- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Stone terraces overlook the exotic grounds of a Mediterranean-inspired home that brings a touch of Europe to Bethesda, Maryland. The almost 2-acre lot has multilevel landscaped gardens, lily and koi ponds, a waterfall and a heated pool.

Woods are a backdrop to the $3,800,000 one-of-a-kind house at 6824 Capri Place, which evolved from an older, smaller home in 2001 into the luxurious retreat it is today.

Stylish luxury and Old World charm blend to create a floor plan filled with sophisticated details. A stone walkway and driveway lead to the main entrance, which is highlighted by windows of varying sizes and two front terraces.

The entrance forms a small greeting area between two tall sets of double doors. The interior set of doors opens to reveal a long, spacious foyer resembling an art gallery.

The simple, dramatic foyer has neutral-colored limestone floors and faux-painted walls. The eye is drawn upward toward a designer wrought-iron catwalk overlooking the hall.

Several of the main-level walls are arched, creating architectural interest.

The family room in the front of the house is the first full room that comes into view. Its entry wall is arched, and the vaulted ceiling has two skylights.

Expansive views of the lush outdoors can be seen from just about every room. Two sets of glass doors in the family room flank the fireplace and open onto a short set of steps leading toward the pond and waterfall.

The family room has a gas fireplace, one of two fireplaces in the home. The second fireplace is a dual-sided gas fireplace separating the living room from the formal dining area.

Down the hall from the family room, another arched wall turns toward the kitchen. This room faces the front of the home, with tall windows and built-in bench seating. One of the built-ins is a comfortable window seat; the other serves as seating for one side of the kitchen table. It has storage drawers underneath.

The center island has a second sink, and it can double as a breakfast bar. It is lighted by a chandelier.

The colors of the wood floors, limestone counters and white cabinets are all brought together by the hand-painted tile backsplash on several of the kitchen walls.

This design is prominent behind the six-burner gas stove and grill with an arched hood. The kitchen also features a desk, walk-in pantry and recessed lights.

A hall behind the kitchen opens to the laundry room and a well-appointed powder room. Fabric walls and a trendy stone-and-glass sink turn this powder room into a work of art.

In this floor plan, the more formal rooms are found in the back of the home. The sun-filled living room has walls of glass that overlook the pool and has doors that open onto the terraces. A wide skylight adds to the natural brightness in this room.

The fireplace between the living room and dining room warms both rooms for formal or casual gatherings of friends or family.

The dining room features an adjoining butler’s pantry with lighted cabinets and a wine cooler. It also has walls of glass doors that open onto a terrace.

The exotic terraces have outdoor light features. They all combine stone with wrought-iron railings, helping to blend the home’s interior and exterior design.

Midway between the top level and first floor is a middle level where the master suite is situated. The master bedroom features a wall of glass, including a fan window, and doors that open to reveal a private terrace overlooking the pool and hot tub.

An impressive rounded floor-to-ceiling wooden wall hides the built-in for the television and serves as an interesting focal point.

The elegant master bath features a steam shower and deep jetted tub. The soaring ceiling has a hand-painted design. Elsewhere in the room is a lighted tray ceiling.

Even though there is a walk-in closet just outside the master bath, a stairway in the bedroom leads up to a surprise dressing-room loft filled with mirrored walls, a long vanity and a skylight.

Just outside the master suite, the stairs continue up to the top level, which has three more bedrooms and a hall overlook into the foyer and living room. In all, the home has five bedrooms and five full baths.

One of the bedrooms comes with its own full bath; another has its own private terrace.

The third bedroom is decorated with striped window toppers in primary colors to match the striped carpeting. The fun ceiling is painted sky blue with white clouds.

Mirroring the two upper levels are two lower levels.

The first set of steps leads down to a generous space large enough to be used as a game room or second family room.

This carpeted space has a temperature-controlled wine closet, track lighting and double doors that open onto the koi pond.

The lower level has a carpeted library with built-ins and a burgundy tray ceiling with recessed lights. Floor-to-ceiling mirrored walls and skylights brighten the exercise room, which has been custom-painted in a sports theme.

Doors open directly to the pool level and covered patio. Underneath the terraces are several patios with arched entrances that also make great entertaining spaces.

Address: 6824 Capri Place, Bethesda, MD 20817

Community: Bethesda

Homeowner association fees: None

Age: Enlarged in 2001

Price: $3,800,000

Size: Lot of 1.8 acres

Taxes: $15,000 in 2006

Exterior features: Stone terraces and patios, heated pool, hot tub, ponds, waterfall, landscaped gardens, stone walkway and circular driveway, irrigation/sprinkler system, two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 51/2 bathrooms, two-story stone entry foyer, library, wine room, exercise room, kitchen with six-burner gas stove, dressing-room loft in master suite, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, stone floors, walls of windows, skylights, custom paint

Amenities: Two fireplaces (one is two-sided), zoned gas heating and air conditioning, central vacuum, surround sound, security system with cameras, backup power generator

Schools: Carderock Springs Elementary, Pyle Middle, Walt Whitman High

Close by: Potomac Village for shopping, recreation, parks, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: MaryAnne Fiorita of Long & Foster Real Estate at 301/468-0606, Ext. 229.

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