- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2001

In 1979, architect Steven Ebner showed a single white brick to the prospective buyers of an empty lot in Rockville. The couple liked the brick. Then he showed them a drawing of the five-bedroom Colonial house that he proposed to build with the white bricks. They had a few ideas of their own. The plan was tweaked and the deal was done.

Today, the couple are now empty nesters. They have put the white brick house on the market. Still in beautiful condition, it is priced at $695,000. The price includes a lot of almost a half-acre with a swimming pool and spa.

The property is on Chesterfield Road in the sought-after Manor Club View neighborhood across the street from the Manor Country Club golf course.

Among the house's selling points is a first-floor suite with a full bath and sliding glass doors to a private deck. The owners have used this room as a private office and library. Future owners could make it into a first-floor bedroom suite, but the suite makes a very comfortable library.

A second full bath is on the first floor, near the kitchen, with a shower for swimmers. The house has an inviting entry foyer with white ceramic tile floor, oak staircase and two walk-in coat closets. There is a double entry door of oak with beveled windows.

The formal living and dining rooms are on either side of this foyer, each with oak flooring and a floor-to-ceiling bay window. The living room also has a wall of windows with a sliding door opening to a second deck. A crystal chandelier hangs above the dining room table.

There is a first-floor family room with a six-window bay facing the pool and patio at the rear of the house. The family room has sets of sliding glass doors on each side, one opening to the deck outside the living room, the other opening to the patio.

A raised beige brick fireplace in the family room is one of the house's two fireplaces. Next to it is a wet bar with built-in shelves above and a cabinet below.

The second fireplace, also beige brick, is a two-sided fireplace in the spacious walk-out recreation room on the lower level. It, in effect, divides the large room in two, each side facing a fireplace.

An ornamental white fireplace, with blue and white accent tiles in the surround, provides a focal point in the living room but has no chimney.

One of the most cheerful rooms in the house, designed by Mr. Ebner and added a year after the house was built, is a sunroom adjacent to the kitchen that serves as a bright breakfast room. The sunroom has a vaulted ceiling with four skylights and sliding-glass doors to the patio and pool.

The kitchen has natural wood cabinets, white counters and a white ceramic tile floor. There is a broom closet in the kitchen and two pantries. A small hall leads from the kitchen to a door to the two-car attached garage. Off this hall is a rear coat closet.

There is a pocket door between the kitchen and the dining room.

The library has a wide window ledge of natural wood along one wall, with built-in cabinets beneath it. There is a window in the center of that wall, with built-in bookcases on either side.

Four of the house's five bedrooms are on the second floor, as are two of the five full baths, including the master bedroom suite. One bedroom and one bath are on the lower level. All the bathrooms have ceramic tile floors. All the bedrooms have off-white carpeting.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet with built-in dresser drawers and shelves. The master bath has a tub and separate shower.

There are his-and-hers vanities.

Also on the second floor is a hall closet and a linen closet. A pull-down staircase to the attic is in the ceiling of the master bedroom closet.

The large laundry room is on the lower level. There is a laundry chute from one of the upstairs bedrooms to save steps. The chute also has a door in the rear wall of the kitchen broom closet, designed to dispatch table linens and kitchen towels easily to the laundry.

Among other amenities in the house are crown moldings; chair rails; wainscoting; Berber carpeting in the family room; ceiling fans in the family room, sunroom and master bedroom; double-panel Pella windows throughout; six-panel doors; mirrored walls; and recessed lighting. There is a new refrigerator and dishwasher in the kitchen, and a self-cleaning oven, microwave oven and trash compactor.

The back yard is fenced, enclosing the pool and patio, and there is ornamental fencing around an entry garden in front.

The neighborhood is quiet, off the beaten path but close to major roads including Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, and about three miles from either the Glenmont or Rockville Metro stations.


Address: 14616 Chesterfield Road, Rockville, Md. 20853

Community: Manor Club View

Age: 22 years

Price: $695,000

Size: About 4,000 square feet on lot of almost half an acre

Taxes: About $5,400

Exterior features: White-brick Colonial with two-car attached garage, two decks, patio, swimming pool and spa, fencing, landscaping

Interior features: Entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor library, first-floor family room, modern kitchen with combination breakfast room-sunroom, five bedrooms, five full baths, walk-out lower-level recreation room, lower-level laundry, lower-level storage room, electric heat pump and central air conditioning

Amenities: Two brick fireplaces, oak and ceramic tile flooring, wet bar, built-in bookshelves, crown moldings, wainscoting, bay windows, four skylights, mirrored walls, pocket door, three ceiling fans, laundry chute, recessed lighting, broom closet, two pantries, custom draperies, central vacuum

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

Close by: About six blocks to shopping at Leisure World Plaza, about three miles to either the Glenmont Metro station or the Rockville Metro station, seven to eight miles to Beltway interchange at Connecticut Avenue

Open house: Nov. 4, 1-5 p.m.

Contact: Call Judy Schlecht, Weichert Realtors, at 301/460-5820 or 301/681-0555

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