- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2001

To many people in the Washington area, Manor Club is a well-kept secret. The country club com-munity was established in Rockville in the 1920s, with half of its 431 acres set aside for a golf course and clubhouse. The other half were designated for houses. Actually, they were called cottages back then, because they were considered summer homes, far out in the country from downtown Washington.

To this day, when you buy a home in Manor Club, a membership in the country club comes with it. Now it is considered a relatively close-in location, off Georgia Avenue about three miles past the Glenmont Metro station. But the community has managed to remain secluded, with a system of narrow roads including what is known as "old Georgia Avenue," which is the community's eastern boundary.

You have to look through a wooded buffer to see it, but quiet old Georgia Avenue runs parallel to today's noisy new Georgia Avenue, and the old road serves only the homes of Manor Club.

All the homes are within walking distance of the country club facilities, and there are many recreational programs for children, including a junior golf program and a swim team. The club, with its golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts, is the primary reason people buy homes in Manor Club. But there also is a small-town friendliness within Manor Club's borders. There are no new homes in the community because the last of the lots was sold years ago. Resale homes generally sell quickly.

One of these homes, a brick Colonial built in 1939, is on the market for $624,000. On a level lot of almost half an acre, it has a slate roof and two-story front porch with tall columns. There is a classic screened porch with a patio at the side and a wraparound deck at the rear.

The front walk is professionally installed flagstone, set in concrete. There is a long driveway to a rear-loading two-car attached garage. A parking pad serves double duty as a basketball court. The house has an entry foyer flanked by formal living and dining rooms, all with oak flooring and crown moldings.

The front door has a leaded glass transom window and leaded glass sidelights. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, one of three fireplaces in the house. The other two are a second wood-burning fireplace in the lower-level recreation room and a gas fireplace with remote control in the first-floor family room.

A window seat in the living room is flanked by built-in bookcases with cabinets beneath. A chair-rail and wainscoting set off the dining room, which is lighted by a large brass chandelier. A smaller brass light fixture graces the foyer.

A door from the living room leads to the screened porch, which has a white brick wall and is screened on the other three sides. The porch is cooled by a ceiling fan. The concrete floor is painted a battleship gray.

The family room and breakfast nook are at the rear of the house with atrium doors to the deck. They, and the adjacent kitchen and powder room, also have oak flooring.

The kitchen, which has been modernized with new appliances, has white cabinetry, including a pantry closet with roll-out shelves. The walls are tiled in a soft red and the countertops are forest green. These colors are brought together in a decorative wallpaper border at the top of the walls just below the crown molding. A door leads from the kitchen into the garage.

Between the living room and the rear hall is a small butler's pantry with a wet bar, a cabinet for glasses and a built-in wine rack. There is a second wet bar in the carpeted lower-level rec room, where there also is a built-in entertainment center and bookshelves. The walls of the lower-level hall and rec room are paneled in painted wood.

Also on the lower level is an office with built-in bookshelves, and a large finished laundry room. There is a large unfinished utility room with space for a new owner to build a workshop or wine cellar. On the second floor, up a formal oak staircase from the foyer, are four bedrooms and two full baths. The baths, one of which is in the master bedroom suite, both have new, white, ceramic tile floors with black accents and white tiled walls with black accents.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet. Two of the other three bedrooms form what is, in effect, a suite, because you have to walk through one of the rooms to get to the others. All of the upstairs floors are oak, and there is a generous upstairs hall with a railing next to the staircase that matches the banister. The railing and banister meet at a newel post. There is a carpeted staircase to a large third-floor attic. The attic has a wood floor, three windows and roughed-in plumbing but is otherwise unfinished.

The country club membership that comes with the house is valued at $20,000. The club facilities include an 18-hole PGA-rated golf course and an additional nine-hole course.

There is a new clubhouse with formal and informal dining, eight tennis courts, two swimming pools and exercise facilities.


Address: 4005 Beverly Road, Rockville, Md. 20853

Community: Manor Club

Age: Built 1939

Price: $624,000

Size: 2,172 square feet, plus finished basement of 1,262 square feet on lot of 20,000 square feet

Taxes: $4,148

Exterior features: Brick Colonial with two-story front porch, slate roof, two-car rear-loading attached garage, screened porch, wraparound deck, patio with built-in benches

Interior features: Entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms, kitchen, family room-breakfast nook addition, three or four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, lower-level rec room, lower-level office, lower-level laundry room, unfinished attic, gas hot-water heat, central air conditioning

Amenities: Three fireplaces, oak and ceramic tile flooring, built-in bookshelves, two wet bars, window seat, leaded glass transom window and sidelights, crown moldings, wainscoting, pilasters, interior wood shutters, ceiling fan in screened porch, security system, membership in Manor Country Club conveys

Schools: Flower Valley Elementary, Earle B. Wood Middle, Rockville High

Close by: About two blocks to shopping at Leisure World Plaza, about 3 miles to Glenmont Metro or about 3.5 miles to Rockville Metro, 7 to 8 miles to Beltway interchange at Connecticut Avenue

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Marty Apel, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty Pros, at 301/460-4882 or 301/654-3222

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