- The Washington Times - Friday, December 28, 2001

If sleeping under a crystal chandelier and then awakening to a choice between relaxing in a steam shower or a whirlpool tub are not luxurious enough, what about having an exquisite party room on the upper level of a pool house that can accommodate 50 to 80 seated dinner guests?

One of Bethesda's grandest homes, at 6601 Elgin Lane in the Bannockburn Heights community, is now on the market for $3.65 million. The house was built 14 years ago by Lewis and Holt; its interior design and space planning were done by designer Antony Childs. Less than two years ago, Jeffco Development Corp. renovated and upgraded the property.

This custom, European-style mansion has an understated molded brick and limestone exterior with neoclassical Arts and Crafts detailing, a steeply pitched slate hip roof and a cobblestone circular drive. Inside, the Arts and Crafts architectural theme continues into the limestone foyer, which features a dramatic grand staircase with detailed railings that continue onto the upper level gallery.

Ten-foot ceilings, honey-stained random-width oak floors, deep moldings and trim, wide hallways and custom 2-inch thick solid wood doors add to this home's elegance.

A domed ceiling over the foyer adds drama to this space, which has solid mahogany paneling and custom-designed raw silk wallcoverings.

The formal living room features a floor-to-ceiling bay window, French doors leading to the kitchen and the porch, an oversized limestone fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, mahogany paneled walls and linen wallcoverings.

Adjacent to the living room is the family room, which features a wall-to-wall picture window with a transom window, and another wall of glass with a French door opening onto an enclosed flagstone porch with columns. The family room includes a concealed wet bar with granite counters, smoked mirrors and a brass sink.

A cozy nearby study includes an antique pine mantel over the fireplace, floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a box bay window. French doors with transom windows above lead to an inviting, columned and covered porch. Wooded vistas from all the windows of this room make it seem as if it's part of the forest.

Nearby is the formal dining room, which has pocket doors repeating the Arts and Crafts motif found in the foyer, a box bay window that incorporates floor-to-ceiling casement windows and a transom, and deep crown moldings. Decorator touches in this room include faux-painted walls, raw silk covering the ceiling, and custom-designed draperies. Swinging doors lead into the butler's pantry and the kitchen, both of which have hardwood flooring.

The butler's pantry includes an L-shaped Corian counter, European-made cabinets, an oversized sink and a dishwasher. The kitchen features matching cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances, granite counters, and a painted wood-slat drop ceiling with cove lighting above the large L-shaped center island and breakfast bar. French doors lead from the kitchen to the living room, and a wall of glass with French doors and transom windows affords spectacular views of the patio and pool area. The adjacent breakfast room has floor-to-ceiling bay windows framing landscaped garden views.

Most rooms on the main level have been outfitted with stereo speakers. Other features include a laundry room, two powder rooms and a rear hallway with stairs to the upper level.

The master bedroom suite on the second level features a double-door entrance with a transom, leading into the dramatic hexagonal bedroom, which has a soaring cone-shaped ceiling with a crystal chandelier, an angled bay window, linen wallcoverings and silk draperies. "His" and "hers" master baths complement the suite with such custom-designed amenities as marble vanities, marble and onyx floors, a steam shower and a whirlpool tub. Walk-in closets with a myriad of built-ins complete the suite.

Two additional bedrooms with private baths are also on this second level, along with a home office with a built-in desk and a large bay window with a window seat. Stairs lead to an unfinished third level that could be converted into a welcoming guest suite or into two bedrooms sharing a full bath.

The lower level includes an expansive recreation room and exercise room, a huge utility and storage room, and a housekeeper's suite.

Both the three-car garage and the spectacular pool house are attached to the home via a breezeway. The pool house includes a dressing area, full bath and storage room on the main level, with the party room upstairs that has a vaulted ceiling with skylights and built-in stereo speakers. The heated 20-by-40-foot swimming pool has a new flagstone deck, an automatic cover and a winter cover. Nearby is a columned pergola entwined with wisteria for ample shade.

Exquisite details are found throughout this home and its 1-acre corner site.

For information or an appointment, call Realtor Lois Robins of Long & Foster Realtors at 301/229-3424.

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