- The Washington Times - Friday, June 13, 2008

Rockville’s Manor Country Club community. The home is one of 18 cottage-style plans built in the neighborhood in the 1930s, and it has been meticulously maintained and updated.

The builder fell in love with the English cottage homes while he was there recovering from a war injury. After returning to Maryland, he drew up plans to build the large cottage houses as replicas of the homes he admired in England. All but one of those houses still stands today, including this one at 4009 Montpelier Road.

While the neighborhood is just off Georgia Avenue, it is a low-traffic area with tree-lined streets and sprawling yards that give it the appearance of being far out in the countryside. In fact, the builder originally developed the area as a summer retreat for Washington residents.

The house is on the market for $1,195,500, and it comes with an extensive two-story addition that keeps in the tradition of the original architecture. The home’s curb appeal puts it in a class of its own.

A long side driveway is the path to a large side-entry garage. A separate circular driveway leads to a stone walkway and steps that guide guests to the front door. The door has leaded glass windows.

The home is surrounded by lush landscaping and mature trees. It sits on a slight hill, which adds to its fairy-tale-like presence.

Charming and spacious are two words that come to mind when stepping inside the home. Guests are welcomed in an intimate foyer with the original oak-wood floors.

In this floor plan, the kitchen is to the left of the foyer and a dramatic living room is straight ahead. The living room is decked out with a 16-foot ceiling, chestnut walls filled with bold patterns and a Palladian window, original to the 1938 home.

Wall sconces and a wood-burning fireplace make the spacious room a great place to entertain or unwind.

The formal dining room, with its sky blue walls and wood chair-rail molding, is large enough to accommodate a long dinner table with plenty of space for additional furniture.

There’s also a built-in corner cupboard, and the dining room benefits from a sunny bay window overlooking the yard.

The completely updated kitchen has tile flooring, cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen design is simple and functional, with two opposite walls filled with cabinetry and counters along with a sink, dishwasher and double oven.

Several windows allow plenty of natural lighting to flow through. There’s also a small breakfast bar for dining near the back window.

Plaster walls along with wood-trimmed windows and doorways are found throughout the home.

An addition from about 12 years ago blends in with the cottage’s original architecture. Exposed brick shows up where the original house ended and adds character to the newer space.

A hallway in the addition is home to a central wood staircase that leads upstairs. The hall also opens into the first room in the addition.

Sliding glass and wood doors are on each side of the sunroom and lead to the decks. The larger deck has steps that go directly down to the terrace and a koi pond in the scenic back yard.

There’s a bedroom on each of the three finished levels, and the addition has allowed for a sumptuous main-level master suite. This main bedroom comes with high vaulted and beamed ceilings, a cathedral window and a deep walk-in closet.

The light-colored neutral carpeting and walls also help the room appear even more open and spacious. There’s a space for everything, including a comfortable sitting area.

The beautifully appointed bathroom has pale blue ceramic tile floors and walls. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi, a shower with glass doors, a granite vanity and brushed chrome fixtures.

The entire top level is a carpeted multifunctional loft area. This large room has three sections separated only by ceiling height. It is currently being used as a sitting room with built-ins, a bedroom and a play area.

Another wood staircase leads downstairs and opens into a walk-out recreation room with off-white Berber carpeting. Wood paneling is the rustic theme in the recreation room, as the bottom portion of the walls have paneling, a second wood-burning fireplace is surrounded by paneling, and there’s a large built-in bar area with wood paneling.

Nearby is a home office that features built-in pine bookcases and recessed lights. The third bedroom is also on this level. A full bath with a tub is right around the corner.

Ample storage rooms, a cedar closet and a mudroom leading to the two-car garage complete the lower level.

As a bonus, a one-half membership to Manor Country Club conveys with the property. The club’s facilities include 10 tennis courses, two golf courses, two swimming pools and exercise facilities.

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