- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

“Elegant” and “spacious” are words that come to mind when describing a four-bedroom home on the market in Clinton. This brick-front Colonial has an open floor plan designed for easy living and entertaining.

It sits on a three-quarter-acre lot at 2904 Pumpkin St. in Rivergate, a subdivision of newer homes with well-manicured lawns. The listing price is $660,000.

At just two years old, the house offers all of the bells and whistles found in modern construction. The highlight is an impressive two-story great room with a wide back wall filled with windows.

A gleaming hardwood foyer welcomes visitors. This two-story space has a tall Palladian window and curved wood staircase with a carpet runner.

Hardwood in the foyer continues toward the back of the home and into the powder room before giving way to carpeting in the library and great room.

In this center-hall floor plan, the formal living and dining rooms are across the foyer from each other and overlook the front yard. Both rooms offer plush carpeting. Columns provide a handsome entrance into the living room, which is a great place to sit and chat with guests.

Although the dining room seems to be shrinking in many newer homes, that is not the case in this house. There is plenty of space for hosting special-occasion and holiday dinners in the generously sized room. This room easily fits the homeowner’s long, formal dining table with seating for eight to 10 guests. A sunny bay window along with crown and chair-rail molding add to the room’s sophisticated feel. Both of the formal rooms feature tray ceilings.

The foyer hall ends with a roomy coat closet and powder room with a pedestal sink.

One feature of the house is a dual-sided gas fireplace that offers visual appeal and warmth in the great room and the study.

French doors open into the study, which can be used as a library or home office. Its doors and proximity to the great room and kitchen also would help it work well as a child’s playroom. There’s a picture window on the back wall, where the room becomes a sunny space to work or play.

In the great room, with Berber carpeting and two trendy ceiling fans, the owners have succeeded in turning the large family room into a cozy place to linger.

This open room has a large cutout into the adjacent morning room and an overlook from the second-floor hall. A Palladian window is centered on the rear wall and is surrounded by about a dozen windows of varying sizes and designs.

Neutral ceramic tile flooring highlights the kitchen and morning room. Cabinets and countertops line the walls, while a convenient center island doubles as a breakfast bar and a handy cooktop.

Upgraded stainless steel appliances include a refrigerator, dishwasher and double oven. There’s also a walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry that separates the kitchen from the dining room and offers a wine rack along with storage cabinets.

and a butler’s pantry that separates the kitchen from the dining room and offers a wine rack along with storage cabinets.

A small window in the kitchen has wood blinds, but most of the daylight comes from the open wall of windows in the morning room directly behind the kitchen. The sink is built into a long countertop that separates the kitchen area from the morning room.

On the opposite side of the counter in the morning room, there is plenty of room for stools for extra seating in addition to the centered table space. A French door blends in with the windows and opens onto the deck, which stretches across the width of the kitchen and wraps around to one corner with a grill that can be a barbecue area.

A door off the kitchen leads into the mudroom, which has a closet, washing machine and dryer. This is also the access point to the two-car garage.

Family members have two ways to reach the second-floor sleeping quarters - from a staircase in the foyer or another near the kitchen. The steps meet at a landing before continuing upstairs.

Among the four bedrooms is a sumptuous master suite. At the top of the stairs, a long hall has doorways that lead into the remaining three rooms.

A double-door entrance leads into the well-appointed master bedroom. A vaulted ceiling enhances the spaciousness of this room, which comes with a separate sitting area below an arched window and two walk-in closets that provide ample space for clothes.

The master bathroom recalls a luxurious spa. A large, step-up Jacuzzi tub in the middle of the room is surrounded by two arched entrances that lead into an oversized shower with dual heads. Wall sconces and ceramic tile flooring enhance the room´s appeal. A glass-block window provides sunlight and privacy.

Two more bedrooms share a connecting bath with a dual sink and a shower. Both rooms are spacious and neatly positioned to take advantage of the wooded backyard view.

The lower level is completely finished and comes with several spaces to enjoy. A long hall leads into the recreation room, where there is a full bath, storage area, and sliding glass doors that open into the back yard.

In another section of the basement, the owners have added a comfortable home theater with a raised floor for stadium-style seating.

Burgundy walls add a splash of color in this room, which is ideal for watching movies or sports events with family and friends.

Additional rooms in the basement include a home office-hobby room with track lighting and an open area that is being used as exercise space.

Outdoor entertaining is a must, as the private yard backs to a wooded area that can be enjoyed from the deck or reached directly from the lower level.

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