- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

This estate home in a golf-course neighborhood in Upper Marlboro shines inside and out. New luxury home subdivisions dot both sides of Church Road, the main street en route to the home for sale at 14510 Turner Wootton Parkway. Despite the developments, the neighborhood retains a sense of being out in the countryside.

A variety of brick-front homes fills the picturesque street in the Oak Creek Club neighborhood. In an effort to preserve as much of the natural landscape as possible, the designers of Oak Creek retained more than half of its 1,100 acres as open space.

One turn off Church Road, the Turner Wootton Parkway home, listed at $970,000, backs to an 18-hole golf course. NVHomes built this Monticello model. The owners added many upgraded features.

Guests arrive via a columned front entry with brick steps and a front door with beveled glass.

The home’s two-story foyer is an eye-catcher with its sweeping dual staircase and white ceramic tile floors with a marble border and inlaid marble designs. Sidelights and a transom bordering the front door, as well as a highly placed Palladian window brighten the foyer with natural light.

A large living room and dining room sit on either side of the foyer in the center-hall floor plan. These step-down rooms both can accommodate large-scale gatherings of friends and family. Both face the front of the home and have semicircular windows.

The living room has crown molding. The dining room has both crown and chair-rail molding. These two formal rooms have entrances from the foyer and the rear hallway.

Straight ahead, under the staircase and through a set of columns, is the back of the home. Gleaming hardwood beckons visitors to the rear hall and kitchen area. Off this hall are a pair of walk-in coat closets, a spacious powder room with a pedestal sink and a study with French doors and a corner window.

The crisp white walls in the front of the home give way to more relaxed dark-beige-colored walls in the family room. A back wall with tall windows is the highlight of the sun-filled two-story family room. It’s a gathering space, especially on cool winter evenings when the family can take advantage of the gas fireplace. Plush white carpeting can be found in the family room as well as in the two formal rooms.

A convenient back staircase separates the family room from the kitchen’s breakfast room and makes for easy access to the second level. The bright, airy breakfast room also has a wall of windows that ushers in plenty of natural light. French doors open to the outside, where the new homeowners may choose to install a deck or raised patio to take advantage of the golf-course views.

Black granite counters are strikingly paired with maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Above several serving areas are cabinets with glass doors.

Whirlpool appliances include dual wall ovens, a side-by-side refrigerator, a built-in microwave and a dishwasher. Cabinet and counter space are abundant. A walk-in pantry easily accommodates food and appliance storage.

Family members have several informal dining spaces from which to choose: the breakfast room, a two-level center island with a space for stools, and a morning room directly behind the kitchen.

This sunroom has high ceilings and is surrounded by Palladian windows. Ceramic tile covers the floors and recessed lights help brighten the room when the sun goes down. It’s a peaceful space in which to dine, read or entertain.

The main level also is home to a mudroom with a sink and cabinets, a convenient space for shoes and outdoor gear off the two-car garage.

Each of the four bedrooms on the second floor has its own full bathroom.

Double doors and columns add to the elegance of the master-bedroom suite, which comes with a sitting room and deep walk-in closet with a window. Near the closet is a mirror bay that can be used as a dressing area in the morning.

The sumptuous bathroom is the highlight of the master suite. A large tub anchored by columns is an island in the middle of the bathroom, but the shower commands all the attention.

Enclosed by glass overlooking the tub, the extra-large L-shaped shower has a tiled back wall plus two shower heads and a seat in the middle. Entry is gained on either end. Additional features in the bathroom include his and hers sinks, tile flooring and a linen closet.

Each of the remaining bedrooms has a large closet.

A catwalklike hall overlooks the foyer on one side and the family room on the other. Tall windows in the family room provide a glimpse of the rolling green golf course from the second floor.

A full, unfinished lower level comes with a walk-up into the back yard. Plumbing is roughed in to add another bathroom if desired. Rooms have been framed out to show how the space would look if the new owners decide to finish it with drywall and flooring.

Once completed, the Oak Creek Country Club will offer members tennis, swimming and fitness activities in addition to the championship golf course. The community also will include concierge services, a community bus and a 35-acre park with ball fields and a lake.

Address: 14510 Turner Wootton Parkway, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Community: Oak Creek

Homeowner association fee: $400 quarterly

Age: Built in 2006

Price: $970,000

Size: About 5,200 square feet on .23 acres

Taxes: $11,000 in 2007

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial with columned front porch entrance, two-car garage, golf course views

Interior features: Four-bedrooms; 4½ baths; large formal living and dining rooms; sunroom; dramatic foyer with dual staircase; tile, marble and wood floors; black granite counters; stainless steel appliances; Palladian windows; interior columns on both levels; walk-in closets; large shower; two-story and tray ceilings

Amenities: Gas fireplace in family room

Schools: Kingsford Elementary, Kettering Middle, Henry Wise High

Close by: Six Flags America, Prince George’s County Stadium, Bowie Town Center, golf, recreation activities, shopping, restaurants

Open house: Feb. 10, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Betty Sledd-Stewart of Exit First Realty, 301/352-8100.

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