Townhouse features 3 beds and 1 safari


In todays buyers market, we have heard about all kinds of sellers incentives, from closing costs to flat-screen televisions. But this one may be a first.

The seller the owner of the Trophy Room, which arranges safaris is offering an all-expense-paid, five-day South African safari with the purchase of this 9-year-old brick townhouse end unit on Princess Street. With four levels, three bedrooms and 3.5 baths, it is listed at $1,149,900 by John Medaris at Exit Advantage Realty. Call 703-855-4687.

In addition to the complementary safari, the house includes another rare feature, at least for the heart of Old Town namely, a two-car garage plus a third parking place.

The foyer welcomes visitors with a high ceiling and marble floor. An office space is on the left, next to a large walk-in closet with a rough-in for another bath, and the door leading to the garage. Under the stairs another closet provides a built-in safe and room for a mini-wine cellar. Halfway up the stairs is a half-bath with pedestal sink. Four more steps lead to the first-floor living-dining area.

The living room boasts built-in bookshelves and an entertainment center, several windows overlooking Princess Street and a sitting area. The dining area features custom lighting and hardwood floors.

On the left behind the dining room, the kitchen includes tiled floors, Corian counters and an oak-paneled refrigerator blending with the oak cabinets. A work island provides a Jenn-Air Downdraft stove across from a wall oven, built-in microwave, GE appliances and double sinks. A French door opens to a 400-square-foot deck. The kitchen also adjoins the large breakfast area.

Lattice work on both sides separates the deck from its neighbors. It overlooks a common grassy area, and provides a covered roof for the driveway beneath, which features the third parking place in addition to the two-car garage.

Up another flight of stairs, the bedroom on the left provides its own bath and a ceiling fan. The hall leads to the master suite with its vaulted ceiling, an oval window to the west and three large windows overlooking the deck. There is a mirrored wall on the left and a decorative alcove overhead. The short hallway leading to the master bath provides two closets, including one walk-in.

In the master bath, a Jacuzzi tub stands beside a glass- enclosed shower with tiling extending to the ceiling. This room also features double vanity sinks and a mirrored wall.

The laundry room stands at the top of a third flight of stairs, beside the fourth bedroom, which features a geometrically shaped vaulted ceiling, dual closets, a full bath with shower and ceiling fan.

The temperature is controlled by a dual-zone HVAC unit. The house is outfitted with a sprinkler system, and there is recessed lighting throughout.

The schools are Jefferson-Houston Elementary, George Washington Middle and TC Williams High.