- The Washington Times - Friday, March 26, 2010

One of the most revered close-in suburbs of Washington is Chevy Chase, Md., where charming Colonial-, Victorian- and Cape Cod-style homes are clustered on narrow streets and neighbors spend time on one another’s front porches.

The town of Chevy Chase was incorporated in 1918, and most of the development in the community took place after World War I. Early-20th-century residents, however, would never recognize the nearby areas of Bethesda and Northwest Washington, where Chevy Chase residents can find hundreds of restaurants, theaters, bookstores, clothing stores, antiques stores and night life. The cozy Chevy Chase lifestyle is nicely supplemented by these two nearby urban areas.

Residents also have quick access to the Bethesda Metro station, which brings them to other D.C.-area destinations. The Capital Crescent Trail attracts walkers and bicyclists in every season, and the Lawton Community Center provides a gym, arts rooms, a social hall and activities indoors along with outdoor tennis and basketball courts.

While most of the single-family homes in Chevy Chase were built decades ago or have been remodeled, a few new homes have been slipped into infill locations in the town. Chase Builders has been careful to design the new home at 6713 East Ave. in Chevy Chase to blend in with its neighbors in size and style. On the market for $2,595,000, this home has been sited to maximize its exposure to parklike views and natural light.

Recently completed, this home is built of stone and pebble-dash stucco and includes an oversized, detached two-car garage. The home’s charming flagstone front porch includes columns and a tongue-and-groove wood ceiling. A solid mahogany front door with a dark walnut stain and arched glass details leads from the porch into the foyer.

Inside, the home has 5-inch-wide ebony-stained oak flooring and a dramatic, open, split staircase. An elegant powder room is located next to the foyer.

At the front of this home is a formal living room that also could function as a den or home office. This room has several windows across the front of the house and a gas fireplace with a custom-designed wood mantel and marble trim. Pocket French doors link this room with the formal dining room, which has a chandelier and detailed crown moldings.

The butler’s pantry includes a marble counter, a wine cooler, wine-bottle holders, an antique mirrored backsplash and a round sink made of hammered nickel. The adjacent center-island kitchen opens to a breakfast room with three walls of windows and a mudroom with custom-built cubbies and a large pantry. The kitchen features custom-painted white wood cabinets, Caesarstone and marble counters, a marble backsplash, built-in coffee maker and state-of-the-art appliances.

The main level also includes a family room with a coffered ceiling, custom-designed built-in shelves and cabinets and a wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth, a natural stone surround and a wood mantel. French doors lead from the family room to a screened-in flagstone porch and an expansive garden.

Upstairs, the master suite includes hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling in the bedroom; two dressing areas; walk-in closets with built-in shelving; and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, an oversized frameless shower with marble and glass tile accents, two vanities, two built-in benches and two built-in shelving units.

Each of three additional bedrooms on this level includes a private full bath with custom tile work and stone countertops. The upper level also has an expansive hallway that separates the master suite from the secondary bedrooms and includes skylights, built-in bookcases, a linen closet and a laundry room with marble flooring.

The finished lower level features a fifth bedroom or au pair suite with a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bath. In addition, the lower level has an expansive L-shaped recreation room, a kitchenette and a wet bar with a refrigerator and a granite counter; storage rooms; and an exercise room.

For more information or an appointment to view this home, contact Realtor Eric Murtagh with Evers & Co. Real Estate at 202/364-1700 or visit www.eversco.com.

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