- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Nestled within a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood in Silver Spring is a classic Colonial-style home with three fireplaces, a great-room addition and many other major structural improvements.

The house was built in 1988 by Halle Homes in the Naples Manor subdivision and is being offered at $565,900. New features in this four-bedroom, 3-bath dwelling include new siding, a new roof, new windows and a new entrance door and garage doors. The gas heat and central air systems also have been updated.

The open foyer has elegant crown and picture-frame molding on wallpapered walls. Coat closets are on either side of the entrance.

Gleaming hardwood floors are found in all of the main-level rooms except the formal living room and dining room.

Unusual arched doorways throughout the home are said to be the builder’s trademark. The foyer opens into the living room on one side and the family room on the opposite side. The living room flows into the dining room, which has chair-rail molding, wainscoting and a decorative ceiling medallion to highlight the chandelier. Both rooms are floored with plush beige carpet.

A brick fireplace takes up an entire wall in the large family room, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. The fireplace has a rounded hearth and rounded custom glass doors. The tailored window treatments in this room convey to the new owners.

The open kitchen and breakfast room is a welcoming space with designer wallpaper and matching white ceramic-tile backsplash with a floral print. Oak cabinetry and off-white counters outline the kitchen walls. A center island is also home to a cooktop with an electric range. Upgraded appliances have replaced many of the originals and include a Whirlpool refrigerator and Kitchen Aid dishwasher.

This traditional kitchen gets a fresh look with the breakfast room strategically placed to overlook the new great-room addition. Hardwood flooring continues seamlessly from the kitchen into the polished great room.

Attention to detail is evident in the sunny, dramatic addition, which features a cathedral ceiling and four skylights. However, the floor-to-ceiling stone-faced gas fireplace — with a handy remote control and recessed lights overhead — is the focal point of the room and helps turn it into a celebrated gathering place.

Tall windows with Palladian accents gracefully flank both sides of the fireplace. These are outfitted with comfortable window seats that double for use as storage.

French doors are in the center of a wall of windows and lead to the private yard.

While a large flagstone patio off the great room offers a relaxing place to unwind and entertain, children will enjoy the swing and slide and will have ample room to run and play in the large back yard.

Washing clothes is convenient in the main-level laundry room, with a Neptune washer and dryer, utility sink, corner cabinet and window. This room is in the kitchen and also has a door leading to the two-car garage. The powder room has striped walls with floral prints and a sink with a cabinet underneath.

Upstairs, the master bedroom anchors one end of the hallway. This bedroom has a mirrored walk-in closet with a linen closet and a ceiling fan and a dressing room with a lighted vanity just outside the bathroom. The master bathroom has an additional vanity sink, ceramic-tile flooring and an arched entrance into the bathtub with ceramic-tile surround.

Down the hall are three remaining bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms are decorated as children’s rooms. The larger of the two rooms faces the front of the home and has nautical wallpaper with sailboats and a matching window shade.

The other is used as a nursery and has faux finish walls, an airplane border near the ceiling and coordinating window treatments. Both rooms have chair-rail molding and ceiling fans. There is a hall bathroom decorated in primary colors with polka-dot wallpaper.

The open L-shaped basement is completely finished and offers a recreation room with plenty of space to spread out and designate sections for different activities. This lower level, currently used as a children’s playroom, could include a home office, game room or media room.

An elaborate all-brick wet bar with shingles overhead dominates the far corner. This lower level also benefits from the warmth and luxury of a brick fireplace and mantel.

The basement has neutral Berber carpeting and offers a storage room and a welled exit to the rear yard. A full bathroom with a shower is on this level.

The family-friendly neighborhood benefits from two community parks, tennis courts and a local swimming club. In addition, the Naples Manor neighborhood has active civic and homeowners associations.

More info:

Address: 14609 Cutstone Way, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Community: Naples Manor

Age: Built in 1988

Price: $565,900

Size: Lot of .37 of an acre

Taxes: $3,999

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial, flagstone patio, new siding, roof, windows and entrance door, long driveway, two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3 baths, great-room addition with vaulted ceiling and skylights, window seats with storage underneath, kitchen island, main-level laundry room, arched doorways, French doors, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, Berber carpeting

Amenities: Brick wet bar, three fireplaces, electric range and oven

Schools: Stonegate Elementary, White Oak Middle and Blake High

Close by: Community parks, tennis courts, swim club, National Trolley Museum, shops, restaurants.

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Sue Heyman, Weichert Realtors, 301/580-5556

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