- The Washington Times - Friday, September 8, 2000

A classic brick Colonial is on the market in a gated community of four houses in Silver Spring. The other three houses are also on the market.
The 1926 manor house, now on a lot of one-third acre, is priced at $398,000 and comes with a separate guest house and an in-ground swimming pool.
Old stables on the University Boulevard property were torn down five years ago, and the property was subdivided to create the four-house community. All four houses are owned by members of the same family.
The 1926 house was renovated when the other three houses were built. A private road was created to run through the center of the community, family spokesman Ben Bashiri said. The community is fenced with an electric gate. Each homeowner has a remote control to open the gate, he said.
The houses are owned by Mr. Bashiri and his brother and sisters and their spouses. Their mother lives in the guest house. The family created the community primarily "for raising children in a safe environment," said Zohreh Movahed, Mr. Bashiri's sister. The brothers and sisters have a total of seven children.
The arrangement has worked out so well that other people are joining, Mr. Bashiri said, explaining that two more family members want to join the community. The family is building a larger community in Rockville. Unrelated families can own the four homes now on the market, Mrs. Movahed said.
Each house and its lot is being sold individually, and each will have a share in the common property, which is the private road, Mr. Bashiri said. The community maintains the road at a total cost of about $500 to $600 a year, including snow removal, he said. It is up to the new owners whether to retain the electric gate, he said, but the private road is maintained under an agreement with the Montgomery County government.
The manor house has a classic columned portico with a curved brick porch. There is a second-floor balcony above the porch with a curved wrought-iron railing. The house also has a covered rear porch, which faces a flagstone patio with the swimming pool off to the side.
The front entry hall has Italian ceramic-tile floor that extends to a rear foyer and the back door. The floor, a warm beige, has accent inlays of Mexican tile. The kitchen and first-floor powder room have matching floors.
Flanking the entry hall are formal living and dining rooms. Also at the front of the house is a sun room and a large office with a private door to the front walk. The office is paneled and has built-in bookshelves, and could also serve as a family room or library. It has two ceiling fan light fixtures.
The brick fireplace in the living room has been converted to gas. The room has a white wood mantelpiece, white wood built-in display shelves with a cabinet underneath, crown molding and a ceiling medallion.
There are 9-foot ceilings on the first floor and gleaming oak floors throughout the first and second floors. The dining room is separated from the kitchen by a peninsula counter that has oak china display cabinets suspended from the ceiling with glass doors facing both the dining room and kitchen. The kitchen has matching oak cabinets.
Double-wide French doors separate the dining room from the sun room, which has built-in cabinets and a built-in window seat. It has a ceiling fan light fixture.
The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor, including a luxury master bedroom suite. The suite was created in the renovation by combining two smaller bedrooms.
The master bath has a whirlpool tub built into a corner under wide corner windows. There is a separate shower, double vanity and private linen closet. A second linen closet is in the hall.
The master bath has an Italian tile floor. The other two bedrooms share a hall bathroom, which has a ceramic-tile floor. Each of these bedrooms has a ceiling fan light fixture and the master bedroom has two. The master bedroom has a huge walk-in closet with a window.
There is a laundry closet with a washer and dryer in the master bath, and a second laundry with a washer and dryer on the walkout lower level. Also on the lower level is a recreation room with a brick fireplace, kitchenette, full bath, and utility and storage room.
The attic level is unfinished but has flooring and four dormer windows, plus four quarter-circle windows for light and ventilation. It is being used as an art and pottery studio.
The guest house is essentially a studio apartment, with a covered entry porch facing a red concrete courtyard. A great room serves as living room, dining room and bedroom with a kitchen to the side. A full bath with a ceramic-tile floor and a laundry room with washer and dryer completes the guest house.
The other three houses in the community, each a 5-year-old Colonial, all have five bedrooms and 3* baths. They are priced at $340,000, $345,000 and $349,000. They all have whirlpool tubs in the master bath and finished lower levels. The most expensive of the three has a walkout lower level. Two of the three have two-car garages; the third has a one-car garage.

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