- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Brick walkways, lush landscaping and a charming front porch with a copper roof combine to create curb appeal for an attractive, cleverly constructed Colonial home on the market in Chevy Chase Village.

Although the home was built in 2000, it was designed to look like an older home, and it blends classic good looks with modern amenities.

The front porch extends across the entire width of the house. This is a deep house with spacious, colorful rooms offering high ceilings with seven bedrooms and 51/2 baths.

The house at 3 West Melrose St. is available for $2,295,000.

The view from the living room grants a peek straight back into the kitchen area.

Oak floors gleam throughout the sunny home, which includes a grand oak staircase with white spindles in the foyer.

The welcoming foyer opens onto a hall straight ahead that leads to the family room in the rear of the home. At left is a wide arched entryway into the living room.

While many of the rooms are painted in soft pale tones, a vibrant shade of red makes the formal living room come alive. Home to one of three fireplaces, the living room lends itself to entertaining.

Custom crown detail molding is prominently featured on the main level and especially stands out against the living room’s red walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms flank the fireplace. Another set of windows in this room looks onto the front porch.

Double columns serve as an elegant divider between the living room and dining room. A boxed beam ceiling is one of the highlights of this dining room, large enough to easily accommodate a table for at least eight persons.

Wainscoting and wall sconces give the room character while a nicely sized window bay welcomes the sunlight.

A doorway from the dining room conveniently opens into the kitchen that has custom, handcrafted Shaker-style cabinets finished in white. Black granite counters and stainless steel appliances are sophisticated additions in the kitchen. GE appliances include a double oven, space-saver microwave, refrigerator with custom paneling, and five-burner cooktop built into the granite center island.

In the back of the kitchen there is a sizable breakfast room with three double transom windows overlooking the rear yard. A well-appointed family room sits to the right of the kitchen and is ideal for dinner party gatherings or a quiet evening alone.

Dominating the rooms is a floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of western Maryland fieldstone.

Oversized transoms, along with double French doors to the deck, take up the entire back wall in the family room. Transoms also flank the chimney, helping to bring the outdoors inside.

While it’s possible to bask in the sunshine during the day, recessed lighting provides ample light in all of the main-level rooms at night.

Just off the foyer is an elegant powder room with a granite counter and cherry cabinetry, along with two coat closets that have convenient built-in shelves.

The second floor boasts four bedrooms, while another set of stairs leads to a third level where there are two more bedrooms.

A bonus feature in the master bedroom is the dressing room with three walk-in closets, full-view mirrored doors and custom recessed lighting. This dressing room sits between the bedroom and master bath. A tray ceiling, crown molding, recessed lights and oak floors are among the highlights in the bedroom.

Just as appealing, the master bathroom features his-and-hers handmade Shaker-style vanities in white, Corian counters, solid brass fixtures, a whirlpool tub, ceramic shower with custom glass door and a private water closet.

Crown molding is found in all of the remaining bedrooms. Two bedrooms have walk-in closets.

Each room is distinctively painted in tasteful shades of purple, blue or pink.

The fourth bedroom features a private bathroom with custom ceramic tub, shower walls and flooring. Bedrooms two and three have private access to another bathroom with double vanities, maple cabinets and ceramic tile floors.

The last two bedrooms, found on the third level, have crown molding along with ample closet space. They share a hall bath with a maple vanity and Corian counter. In the hallway is an observatory or reading area with double windows overlooking Melrose Street.

More living space is found on the lower level, where there is a recreation room for large-scale entertaining. This room comes with a brick fireplace, custom carpeting and a French door that leads out to the back yard and patio.

A lower-level bedroom with full size windows, built-in bookshelves and a full bathroom can be used as private quarters for overnight guests or as an in-law suite. Also, a storage area on the lower level has a rough-in for a washer and dryer if the new owners would like a second laundry room.

The existing laundry room is located on the second floor and has a convenient folding station and wall cabinets.

The back yard is an intimate space with a deck and private garden. A detached one-car garage is located in back of the home.

Address: 3 West Melrose St., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Age: Built in 2000

Price: $2,295,000

Size: Lot of about 7,500 square feet

Taxes: $16,644 in 2004

Exterior features: Colonial home, wood siding, brick walkways, front porch with copper roof, fenced yard, deck, custom landscaping, one-car detached garage

Interior features: Seven bedrooms, 51/2 baths, third-level observatory, two laundry rooms, hardwood floors, custom recessed lighting, custom crown molding, columns, stainless steel appliances, Shaker-style cabinets, French doors, bay window, built-ins, 10-foot ceilings

Amenities: Three masonry fireplaces, alarm system, dual zoned heating and cooling

Schools: Chevy Chase Elementary, Westland Middle, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

Close by: Strathmore Hall Arts Center, National Institutes of Health, shopping, restaurants, recreation

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Joyce Sargent of Arnold, Bradley, Sargent, Davy & Chew Inc. 202/362-1600

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