- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2001

A spacious white-brick Colonial with lots of amenities for fun and games is on the market for $1.1 million in Ashton. A party-room complex on the walk-out lower level has a glass disc-jockey booth, a full-size bar, a dance floor and a caterer's kitchen. Outside, through French doors, are a lighted regulation tennis court, a heated in-ground swimming pool and a hot tub. The five-bedroom house is on a quiet, wooded street that ends in a cul-de-sac in a little-traveled neighborhood of Montgomery County.

On more than 5 acres, it has a circular driveway and a three-car side-entry garage. A two-story arched front porch leads to double doors that open onto a two-story entry hall with a marble floor and a huge crystal chandelier. There is a curved oak staircase to a balcony overlook on the second-floor hall. This balcony faces across the lower hall to a Palladian window that is above the front door.

Formal living and dining rooms flank the entry hall, each with oak flooring and a fireplace with marble surround. These are two of the six fireplaces in the house.

A third fireplace is the first-floor family room, where it is built into an entire wall of natural stone. The family-room floor is oak, and there is a beamed ceiling with two ceiling fans.

A cherry-paneled library on the first floor has a fireplace built into a wall of natural brick with a raised hearth. This room also has a beamed ceiling, with beams of cherry to match the paneling and built-in bookcases. It also has a ceiling fan.

The house's other two fireplaces are a brick one in the party room downstairs and one with a marble surround in the master bedroom on the second floor.

All five bedrooms are on the second floor, as are three full baths. There is a full bath on the first floor and two half-baths, one a powder room with a marble floor off the entry hall, the other a more informal powder room near the garage. There is a fifth full bath and third half-bath on the lower level for the party-room complex.

The house was built in 1992 for a couple who had a catering business, real estate agent Gerry Sartwell says. The couple retired to Florida a few years ago. The custom kitchen on the main floor and the caterer's kitchen downstairs reflect their dedication to preparing wonderful food and entertaining in style.

They also designed into the house a butler's pantry between the dining room and kitchen, a mirrored wet bar with built-in refrigerator between the living room and family room, and two shelved pantries for stocking lots of food. The wet bar has a granite countertop. There are French doors between the dining room and the butler's pantry.

The kitchen has a center island with cook top and utility sink. Its top and the other kitchen-counter tops are granite. The kitchen and butler's pantry cabinets are custom made of a warm bleached maple. Many of the cabinets have windowed doors for china and crystal display.

There is a matching bleached maple built-in desk in the kitchen. The kitchen is open to a generous breakfast room. Both have polished-granite flooring, as does the butler's pantry and a first-floor laundry. The family room, which is open to the breakfast room, has two ceiling fans, a bay window and French doors to a fenced stone patio outside between the tennis court and the pool deck. The breakfast room has a skylight, a ceiling fan, a bay window and French doors to the patio.

Downstairs, the party room has a dance floor of oak, and the caterer's kitchen has a floor of ceramic tile. The party-room bar is brick, with a black-granite top set into a wall of unique brickwork designed to create a rathskeller effect.

Next to the party room is a large sitting room with French doors to the side yard. There also are furnace and utility rooms on the lower level, and a cedar closet.

On the second floor, the master-bedroom suite has huge walk-in his-and-her closets. The master bath has both his-and-her vanities and his-and-her water closets. The master bath has a marble floor, marble vanity tops, a skylight and a chandelier. It has a whirlpool tub, set into a bay window between Doric ornamental columns, and a separate shower. Larger Corinthian columns flank the doorways from the entry hall to the living room and from the entry hall to the dining room.

Among other designer touches, the house has a Schonbek crystal chandelier and two Schonbek crystal sconces in the dining room.

Outside, there are pairs of large brass carriage lamps at the entry to the driveway, at the front porch and at the rear patio doors. The carriage lamps at the entry are mounted on white-brick pillars that match the house.

On either side of the house are white-brick walls, fitted with iron gates, that are attached to fencing that surrounds the back yard. Beyond the fence, the yard backs to woods.

Details

Address: 17517 Sir Galahad Way, Ashton, Md. 20861

Age: Built in 1992

Price: $1.1 million

Size: About 12,000 square feet on 5.14 acres

Taxes: About $9,700

Exterior features: White-brick Colonial with two-story arched entry porch, three-car side-loading garage, circular driveway, tennis court, heated swimming pool and hot tub, fenced patio

Interior features: Two-story entry hall with balcony overlook, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor family room, first-floor library, modern kitchen with center island, breakfast room, five bedrooms, five full baths and three half-baths, first-floor laundry room, lower-level party room with caterer's kitchen and disc jockey booth, lower-level sitting room, lower-level utility room, lower-level furnace room, three-zone electric heating and central air conditioning

Amenities: Marble, oak, granite and ceramic tile floors, six fireplaces, granite countertops, full-size bar in party room, mirrored wet bar between living room and family room, French doors, Palladian window, two skylights, sunburst windows, beamed ceilings, built-in bookcases, ceiling fans, arched doorways, crown and dentil moldings, ornamental interior columns, wainscoting, crystal chandeliers and sconces, cedar closet, speaker system, central vacuum, 12 telephone lines

Schools: Sherwood Elementary, Farquhar Middle, Sherwood High

Close by: About one mile to shopping in Ashton, about five miles to shopping at Olney, about eight miles to Beltway interchange at New Hampshire Avenue

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Gerry Sartwell, RE/MAX Pros, at 301/831-7201 or 301/275-9295


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