- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2010

Picture a sophisticated Washington, D.C., party and you likely envision dazzling diplomats, prominent politicians, attorneys, pundits and journalists all mingling in sweeping rooms with marble or stone floors, high ceilings and elegant appointments. In the Kenwood neighborhood of Chevy Chase, Md., the perfect house for this type of entertaining is on the market for $2,995,000.

Located at 6419 Shadow Road, this custom-built Federal-style estate rests on a hilltop lot of more than a half-acre that overlooks the community. Locals know Kenwood both for its popular golf course and country club and the abundance of cherry trees that bring visitors in the spring. Built in 1962, the interior of this home was designed by Thomas Pheasant, with a distinctive limestone foyer as a grand introduction to the home.

A sweeping front lawn with cherry trees and a cobblestone driveway lead to the front door, which is set under a stone arch. The limestone foyer extends through a central hall with French doors at the opposite end, opening onto a glass-covered patio and formal gardens.

The main level includes a grand living room with a fireplace and built-in cabinets and shelves. The living room extends to the back of the house along with the hall, creating an expansive space for large parties.

For formal dinners, the banquet-size dining room features wood floors and distinctive built-in glass shelving in each of the room’s curved corners. The adjacent kitchen provides additional space for casual entertaining and enjoying a more intimate evening with friends and family around a built-in island for dining.

The sleek white kitchen cabinets are set off by green granite counters, with stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting and windows on two sides. A breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen includes French doors to the garden.

The main level also includes a family room with a fireplace and a built-in entertainment center, a wet bar and French doors to the garden. This level also has a powder room, a laundry room with an exterior door, and front and rear stairs.

The first-floor master suite, placed privately away from the formal rooms, includes his-and-hers dressing rooms and baths, one with a whirlpool tub.

Upstairs, the second and third bedrooms share a connecting full bath. A large open gallery links these two rooms with the fourth and fifth bedrooms, which share another connecting bath. A sunny, mirrored exercise room on this level also can function as a play area or upper-level study.

The upper level is completed by private maid’s quarters with a full bath and stairs leading to the main-level laundry room.

The finished lower level includes additional space for entertaining large groups, with a recreation room with a fireplace, a beamed ceiling and a wet bar. This level also includes a powder room, a large storage room and access to the two-car garage.

The property is located near the Capitol Crescent walking and biking trail, and is a short distance from shops and restaurants in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Realtors Ted Beverley and Pat Lore of Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc. at 202/364-1700 or visit www.eversco.com.

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