- The Washington Times - Friday, November 16, 2001

It was the glorious sunset that sold her on the house, Liz Guy recalls.

"We bought it for the view and the lot and the sunsets," she says of the North Potomac home she has shared with husband John and two children for the past eight years.

Of course, it was actually more than that. The house is beautiful, spacious and comfortable, and it was just 4 years old when the Guys bought it.

But in those few years the original owner had planted 60 flowering cherry trees along the back and one side of the property. So there are pink and white clouds of cherry blossoms to greet the spring, and burnished gold foliage in the autumn.

To add to the picturesque views, there are the horses. The Guys themselves have no horses, but along their back property line is an easement for a local bridle path that continues on into nearby Muddy Branch Park. "We see them all the time," Mrs. Guy says. "It's kind of a nice sight."

And they do have an in-ground swimming pool in the back yard, plus a wide deck with a built-in hot tub and built-in benches. "The pool is great because it's sunny, but it's totally private," Mrs. Guy says. "Lots of fun times there in the summer."

The Guys, however, now are planning to move to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, Md., and they have put the Tudor-style house on the market. Priced at $886,800, it has about 7,500 square feet of living space on a lot of a little more than two acres.

The dramatic two-story entry foyer has two balcony overlooks. The double front door is oak, with four narrow arched windows of beveled, leaded glass. The floor is marble, off-white with a dark brown border. The formal staircase that rises from this foyer is oak.

The house features formal living and dining rooms, a two-story family room, a first-floor library and a first-floor sunroom.

The first-floor office could double as a guest bedroom because it has a closet and a door to a large full bathroom. A second door to this bathroom leads to a side hall near the kitchen. It is one of six full baths in the house.

The kitchen and adjacent breakfast room have floors of white Italian tile that the Guys installed. They also installed Corian tops on the center island as well as on the kitchen counters.

They added white tile backsplashes in the kitchen and to a wet bar in the family room.

Flooring throughout the main rooms of the first and second floors is oak. All the bathrooms have off-white ceramic tile floors. The walkout lower level is carpeted in thick new off-white Berber carpeting.

The house has three fireplaces. The family room fireplace is stone, two stories tall and burns wood. The other two, in the living room and master bedroom, are gas fireplaces.

There are four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, on the second floor. Also on the second floor is the laundry room, with a white ceramic tile floor and a linen closet.

The master bedroom has a fireplace in a large sitting area. There are two walk-in closets plus a luggage closet. The master bath has a whirlpool tub and separate shower with a bench, a double vanity, a private water closet, two skylights and a large linen closet.

Another of the bedrooms has a private interior balcony overlooking the foyer that has a large second-floor picture window facing the front yard.

Looking across toward the rear of the house from this balcony, you face another balcony overlooking the foyer from the other side. This second balcony is, in effect, a bridge in the second-floor hall that looks over the foyer on one side and the family room on the other side.

On the lower level is the spacious recreation room with glass doors to the swimming pool, and the house's sixth full bath. There also is a lower-level room the Guys' children use for a music room. Their son, David, 15, plays the guitar, and their daughter, Joanna, 10, plays piano. In addition, there is a utility room and two storage rooms, each with lots of space.

The house has a three-car side-loading attached garage. The garage has a door to the side hall near the kitchen.

Nicely appointed and meticulously maintained, the house has many amenities. Among these are crown moldings, wainscoting, beveled glass and brass light fixtures, ceiling fans, and built-in oak bookcases in the library with a built-in computer desk and cabinets. There are large windows throughout, many of them facing the west to capture views of the sunset.

Three pocket doors can close off the living room for private affairs.

The dining room chandelier hangs from a grand ceiling medallion. The kitchen has cherry cabinets and a built-in work desk, as well as a double pantry closet.

The property is near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac of comparable custom homes. The neighborhood, called Bridle Crossing, is in the Darnestown area off Turkey Foot Road.

Mrs. Guy says she usually shops at the Kentlands, which is about five miles away. There also is shopping at Quince Orchard, about three miles away, and Potomac Village, about five miles away, she says.

Details

Address: 14008 Crossland Lane, North Potomac, Md. 20878

Community: Bridle Crossing

Age: Built 1989

Price: $886,800

Size: About 7,500 square feet on lot of 2.02 acres

Taxes: About $7,900

Exterior features: Custom Tudor house, brick and stucco with cedar shake roof and attached side-entry, three-car garage; swimming pool, deck with built-in hot tub and benches; storage shed

Interior features: Two-story foyer, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor library, two-story family room, modern kitchen with adjacent breakfast room and pantry, sunroom, first-floor office or bedroom suite, mud room, interior balconies on second floor, four second-floor bedrooms and four second-floor baths, second-floor laundry, lower-level walkout recreation room, lower-level bath, three lower-level multipurpose rooms, two-zone gas and electric heat and electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Three fireplaces; marble, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring; French doors; pocket doors; built-in library bookshelves with built-in desk and cabinets; crown moldings, chair rails and wainscoting; Corian counters; whirlpool tub; wet bar; two skylights; three ceiling fans; security system; central vacuum; intercom

Schools: Travilah Elementary, Frost Middle, Wootton High

Close by: About 3 miles to shopping at Quince Orchard, about 5 miles to shopping at the Kentlands, about 5 miles to Potomac Village, about 6 miles to Interstate 270 interchange with Shady Grove Road

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Anita Tauber at Long & Foster, 301/493-9878 or 301/564-4900.


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