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Two front entrances with columns and a side conservatory hint at the lavish space behind the double doors of this 10,000-square-foot home on Driftwood Road in Bowie.
From the long granite counters in the kitchen to the Brazilian cherry floors on the amenity-rich lower level, no expense was spared.
Wide streets meander throughout this quiet community filled with impressive brick-front homes on beautifully landscaped lots. This Tara floor plan was built by K. Hovnanian Homes in 2005 and is on the market for $1,299,000.
As the front door opens, guests are treated to dramatic cascading staircases with hardwood stairs and a white carpet runner. The dual staircases begin on either side of the two-story foyer and wind upward to meet at the landing on the second floor.
The foyer entry is highlighted by pristine hardwood floors and a glance straight ahead between the two sets of stairs to a glimpse into the great room.
The home stretches from the conservatory on one end, passing several rooms before ending at the three-car garage on the opposite end. Detailed custom moldings and arched entryways throughout the house give the home a sophisticated style.
The only main-level rooms that don’t have hardwood floors are the formal living room and dining room, which feature plush off-white carpeting, and the conservatory with its white-tile floors.
A tray ceiling and windows with transoms add to the open feel of the living room. French doors in the room lead into the sun-drenched conservatory surrounded by tall windows.
This room also features a tray ceiling with the addition of a ceiling fan to offer a nice breeze.
Another door in the conservatory opens directly into the private study, where the pale yellow walls continue and make for a cheerful place to work or read.
Across the foyer hall, the dining room has crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding. This spacious and sophisticated room in the front of the house can accommodate a table with seating for eight or more and has a small, arched entryway leading to the butler’s pantry with a built-in wine rack.
The expansive kitchen rivals the great room in size and comfort. Upgraded cabinets, some with glass fronts, light-colored granite counters including a center island with decorative shelves and stainless steel appliances create an inviting kitchen that is clearly a gathering spot for family and friends.
Additional features in the kitchen include a desk with cabinets and mail slots, two sinks, recessed lights and a walk-in pantry.
A large picture window over the kitchen sink ushers in the sunlight, but the owners also opted to add a sunny morning room to the kitchen.
The morning room is filled with windows. A set of French doors grants access to the backyard deck.
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