- - Thursday, July 12, 2012

With plenty of rooms for entertaining and unwinding, there’s no lack of space for family members wanting to spread out in a four-level home on the market in Silver Spring.

Built in 1942, the Colonial-style home has been renovated extensively inside and out. Its exterior mixes stone, brick and siding, and that plus a huge second-story front porch with columns create an impressive home with plenty of character.

A private road leads to the home at 1111 McNeil Lane in the Good Hope Estates subdivision, listed at $1,400,000.

Before going inside, visitors will want to tour the scenic grounds, filled with extensive hardscaping, lighting, multiple decks, a patio and several porches. A sizable guesthouse behind the home features four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a kitchen, dining area and office space.

The open foyer that welcomes guests into the home gives a preview of the open floor plan. The two-story foyer has custom-designed marble flooring and an elegant wood staircase with a carpet runner.

While the foyer floor is marble, most of the main level has hardwood flooring. The formal living room faces the front of the home, while the more casual rooms are in the back portion of the house.

The sun-drenched home has a wall of arched windows lining the back. This space is shared by the family room, kitchen and dining room, with the dining room strategically placed between the other two rooms.

Both the family room and dining room have crown molding and recessed lights. The family room has a fireplace and a long wall of built-ins for electronics, storage and decorating.

The dining room is centrally located and is large enough to accommodate the owner’s sizable dining table with seating for eight. Hanging above the table is a trendy chandelier that is coordinated with the pendant light fixtures above the nearby kitchen island.

With professional-grade appliances, including a large stainless steel refrigerator, double oven, dishwasher, cooktop and downdraft, the kitchen is a chef’s dream. The oversized center island also serves as a convenient breakfast bar.

An eclectic mix of black and white wood cabinetry lines the walls. There’s also a large window bay above the kitchen sink that looks out onto one of the decks.

A separate laundry room with a utility sink, washer and dryer completes the main level.

There are four bedrooms on the first of two upper levels. One of the unique features of the home is the extensive second-story porch accessed from the bedroom level.

All bedrooms have sliding glass doors to access the front and side covered porches, the latter lined with decorative wrought-iron railings. They’re great places to sit and watch nature.

The master suite features hardwood flooring, an arched window, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a fireplace. The private master bath has stylish double vanities with furniture-quality cabinets to complement a built-in armoire. It also has a soaking tub and stand-up shower with glass doors.

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