City hides island of privacy


Privacy in the middle of a city seems like a contradiction in terms, but youll find it at this 15-year-old, four bedroom, 2.5 bath craftsman-style home on Holly Street. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, it is still minutes from Old Town, the Metro station and Del Ray. It is listed for $1,050,000 by Sheila Carney and Lucille Ryan at Avery Hess Realty. Call 703-821-7909.

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The front door opens onto a dramatic, two-story foyer with a door to the two-car garage on the left. To the right, youll find the living room a powder room and closet and a sweeping stairway leading to the second floor. Hardwood floors continue throughout the first level.

The living room is enriched by crown molding and three windows. Behind the living room, the large dining room  also features chair rail molding beneath a chandelier that remains with the house and a large window overlooking the backyard. The window treatments in the living and dining rooms will also stay with the house.

From the dining room, a door leads to the spacious eat-in kitchen. It is brightened by a series of large windows and it overlooks the family room with its own expansive windows. A new stainless steel refrigerator features French doors, an ice maker and water dispenser, and freezer on the bottom. The kitchen also includes a stainless steel dishwasher, dual sink, large pantry, cooktop with downdraft, a breakfast bar and a work island with Corian counters. The eat-in area boasts a built-in desk and bay window that overlooks the deck.

Adjoining the kitchen, the family room features a woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors, a ceiling fan and built-in bookshelves.  French doors lead to the deck, which spans almost the entire length of the house. A stairway leads extends across the house.

The foyer also provides a door to the basement, which provides the rough-in for another bedroom and bath. A Kenmore refrigerator there will remain with the home.

Above the stairway in the entrance hall, a bedroom stands on the right with a ceiling fan and double closets. To the left of this bedroom, a short hall provides a full bath plus two other bedrooms, a walk-in closet, two linen closets and a laundry room.

The master bedroom stands across the stairway, with a dramatic coffered ceiling, a sitting area and large walk-in closet with built-in organizers and shoe rack.

The skylit master bath provides two dressing areas  with their own sinks, a glass-enclosed shower and a separate Jacuzzi tub surrounded by a tile platform beneath two windows.  The schools are Mount Vernon Elementary, George Washington Middle School, Minnie Howard ninth grade, and T.C. Williams High School.