- - Thursday, January 26, 2012

Located near the National Golf Club at Tantallon, a Fort Washington residence on the market for $1,100,000 enjoys both picturesque golf-course views and an exquisite interior.

The all-brick Federal-style home has a window-filled exterior - there are 12 front windows, including three dormer windows. A long brick walkway surrounded by lovely landscaping leads to the house.

An arched entry with glass double doors opens into the six-bedroom, 4½ bath home. The house is in the Tantallon on the Potomac neighborhood at 101 River Forest Lane in Fort Washington.

Pristine hardwood floors shine throughout the main level, while crown molding, recessed lights and trendy light fixtures highlight many of the rooms. The home has a center-hall floor plan that places the formal rooms opposite each other across the foyer.

The living room and dining room are generously sized, measuring 17 by 25 feet and 17 by 14 feet, respectively. A large entryway opens into the living room, which has recessed lighting and two windows overlooking the front yard.

Directly behind the living room is a nicely sized sitting room that can be used as overflow space when entertaining or for more casual gatherings.

Across the hall is the formal dining room. In addition to crown molding and picture-frame molding that add to the ambience, the dining room comes with an elegant chandelier that’s further enhanced by a ceiling medallion.

The back of the home can be accessed from the dining room, living room or foyer hall. Guests in the foyer who walk straight to the home’s rear find themselves in the middle of an impressive family room.

This centrally located hub does not stand alone, however. It shares a large open space with the kitchen to the right and a smaller sitting room to the left.

The two-story family room is made cozy by a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace and hearth. It also comes with a two-story Palladian window and an overlook from the second-floor hall.

The dual-sided fireplace and a decorative nook with a cabinet and granite counters are all that separate the family room from the sitting room. On the opposite end, the spacious renovated kitchen and breakfast-room area anchor the back corner of the home. The breakfast space, between the kitchen and family room, provides a seamless transition between the two rooms. The kitchen has earth-tone granite counters; designer cabinetry, some with glass fronts; and a large center island that has a smaller second sink.

State-of-the-art stainless steel appliances include a double oven, dishwasher and a large side-by-side refrigerator. In addition to the dedicated dining area, the center island also serves as a breakfast bar and is a great place for grabbing a quick bite to eat.

Additional main-level features include a walk-in pantry for ample food storage, an elegant butler’s pantry with glass-fronted cabinetry off the dining room, and a well-appointed powder room

There are three spacious bedrooms on the upper level and two more on the lower level. While the master suite is the largest, measuring 17 by 22 feet, the other two aren’t far behind, both measuring 17 by 15 feet.

A set of double doors near the overlook portion of the hall opens to reveal a sumptuous carpeted master suite with a fireplace. The suite also features his-and-her walk-in closets that lead into the master bathroom.

Surrounded by ceramic and marble, the private bath has a stand-up shower, soaking tub, vanity area and his-and-her sinks separated by a narrow floor-to-ceiling designer cabinet.

Closet space is abundant, as the other two bedrooms on this level also feature walk-in closets. They share a bath with entrances from both rooms and the hall. This bath features an oversized stand-up shower with a glass door.

Rounding out the upper level is a conveniently located laundry room with walls of cabinetry and a bright window.

Stairs in the upper-level hallway lead to the attic level, which has another full bath and a 34-by26-foot recreation room that can be used as a sixth bedroom. This space has three dormer windows that allow sunshine to flow freely through the large multifunctional room.

The lower level is more reminiscent of a main level because of its sunny above-ground windows. This level has a sitting room and an office that also can be used as bedrooms. A bathroom and storage closet are between the two.

One of the highlights in the lower-level recreation room is a brick arched wall with a wood-stove insert. A door in the room leads to a covered outdoor storage area. Another door off the recreation room offers access to the oversized garage with two doors and room for three cars.

Outdoors, a wood deck with black wrought-iron railings stretches across the entire width of the home and is ideal for spring entertaining. Doors in both the kitchen and family room lead onto the deck.


Address: 101 River Forest Lane, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon on the Potomac

Price: $1,100,000

Taxes: $12,194

Size: Approximately 7,660 square feet on a lot of .51 acres

Age: Built in 1987

HOA: None

Exterior features: All-brick Federal style four-level home, slate roof, brick walkway, balcony, deck, patio, wraparound porch, professional landscaping with sprinkler system, golf-course view, three-car garage

Interior features: Six bedrooms, 4½ baths, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood floors throughout, crown molding, two-story family room with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlook from the second-floor hall, marble master bath, trendy light fixtures, recessed lighting, granite counters, stainless steel appliances

Amenities: Brick-walled fireplace, central vacuum system

Schools: Potomac Landing Elementary, Accokeek Academy Middle, Friendly High

Close by:National Golf Club at Tantallon, Fort Washington Marina, National Harbor, parks, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Cathy McGarrigan of Long & Foster at 301/292-0700, Ext. 210



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