- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A winding, upward road off MacArthur Boulevard leads to a house high on a hill in a private, serene setting, where four seasons of breathtaking

views bring a Bethesda home to life.

Property with sweeping views of the Potomac River at Little Falls only becomes available once in a lifetime. In fact, the owner, who acquired the property in 1945, built the house in 1951 and lived here until his death last year at 94.

Neighbors surrounding the home are also longtime residents who have planned to make this location their one and only permanent home.

The house and its 1.93-acre lot at 6699 MacArthur Blvd. are being offered at $4,650,000.

Walking the grounds is to get inspired by the postcard-quality views up and down the Potomac River, as well this prime, close-in location, a mile north of the District line. The view changes with the seasons, offering everything from colorful leaves and snow-capped trees in the winter and natural blooms in the spring and summer.

The late Chalmers Roberts, a journalist and author who owned the home with his wife, raised his family at the three-bedroom property. He wrote about history-making events while living at a home that had some history of its own. In 1863, this high ground was the location for a Civil War battery. On the property is an unexcavated trench from the Civil War defenses of Washington.

At the end of a cul-de-sac, the brick two-level home with a flat roof seems almost an afterthought compared to the view.

The former residents spent much time outside the house, as well as inside.

A gated in-ground swimming pool is in an open area of the wooded side yard,maximizing the sun’s warmth.

A carport is connected to the house. A door leads to a storage area off the carport. The covered front entrance offers a sheltered walkway to the door.

The interior needs some work, but the agent selling the house says new owners may opt to remodel and update the home or simply rebuild, since the unique lot is the main selling point.

A small entrance foyer has a step up into the main level of the house, revealing an open floor plan.

The first room that comes into view is the dining room, which opens into the expansive living room right around the corner. The entire back of the home has all floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the panoramic vista.

There are no dividers between the two open rooms, with the exception of a track of draperies that can cover the walls of windows or can be pulled all the way across the room to make either space into its own separate room.

Doors in both rooms allow easy access onto the backyard patio. The only sound heard from the yard is the peaceful rumbling of the water, even though you can glimpse MacArthur Boulevard in the background.

The family room has a fireplace for extra warmth in the winter, and an avid reader will delight in the wall of built-in bookcases.

The kitchen is spacious and has a pass-through to the dining room. There is a General Electric stove and downdraft as well as cabinetry from decades ago.

A few steps away from the kitchen are a bedroom and bath that could be used as an in-law suite because it is separate from the three second-floor bedrooms.

Upstairs, the main bedroom is the largest and features a walk-in closet, full bath with a double sink and a tub.

A wall-sized sliding panel in this room allows the room to be separated into two sections, if needed.

The other bedroom has two entrances from the hallway, which is lined with bookshelves.

The bathroom connected to this room is divided into three sections. The double sinks are in an open area near two doors, one of which opens to a small room with the commode and the other of which opens into an equally small room that houses the bathtub.

Each of the rooms that face the rear, including the second-floor bedroom, has gorgeous views of the Potomac.

Address: 6699 MacArthur Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20816

Community: Bethesda

Homeowner association fee: None

Age: Built in 1951

Price: $4,650,000

Size: House of 1,640 square feet on 1.93 acres

Taxes: $10,784 in 2006

Exterior features: All-brick home, attached carport, patio, in-ground pool, Potomac River views

Interior features: Three bedrooms, three full baths, double sinks, open floor plan, dining room, family room, built-ins, main-level bedroom

Amenities: Fireplace in family room, walk-in closet

Schools: Wood Acres Elementary, Pile Middle, Walt Whitman High

Close by: Potomac River at Little Falls, walking trails, shopping and restaurants on MacArthur Boulevard

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Joanne Pinover and William Moody of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620.

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