Contextual Cottage 

Circa 2005 Neo-Queen Anne in Cooper-Young.

This house was built in 2005 and has a blend of modern and traditional interior details: stained- and scored-concrete floors in some rooms, mixed with oak floors in others. Lots of windows, recessed lights, and broad, arched openings between rooms keep the interior light and bright.

The primary living spaces are clustered across the back and are oriented to the rear yard and patio. They consist of a den that has a fireplace with gas logs and a dining room; both have oak floors. The kitchen has a jazzy appeal, with its cherry-stained cabinets topped by black granite, black appliances, and a shiny black subway-tile backsplash, highlighted by lots of recessed can-lights. A stained concrete floor with a compass rose design completes the kitchen décor. Double windows over the sink have a view to the yard and fill the space with morning light.

The adjacent den also has double windows and a full-view glass door. The owners have installed a tall pottery urn used as a gurgling fountain adjacent to the patio. Azaleas are in bloom under the shade of an oak, and dwarf magnolias have been installed as an evergreen hedge.

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The front of the main floor has the entry, which leads past a living room, a powder room, a laundry, and the master suite. The living room would probably function better as a library/home office.The attention to quality throughout is shown by the use of real stone, with a granite-topped piece of furniture used as the vanity in the powder room, and pale travertine in the master bath. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms and another full bath, also featuring a travertine vanity top.

The exterior has siding on the main level with a change to wood shingles in the front gable. A tall dormer, double columns, and a wooden porch-rail ornament the inviting street facade. Even the red roof is a knowing nod to turn-of-the-century taste. It's a delight to see such livable new construction fit so seamlessly into an older Midtown neighborhood. •

940 Philadelphia

Approximately 1,700 sq. ft.

3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths; $219,000

Realtor: Sowell & Co., 278-4380

Agent: David de Ponte, 240-8474

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