Lore, luxury and location join in Old Town home


With its dramatically slanted blue tile roof framing its decorated dormer windows, this brick single-family home on St. Asaph Street is listed at $2,345,000 with Susan Gray Chambers of Coldwell Banker. Call 703-203-9900

Built in 1900, it has been restored and renovated to blend Victorian charm with modern convenience in an Old Town location.

Original pine floors, cherrywood doors and plasterwork ceilings add to its distinction.

The living room features an elaborately decorated ceiling, an antique chandelier and a carved wooden mantel.

This parlor adjoins a library with original built-in bookshelves, paneled doors and ceilings. It also adjoins the dining room, with its antique mantel, tray ceiling, blown-glass chandelier and  decorative pillars.

The eat-in kitchen combines charm and convenience once again. Marble mosaic flooring stands beneath soapstone counters and Subzero and Miele appliances. A refrigerator panel blends with the display cabinets. A chandelier adds another touch of tradition to the breakfast area.

The main floor also includes a powder room.

Behind the kitchen, a private walled garden includes a limestone patio and covered porch.

The second floor features a master suite overlooking the street. The master bath once again blends historical charm with modern convenience, in the  clawfoot tub, the pedestal dual sinks and the glass-enclosed steam shower.

A separate one-bedroom apartment occupies the rear of this floor. It includes a private kitchen and a living room with a fireplace. A  separate entrance provides a stairway leading around the corner to the street level. A private side porch overlooks the garden.

The current owner removed the partition that had separated the house and apartment, but it can be converted into a separate dwelling again.

Chambers reports that when she sold the house to the current owner in 2001, the apartment was rented at $2,400 a month. She points out that it still has its own address, 206 S. St. Asaph St. and can be rented legally.

The third floor features a sky-lit  bedroom suite with a full bath including mosaic tile floors and a steam shower. A den includes a wet bar and access to a rooftop deck.

Laundry rooms are found on both this level and in a mud room behind the kitchen on the first floor. There is also an unfinished basement.

The property provides an on-site, one-car private parking space, two blocks from the shops and restaurants of King Street.

The schools are Lyles-Crouch Elementary, George Washington