- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2001

This Mother's Day weekend, Barbara and Roger Levin's three grown children are coming home to visit their parents and to say goodbye to the Rockville house they grew up in.

With them will be the Levins' five grandchildren, "from 2 months to 6 years" in age, Mrs. Levin notes. It's the last time they will all be together in this house, she says, because the Levins have put the house on the market. They already have retirement plans in motion to move to Deep Creek Lake and to winter in Florida.

The couple bought the house in the close-in Glen Hills community 30 years ago when it was just 5 years old. It was nice then, and it's even nicer now, nestled into a wooded lot on a quiet cul-de-sac off the beaten path.

The house, which the Levins have modernized and enlarged through the years, has been beautifully appointed and meticulously maintained. Priced at $595,000, it has five bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, plus lots of comfortable living space, even for a gang of visiting children and grandchildren.

"The last child left in '88," Mrs. Levin recalls, "and it's been an empty nest since."

The house has a generous entry foyer, flanked by a large formal living room and a good-sized library that doubles as an office. There is a large breakfast room, open to the kitchen, for informal meals. A formal dining room accommodates grand holiday dinners. Also on the first floor is a spacious family room and a large sun room. The powder room is on the first floor and the three full baths are upstairs with the bedrooms.

On the lower level is a big recreation room, a finished laundry room that also serves as a crafts room and a neatly organized workshop.

Because Mrs. Levin is a Realtor, she has the experience to know that a house on the market must be perfectly presented, with bright rooms and fresh paint. And so it is.

Because Mr. Levin is a car buff he has a vintage Triumph, among other vehicles the two-car garage is as bright and fresh as the rooms in the house, and it has its own set of glass patio doors to the back yard.

Oak floors gleam through most of the living areas of the house, except in the kitchen, breakfast room, sun room and upstairs baths, which have ceramic tile flooring.

The family room and the rec room have Berber carpeting. There is a Minnesota stone fireplace with a flagstone hearth and a mantel made of a thick slab of hemlock in the family room. The room has a beamed ceiling and a door to the garage.

The sun room and breakfast room, which the Levins added at the rear of the house, have vaulted ceilings of natural pine. They are side by side, separated by extrawide French doors. There are two skylights in the sun room and one in the breakfast room. Each has a ceiling fan.

The breakfast room also has a bay window and sliding doors to one of two flagstone patios in the back yard. The second patio is reached through French doors from the formal dining room.

Natural birch was used in the built-in bookcases and cabinets in the library. "We put those in," Mrs. Levin says. "Just about everything in the house has been updated."

In the recreation room is a built-in bar designed by Mr. Levin. The bar has a gleaming top made of a heavy plank of poplar. The wood "was especially cut for this bar" by Mrs. Levin's late father at his Pennsylvania farm.

The rec room also has built-in cabinets and shelves of pine, and a brick accent wall. The kitchen has Quaker Maid cherry cabinets, including a pantry unit and built-in desk. The countertops are white. There is a center-island cooktop with a grill and griddle.

On the second floor, the Levins have a luxurious master bedroom suite with a dressing or sitting room. It has the typically small bathroom of houses built in the 1960s, so the Levins added a second, larger bath, creating his-and-hers bathrooms. "His" is the smaller one. "Hers" has a door to the hall so it can be shared with visiting family.

There is another hall bath, however, so sharing is necessary only when there's a full house.

The Levins use one of the other four bedrooms as a computer room. Pull-down steps lead to a third-floor attic for storage. There also are two storage closets in the lower-level workshop, which is equipped with a well-organized workbench and built-in shelving.

Cabinets add even more storage in the laundry room.

Although the property is in a secluded wooded neighbor-hood, it is convenient to the shops and restaurants of Gaithersburg and Potomac as well as those of Rockville. It is within a few miles of three interchanges with Interstate 270 Falls Road, Darnestown Road and Shady Grove Road. It is also within a few miles of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Lakewood Country Club.


Address: 4 Cleveland Court, Rockville, Md. 20850

Community: Glen Hills

Age: Built 1965

Price: $595,000

Size: About 4,000 square feet on a wooded lot of about 40,000 square feet (a little less than an acre)

Taxes: $4,200

Exterior features: Colonial with two-car attached garage, two flagstone patios, garden shed

Interior features: Entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms, kitchen and breakfast room, first-floor library, first-floor sun room, five bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, lower-level recreation room, lower-level laundry room, lower-level workshop, gas heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Stone fireplace, oak and ceramic tile flooring, vaulted ceilings, three skylights, bay window, French doors, two ceiling fans, built-in bookcases and cabinets, crown moldings, center-island kitchen cooktop with grill and griddle

Schools: Fallsmead Elementary, Robert Frost Middle, Wootton High School

Close by: About 1 1/2 miles to shopping at Rockshire, about 7 miles to Lakeforest Mall and a few miles farther to either White Flint or Montgomery malls, about 1 1/2 miles to the Interstate 270 interchange at Falls Road, about 1 1/2 miles to Lakewood Country Club

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Barbara Levin, Coldwell Banker Realty Pros, at 301/424-4281

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