- - Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington, just minutes from downtown Washington, offers a vibrant community that can accommodate seemingly any lifestyle.

Families with children delight in the parks, playgrounds and an abundance of neighborhood activities, such as the Lyon Park Spring Fair, breakfast with Santa and a Halloween bonfire. Young adults and empty nesters will appreciate the walkability of Lyon Park, which is within walking distance of the Courthouse and Clarendon Metro stations as well as the restaurants and night life in Clarendon.

Homes in Lyon Park are a mix of older and newer single-family homes in a variety of styles. The Arts and Crafts style home at 728 N. Barton St. is on the market for $935,000. This home, built in 2003, has 2,052 square feet of living space, front and back porches, a flagstone patio and a fully fenced backyard with a lawn and space for gardening.

This Barton Street residence offers a prime location within one traffic light and a short drive to the city; walking distance to four playgrounds and parks; and a five- to 10-minute walk to two Metro stops and dozens of shops, restaurants and bars. On July Fourth, residents can walk to the Iwo Jima Memorial to watch the fireworks, and when the family wants to cool off, they can quickly reach Ballston Common for ice-skating or an air-conditioned movie theater.

The home has a brick front drive for parking and manicured landscaping on all four sides. The owners rebuilt the front porch with Brazilian ipe wood flooring, a bead-board ceiling and recessed lighting. The porch has a white picket railing, white columns and ample room for rocking chairs. A magnolia tree in the front yard provides summer shade.

Inside, the first and second floors have hardwood flooring, and all three floors have crown molding, recessed lighting and deep baseboard molding. The foyer opens into a hallway that runs straight through the home, allowing for views of the green lawn and trees in the backyard as soon as you step inside. A cozy living room at the front of the home has large double windows on two sides.

At the back of the house is a comfortable open family room and dining area with double glass doors to the covered back porch. Just past the porch is the flagstone patio, which offers space for dining and entertaining friends. The landscaped backyard includes a Japanese maple and two cherry trees. The family room includes tall windows on either side and a gas fireplace with a mantel.

Every available space in this home has been enhanced with a window or with storage space to maximize natural light and functionality. The dining area has windows on two walls as well as light flooding into the space from the glass doors.

Adjacent to the dining area is the kitchen, which has a double stainless steel sink under a window, stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Storage is maximized in the maple cabinets in this kitchen, which include a corner cabinet with a lazy-Susan insert and a tall pantry.

The main level also has a coat closet and a powder room with an oversized window and a pedestal sink.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper level, which includes three bedrooms and two full baths. The master suite at the back of the house includes a tray ceiling and windows on two sides of the room that overlook the backyard and side yard. The master bedroom has recessed lighting and two double-door closets. Pocket doors link the master bedroom with the master bath, which has ceramic tile flooring with a distinctive pattern, a whirlpool tub with a window above it, a double-sink vanity and a tall medicine cabinet tucked in one corner.

The second and third bedrooms both have cathedral ceilings and tall windows. The second bedroom includes a niche perfectly sized to hold bookcases or a narrow dresser. These two bedrooms share a full bath off the hall with a Corian counter on the vanity, ceramic tile flooring, and a ceramic tile tub and shower surround. This bathroom also has an oversized window.

The finished lower level includes a bedroom with a double-door closet and a door to the adjacent full bath. The bath, also accessible from the hall, has a Corian counter on the vanity and ceramic tile flooring.

This level also has a laundry room with extra storage, a deep storage closet under the stairs and a recreation room. The recreation room has double glass doors that open to low steps to the flagstone patio, recessed lighting and windows on two sides of the room.


Address: 728 N. Barton St., Arlington VA 22201

Community: Lyon Park

Age: Built in 2003

Price: $935,000

Size: Approximately 2,052 square feet on lot of 4,314 square feet

Taxes: $8,477 in 2010

Exterior features: Arts and Crafts style single-family home, Hardiplank siding, driveway parking, landscaped front yard and backyard, fully fenced

Interior features: Three finished levels, four bedrooms, 3½ baths, hardwood flooring on first and second levels, three bedrooms upstairs with two full baths, finished lower level with recreation room, laundry room, bedroom and full bath

Amenities: Front and back porches, flagstone patio in back, dual-zone heating and air conditioning, gas heat

Close by: Walk to Courthouse and Clarendon Metro stations, Clarendon Market Commons, shops, restaurants, parks, playgrounds; one traffic light to downtown Washington and to Interstate 395, minutes to Route 50

Schools: Long Branch Elementary, Swanson Middle, Washington-Lee High

Open House: 1 to 4 p.m. June 26

Contact: Realtor Carol McEwen with Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/622-4441

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