- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2009

When an architect builds a house for his own family to live in, he usually incorporates details and dramatic design elements that do not appear in average homes. This is certainly true of a home in Kensington that is prominently situated on a corner lot in the quiet neighborhood of Rock Creek Hills.

With large rooms for entertaining, terrazzo marble floors and curved walls, the house was built in 1949 by the architect/owner and has been meticulously cared for by subsequent owners.

Currently on the market for $1,175,000, the home is at 3615 Saul Road. It has a large front yard with beautiful landscaping and outdoor lighting.

Constructed of brick and stone, the house has a flagstone walkway surrounded by greenery that leads to the entry. Inside, a grand foyer features marble floors.

The foyer is open on both sides. A step down leads to the formal living room to the left. On the right, a short stairway leads to a whimsical lower-level recreation room. Rounded plaster walls and thick crown molding lead from the foyer into the other main-level rooms.

The generously sized living room measures 22-by-28 feet and offers scenic vistas from the large windows overlooking the front lawn and nearby Kensington Cabin Local Park. The home is drenched with natural sunlight, especially on the main level that features 9-foot ceilings.

The flooring in the living room and dining room is unique, as it was made to resemble leather. The owners used a special coating and had it hand glazed.

Just beyond a rounded wall is the dining room, which sits between the family room and kitchen.

A white brick wall surrounding a wood-burning fireplace is the focal point of the family room. Tall sliding glass doors in the back of the room lead to a flagstone terrace, which can also be accessed from the kitchen.

The cozy dine-in kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and ceramic tile floors. A large window in the back of the room overlooks the yard and a glass door opens onto the terrace.

Modern mixes well with retro, as there are many features and amenities that are original to the home such as kitchen cabinetry with pull-out storage components. Pedestal sinks appear in the powder room and baths.

There is a set of stairs off the kitchen that leads to the laundry room, which features a new washer and dryer. The laundry room also has a utility sink, full bathroom and door to the back yard.

This home features a 26-by-14-foot recreation room on the lower level. It features floors that match the foyer. This room, along with the entire main level, has in-floor radiant heating.

This home has four bedrooms, including three bedrooms and three baths on the upper level. Just off the back hall is an open office with built-ins around the window.

One bedroom is a multifunctional 28-by-23-foot space. It is completely carpeted and features a fireplace. The owners remodeled the room to add a large walk-in closet and additional windows.

With warmer weather right around the corner, all eyes will gravitate toward the enormous flagstone terrace that seems to be an extension of the inside of the home. Ideal for grand scale entertaining, this terrace comes with a built-in fireplace and a sitting area with planters.

For more active recreation, Kensington Cabin Local Park is directly across the street and is a great place to socialize with neighbors. Among the park’s amenities are tennis courts, softball fields, walking trails and picnic areas.

Address: 3615 Saul Road, Kensington, MD 20895

Community: Rock Creek Hills

Age: Built in 1949

Price: $1,175,000

Lot size: 0.43 acres

Home size: 4,500 square feet

Taxes: $10,732

Exterior features: Brick-and-stone exterior, stone walkway, landscape lighting, flagstone terrace with outdoor fireplace and built-in grill

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, large formal living room, separate dining room, recreation room, laundry room, storage rooms, study, terrazzo marble floors, hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings on main level, eat-in kitchen with granite counters and ceramic floors, Pella windows, two interior fireplaces, new washer and dryer, two security pads for whole house security, radiant heat floors on main level and lower-level recreation room, satellite dish

Schools: North Bethesda Chevy Chase High School

Close by: Kensington Cabin Local Park, playground, softball fields, lighted baseball park, tennis courts, picnic area, West Howard antiques district, Chevy Chase, shopping, dining

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15

Contact: Sotheby’s International Realty at 301/807-1119

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