- - Thursday, December 22, 2011

Downtown Bethesda offers residents the opportunity to shop, dine and enjoy nightlife, including movies and live theater, and walk to countless art galleries and street festivals. The Metro station links Bethesda residents to the rest of the D.C. area for even more options.

Prospective buyers looking for a newly constructed single-family home in Bethesda are limited in their choices, though, because few new homes are being built in this solidly developed area.

Potomac Heritage Homes recently completed a luxurious home at 8703 Irvington Ave. in downtown Bethesda, one block from Bradley Hills Elementary School in the Bradmoor section. On the market for $1,695,000, this traditional-style single-family home has four finished levels with more than 5,893 square feet of living space. The home has six bedrooms, five full baths and a powder room and rests on a site of 0.18 acre.

The grounds have been professionally landscaped and include a two-car garage, a fully fenced backyard, a slate front porch, slate walkways and a patio. The home is constructed with stone, brick and HardiPlank cement siding.

The entrance has a decorative stained oak and fir door with side panels. The foyer, which leads into an open central reception area with oak stairs, has with oak flooring, a decorative ceiling medallion and crown molding.

Just off the foyer is the living room, which has two bay windows and oak flooring that was stained in place. Adjacent to the living room is the formal dining room, which has stained-in-place oak flooring, crown and chair-rail molding, a bay window and a ceiling medallion with a distinctive light fixture.

Across the back of the house are the center-island kitchen, breakfast area and family room, all with hardwood flooring. The kitchen includes professional-level stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner range, double wall ovens, a microwave drawer, a dishwasher and a refrigerator with a bottom freezer. The kitchen has both recessed and pendant lighting, granite counters and 42-inch maple cabinets with crown molding.

The adjacent butler’s pantry has matching cabinets, hardwood flooring and granite counters. The breakfast area includes a wide bay-window alcove with floor-to-ceiling windows. The family room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a stone surround, recessed lighting and wiring for television and Internet service.

The main level also has a powder room with hardwood flooring and a pedestal sink, a mudroom, and a study with hardwood flooring, crown molding, recessed lighting and wiring for television, telephone and Internet service. The study has a wide bay window that fills the room with natural light.

Upstairs, the master suite has a tray ceiling in the bedroom, two oversized walk-in closets, and a luxurious master bath with ceramic tile flooring, two vanities with granite counters flanking a corner soaking tub, recessed lighting and an oversized shower with a seat and a frameless glass enclosure.

The second bedroom has a private full bath and a walk-in closet, while the third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath with two vanities. These two bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. The upper level also has a laundry room with ceramic tile flooring, cabinets and counter space.

The loft level has a fifth bedroom with two double-door closets and an adjacent full bath. The rest of this level is an open loft for use as a playroom, office or studio.

The finished lower level has a recreation room with a corner fireplace, a bedroom and a full bath. The home has a gas water heater and zoned gas heat and central air conditioning.

For more information about this Bethesda property, contact sales manager Autumn Ambrose at 703/975-8089 or PotomacHeritageHomes@comcast.net or visit www.PotomacHeritageHomes.com.