- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2004

A gated entrance off Old Largo Road in Upper Marlboro opens to a uniquely designed five-bedroom, 10-bathroom home on 7 acres. The house was sited to take advantage of the sunlight.

Everything about the 10,000-square-foot home indicates that the owner spared no expense in its construction in 1992. The master bathroom alone is equipped with $100,000 worth of granite and marble. There is even a real disco on the lower level with a lighted dance floor and ceiling.

The homeowner, who is a doctor and artist, helped design the all-brick Colonial, turning it into a stunning residence boasting an impressive blend of luxury and convenience features. The home is now available for $1.6 million.

Handmade marble steps lead to the tall, handcrafted cherry wood door with beveled glass sidelights. The foyer entry has a 30-foot cathedral ceiling, skylights, a large chandelier, Italian marble floors and a 24-foot Georgia marble wall.

It took 400 tons of marble to create this wall. Along the bottom portion is a lush garden with a drainage system.

To the right of the foyer is an impressive powder room with a handmade marble toilet and sink. This powder room has mirrored walls and unique ceiling lighting that gives the appearance of being lit by many candles.

A piano room and sunken living room combination makes for an interesting space in the home to entertain or relax. A creative platform designed to showcase the grand piano is the highlight of the room, and recessed lighting in the shape of a grand piano is used to accent the platform. A row of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the front of the home serves as the room’s backdrop.

The banquet-size dining area, accessed by the foyer and kitchen, features hardwood floors with a complementary carpet border. A crystal chandelier, mirrored wall, full-length windows and four decorative pillars all add to the formal atmosphere.

Going toward the back of the home, the two-sided marble wall separates the foyer from the dramatically appointed family room with a cathedral ceiling, pebbled walls and a marble fireplace. The unusual flooring consists of carpet with a one-foot border of fluorescent lighting around the edges, which adds drama to the room.

There is also a built-in aquarium and tri-panel sliding glass doors with custom remote-controlled draperies. All of the furniture has been specially designed for the family room and is negotiable in the sale.

In the center of the home, the family room is flanked by the kitchen on one side and the library on the other. The library is equipped with a huge projection-screen television and remote-control console. The library offers built-in bookcases, a beamed ceiling and remote-controlled curtains.

The owner incorporated personalized features in the kitchen design, such as the built-in adjustable stand for the mixer, built-in cutting board and built-in clock to match the custom cabinetry.

These custom-lighted cabinets also have matching circular light fixtures over the cooktop. Counter space and storage spaces are plentiful, with an extra-large granite counter island, two broom closets and a four-panel pantry. This kitchen is functional and easily accommodates more than one cook at a time.

Jenn-Air appliances are used throughout the kitchen. There are two sinks, one of which is a triple sink with a bay window, and two informal dining areas — a breakfast bar and a separate breakfast area with sliding glass doors to the deck.

The kitchen also opens onto a second, smaller family room with large windows, which the owner is using as a child’s playroom. This room leads into a sewing room, laundry room and separate back stairway to the in-law suite.

The main route to the second level is a spiral oak staircase in the foyer. The upper level offers a dazzling view of the foyer and living room from the hall.

The long hall leads to the master suite on one end and the remaining four bedrooms on the other. All of the rooms on this level have balconies.

The master suite has an impressive master bath. Made largely of granite and marble, the bathroom has a four-person Jacuzzi and a tanning area with a television. Bathroom amenities also include a shower with a steam room, heat lamps, dressing table with built-in hair dryer, three closets and one of the home’s three bidets.

Another bathroom in the hall has a double hand-painted sink and toilet decorated in onyx. Anchoring one end of the hall is the in-law or nanny suite, which comes with its own bath and fully equipped kitchenette.

The lower level comprises several fun rooms.

The first room, which has a tin ceiling, has a colorful fountain in the middle of the room. A volcanic-marble wall with a two-sided gas fireplace separates this family gathering area from the disco.

This romantic disco features a lighted dance floor with a disco ball above and a full-fledged bar with four curved sitting areas. The room has a secure wine-cellar closet.

A separate game room includes a pool table and has convenient access to the sauna and pool area.

The wooded yard offers lots of entertainment choices, too — swimming in the lap pool, relaxing on the park benches in the patio area or enjoying the gardens. A large gazebo has a wet bar, kitchen and two full baths with showers for men and women.

The home includes a professional office suite that has a separate entrance. The office comes with a lobby, reception area, workroom, private office, lab area and kitchen.

Address: 2500 Old Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-7712

Community: Upper Marlboro

Age: Built in 1992

Price: $1.6 million

Size: 10,000 square feet on 7 acres

Taxes: $10,410

Exterior features: Gated entrance, three-car garage, balconies, wraparound deck, marble steps, in-ground pool, gazebo, patio, playground, gardens with sprinkler system

Interior features: Five bedrooms; eight full baths, two half-baths; library with projection screen; sunken living room; piano room with platform; second family room; in-law suite with kitchenette; sewing and laundry room with a clothes chute; suntanning area in master bath; marble, granite and onyx prominently featured throughout the home; lighted kitchen cabinets; Jenn-Air appliances; bay window; granite island counter; built-in desk and china cabinet; walk-in closets; family gathering area in basement; game room; sauna; wine cellar; cedar closet and cedar storage closet; disco bar with dance floor; professional office with separate entrance; workshop area

Amenities: Two fireplaces; skylights; built-in aquarium; remote-controlled drapes; fluorescent lighting built into family room floor; recessed lighting; large chandelier; mirrored walls; pillars; Jacuzzi tub; steam shower; laundry chute; colorful fountain on lower level; four-zone heating; three water heaters; 14 televisions, including many that are wall-mounted, to convey with home; intercom system.

Schools: Perrywood Elementary, Kettering Middle, Largo High

Close by: Prince George’s Community College, FedEx Field, Bowie Town Center, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Mary Ghassemieh at Realty Executives, 301/990-9090, Ext. 738

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