Cape Cod goes Victorian


Built in the Cape Cod style 75 years ago, the Commonwealth Avenue home in Del Ray was transformed into a Victorian farmhouse just five years ago. The home is now listed for $759,900 by Victoria Howard and Sandy Hanbury at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. (Call 202-276-2711.)

In the true Victorian tradition, the front steps lead to a wrap-around porch made of Philippine mahogany. Its charm is enhanced by planter boxes and an antique mailbox. Behind the glass-paned front door, the living room features a brick hearth. Hardwood floors continue throughout house.

Behind the living room, the eat-in kitchen boasts slate-tile floors and a custom tile backsplash. A window above the sink  overlooks the backyard. The $150,000 renovation in 2002 also included updated appliances, Shaker cherry cabinets and built-in shelves. A side door opens onto to the front porch, while another door leads to the back deck and patio.

To the right of the kitchen, the dining room features custom recessed and pendant lighting plus display shelves. A hallway leads to a full bath and bedroom and also to the stairway. The renovated bathroom features a pedestal sink, tub and linen closet.

The second story features built-in bookshelves, a linen closet and two bedrooms. The skylit master bedroom features a Palladian window overlooking the front yard. The hallway bath boasts a pedestal sink and tub.

The house is fully outfitted for a high-speed home computer network. It also includes satellite television hook-ups and wiring for surround-sound speakers in the living and dining rooms. The basement provides the washer, dryer and extra storage space.

The schools are Mount Vernon Elementary, George Washington Middle and T.C. Williams High.