- - Thursday, August 30, 2012

Whether you are searching for the perfect family home or a welcoming house where you can entertain crowds easily, the home at 3211 44th St. NW can meet those needs.

On the market for $1,595,000, this Wesley Heights home offers more than 4,200 square feet of finished living space.

Families who entertain often recognize the importance of traffic flow during a party. The main level of this home includes a variety of spaces where guests can gather, with wide doorways and easy access into each room. Across the back of the main level are French doors that open onto a deck that overlooks a tranquil garden, flagstone terraces and a heated in-ground swimming pool.

Entertaining in warm weather is particularly appealing even for non-swimming parties because the terraces and deck offer an expansive space surrounded by tall trees and bamboo for privacy. The turquoise swimming pool provides a focal point in warm weather and easily can be covered with a retractable cover when not in use.

The residence occupies the full depth of the lot between 44th Street and New Mexico Avenue and includes a private parking pad for two cars behind the yard. The fully fenced yard includes a gate that enables residents to reach their cars easily and to access shops and restaurants immediately across the street.

The home’s elegant front entrance has been professionally landscaped and includes a flagstone front walk that leads to the brick stoop and stairs. The home has been updated to match modern tastes, including windows added for natural light in every possible location. The front door has sidelights and a transom.

The front door opens onto a gracious foyer with ceramic tile flooring and elaborate shadow-box and crown molding. The home has been designed so the French doors to the deck, garden and swimming pool are visible from the foyer, which also allows light to flow throughout the main level.

The main level includes both a family room and a living room, the uses of which easily could be exchanged. The front room, currently being used as the family room, includes hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, crown molding and two tall windows surrounded by built-in bookcases and cabinets.

A powder room is adjacent to the family room. Double doors link the family room to the foyer. The main level includes double doors in several locations, allowing rooms to be closed off or left constantly open for light to flow among the spaces.

Across the foyer from the family room are the kitchen and breakfast area. The breakfast area has crown and chair-rail molding and two windows facing the front garden.

The renovated kitchen includes cork flooring, which is both environmentally friendly and soft underfoot. The kitchen has white cabinets, double windows above the sink, granite counters, recessed lighting and a glass door to the side yard. It also includes upgraded stainless steel appliances and an abundance of counter and cabinet space. The lower cabinets are designed with extra depth to provide additional storage space.

A swinging door links the kitchen with the formal dining room, which has hardwood flooring, crown molding, two side windows and a set of French doors that open onto the deck.

Wood double doors open from the dining room into the formal living room. A working fireplace is hidden behind the drywall in the living room and could be made available again for use. The living room has hardwood flooring, crown molding and two sets of French doors that open onto the deck.

A wet bar links the living room and the family room, also convenient for entertaining.

Upstairs, the master suite has a painted hardwood floor, a ceiling fan and tall windows overlooking the garden and swimming pool. The generously sized bedroom has four double-door closets and a renovated full bath with marble flooring and a glass-enclosed shower.

The second bedroom includes hardwood flooring, a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets, and a double-door closet. The third bedroom has two double-door closets and carpet, while the fourth bedroom has hardwood flooring and two double closets.

The upper level also has a second renovated full bath with blue-gray tile flooring and rounded glass tile accents. Above the foyer on this level is a charming reading or sitting alcove with shadow-box molding and a window overlooking the front garden.

The finished lower level has a spacious recreation room with two sets of French doors that open onto a stone patio with a few steps up to the stone terrace and swimming pool. Three areas of the recreation room are wired for cable, allowing for a variety of furniture configurations. This room has ceramic tile flooring, a wood-burning fireplace and two closets.

The lower level also has a fifth bedroom with a closet and an adjacent renovated full bath with a glass-enclosed steam shower. Next to the bath is a large kitchenette with plenty of counter and cabinet space to function as a full kitchen for caterers. Nearby are an exercise room or den with two closets, a large laundry room, a utility room and a storage closet. A second storage room is just outside the recreation room.



Address: 3211 44th St. NW, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Wesley Heights

Age: Built in 1962

Price: $1,595,000

Size: Approximately 4,200 finished square feet on lot of 5,202 square feet

Taxes: $10,708 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick Colonial-style single-family home with flagstone front walk, brick steps and stoop, private parking pad for two cars, wood deck, stone terrace, professionally landscaped yard

Interior features: Three finished levels with five bedrooms; three full baths; powder room; elegant foyer with ceramic tile flooring; family room; living room; dining room; wet bar; kitchen with breakfast area; recessed lighting; hardwood floors; French doors; master suite with four closets and luxury bath; finished lower level with recreation room, exercise room, kitchenette, bedroom, bath

Amenities: Heated in-ground swimming pool with retractable cover, ceiling fans, central air conditioning, gas water heater

Close by: Walk to Horace Mann Elementary School, shops and restaurants on New Mexico Avenue and American University; close to AU/Tenleytown Metro Station, shops and restaurants in Georgetown, Glover Park, Tenleytown and Friendship Heights; easy access to downtown Washington.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Kimberly Cestari of W.C. & A.N. Miller, a Long & Foster Co., at 202/253-8757 or 202/966-1400


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