- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2004

A sign off New Hampshire Avenue on the way to this attractive Colonial home reads “Welcome to ‘Sunshine’” — the name of the community, part

of Brookeville, known for its striking sunsets. The house is prominently situated on Sundown Road.

A rounded driveway outlines a large landscaped traffic island to create a welcoming entrance. The expansive grounds cover 2 acres, with room for a 60-foot circular horse-riding ring with two paddocks. The owner also keeps chickens on the grounds.

Several steps lead to the long front porch, a popular place to linger before entering the house.

With five spacious bedrooms and 3 baths, the home at 3500 Sundown Road is on the market for $725,000.

The two-story foyer is semi-enclosed in a space of its own with a four-window bay, custom curtains, ceramic-tile floors and a coat closet. Rich hardwood floors shine throughout most of the home, including the living room, family room and dining room.

Dominated by a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, the sunken living room sits to the right of the foyer. The living room, foyer and dining room all face the front of the home. Each room is progressively a step up from the previous one, all the way to the dining room.

A set of double doors opens from the dining room and leads to a separate covered front porch where dinner-party guests can converse while enjoying the outdoors. This formal dining room is wallpapered and stands out with crown and dentil molding, chair-rail molding and wall sconces.

The country kitchen in the rear of the home boasts earth-tone ceramic-tile floors and a large L-shaped counter partly open to both sides of the room. Light wood cabinetry, including a row of two-sided cabinets, outlines the walls.

The floors are ceramic tile. Black appliances — a side-by-side refrigerator, stove, built-in microwave and dishwasher — add style. A window is set above the white ceramic kitchen sink and provides a peek into the back yard.

To the right of the kitchen, there’s a hall that leads to a half bath; a large laundry room with cabinets, counters and a sink; and a smaller room that can be used as a home office or library. There’s also a doorway to the attached two-car garage from this hall.

The owners say they enjoy taking meals in the sun-filled breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen.

This space brings the outdoors into the home with five windows, three skylights and patio doors to a deck.

Space for the kitchen table is underneath a ceiling fan that includes a light fixture. Sliding doors take advantage of the sweeping view of the grounds.

Outside, the deck has stairs going down into the yard. The back yard also has playground equipment.

In the family room is the second of the home’s three fireplaces — this one in red brick with an arched opening. Windows flank the fireplace; skylights and a ceiling fan complement the beamed, vaulted ceiling.

On the second floor are four bedrooms, including the roomy master suite, which mirrors the family room with warm, caramel-colored hardwood floors and a stone fireplace.

French doors in back of the suite open onto a private deck accessed only through the master bedroom. This high deck beckons you to start your day outside. Additional features in the suite are skylights, a large walk-in closet, a ceiling fan and a Jacuzzi tub in the master bath.

Two of the remaining three bedrooms on this level have walk-in closets. One room is painted blue, and the other is a purple hue. Custom window treatments in the bedrooms and throughout the main-level rooms will convey in the sale.

The lower level is completely finished and has a lot of possibilities and abundant storage space.

New carpet gives this self-contained basement a fresh appearance. It would work well as an in-law or au pair suite because of the private entrance in back.

There’s a second kitchen on this lower level that comes complete with a sink, refrigerator, stove and cabinets. Also in the kitchen is space made for a kitchen table, and there’s a stacked washer and dryer.

The fifth bedroom and a full bathroom are on this floor, allowing live-in or overnight guests total privacy.

An intercom system, three-zone heating and cooling, and a central vacuum system are additional convenient features.

Address: 3500 Sundown Road, Brookeville, MD 20833

Community: Sunshine/Brookeville

Age: Built in 1986

Price: $725,000

Size: About 5,600 square feet on 2 acres

Taxes: $5,794

Exterior features: Front porch, circular driveway, 60-foot horse-riding ring with two paddocks, two decks, professional landscaping

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 3 baths; in-law suite with separate entrance and second kitchen, new carpet; skylights, vaulted ceiling, crown and chair-rail moldings

Amenities: Three fireplaces, walk-in closets, Jacuzzi tub, three-zone heating, central vacuum, intercom system, satellite dish

Schools: Laytonsville Elementary, Gaithersburg Middle, Gaithersburg High

Close by: Olney, golf, shopping, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Jane Davis Adams of Long & Foster at 202/726-0276.

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