- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2007

For buyers with time, money and imagination, building a custom home is the ultimate luxury. The purchasers not only enjoy living in a home no other family has lived in, but they have the pleasure of knowing their home is unique.

At Belmont Farm in Upper Marlboro, Chesapeake Custom Homes has five estate lots of 2 acres or larger available for buyers who want to build a custom home. The community includes another seven lots that already have been sold.

The homes are anticipated to be priced in the $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 range. Residents will also pay an annual homeowner association fee of $750.

Each home at Belmont Farm will be built to the customer specifications from the ground up, but Chesapeake Custom Homes does have a list of standard features that can function as a starting point for buyers. A model home has been built at Belmont Farm to provide an example.

Standard features, which buyers can easily customize to match their tastes, include three sides of brick, stone or stucco, a brick or stone mailbox, a side-entry two- or three-car garage, professional landscaping, upgraded beaded vinyl siding and a 30-year architectural shingle roof.

The homes include a security system, lights by all exterior doors and a full-house sprinkler system.

Additional standard features include hardwood flooring in the foyer, powder room, main hallway and the kitchen and breakfast area, with ceramic tile flooring in all the baths. The homes have 9-foot ceilings on all three levels, crown and chair-rail moldings, upgraded trim around the doors and windows, a master bath with a tub and separate shower, and a 42-inch gas fireplace with a marble surround.

The standard kitchens include stainless steel appliances and granite counters, with 42-inch solid oak raised-panel cabinets.

The homes are built with a high-efficiency gas water heater, two-zone heating and air conditioning with gas heat. In addition, each home comes with an advanced high-tech wiring system including an intercom system with a CD player.

The model home features an elegant facade of brick and stone with varied rooflines and window shapes. Columns flank the front entrance, which has a double front door topped with a Palladian-style window.

The two-story foyer features a double staircase leading to the upper level, which creates a rotunda on the first and second levels. The foyer includes art niches and can be customized with a dome overhead.

The main level includes a formal living room and a formal dining room, each with a bay window facing the front lawn. The dining room has an arched doorway to a butler’s pantry, with another arch leading into the center-island kitchen and breakfast area.

An arched opening with a step-down links the breakfast area with an adjacent morning room, which has walls of angled windows.

Near the kitchen are a powder room and a family foyer linked to the laundry room and the four-car garage.

The level also has a dramatic great room with an arched doorway and a step-down into the room. The great room has a coffered ceiling, a fireplace and two doors to a generously sized deck.

In addition to these living areas, the main level features a master suite. This suite has a tray ceiling, a fireplace and double doors into a sitting room with angled walls of windows. Two walk-in closets are located off the bedroom, including one with an island of drawers.

The master bath has a central tub and a walk-through shower with two entrances and a seat.

One vanity with a sink is in the bathroom, while the other is in a room designated as the “mind and body beauty room,” which has a long vanity with a sink and space for seating.

Upstairs are four more bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and a private full bath. Two of the bedrooms include bay windows.

The model’s lower level has been completed with multiple rooms for entertaining, including a dance room with a wet bar, a home theater, a game room, a sunroom and a family room.

This level also has a guest suite with a walk-in closet, a bay window and an adjacent full bath. Nearby are a sauna, a craft room, an exercise room, a wine cellar and a storage closet.

For information or directions to Belmont Farm, call Toni Jackson, the sales manager for the custom homes division of Chesapeake Homes, at 301/218-1298 or visit www.chesapeake customhomes.com.

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