- The Washington Times - Friday, August 24, 2001

Dramatic contemporary architecture with just a touch of art-deco influence distinguishes a luxurious brick house on the market in Bethesda.

In meticulous condition and beautifully appointed, the 11-year-old house is priced at $1.995 million. It is spacious, with about 9,200 square feet of living space, and comes with lots of amenities.

A two-story wall of windows surrounds the double front door of oak, which opens to a two-story entry hall with gray marble floor. The second-story windows have remote-controlled electric fabric blinds.

Overhead is a contemporary chandelier, and on the second floor is a balcony overlook built into the upstairs hall.

A second balcony overlook faces the two-story family room and its wall of windows at the rear of the house.

The house has formal living and dining rooms, a first-floor library and a kitchen with a large breakfast nook. There is a walk-in pantry in addition to a butler's pantry.

There are four bedrooms on the second floor, including a large master bedroom suite with an exercise room, sauna and elegant bathroom with whirlpool tub. The master bedroom has a tray ceiling. Three skylights brighten the exercise room. The other bedrooms each have private baths.

A big recreation room on the lower level has glass doors to the patio outside. Also with a glass door to the patio is a lower-level den or study that could double as a sixth bedroom.

Besides the patio, the house has a landscaped lily pond with a waterfall, shared by a family of fat koi and a bullfrog. There is a two-level deck with a spiral staircase connecting the levels. A pergola on the deck, just outside the breakfast nook, provides a cover for al fresco dining.

In addition to the full baths, there are three powder rooms. Two of the powder rooms are on the first floor, and the third is on the lower level.

The house has four fireplaces, two of them are of the back-to-back style and serve the living and family rooms. The third fireplace is in the master bedroom and the fourth is in the rec room.

Flooring throughout most of the living areas is bleached oak, covered in some rooms with carpeting. The formal powder room and master bath have marble floors that match the floor of the entry hall. Flooring in the kitchen, breakfast room, pantries and first-floor laundry is white ceramic tile, as are the floors of all the bathrooms except those with marble floors.

The rec room has a wet bar with refrigerator, mirrored shelves and lots of cabinets.

The family room boasts a distinctive built-in entertainment center in a style that suggests art deco. Curved walls throughout the house also suggest art deco, as do two glass-block walls in the master bath, one enclosing a water closet with bidet and the other enclosing a shower with marble bench and two shower heads.

Among other amenities are a striking leaded stained-glass window on the landing of the staircase between the first and second floors, and a large etched glass bay window behind the bathtub in a bedroom suite that the owners use as a guest bedroom.

In another bedroom, which the owners use as an office, is a large built-in computer desk that accommodates three computers.

There are gray granite counters in the kitchen including the top of a huge center island and the top of a built-in desk. The center island contains a six-burner cooktop, a secondary sink and one of the kitchen's two dishwashers. The kitchen cabinets are white.

Near the kitchen are doors to the house's two garages, one a two-car garage facing the front, the other a one-car garage facing the side. The house has a nicely landscaped circular driveway.

The property is 1 acre in the community of Eagle Ridge at Avenel.

Homeowner association dues, $248 a month, pay for lawn mowing, weeding and mulching of flower beds, fertilizing and pest control, trimming shrubs, pruning trees and leaf raking, trash collection and maintenance of common areas throughout Avenel.

The contemporary house is encircled with gardens of perennials, including astilbe, epimedium, liriope, hostas, lamium, day lilies, black-eyed Susan, purple coneflowers, coreopsis, veronica, ajuga and ferns.

It has flowering trees and shrubs and an interesting cluster of river birch trees.

The owners are selling the house because they are downsizing to a town house but they plan to return to the neighborhood often for the hiking, biking and boating opportunities it offers along the C&O Canal towpath and elsewhere nearby.

The property is a few blocks off MacArthur Boulevard, less than a mile from the MacArthur bike trail that leads to the Capital Crescent Trail.

The Capital Crescent Trail goes into downtown Bethesda and to Washington.

The Billy Goat hiking trail is about two miles away; the Olympic kayak training center is within four miles; and Great Falls Park is five miles away.


Address: 7013 Mountain Gate Drive, Bethesda, Md., 20817

Community: Eagle Ridge at Avenel

Age: Built 1990

Price: $1.995 million

Size: About 9,200 square feet on lot of 1 acre

Taxes: $15,010 in tax year 2000; homeowner association fee of $248 per month includes lawn mowing and leaf raking

Exterior features: Contemporary architecture with circular driveway, three-car garage, two-level deck, pergola, patio, stone koi pond with waterfall, stone garden walls, landscaping, irrigation system

Interior features: Two-story entry hall, formal living and dining rooms, two-story family room, kitchen with breakfast nook, butler's pantry, first-floor library, first-floor laundry, five bedrooms, five full baths and three half-baths, lower-level recreation room, lower-level den or study, exercise room, three-zone gas heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Bleached oak, marble and ceramic tile flooring, four fireplaces, cathedral ceilings with balcony overlooks, walls of windows, leaded stained-glass window, bay windows, three skylights, wet bar, sauna, whirlpool tub, built-in entertainment center, glass-block walls, built-in bookshelves and cabinets, granite kitchen counters, remote-controlled electric blinds, security system

Schools: Carderock Elementary, Pyle Middle, Whitman High

Close by: Two convenience shopping centers on MacArthur Boulevard, one 1.5 miles, the other 3 miles away; 5 miles to shopping in Potomac village; about half a mile to Clara Barton Parkway and another 3 miles from there to the Beltway interchange at Carderock and the American Legion Bridge; 1.5 to 2 miles to C&O Canal towpath; about 7 miles to the D.C. line at MacArthur Boulevard.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Nancy Itteilag, Pardoe Real Estate ERA, 202/905-7762 or 202/625-3410.

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