- - Thursday, December 20, 2012

While some homebuyers prefer the patina of age and tradition in a home, others refuse to compromise by living in a home that another family has occupied. The advantages of purchasing a new home are many, but two aspects appeal to many people: New homes typically are designed to match the way families live and entertain today, and most have environmentally friendly features that increase the home’s energy efficiency.

Crescendo Builders recently completed the home at 10104 Dickens Ave. in Bethesda, part of its City Homes Collection. This home, priced at $1,189,500, offers a prime location in North Bethesda Grove, which has a community swimming pool and park. Residents can walk to White Flint mall, a Whole Foods, Georgetown Preparatory School and numerous shops and restaurants. Commuters are close to Interstate 270, and the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station is within walking distance. A Montgomery County Ride Grosvenor Metro Station On bus also links this home with the Metro station.

The home features a classic exterior with HardiPlank siding, a cultured-stone water table, professional landscaping, a flagstone walkway, flagstone porch steps, a custom-designed wood front door with etched-glass inserts, and a two-car garage. The front porch features columns, which help the home blend with the surrounding neighborhood.

Inside, this home has 4,065 square feet on three finished levels. Interior features include 9-foot ceilings on the main level; oak flooring on the main level, upper-level hall and stair landings; recessed lighting; oversized baseboard molding; window and door casings and crown molding on the main level; a network communication system for voice, data and cable throughout the home; a security system; prewiring for a ceiling fan in each of the upper-level bedrooms; Energy Star-rated maintenance-free windows; two “smart sense” fans to improve indoor air quality; and a two-zone heating and air conditioning system with both gas heat and a heat pump and two programmable thermostats.

The home has five bedrooms, four full baths and a powder room. On the main level, the front door opens into a foyer with 8-foot-tall glass-paneled doors that open into the study. Adjacent to the study is the formal dining room, which has paneled wainscoting to match the wainscoting in the foyer and hall.

The back of this level has an open floor plan that links the family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen. Adjacent to the family room are stairs to the upper and lower levels. The family room features a direct-vent gas fireplace flanked with custom-built media cabinets with inlay doors with a lacquer finish. This room also has a coffered ceiling and a ceiling fan.

The kitchen has maple cabinets painted with white glaze and accented with glass doors, undercabinet lights, a tiled backsplash and granite counters. The center island includes an eat-on counter accented with hanging light fixtures. Stainless steel appliances include a double oven, a microwave, a downdraft cooktop and a counter-depth refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. Both the breakfast area and the family room have walls of windows and sliding glass doors, and the breakfast area also has a built-in desk.

Nearby are a powder room and a mudroom with two closets and a built-in bench with cubbies for the family.

Upstairs, the master suite has multiple windows on two sides, including a sitting alcove with three windows. The suite includes two walk-in closets and a luxury bath with travertine-look ceramic tile flooring accented with a marble tub deck for the corner soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower with five shower sprays.

The second bedroom has a private full bath and a walk-in closet, while the third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath. Each of these two bedrooms has a walk-in closet and a private vanity area with a sink. A laundry room with tile flooring, a sink and built-in cabinets completes this level.

The finished lower level includes a recreation room, a fifth bedroom and a full bath. Buyers can add a wet bar and a wine cellar.

For more information about this North Bethesda home, contact Realtor Cheryl Leahy with Long & Foster Real Estate at 301/370-2484 or visit www.crescendobuilders.com or www.longandfoster.com.

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