- The Washington Times - Friday, June 1, 2001

The house is a classic brick Colonial with a classic River Road address, the best there was when it was built in 1965 in the horse country of Potomac.

Potomac isn't the same horse country now as it was then, but more of a bustling residential community of big, luxurious new houses. The 1965 Colonial, however, remains secluded among tall trees on its 2-acre lot, set back from the road, and, under gentle ownership, has remained a classic.

Total renovation in recent years has enlarged and updated it with the finest materials, from new Pella windows to Corian kitchen counters to antique-style copper gutters and downspouts.

On the market for $1.295 million, it has a slate roof, Greek columned portico, two-car side-entry garage and an in-ground swimming pool. The house has six bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths.

A gracious entry hall rises above a light gray marble floor, accented by dentil molding and an ornamental light fixture hanging from a ceiling medallion.

The marble floor extends to the powder room, which has a black marble vanity.

The formal living room has a fireplace with marble surround and, no surprise, a classic wood mantelpiece.

A chandelier hangs from a ceiling medallion in the formal dining room, where French doors lead to a Florida room. The living and dining rooms, and most other rooms throughout the four levels of the house, have hardwood floors.

The house has three fireplaces. The first-floor family room/library has a massive stone fireplace with a raised hearth and storage space for wood. This room has custom-made cherry paneling and built-in cherry bookcases. Light streams through a dramatic Palladian window, and French doors lead to the large flagstone patio outside. This room also has a wet bar with a black granite top, cherry cabinets, glass shelves and a wine cooler.

The lower-level recreation room has a big fireplace with a dark green marble surround and raised hearth of dark green marble. It has a classic white wood mantelpiece.

Also on the first floor are a den or sitting room and the large Florida room or sun room, each adjacent to the custom-designed kitchen.

The sitting room has a built-in TV cabinet, a ceiling fan and French doors leading out to the patio. It is separated from the kitchen by a dramatic archway.

The Florida room serves as a spacious breakfast room, easily accommodating a table for eight. It has a floor of handmade beige tile and two ceiling fans. The kitchen floor is gleaming heart pine, and the cabinets are white, some with glass doors for china or crystal display.

The kitchen has a bay window with a wide plant shelf and custom-made Corian counters. The appliances include a 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator with ice and water dispensers and a six-burner Viking gas range in a custom ceramic tile enclosure.

There is a pantry area at the rear of the kitchen called a "prep kitchen" where a caterer might work during a party. That area has a laundry center and a door to the back yard and swimming pool. A second laundry center in a large lower-level laundry room doubles as a mudroom.

Three of the six bedrooms and two of the full baths, including the master bedroom suite, are on the second floor. All of these bedrooms have ceiling fans, as does one of the bedrooms on the third floor.

Two bedrooms and one full bath are on the third floor, and one bedroom and one bath are on the lower level. The lower-level bedroom and bath are designed to be an au pair suite.

The master bedroom has a bay window and French doors to a private balcony with a wrought-iron railing. It has a walk-in closet that actually comprises two closets within that closet a walk-in cedar closet and a double shelved closet.

The master bath has a light gray marble floor and a whirlpool tub. It has a glass-enclosed double steam shower with a rain shower head as well as two body shower heads. It also has a fold-down seat.

The vanity has a painted floral Kohler sink set into a black granite top on a Baker furniture vanity of natural wood. All of the bathroom fixtures are made of brushed nickel.

Among the distinct features of this house is a lighting system with remote controls called "Grafik Eye," which allows the lights to be brightened or dimmed as desired. There is a Grafik Eye controller in the master bath as well as in the family room/library and in the rec room. The house also has a wireless alarm system, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

In case of an electrical power failure, it is equipped with a standby natural gas generator that automatically takes over when needed.

The lot is professionally landscaped, with stone garden walls, wrought-iron fencing, a sprinkler system and landscape lighting. Plantings are designed to provide flowers and colorful foliage throughout all but the coldest winter months. The property is about a mile from shopping and restaurants in the village center of Potomac.


Address: 12006 River Road, Potomac, Md. 20854

Community: Potomac Hunt

Age: Built 1965

Price: $1.295 million

Size: About 7,000 square feet on lot of 2 acres

Taxes: About $7,900

Exterior features: Brick Colonial with columned portico, balcony, slate roof, copper gutters and downspouts, two-car side-entry garage, in-ground swimming pool, flagstone patio, stone garden walls, playground equipment, dog run, professional landscaping, landscape irrigation system and landscape lighting

Interior features: Entry hall, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor family room/library, first-floor Florida room, first-floor den/sitting room, six bedrooms, 4 baths, first-floor and lower-level laundries, lower-level recreation room, lower-level office, gas heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Three fireplaces; hardwood, ceramic tile and marble flooring; crown moldings; granite wet bar with wine cooler; Palladian window; French doors; bay windows; built-in bookshelves; cedar closet; ceiling fans; Corian counters; whirlpool tub and separate shower in master bath; central vacuum; security system; backup natural gas generator

Schools: Potomac Elementary, Cabin John Middle, Churchill High School

Close by: About a mile to shopping at Potomac, about five miles to Beltway at River Road interchange

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Barbara A. Skardis, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, 301/294-0569 or 301/983-8900

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