- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Colonial-style home for sale on a corner lot in Gaithersburg stands out as one of the larger homes on Booth Street. Shopping, dining and recreation literally are just around the corner, within walking and biking distance.

The mix of home styles in the planned community of Kentlands ranges from cozy to elaborate. All add to the neighborhood’s charm. The road leading to the expansive community passes grocers, restaurants and quaint shops.

The home at 351 Booth St., offered for $1,100,000, makes the most of its corner lot with a wraparound front porch with rounded columns and custom landscaping. The welcoming front porch is conducive to the neighborly feel of Kentlands.

Just beyond the entry door is an impressive open floor plan filled with custom features and architectural details. From the foyer, guests are treated to dramatic views into the parlor, family room and sunroom.

Rich hardwood floors gleam throughout the main level and second floor, adding to the home’s chic but functional style. There are several large windows with wood blinds in every room. Many of the windows have transoms that help this home become a sun-drenched retreat.

The kitchen, in the middle rear of the home, is flanked by the family room and sunroom on one side and the more formal rooms on the opposite side. The owners refer to the living room as the parlor, a nod to the historic name of this formal room set aside for visitors.

An arched entryway welcomes guests into the parlor, which has thick crown molding and a bumped-out bay window with transoms. This window was one of the many custom upgraded features the owners added.

Columns anchor the entryway from the parlor into the dining room.

It should be easy to accessorize with a variety of furniture. Most of the home’s walls are painted neutral shades of beige and yellow. The dining room is a burst of color with red walls. The sunroom has calming pale green walls.

The dining room has crown and chair-rail molding along with the same kind of bay window featured in the parlor. It is a sunny place to enjoy meals.

A two-sided gas fireplace is a vivid focal point in the family-room area. It radiates warmth into the sunroom and kitchen as well.

This home has an easy flow for entertaining. The owner says the house has accommodated more than 100 people for gatherings.

Nine-foot ceilings are found throughout most of the house. The sunroom and one of the second-floor bedrooms have 10-foot ceilings.

Elegantly arched entryways on either side of the fireplace lead into the side sunroom. Walls of floor-to-ceiling windows give the room an outdoor feel and make it a great place to read the paper or chat with family.

The family room offers a seamless transition into the country kitchen and breakfast room. Black granite counters are especially striking paired with the white cabinetry and appliances. Although the house was built in 1999, the kitchen was upgraded two years ago with the granite counters and the appliances, including a 30-inch double oven and smooth-surface cooktop.

Quick meals can be enjoyed on the kitchen’s angled breakfast bar or in the nearby breakfast nook, which is open to the family area and has access to the deck, where a six-person hot tub steams away. The owner had a stylish, low-maintenance composite deck installed.

The deck is surrounded by decorative railings and latticework.

Also on the main level are a powder room and access to the two-car garage. This garage features 10-foot doors, big enough to fit even the largest sport utility vehicles.

Near the entry door, oak stairs go to the second floor, which has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The original plan called for five bedrooms on the second level, but the owners chose to use the smallest bedroom as a sitting room off the master suite.

The master bedroom has a tray ceiling and full bathroom with raised 36-inch double vanities, an oval tub, separate shower and elongated toilets.

A short hallway with an arched ceiling leads to the sitting room, which also can be used as a home office, converted back to a bedroom or turned into a dressing room to complement the his-and-hers walk-in closets.

High ceilings and hardwood floors are featured in all of the bedrooms, giving them an airy, well-dressed look. Three of the rooms have 9-foot ceilings, and the fourth bedroom, located above the sunroom, has a 10-foot ceiling.

This spacious step-down bedroom comes with a full bathroom and raised vanity. The other two rooms share a hall bath.

A fifth bedroom is found on the finished lower level along with another full bath with white cabinetry. Berber carpeting covers the floors of this level, which has an open recreation room with natural light radiating through the windows.

Three large storage closets provide ample space for seasonal items.

Additional features in the home include two-zone heating and air conditioning, new window coverings and views of a park and lake.

More info:

Address: 351 Booth St., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Community: Kentlands

Homeowner association fee: $114 a month

Age: Built in 1999

Price: $1,100,000

Size: 4,900 square feet

Taxes: $8,400 in 2006

Exterior features: Wrap-around front porch with columns, custom landscaping, two-car side-entry garage with large doors, Trex deck, hot tub

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 4 baths, sunroom, dining room with columns, lower-level recreation room, master-suite sitting room, arched entryways, wood floors throughout, crown and chair-rail molding, recessed lights, country kitchen, white cabinetry, granite counters, high ceilings, tray ceiling

Amenities: Two-sided fireplace, storage closets, two-zone heating and air, new kitchen appliances

Schools: Carson Elementary, Lakelands Park Middle, Quince Orchard High

Close by: Kentlands clubhouse, exercise facility, four tennis courts, swimming pools, tot lots, basketball court, Seneca Creek State Park, shopping, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Liz and Alan Warsaw of Long & Foster Realty Inc. at 301/538-5076

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