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High on Their Lofty Spaces on the Hill;
In the Old School, Tales of Love at First Sight;

April 23, 2005

Jamie Brown and Kyle Hamblin say they won't be buying another 17- foot Christmas tree this year.

"It touched the ceiling," said Brown, a trial lawyer. "They don't look as big on the farm."

"It was fun once we got it up," said Hamblin. "Everyone wanted to come over and get their picture taken in front of it."

"And the smell, ah!" said his wife. "We didn't want to take it down."

As the couple discussed their home last week, Brown was nearing the end of her pregnancy with their first child. The baby wasn't even a twinkle when they stumbled on the newly finished Bryan School Lofts on Capitol Hill early last summer. They had been living in a two-bedroom condominium in Arlington.

"We were actually looking at houses here on the Hill," said Hamblin, who works at the Supreme Court and now walks to the office. "They happened to have an open house here so we just came."

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