- - Thursday, October 27, 2011

Arlington’s Lee Heights neighborhood offers some of the best aspects of suburban living, including quiet streets with cul-de-sacs to slow traffic and enable children to play safely. Mature trees tower over the single-family homes in this area of North Arlington, and paths wind through woods to reach parks and the Potomac River, yet this peaceful community is minutes from downtown Washington and the shops and restaurants in Arlington.

The home at 4424 25th St. N, on one of Lee Heights‘ loveliest tree-lined streets, is on the market for $1,199,500. This Craftsman-style home has been expanded from a two-level traditional home into three finished levels, including an above-ground lower level. The residence was expanded out into the backyard as well as with an upper level and now has more than 4,200 finished square feet.

While the expansive interior is impressive, equally attractive is the landscaped backyard. Many of the homes in this hilly neighborhood have steeply sloped lots. The homeowners at this property worked with a landscape architect to create multiple stone terraces with stone walls, garden beds and an abundance of azaleas arrayed under the trees.

A hot tub sits under the trees in this fully fenced and secluded backyard, and a children’s play area sits on the top terrace. A gate at the back of the yard opens into a county park, and nearby trails lead to the Potomac River.

The front yard includes a lawn, garden beds and trees along with a brick-and-stone front walkway leading to the double front door, which has etched-glass inserts. The home has a concrete driveway and an oversized one-car garage.

The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood flooring and wood stairs to the upper level. The main level includes hardwood flooring and crown molding throughout, and the hardwood flooring extends to the upper-level hall and family room. Most rooms include a ceiling fan. The plentiful oversized windows in each room allow plenty of natural light to fill the home in every season.

With six bedrooms and five full baths, this home easily can accommodate a large family or frequent guests. Three of the bedrooms have a private bath.

The open living room includes a wide bay window facing the front lawn and a gas fireplace with a flagstone hearth and a wood mantel painted white. The living room, like most rooms in the home, has recessed lighting.

Adjacent to the living room is the formal dining room, which has French doors that open onto a flagstone terrace and double doors that open into the kitchen. The kitchen has ceramic tile flooring, cherry cabinets and a two-level center island with a cooktop and a breakfast bar.

The adjacent breakfast area is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows facing the backyard. A glass door leads to the yard.

On the opposite side of the foyer is a bedroom wing with three bedrooms. The first bedroom faces the front yard and has a double-door closet and a ceiling fan. The second bedroom, a corner room, faces the side yard and front yard and has a ceiling fan and a double-door closet. These two bedrooms share a fully renovated hall bath with ceramic tile flooring and a combination tub and shower with glass doors.

The third bedroom, a main-level master suite, has windows on two sides framing views of the backyard and terrace. A sliding glass door leads to one of the terraces. This bedroom has a private full bath with ceramic tile flooring.

Upstairs, the second master suite covers approximately half of the upper level. This room has a cathedral ceiling, a sitting area and two oversized walk-in closets. A triple window frames a view of the front yard, while a second set of floor-to-ceiling windows faces the back yard. The luxurious bath includes ceramic tile flooring, a whirlpool tub set underneath three windows, a glass-enclosed shower and a double-sink vanity.

Across the hall from this master suite are two rooms that could be used as a third master suite. The first room, which could function as a master suite sitting room, is in use as an upper-level family room. It has six windows facing the front yard, a cathedral ceiling, a closet and an adjacent full bath with ceramic tile flooring. French doors open into a bedroom, currently used as a home office. This room has a triple window overlooking the backyard, hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet and a built-in desk with cabinets. The owner will leave or can remove the built-in desk depending on how future residents want to use this room.

The lower level, just six steps down from the foyer, has a recreation room with a ceiling fan, a triple front window, a gas fireplace and built-in bookcases. Adjacent to the family room is a bonus room that can be used as an exercise room or a hobby room. A door links this room to the laundry room, which has space for extra storage.

The lower level also has a full bath with ceramic tile flooring and a glass-enclosed shower. Across the hall from this bath is a bedroom with two windows and a closet. Nearby are a storage room and a door to the garage, which has space for storage in addition to one car.


Address: 4424 25th St. N., Arlington, VA 22207

Community:Lee Heights

Age: Built in 1960

Price: $1,199,500

Size: More than 4,200 finished square feet on lot of 0.26 acres

Taxes: $10,725 in 2011

Exterior features: Craftsman-style single-family home with cream-colored brick-and-shingle exterior, cul-de-sac location, driveway, one-car garage

Interior features: Six bedrooms; five full baths; three finished levels with hardwood flooring on main level; wood stairs; formal living room with fireplace; formal dining room with French doors to terrace; center-island kitchen and breakfast area; three main-level bedrooms, including one with private bath; ceramic tile flooring in all baths; upper-level master suite with luxury bath; family room on upper level with adjacent office/bedroom with full bath; above-grade lower level with full bath, bedroom, recreation room, exercise room, laundry room

Amenities: Secluded terraced backyard with two flagstone patios, hot tub, grass and garden beds; two gas fireplaces; gas heat; gas water heater

Close by: Walking trails to Potomac River, close to shops and restaurants in Arlington, minutes to downtown Washington and Georgetown

Schools: Taylor Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open House: Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30

Contact: Realtors Alex L. Nikol at 703/608-9963 or Nathalie Cadot at 703/946-9201 of Long & Foster Realtors in Falls Church

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