- The Washington Times - Friday, December 6, 2002

A five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath home on Western Avenue in Chevy Chase offers the best of both worlds a newly built home in a well-established neighborhood,convenient to Washington.

Aside from a stairwell that was preserved, the original house on the property a modest 1924 home was torn down and rebuilt six months ago as a four-level Colonial house.

The stone-and-shingle exterior boasts a long front porch and stone walkway, while colorful flower boxes adorn the windows and make the home welcoming. For easy access, there is a circular driveway in front of the home.

A bonus to this home is a carriage house above the two-car garage, architecture reminiscent of yesteryear. As an in-law suite, professional office or studio, this self-contained carriage house has a full bath and lots of space.

The outdoors seem to have slipped inside this sunlit room with views of the wooded lot. It has large floor-to-ceiling windows on all of the walls, including two Palladian windows that look in opposite directions onto the yard. The vaulted ceiling has recessed lighting and a ceiling fan.

Inside the main home, the interior offers more luxury. The homeowners say the builder had a staff of five working exclusively on this home from start to finish so they could pay more attention to details. It shows.

Elegant marble and hardwood floors as well as an abundance of windows are found throughout the home. In addition, crown molding and neutral-colored two-tone paint gives the interior a classic look.

The foyer neatly separates the living room from the formal dining room. A wide entrance with pocket-doors leads to the living room, where a visitor's attention immediately is drawn to a massive wood-burning fireplace covering an entire large wall with stone.

Two bay windows on opposite walls offer guests in this room an unobstructed view of the front and back yards.

Through the formal dining room is one entrance to the home's library, with its walls of white shelves and cabinets. Strategically placed in one corner of the room is the oak staircase that was saved from the old home. This staircase blends well in the new home and is just one of two stairways in the house to access the second level. The other is in the foyer area.

The back of the home seems to have been designed for entertaining because of its openness. A uniquely designed kitchen opens into and overlooks the great room. Light wood cabinetry, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a double oven and five-burner stove, make the kitchen stylish and functional. The sink has convenient foot controls for the water so you can wash dishes or use the sink without ever having to touch any knobs. This sink is on a long counter facing the great room and offers views to the outdoors. Part of the counter serves as a long breakfast bar and has hanging lights overhead.

A large pantry can be found just down the hall.

Several stairs on either side of the breakfast bar lead to the step-down great room. This room has 12-foot ceilings and runs almost the entire width of the home. It features a second fireplace with a mantle and two doors to access the rear deck.

Another short set of steps off the great room leads down to a hidden back porch entrance and mudroom with a coat closet. This entrance offers a convenient port for unloading groceries because of its closeness to the kitchen.

On the second floor are found four bedrooms including two master suites and three full baths. All of the bedrooms have a generous amount of closet space and feature hardwood floors. A set of glass double doors leads to the larger of the master bedrooms that has a walk-in closet and recessed lights.

This room, on the back end of the home, has windows facing three different directions. The new owners could choose to section off a portion of the open master suite to use as a sitting area.

In the master bath are a rich burgundy whirlpool tub, separate shower with marble surround and brass fixtures.

The other master suite features two ceiling fans, recessed lights, a vaulted ceiling and a full bathroom with marble tile.

The remaining two bedrooms on this level can share a bathroom. This vintage hall bath features black-and-white tile and marble, and it has a pedestal sink and stand-alone tub. A convenient laundry room on this level has built-in shelves and a sink.

Another stairway leads to a large, unexpected third-story loft room surrounded by windows, which could be used as another family room or children's playroom. A full bath with beige ceramic tile flooring is also on this level.

Outdoors, a stained wood deck with iron railings can be accessed from French doors in the living room, a kitchen doorway and two doors off of the great room. The deep, fenced-in yard backs to trees and includes a large brick patio.

Details

Address: 6612 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Community: Chevy Chase

Age: Built in 2002

Price: $1.499 million

Size: 5,300 square feet on .32 acres

Taxes: $12,000 per year (estimated)

Exterior features: Detached Colonial, stone-and-shingle exterior, front porch, bay window, circular driveway, detached two-car garage, carriage house, deck, brick patio, fenced-in yard

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, two master suites, walk-in closets, library, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, marble floors, two stairways, breakfast bar, granite counters, partial basement, 9-foot ceilings, vaulted ceilings, crown molding, Palladian windows

Amenities: Two fireplaces with glass doors, pocket doors, French doors, stainless steel kitchen appliances, five-burner cooktop, whirlpool tub, built-in bookcases, recessed lights

Close by: Rock Creek Park, Montgomery Mall, shopping, restaurants, swimming, tennis, library

Schools: Chevy Chase Elementary, Westland Elementary, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Flaherty Group Realtors' Claude Labbe, 202/396-6006; or Cyndy Davis, 301/946-3900

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