- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2000

A unique house is on the market on the edge of a golf course in Rockville. The $620,000 price includes a granite kitchen table, a 50-inch television set, a new hot tub and

a country-club membership.

The house is in the sought-after Manor Club golf-course community that over the years also has been called Manor Park, Manor Country Club or just "the Club." Membership in the country club comes with every house.

The house on the market was built in 1938. While its mailing address is 14720 Georgia Ave., it isn't really on Georgia Avenue. It is a block off today's busy Georgia Avenue on a parallel residential road that is a remnant known as "old Georgia Avenue." The two roads are separated by an impenetrable wooded tract.

The front and one side of the house face the 14th fairway of the Manor Club golf course, a panoramic view enhanced by a picture-postcard sunset each evening. In renovating the house, owners Mike and Elisa Cafferky captured this view by installing large Pella windows throughout the house and a Palladian window in a sun room they built to replace an old screened porch.

They also positioned an outdoor hot tub to give it a view of the golf course. The hot tub is "virtually brand new," Mr. Cafferky said. "We're project people. We've been working on this house since we moved in six years ago," he said.

New oak floors throughout the house attest to the couple's efforts, as does a luxurious master bedroom suite and a modern kitchen.

The Cafferkys installed granite countertops in the kitchen and a built-in granite table in the kitchen's breakfast nook. Built-in furniture "uses the space more efficiently," Mr. Cafferky said. Other built-in furniture in the house includes a wine rack in the kitchen.

"The kitchen was redone about a year ago," he said. "We basically gutted it and rebuilt it."

There is a view of the golf course from the kitchen table, and a door from the kitchen leads to a side patio. The kitchen floor is oak, and there are marble floors in the powder room and master bath. The other two bathrooms have ceramic-tile floors.

The house has an arched entry door and a small foyer with a stained-glass window on one side and a coat closet on the other.

The living room has a vaulted ceiling with natural wood beams and a brick fireplace. The fireplace is flanked by built-in display shelves. Also on the first floor is an elegant formal dining room and the sun room.

Half a flight up from the living room is a level containing a powder room and the master bedroom suite. This level is also reached by a second staircase that rises half a flight from the kitchen. There are two more bedrooms on two levels above the master-bedroom level in the split-level floor plan. Each bedroom level has its own bathroom. On the top bedroom level is a walk-in cedar closet.

The master bedroom has three double closets, one of them equipped with a pullout shelf to hold a television set and serve as an entertainment center. The bedroom also has a built-in cherry armoire and a built-in cherry dressing table with white Corian top. The master bath has an oversized soaking tub and a separate shower. It has a double vanity with white Corian top.

The children's bedroom, which the Cafferkys' young sons share, has a built-in oak dresser 12 feet long and two small built-in desks.

The house has two lower levels, one with a side foyer off a renovated family room. The foyer, with two closets, can be closed off from the family room with pocket doors. With the pocket doors open, the family room is open to French doors leading from the side foyer out to the driveway and the yard.

The family room has built-in bookcases, a wood-pellet stove and a built-in entertainment center with a 50-inch Mitsubishi television set that comes with the house.

A basement level contains an office, a laundry, a utility room and a storage room.

The house is on a lot of a little more than a half acre. A circular driveway and mature landscaping with an open lawn abuts the golf course it is impossible to tell where the lot ends and the golf course starts.

Community activity for adults and children centers on the country club, which is walking distance from all the houses. The club has a nine-hole executive golf course and the 18-hole championship course.

There are eight tennis courts, two swimming pools, indoor dining and other facilities at the grand clubhouse. Each member family is committed to $150 in food and beverage purchases at the clubhouse every three months, Mr. Cafferky said. But if his sons don't eat that much in sandwiches during their activities, he said, "It's easy to burn $150 in three months drinking beer" at the golf course.

The Manor Club community is a triangle shape, bounded by Georgia Avenue, Norbeck Road and Bel Pre Road. It was incorporated in 1921, and development begun in 1922, when its Rockville location was considered far from downtown Washington. Now it is convenient to both sides of town, with the Glenmont Metro station three miles away in one direction and the Rockville Metro station just about a half mile farther the other way.

Among the founders of Manor Club were T. Howard Duckett, a lawyer and founder of Prudential Building Association of Washington and Hyattsville Bank and Trust Co., and E. Brooke Lee, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic party and chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Among early notable members of the club was Edgar Charles "Sam" Rice, a Washington Senators slugger who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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