- The Washington Times - Friday, March 29, 2002

A unique custom Colonial with a contemporary flair is on the market on a secluded wooded site in the Montgomery County town of Ashton.

Priced at $999,999, the house has 5,000 square feet of comfortable living space plus an enclosed rear courtyard with an in-ground swimming pool and stone hot tub outside.

A stream runs through the woods on the lot of 53/4 acres.

"We had it custom designed with an architect," says owner Allan Hossick, who lives in the house with his wife, Brenda, and two teen-age daughters. "We're just nestled back here in the woods in a private setting. It's very quiet back here. No traffic, nothing."

The house is made of brick and cedar siding with two wide chimneys flanking the front entry. The chimneys serve four fireplaces. Two are wood-burning fireplaces, and two are gas fireplaces. One of the gas fireplaces is a see-through fireplace between the master bedroom and the master bath.

The house has a two-story foyer with a large Palladian window above a double entry door. There is a bridge across the second floor of the foyer, which is, in effect, a balcony in the upstairs hall connecting two bedroom wings. From the bridge are views through both the front Palladian window and a second Palladian window over patio doors at the rear of the house.

The floor of the foyer is bleached oak, and this bleached oak flooring continues through the dining room and kitchen.

The living room is carpeted in a rosy beige with a hunter green border. This pattern of carpeting is repeated on the circular contemporary staircase.

Through glass doors from the living room is a small library or den, which Mr. Hossick uses as a home office. This room has solid hunter green carpeting to match the border of the carpeting in the living room and staircase.

The living room and dining room each has a sleek contemporary fireplace of rosy beige. In the living room is a bowed bay window of glass blocks.

The house has both a first-floor family room and a first-floor game room, where the Hossicks have a billiards table. Each of these rooms is carpeted.

The family room has a high vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan and a floor-to-ceiling custom stone and masonry fireplace with a wide raised hearth and arched firebox. There is a wet bar with a small sunburst window above it.

The billiards room has glass doors to the courtyard and swimming pool.

The spacious kitchen has a peninsula with a cooktop on one side and breakfast bar on the other. There is also a breakfast nook with ample space for a table and chairs. Mr. Hossick described the kitchen cabinets as "pickled oak." There is a Palladian window over the kitchen sink.

Also on the first floor is a cheerful sunroom with a light gray-green Mexican tile floor and a ceiling fan. The sunroom is off the dining room, through double-wide glass doors.

The house has four bedrooms and four full baths.

One of the baths was designed to be a first-floor powder room, Mr. Hossick says, with a shower included for swimmers using the pool. The courtyard and pool are just outside the first-floor level.

All the bedrooms are on the second floor, which is entirely carpeted in rosy beige. All have walk-in closets that are fitted with drawers, shelves and cabinets. The closet in the master bedroom suite is large.

Both the master bedroom and master bath have vaulted ceilings.

The master bath has a balcony outside, overlooking the rear woods. The master bath has a whirlpool tub and separate shower with five jets. There is a double vanity with ceramic tile top and a separate water closet.

The hall bath also has a double vanity with ceramic tile top and a separate room containing the tub and toilet.

The Hossicks have furnished the fourth bedroom as a TV room. It has a built-in computer desk.

Also on the second floor is a laundry room.

Beautifully maintained, the house has many designer touches, including a wide plant ledge high in the foyer, and crown moldings in the living room, dining room and billiards room. The foyer walls are custom-painted in beige with a hint of rose. "They call it glazing," Mr. Hossick says.

"It's an application done with cheese cloth," and the paint is dabbed on, he says.

At the top of his list of favorite features is the house's speaker system. "I'm big on built-in speakers," he says. "The house has built-in speakers all through it."

Asked what Mrs. Hossick valued most, he says the spacious floor plan. "The house is very open," he noted. Also, he says, "We wanted everything on the main level."

The house has a full unfinished basement with a three-car garage and full bath on that level. It is a side-entry garage with access to what Mr. Hossick called "a garden room with a workbench."

The house is at the end of a long road off New Hampshire Avenue that ends in a cul-de-sac. From the cul-de-sac is a long shared driveway into the woods that circles in front of the Hossicks' house.

There are brick garden walls and a concrete path to the front porch. The path appears to be perfectly formed flagstone, but it is textured concrete, Mr. Hossick says, dyed and stamped with what appears to be meticulously filled mortar joints. Identical textured concrete forms a patio around the pool inside the rear courtyard.


Address: 17609 Sir Galahad Way, Ashton, MD 20861

Age: Built 1990

Price: $999,999

Size: About 5,000 square feet, plus basement on lot of 5.77 acres

Taxes: $5,688 in tax year 2000

Exterior features: Custom Colonial of brick and cedar siding with three-car side-entry garage, in-ground swimming pool with stone waterfall and stone hot tub, second-floor balcony, circular driveway, brick garden walls

Interior features: Two-story entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms, first-floor family room, first-floor billiards or game room, first-floor library or office, modern kitchen with breakfast nook, sunroom, four bedrooms, four full baths, second-floor laundry, full unfinished basement, electric heat pump and propane heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Four fireplaces, high ceilings, bleached oak and ceramic tile flooring, custom carpeting, wet bar, French doors, Palladian windows, glass-block bay window, crown molding, whirlpool tub, speaker system

Schools: Sherwood Elementary, Farquhar Middle, Sherwood High

Close by: About 5 miles to shopping at Olney, about 10 miles to Beltway at New Hampshire Avenue interchange

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Roseann Taff, Realtor with Long & Foster, at 301/987-0059.

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