro station. Those who want to walk a little longer can reach Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle on foot, or they can opt for the bus or Metro to reach any part of the city.

The Federal-style town home on Cathedral Avenue Northwest, on the market for $1,198,555, was built in 1923 and has been completely renovated in an elegant style. The exterior of the home, of white-painted brick with shutters, includes a deep front porch with a wrought-iron railing. The home also has outdoor living space in the back of the property, including a wood deck accessible from the family room and a brick patio with an adjacent area for parking two cars. The cars can be hidden with a roll-up garage door, or, when entertaining, the parking area can be used to expand the patio into extra outdoor living space.

The home has four finished levels, including a lower-level apartment that currently rents for $1,600 per month, including utilities. The main house has restored hardwood floors on all three levels, crown molding and hardwood stairs.

The front door opens into the living room, which has a triple window with plantation shutters facing the park. In one corner of the living room is a wood-burning fireplace. The owners tucked a charming powder room next to the main stairs, with a tiny pedestal sink and ceramic tile flooring.

A wide doorway links the living room with the formal dining room, which has crown and chair-rail molding. Just beyond the dining room is the family room, which has French doors opening onto the deck along with two additional windows. The family room could be used as a breakfast room.

The adjacent renovated kitchen includes limestone counters and upgraded stainless steel appliances, as well as plenty of wood cabinets. A staircase to the lower level is located off the kitchen in case future residents want interior access to the downstairs apartment.

Hardwood stairs lead from the living room to the upper level, where the master bedroom faces Rock Creek Park. The bedroom includes a ceiling fan and walls of built-in wardrobes and drawers, as well as a walk-in closet. A half bath with marble flooring and a skylight is part of the master suite.

The second bedroom, a generously proportioned room, has a corner with windows on two sides, a closet and French doors leading to a playroom or sitting room with a wall of windows facing the back deck. The playroom, likely a former sleeping porch, also is accessible from the third bedroom. The third bedroom has a walk-in closet.

All three bedrooms share a full bath off the hall with marble flooring, a skylight, a pedestal sink and subway tile walls. A nearby closet has a full-size stacked washer and dryer.

Carpeted stairs lead to the fully finished attic, which can be used for a home office, play space or studio. The attic has a sweeping view across Rock Creek Park through a triple window, recessed lighting, three under-eaves closets for storage, and built-in bookcases along one wall.

Plans and permits for the expansion of the attic level into a master-bedroom suite convey with the home. The plans include a second-floor family room in place of the current master bedroom, with a master bedroom, a dressing room, a home office and a luxurious master bath on the attic level with French doors to a new deck overlooking the park.

The lower-level apartment, which has a private entrance, has been renovated and includes a bedroom at the front with a window and closet. The open living area includes a kitchenette with a breakfast bar, a storage closet and access to a large laundry room and storage closet with a door to the patio. The renovated full bath has a glass-enclosed shower.

This Woodley Park home offers residents a daily delightful choice of reveling in the natural beauty of the park or plunging into city life via the nearby Metro station.


Address: 2218 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Community: Woodley Park

Age: Built in 1923, renovated in 2008

Price: $1,198,555

Size: Approximately 3,000 finished square feet on a site of 2,000 square feet

Taxes: $7,868 in 2010

Exterior features: Federal-style row house of white-painted brick, front porch, wrought-iron railings, fenced backyard with deck, patio, parking for two cars

Interior features: Four bedrooms; two full baths; two half baths; restored hardwood flooring; living room with wood-burning fireplace; formal dining room; family room with French doors to deck and patio; renovated kitchen; master bedroom with attached half bath, built-in wardrobes and closet; renovated full bath with skylight; closet with stacked washer and dryer; two additional bedrooms with attached playroom; finished upper-level office with built-in bookcases; finished lower level with separate entrance, fourth bedroom, living area, kitchenette, laundry room and second full bath

Amenities: Lower-level apartment rents for $1,600 per month, approved plans and permits for attic-level addition, natural gas radiator heat and gas water heating, central air conditioning, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, wood-burning fireplace

Close by: Walk to Woodley Road-Adams Morgan Metro stop, shops and restaurants on Connecticut Avenue, Adams Morgan, National Zoo and Rock Creek Park; easy access to downtown Washington by bus and Metro

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors the Mandy and David Team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dupont Circle office at 202/387-6180, call Mandy Mills at 202/425-6417 or David Getson at 202/557-5411 or visit www.mandyanddavid.com



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