- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 29, 2010

An enticing home in Bowie, Md., with an attractive exterior that includes a side sunroom is sure to capture the attention of anyone who walks by.

On the market in an upscale neighborhood, this house beckons people to come in and take a look to see that it has more to offer than great curb appeal.

Tucked away at the beginning of a tree-lined cul-de-sac in Bowie’s newer Woodmore South community off Church Road, this house has a large front yard and a built-in irrigation system to help keep the lawn picture-perfect.

The five-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home at 12705 Woodbridge Court was built in 2004 and is on the market for $637,000. It is ideal for buyers looking for a newer home with all of the bells and whistles already in place.

A large two-story foyer, the entry point to the spacious home, opens into several rooms, including the living room and formal dining room. The rich hardwood floors found in the foyer and throughout portions of the main level enhance the home’s sophisticated feel.

The living room has decorative crown and chair-rail molding. Plush white carpeting makes the room feel light and airy. A set of French doors opens directly into a cheery sunroom filled with walls of windows, including a large Palladian window.

The sunroom has ceramic tile flooring and a ceiling fan and offers a wonderful place to relax and entertain. A powder room with a pedestal sink is nearby, as is a study overlooking the backyard.

For formal dinner parties, the dining room is the perfect setting with its elegant crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding outlining the walls. Scenic views of the outdoor landscape while dining are an added bonus.

The two-story family room is centered in the back portion of the home and features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by a wall of windows, including three Palladian windows. This open family room is a great gathering spot with easy access to both the kitchen and backyard.

In addition to the wood-burning fireplace, the family room has Berber carpeting and an overlook from the second level.

The gourmet kitchen is a lesson in style and function as glass-front cabinetry and a workspace desk mix with ample counter space, including an L-shaped counter and breakfast bar. Part of the breakfast bar also serves as the cooktop.

The wood cabinetry was made to coordinate with the hardwood floors, and upgraded black appliances are a striking addition. This kitchen enjoys an abundance of natural lighting during the day and has recessed lights and a decorative light fixture for nighttime.

When building the home, the owners opted to add a bump-out to extend the kitchen beyond the original floor plan. The breakfast room is surrounded by windows with transoms and a glass-panel door that opens onto the flagstone patio.

Among the great elements in this floor plan are the dual staircases offering access to the second level from the foyer and the kitchen area. There are four bedrooms upstairs, including a sumptuous master suite with a sitting area, cathedral ceiling and luxury bathroom.

This ceramic-tiled bath features a soaking tub, separate shower, and his-and-hers white vanities flankinga set of double doors at the entry. There’s also a walk-in closet and double closet that provide ample room for large wardrobes.

There are three more nicely sized bedrooms on this level, each with several windows and a ceiling fan. They share a roomy hall bath. The hall is bright and offers an overlook onto both sides of the home, into the formal foyer and more casual family room.

The lower level has been completely finished and offers more space to enjoy and entertain. A wide staircase leads to the basement, which features a spacious recreation room and several other separate rooms, one of which is being used as an exercise room. There’s also an oversized bedroom and full bath, ideal for use as a comfortable guest suite.

DETAILS:

Address: 12705 Woodbridge Court, Bowie MD 20721

Community: Woodmore South

Age: Built in 2004

Size: 6,568 square feet on a lot of 1.19 acres

Price: $637,000

HOA: $59 per month

Taxes: $11,117 in 2009

Exterior features: Brick front, flagstone patio, underground lawn sprinkler, side-entry two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, open floor plan, sunroom, study/library, two-story foyer and family room, finished lower level with recreation room and bedroom, hardwood flooring, ceramic tile flooring, French doors, gourmet kitchen with breakfast-bar island and cooktop

Amenities: Two-story stone gas fireplace, walk-in closet

Schools: Woodmoore Elementary, Ernest Everett Just Middle, Flowers High

Close by: Bowie Town Center, Prince George’s Stadium, Six Flags America theme park, recreation, parks, playgrounds, shopping, dining

Open house: 2 to 4 p.m. July 31

Contact: Yolanda Muckle of Long & Foster Real Estate at 301/249-1600

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