- The Washington Times - Friday, May 31, 2002

When you drive Route 108 in the Maryland suburbs from Olney to Columbia, you cross a small bridge over the Patuxent River that is the boundary between Montgomery and Howard counties.

Immediately after this bridge, on the Howard County side, there is a long private road on the right that disappears up a hill into the woods. This road, which is a dead end, has no name, but as you continue through the woods there are two dozen clearings, which are large, sunny, residential lots, each with a driveway to a house with its own mature trees.

These houses make up the community of Foxhaven. All of their mailing addresses are on Route 108, which is called Clarksville Pike on this stretch of the road, with the town name of Highland, Md.

"It's very, very private up here," says Tony Macy, owner of one of the houses in Foxhaven. The privacy, and the fact that it is relatively convenient to both the Washington and Baltimore areas, are why Mr. Macy and his wife, Kathy, bought the house 14 years ago, he says.

The Macys' house, which is on a lot of a little more than three acres, backs up to the watershed and is walking distance through the woods to the Patuxent River.

It is set back from the private, nameless road through lighted, brick gateposts, down a crunchy gravel driveway lined with an allee of Japanese crab apple trees. The trees flower in the spring, Mr. Macy says, and are strictly ornamental they do not bear edible crab apples.

In the back yard is a heated in-ground swimming pool in addition to an inviting deck with built-in benches and a patio.

The house, a custom Colonial that is inviting on the inside as well as on the outside, is on the market for $494,500.

Its covered-entry porch provides a haven in inclement weather both from the flagstone front walk and the two-car side-entry garage, which has a door to the porch near the front door.

The entry foyer has a ceramic tile floor, and formal living and dining rooms with oak floors.

A large kitchen has a breakfast nook, a center island with a propane-fueled cooktop and a walk-in pantry.

The dining room has glass patio doors to the deck, and the kitchen has a single door to the deck. The deck has a propane-fueled grill, and the pool is heated with propane. The house has oil heat and electric central air conditioning.

There is a big bay window the Macys added in the kitchen, with a comfortable window seat that opens for storage. Actually, they gutted and modernized the entire kitchen, Mr. Macy says. The cabinets are made of a bleached maple. A large wall in the breakfast nook has matching built-in maple shelves with cabinets beneath.

The house has two brick fireplaces, one with an arched firebox in the living room and the other with a wood stove insert in the lower-level family room. The family room, which has a full-size bar with a ceiling fan above it, has double glass doors to the patio around the pool.

French doors connect the entry foyer and the living room.

When the couple bought the house, Mr. Macy recalls, it had a "dark, cozy look," with stained wood-beamed ceilings throughout the first floor. "We lightened everything," he notes, painting the dark beamed ceilings oyster white.

There is a matching white wood wall on one side of the staircase to the second floor, and a painted white brick wall on the other side. The exterior of the house is white brick and siding with a gray roof, black shutters and a red front door. A post on the front porch is fashioned from a natural tree trunk. The Macys installed new gutters and downspouts last year.

The house has four bedrooms, all on the second floor. There is a powder room on the first floor and two full baths on the second.

The master bedroom suite has a dressing area with a built-in armoire and a walk-in closet.

The second floor has pine floors covered in a rose-beige carpeting.

The same carpeting covers the stairs to the second floor. At the end of the second-floor hall is a wall of built-in bookshelves.

The lower level has blue-gray carpeting, as do the stairs down to the lower level.

An unfinished room on the lower level contains both the laundry and a workshop.

There is storage space in this room, in addition to a good amount of storage space in an attic that has pull-down stairs. There also is outdoor storage space under the deck.

Address: 14215 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777-9522

Community: Foxhaven

Age: Built 1976

Price: $494,500

Size: About 3,100 square feet on lot of 3.16 acres

Taxes: $3,535 in 2001

Exterior features: Brick and vinyl siding Colonial with covered front porch, two-car side-entry garage, gravel driveway, deck with built-in benches, patio, in-ground swimming pool

Interior features: Entry foyer, living and dining rooms, large modern kitchen with center island and breakfast nook, four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, walk-out lower-level family room, lower-level laundry, attic with pull-down stairs, oil heat, electric central air conditioning

Amenities: Two fireplaces, hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, bay window, window seat, walk-in pantry, French doors, built-in bookshelves, built-in armoire, full-size bar, two ceiling fans, central vacuum

Schools: Fulton Elementary, Lime Kilm Middle, River Hill High

Close by: About six miles to shopping in Olney, about 12 miles to mall at Columbia, walking distance through wooded watershed to Patuxent River

Open house: Sunday, June 2, 1-4 p.m.

Contact: Roseann Taff, Realtor with Long & Foster, 301/924-1100 or 301/990-8264.

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