- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2001

A yellow Colonial-style stucco house now on the market offers the enviable combination of spacious comfort and an inside-the-Beltway location in fashionable

Chevy Chase.On a private lot of more than an acre off East-West Highway, the house is priced at $3.2 million. It contains about 6,000 square feet of living space. Outside is a heated swimming pool with spa, slide and diving board.

At the entry is a motor court, approached on a private drive through a pair of yellow stucco pillars. The court is white concrete with natural brick edging and brick accents.

The house has matching brick steps to a brick front porch, and a brick path to a side entry. Also facing the court, at a right angle to the house, is a three-car detached garage of yellow stucco.

The house and garage have white trim and black roofs.

"My husband and I have always been interested in architecture," owner Maureen Gretschel says. With the help of an architect, she and her husband, Mike, built the house in 1984 on land they believe was once part of a dairy farm.

"We were told [by a neighbor] it was a former dairy farm," she says. "When they were excavating, we found many milk bottles. I believe the name was the Washington Dairy."

The house has a two-story entry hall with a curved oak staircase and a huge brass chandelier. A hand-painted mural of a park greets visitors. A real sundial and concrete bench in the hall add a third dimension to the parkland mural.

The floor of the hall is brown marble with a soft rose-colored band.

There are formal living and dining rooms on either side of the hall, each with a fireplace.

The dining room fireplace has a surround of brown marble that matches the hall floor. A powder room off the hall also has a brown marble floor.

There are three Palladian windows in the living room and one in the dining room.

The house has a third fireplace, built of brick with a two-way opening a little below eye level. One side of this fireplace faces a first-floor family room, and the other side faces the kitchen.

The family room has two sets of double atrium doors incorporated into Palladian windows.

The kitchen has an adjacent breakfast alcove built into a bay window with a double window seat. There is a center island and a built-in desk in the kitchen. The cabinets are cherry, as is the paneling on the refrigerator door. The counters are gray granite.

There is a first-floor library with built-in cherry bookcases and cabinets. It has a Palladian window and a large box bay at one end with five windows, where the Gretschels have a desk.

Most of the flooring throughout the first and second floors is oak, including that of the kitchen.

A first-floor sunroom has a floor of natural brick. This room has six tall, narrow Palladian windows, three of which include double atrium doors to the terrace and swimming pool outside.

Also on the first floor is a full bath and a finished laundry room, both with ceramic tile floors. The laundry room has cherry cabinets.

This is near the kitchen, as is a rear staircase to the second floor.

The house also has front and rear staircases to the lower level.

On the second floor is a balcony overlook with oak floor and oak railing facing the entry hall.

There are five bedrooms and three baths on the second floor, including the master bedroom suite.

The master bedroom suite has a large sitting room or den with built-in bookcases and cabinets. It has four closets, one a large walk-in closet with an oak floor.

The master bath has a green marble floor, a green marble double vanity and a whirlpool tub built into a green marble surround. The separate shower has green marble walls and floor.

The hall bath has a similar shower of gold-colored marble and a vanity and floor of matching marble. The vanity has a "vessel sink," which is a basin-shaped sink that sits on top of the vanity with faucets coming out of the mirrored wall behind it.

The third upstairs bath is a "jack-and-jill bath" with a ceramic tile floor built between two of the bedrooms. Each of these bedrooms has its own vanity and dressing area on either side of the bathroom. There is a sixth bedroom and fifth full bath on the lower level, to serve as an au pair suite.

Also on the lower level is a large recreation room with cheerful red plaid carpeting and white wood paneled walls. It has two shelved closets.

A large unfinished storage room provides lots more space, for a workshop as well as for storage.

In addition, there is a detached storage shed outside near the terrace, painted yellow to match the house.

The terrace, which surrounds the swimming pool, is gray concrete with cobblestone accents. The entire area is surrounded by mature flowering trees and shrubs, giving it complete privacy.

Mrs. Gretschel says her priorities in designing the house were "a good flow" to the floor plan and "very livable space. We didn't want gigantic rooms, [although] 15 [feet] by 15 is about the smallest room. It's a very comfortable house."


Address: 8030 Glengalen Lane, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815

Age: Built 1984

Price: $3.2 million

Size: About 6,000 square feet on lot of 47,528 square feet

Taxes: $12,053

Exterior features: Stucco Colonial with three-car detached garage; heated swimming pool with spa, slide and diving board; terrace; storage shed; mature landscaping

Interior features: Two-story entry hall, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor library, first-floor family room, kitchen with breakfast alcove, first-floor sunroom, first-floor laundry room, six bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, lower-level recreation room, two-zone gas heat and electric heat pump with central air conditioning

Amenities: Three fireplaces; marble, oak and ceramic tile flooring, brick flooring in sunroom, front and rear staircases, cherry paneling and cherry cabinets, hand-painted mural, Palladian windows, crown moldings, built-in bookcases, atrium doors, granite counters, window seat, whirlpool tub

Schools: Rosemary Hills Elementary, Westland Middle, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

Close by: About one mile to shopping at Chevy Chase Lake, about one mile to District line at Chevy Chase Circle, about two miles to Beltway intersection with Connecticut Avenue, about one mile to shopping and Metro station in Bethesda, about two miles to shopping and Metro station at Friendship Heights

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Carol Nerenberg, Realtor with W.C. & A.N. Miller, 202/957-5559 or 301/299-6000

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