Halloween is a special time for Lee Street, the site of an annual community celebration. But theres plenty to enjoy throughout the year in this historic home.
MAIN LEVEL: Beyond the classic red-brick Federal exterior, the living room occupies the entire main story. It features the original hardwood floors beneath walls rising more than nine feet high. The front section includes a fireplace with a Colonial broken-pediment mantel, full-length built-in bookshelves and wet bar.
This front area provides a clear view of the three full-length rear windows with a glass door leading to the deck and the garden beyond. Its stone paths lead to plantings that include dogwood, azalea, ivy, boxwood, magnolia and peonies, plus a pond and built-in seats. Beyond the garden, the Potomac River provides another memorable view.
LOWER LEVEL: A wooden stairway leads to the lower level, where Mexican tile floors create a more casual charm. The rear family room features a wall of four full-length windows overlooking the garden, with a glass door leading to the patio near the built-in bookshelves. A fireplace appears in the dining area between the family room and the kitchen.
The kitchen displays beamed ceilings and a brick archway that frames the wine cellar. Gourmet stainless steel appliances like a Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer and Viking range are a welcome modern addition to the historical appeal. So is the nearby powder room.
SECOND FLOOR: The main-floor stairway also leads to the second story, which is devoted to the carpeted master suite. White tile walls adorn the master bath, with its glass-enclosed shower. They also appear in a separate room that provides an additional sink near the laundry room. A built-in desk enhances the sitting area, next to the master bedroom.
THIRD FLOOR: Two bedrooms share a full bath on this level, which adds another touch of historical interest to the original hardwood floors.
Home of the week
AT A GLANCE
Location: South Lee Street
Contact: Carol Cleary at McEnearney Associates, 703-549-9292
Style: Brick federal townhouse end unit
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Square footage: 2,430
Lot Size: 3,015 square feet
Parking: On street
Public Schools: Lyles-Crouch Elementary, George Washington Middle, T.C. Williams High
Special Features: Original hardwood floors; expansive views of garden, Potomac River and annual civic Halloween celebration.