- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

Summerhill Homes has recently completed an elegant new estate beautifully sited on 2 acres of prime Potomac land at 11201 Albemyrtle Road.
Minutes away from Potomac Village, this Georgian-style brick residence has been professionally landscaped, including a private rear yard with a view of mature trees.
The exterior of this home presents a formal and imposing facade, but the interior features a light-filled open floor plan with plenty of space for both formal entertaining and casual family life. Now on the market for $1.285 million, this Montgomery County home has a two-story central rotunda as its focal point.
Two portico entrances lead into the home — one the main formal entrance into the foyer, the other a secondary entrance into the laundry room and adjacent to the three-car, side-loading garage.
Both finished levels have hardwood flooring throughout each room, and the first floor has 10-foot ceilings. The grand foyer opens onto the central rotunda and has triple-crown moldings, as well as decorative columns flanking the entrances to the formal living room and formal dining room on either side.
The formal living room includes a gas fireplace with a marble surround, crown and chair rail-moldings, and glass French doors leading into the adjacent study. The formal dining room also has crown and chair-rail moldings. French doors also connect the study, which has windows on three sides, to the family room.
Across the rear of this residence are the more casual rooms, including a large family room with another gas fireplace with a marble surround, and triple-crown moldings. Decorative columns frame the entrance from this family room into a cozy "games" room that leads into the breakfast area.
The games room has glass doors to the rear yard and another set of columns to define the entrance to the breakfast area. Huge windows in the breakfast area add light to the already brightly illuminated kitchen, which has a corner window over the sink, cherry cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel and state-of-the-art appliances, a built-in desk and many additional amenities, including a butler's pantry with built-in shelves and storage.
Near the kitchen are the rear vestibule entrance to the laundry room and garage and a rear staircase to the upper level.
The main staircase off the rotunda also connects the main and upper levels and leads to the unique second-level balcony over the study. Opposite the balcony across the rotunda is a charming alcove with a closet, a space that could be used as a computer room, children's play area, or a sewing room.
All the rooms on this level have hardwood flooring, 9-foot ceilings and crown moldings.
Four bedrooms have been placed around the rotunda, including a dramatically large master suite with a sitting area with a fireplace, a huge bedroom, and his-and-hers marble bathrooms and closets. "Hers" includes a soaking tub, separate shower and extra-large vanity, along with a deep walk-in closet.
"His" has a shower, vanity and another large walk-in closet. The extra-large second bedroom has a private full bath and a walk-in closet. The third and fourth bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet, share an adjoining bath with a double vanity and a combination tub and shower in a separate enclosure.
The unfinished lower level awaits the input of the new owners and can accommodate another full bath and a variety of room configurations.
For information or an appointment to view the home, call Washington Fine Properties' Realtors Ellen Morrell at 202/243-1616 or Ruffin Maddox at 301/765-8329, or take a virtual tour of the property (www.wfpsir.com).


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