- The Washington Times - Friday, August 2, 2002

Enjoying ice cream sandwiches while waving to neighbors from the front porch of their four-level home is one of Rob and Kathy Colgan's favorite activities in their Gaithersburg neighborhood.

The couple built the house in the Kentlands in 1998 and say they have enjoyed their front-porch view of the lake and the neighborly atmosphere ever since.

Nestled in a row of cottage homes with well-manicured lawns and immaculate landscaping, the Colgans' home is on the market for $429,900. This is one of many single-family homes in the area with covered front porches close to the street, promoting neighborly conversations.

A wide range of housing options is found within the 352-acre development, including multi-family apartments, condominiums and town houses. Parkwood Builders was the contractor for this Easton model home.

Visitors to 309 Booth St. will see the neighborhood's amenities. Just about everything that's needed, from grocery stores to movie theaters to restaurants, is incorporated into the community. Right around the corner from the Kentlands town square and its village shops, this home is in an ideal location.

The inside of the home is just as charming as the exterior. Guests enter the home directly into an elegant foyer with hardwood flooring. Right off of the foyer is a half bath with a pedestal sink, a large coat closet and an alcove big enough to decorate. A design company professionally wallpapered all of the rooms on the first floor for a fresh, synchronized look throughout the home.

A wide, arched entryway at the front of the house leads to a room that can be used as a living room or large formal dining room. A picture-perfect view of the front porch and lake across the street can be seen in the double windows in this room.

The scenic view combines with crown molding and dark green wallpaper to make this a grand room.

An abundance of windows in the back of the home allows sunshine in freely. On the more informal side of the home, the kitchen offers plenty of cabinets and counter space. Forty-two-inch oak cabinets outline the kitchen walls, and a green patterned wallpaper border decorates the wall above them. The dark green counters with wood trim and recessed lights in the ceiling give the kitchen a rich look.

White-on-white appliances include a double refrigerator, built-in microwave, stove and dishwasher. Two openings from the kitchen allow easy access to the breakfast area and family room. One of the kitchen counters transforms into a breakfast bar that also opens into the family room, which has a gas fireplace and French doors that lead to the back yard.

The kitchen-family-room area is the Colgans' favorite part of the house.

"I enjoy this space, because it allows everyone in the family to be a part of the conversation," Mrs. Colgan says. The room comes with a built-in bookcase that has a cabinet underneath. "Nothing is wasted," says Mr. Colgan, who added that every room in the house makes practical use of its space. Neutral Berber carpeting covers the family room floor.

The back yard, with its white picket fence, is filled with colorful flowers and bushes. It's large enough to take advantage of the outdoors but small enough that maintenance doesn't become too big of a chore.

A stone walkway leads from the back of the house to the detached two-car garage.

The master suite exudes comfort. It is painted a soft mint green that plays well with the white window treatments. It also features three bright windows, a tray ceiling and two separate double-door closets.

A short hall in the bedroom leads to the master bath, with its white ceramic tile and white cabinets with a double sink. On opposite sides of the bathroom are a shower and a large tub, complete with a window and recessed lighting.

The remaining bedrooms on this level face the back yard, and both have easy access to the full bath in the hall.

A bonus to this house is the finished loft area accessible by stairs from the second floor. The homeowners finished the 400-square-foot space two years ago and use it as a fourth bedroom for guests.

The Colgans entertain lots of family visits, and this room can accommodate four twin beds along with a table and chairs. The walls are painted soft mint, continuing the theme from the master suite, and the volume ceiling is white with decorative molding, recessed lights and a ceiling fan. A large cedar closet was built in the loft as well.

The potential for more space is available in the unfinished basement, which has plumbing roughed in for a full bath.

All neighborhood property owners are members of the Kentlands Citizens Assembly, which runs the Kentlands Recreation Center and guarantees the architectural integrity and appropriate care of lots in the neighborhood. The assembly provides the maintenance of private alleys and parking areas, greens, recreation facilities, tot lots and equipment.

"This is a perfect home, especially for young couples or empty nesters," says Mrs. Colgan.


Address: 309 Booth St., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Community: Kentlands

Age: Built in 1998

Price: $429,900

Size: .08-acre lot

Exterior features: Cottage-style four-level home, covered porch, professional landscaping in front yard bordered by decorative stone, detached two-car garage in the back of home, fenced-in rear yard, wooden shake roof.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, kitchen with breakfast bar that opens into family room, French doors lead to back yard, cedar closets, plumbing set up in basement for future bathroom, 9-foot ceilings throughout first level, hardwood floor in foyer.

Amenities: Gas fireplace in family room, recessed lights, ceiling fan, master bath with tub, shower and double sink vanities, built-in bookcases, front porch view of lake.

Close by: Walking distance to Kentlands town square, village shops, movie theater, grocery stores, restaurants, coffee house and walking path.

Schools: Rachel Carson Elementary, Ridgeview Middle, Quince Orchard High.

Open house: By appointment only.

Contact: Realtor Mary Charters of Keller Williams at 301/590-5500.

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