- The Washington Times - Friday, October 4, 2002

Sunlit rooms filled with oversized windows and high ceilings appear to bring the outdoors to the interior of this three-level Colonial home built in 1999. On 2 acres in a quiet Potomac neighborhood of expansive custom-built homes, this five-bedroom, eight-bath house sits back from the road.

Potomac is one of the wealthiest communities in the country and one of the most desirable addresses in Montgomery County.

Off River Road is an impressive home at 10706 Riverwood Drive with an eye-catching exterior of white brick and uniquely shaped windows. The exterior features hint at the opulence inside.

A large front yard with mature trees and landscaping provides a parklike setting. A double glass door and columns with a balcony overhead make for an elegant entryway.

The front door frames the grand octagonal dining room with its back wall of windows. There is a two-story foyer with a chandelier, family foyer, staircase hall and galleries, which combined have 16 windows, eight French doors, recessed lights and three closets.

Tall, 12-foot coffered ceilings are found throughout the main level, and the family room boasts 13-foot coffered ceilings. Plank hardwood floors on the first and second level, as well as elaborate moldings, lend a richness to the home's interior.

A leisurely walk through the grand foyer and galleries create a circular flow ideal for entertaining. The living room boasts walls of windows and a marble fireplace with a custom wood mantle. The large living room is divided into separate areas for music and entertainment.

The library features rich custom mahogany paneled walls and pocket doors leading from the galleries on either side of the room. A fireplace with a marble surround complements the custom built-ins with a wet bar, marble counters and decorative wall sconces.

A butler's pantry with beveled glass custom built-ins and raised paneled doors connects the formal dining room with the breakfast room and its 13 windows. In addition, the butler's pantry has four windows and French doors that allow access to the patio.

Across from the breakfast area is the kitchen, designed to accommodate cooking for large events. Highlighting the kitchen are two islands with granite counters and two separate porcelain sinks. Custom white cabinetry with brass hardware makes the kitchen seem even brighter.

The appliances include top-quality equipment designed to handle banquet-size events. In the kitchen is a 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator and two Jenn-Air dishwashers, as well as a double wall oven, a microwave with warming tray below, a cooktop with a grill and a trash compactor. There is also a walk-in pantry and built-in desk.

A marble wood-burning fireplace warms the step-down family room. This room offers a wall of three separate custom built-ins that can be used from the floor to ceiling. One is made for a television and another features a hidden wet bar. The middle built-in features glass shelves with lights. French doors from the family room open to the veranda that overlooks the in-ground pool, complete with a hot tub and hydraulic cover.

Attention to detail can be seen throughout the home. A wide hardwood staircase with white spindles in the grand foyer leads to the upper level. The master suite has galleries on each side of the bedroom, a dramatic barrel-vault ceiling, cove lighting, marble fireplace and extensive molding.

The octagonal sitting room has a bay window that overlooks the yard. A custom-built wet bar, TV cabinet, mirrored shelves, brass sink and compact refrigerator complete the sitting area.

The master bedroom has four closets, two of which are walk-ins, as well as a separate dressing area. More closet space also can be found in the long hallway.

A walk through the closet area leads to a master bath that looks more like another sitting area. The floors are heated. Marble is found on the floor, whirlpool tub surround and in the shower.

Also on this level are three additional bedrooms that are big enough to have their own walk-in closet and full bathroom with windows. The bath attached to the fourth bedroom comes with a skylight.

Just when you think that you have seen it all, this home also has a finished lower level with new Berber carpeting that offers even more room for entertainment, relaxation and overnight guests.

A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the architectural centerpiece of the recreation room.

The exercise room on this level has mirrored walls and a Helo sauna with wooden benches and a steam shower that includes two shower heads with separate controls.

The fifth bedroom is also on the lower level, along with a large, unfinished storage area.

Details

Address: 10706 Riverwood Drive, Potomac, MD 20854

Community: Potomac

Age: Built in 1999

Price: $2.15 million

Size: Lot size is 87,120 square feet

Taxes: $19,765

Exterior features: Brick, columns with balcony over front porch, attached three-car garage with additional parking in driveway pad, outdoor pool with hydraulic cover, hot tub and veranda.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, five full baths, three half-baths, five fireplaces,library with pocket doors, exercise room with mirrored walls, sauna, French doors,coffered ceilings, two kitchen islands,butler's pantry, kitchen work desk, hardwood floor, marble floor in master bath, skylights, oval-shaped windows, octagonal dining room and sitting room, fixed staircase to the attic that can be finished, unfinished storage room on lower level.

Amenities: Custom built-in units, granite counters, recessed lights, Sub-Zero refrigerator, two dishwashers, double oven, warming tray, steam shower, whirlpool tub, wet bars, five-zone heating and air conditioning, home manager alarm system.

Close by: Potomac Village shops and restaurants, C&O; Canal Park, Potomac Hunt Club, Potomac Polo Club, Potomac Community Center, Montgomery Mall

Schools: Potomac Elementary, Herbert Hoover Middle and Winston Churchill High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Anita Tauber of Long & Foster at 301/493-9878

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