EXTERIOR: Old Town isknown for its authentic historical townhouses, but some house hunters wouldprefer a more daring contemporary design. They will find it in this Pitt Streethome, which is filled with delightful surprises from the walled front garden tothe winding stairs. It is listed at $1,150,000 with Renee Reymond at Long &Foster.
On the street, hydrangea bushes bloom before a brick wall with a customwrought-iron gate in an elaborate hummingbird design. It opens onto an Italiangarden that features a grape arbor and a brick patio leading to the entrancedoor of this remarkable home.
MAIN FLOOR: The front dooropens onto a marble entrance hall with a matching powder room beside it. Thefoyer faces the living room, with its built-in bookcase and hardwood floors. Afireplace stands between the entrances to the dining room.
The two-story dining room brings another dramatic discovery in the formof a winding staircase between the skylit ceiling and black slate floors. Thisstriking flooring also appears in the newly renovated kitchen. Wooden cabinetsprovide an additional surprise in the form of the Bosch and Sub-Zero appliancesthat these cabinets conceal.
The kitchen includes steps leading down to the family room, with itsbuilt-in bookcases, gas fireplace, hardwood floor and crown moldings in theceiling. Its double glass door leads to another delightful discovery in theform of a Japanese garden beneath towering trees. Surrounded by wooden walls,it features a stone and brick patio plus a fountain that may remain with thehome.
SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS:The spiral staircase leads from the dining room to a second-story catwalk witha bedroom suite on either side. Hardwood floors continue through this level.The master suite boasts a tile-and-granite bath with a skylit shower thatincludes a granite bench.
Across the hall from the master suite, the second bedroom includes glassdoors and a wrought-iron balcony with a garden view.
The master bedroom provides yet another unexpected feature in the formof a second spiral staircase leading to the his-and-hers dressing areas.
Yet another staircase leads up to the carpeted third bedroom, with itsdual skylights and dormer windows, thus providing yet another welcome surprise.