- - Thursday, July 7, 2011

In New York City, Greenwich Village’s Washington Square is the perfect place for people-watching or meeting a friend. In the District, Dupont Circle provides the hub for several neighborhoods.

Office workers from Connecticut Avenue and K Street stroll to the circle for a relaxing lunch hour, while on weekends, the grass and benches are filled with people enjoying a game of chess, chatting with friends, delving into a book purchased at a nearby store or enjoying an impromptu swing-dancing party.

Living in the Dupont Circle neighborhood presents residents with the opportunity to live the ultimate city lifestyle: walking to restaurants and clubs, shopping on foot, strolling to work or visit friends, or taking the Metro to other parts of the city. Residents can walk to nearby Adams Morgan, the U Street corridor and Logan Circle, downtown to the White House, or to an office in the West End or Foggy Bottom. Another option is to use the community’s Capital Bikeshare stations.

Homes in Dupont Circle range from apartments and condominiums to sought-after Victorian row houses that supply the area with a stately elegance. The brick row house at 1704 P St. NW, on the market for $1,395,000, was built in 1890 and has four finished levels with more than 3,660 square feet of living space.

The front courtyard leads to stone steps and the elegant carved wood front door surrounded by arched bricks. The wooden details on the door provide an introduction to the millwork inside, which includes crown and chair-rail molding, tall baseboards, ornate fireplace mantels, ceiling medallions and elaborate trim around the doors and windows.

In addition to restored millwork, this home has original hardwood flooring on the main and upper levels, French doors, pocket doors and transom windows. The home has six fireplaces, but three - in the library, master bedroom and second bedroom - are decorative. In addition to elegant entertaining spaces, this home has five bedrooms, two full baths and two half-baths.

The main level has a vestibule leading into a foyer with hardwood flooring and a fireplace. Decorative wood trim adds architectural interest to the doorway between the foyer and the hall. The 11-foot ceilings on the main level add drama to every room.

This level has a walk-in coat closet and a powder room with a pedestal sink. The two other rooms on this level are designed for formal entertaining. The elegant living room includes a working fireplace, hardwood flooring, pocket doors leading into the dining room and French doors to the hall. In addition, the living room has a box-bay alcove with tall windows on three sides. The formal dining room includes a fireplace, custom-designed radiator covers, a bow window and a dumbwaiter linked to the kitchen below.

The terrace level, an above-ground floor below the main level, includes a remodeled French country kitchen with a breakfast area, a center island with a prep sink, and wood cabinets with glass fronts. The floor, the backsplash and the counters in the kitchen are ceramic tile, and one wall has an exposed-brick section with an arch above the range.

The kitchen also has recessed lighting, a ceiling fan and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range, a refrigerator, a microwave and a dishwasher. Nearby is a walk-in pantry.

A wood-and-glass door with a transom window leads from the kitchen to the charming flagstone terrace, which has a pond, a retractable awning and flower beds. The terrace has space for dining outside and entertaining.

The terrace level also has a home office with built-in cabinets and track lighting as well as two large windows. Nearby are a laundry room with a washer, dryer and utility sink; a powder room with a pedestal sink; and a utility room with a gas-fired boiler, a gas water heater and storage space.

This residence has two upper levels of bedroom and living space. On the first of the upper levels is the master suite, which has a ceiling fan, a bow window, hardwood flooring and a decorative fireplace. The bedroom also has a walk-in closet.

The remodeled master bath has ceramic tile flooring, a linen closet, two pedestal sinks and a dramatic oversized shower with a glass-block window and partial glass-block walls, ceramic tile walls with blue accents and two shower heads.

The upper level also has a generously sized library or fifth bedroom with a decorative fireplace, hardwood flooring, a ceiling fan and a walk-in closet with organizers. The library also includes a walk-in bay window and a large reading nook with built-in wood bookcases tucked under an arched ceiling.

Both this upper level and the second upper level include walk-in closets with organizers off each hallway. On the second upper level, the walk-in closet has laundry hookups if a future resident prefers a bedroom-level laundry room.

An oversized skylight at the top of the home fills the upper-level hallway and the stairs with natural light.

The top floor has three bedrooms and a full bath with a claw-foot tub and shower. One bedroom has a decorative fireplace and a bay window, and all three have hardwood flooring.

This home also includes a one-car garage.

Details:

Address: 1704 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Community: Dupont Circle

Age: Built in 1890

Price: $1,395,000

Size: Approximately 3,669 finished square feet on lot of 1,200 square feet

Taxes: $10,321 in 2010

Exterior features: Victorian-style brick row house with four levels, one-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; two full baths; two half baths; original hardwood flooring on main and two upper levels; elaborate millwork; transom windows; French doors and pocket doors; high ceilings; formal living room, formal dining room and foyer on main level; terrace level with remodeled country kitchen, home office, laundry and utility room; upper level with master suite, library or fifth bedroom; top level with three bedrooms, skylight

Amenities: Private flagstone patio with pond and garden beds, gas radiator heat, central air conditioning, ceiling fans, alarm system, three fireplaces

Close by: Walk to Dupont Circle Metro, restaurants, shops, dog park, several bus lines, three Capital Bikeshare stations

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Leslie Wilder of McEnearney Associates in Arlington at 703/717-6360

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