- - Thursday, May 31, 2012

An expansive front porch greets visitors at the entrance of an enchanting 1920s-era bungalow-style home on the market in Takoma Park. The stucco exterior and natural landscaping gives the home the feel of a Mediterranean retreat.

The covered front porch spans the width of the home and is an ideal place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with the neighbors. In addition to the main entrance that’s up a few steps from the sidewalk, a second, lower-level entrance would make for a great private home office.

With several areas for outdoor entertaining, along with the seven bedrooms and four bathrooms inside, there’s plenty of space for family members and friends to linger inside and out.

The home is situated on a tree-lined street at 7711 Garland Ave. and is on the market for $745,000.

Although it was built in 1923, the house has been well-maintained and extensively updated to include stylish features. Its flexible floor plan has approximately 3,000 square feet of living space that comes with a finished lower level.

Once entering the home, a generously sized living room with a wood-burning fireplace is the first visible space in the house. This sunny room works well for both formal and informal gatherings and has windows overlooking the front porch.

Hardwood floors gleam throughout the main level and many of the rooms are tastefully painted with accent walls that range in color from bright red to lime green to pale yellow.

The family room is a nice, cozy spot to unwind at the end of a long day. It has a set of French doors connecting it to the nearby open kitchen and dining room. The dining room has a stylish chandelier light fixture, a large picture window and sliding glass doors that lead onto the backyard deck.

A breakfast bar with blue pendant light fixtures separates the rich red kitchen from the dining room area. The kitchen features black granite counters and sleek, upgraded cabinetry with a matching ceiling fan.

The owners installed state-of-the-art appliances, including a dishwasher, built-in microwave, stove and refrigerator that will make the cook in the family happy. This kitchen has ample space to maneuver in along with walls of cabinetry and counter space.

There’s a cozy, carpeted room off the kitchen that can be used as a den for quiet reading or television viewing time. This room has track lighting and sliding doors that provide easy access onto the second deck.

A laundry room with a front-loading washer and dryer and a full bath round out the main floor.

A hardwood staircase in the living room leads to five bedrooms on the top floor; the remaining two bedrooms are on the lower level. Each of the rooms has hardwood flooring and a designer ceiling fan or light fixture.

The bedroom occupants all share two full bathrooms on this level. The more luxurious of the bathrooms has a granite vanity and gray ceramic tile surrounding a stand-up shower and soaking tub. There’s also a bay window set above the tub for plenty of natural lighting.

More living space is found on the lower level, including two bedrooms and a full bath that can be used as an in-law suite. This self-contained lower level has its own entrance that opens into a living and dining room area with track lighting.

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