- The Washington Times - Friday, September 13, 2002

Although the white-washed brick Colonial in Chevy Chase was built in 1950, the interior is clearly designed for the current century. The five-bedroom, 3-bath home was completely refurbished in 1999 and includes a host of features that go beyond typical renovations.

Besides new windows, floors and cabinets, other added features include a solarium and professional darkroom.

Situated atop a hill on 7720 Brookville Road, this house takes full advantage of its location by offering a picturesque landscaping scheme that leads guests up a set of concrete stairs to the formal front entry. For those who don't want to climb stairs, the owner redesigned a semiformal entry at the back of the home. This level back entrance features a covered porch with white columns, recessed lights and a mahogany door that opens to a gallery running from the rear of the house to the solarium in the front. This area serves as the perfect place to hang artwork or photographs. There are also built-in shelves at the back entrance.

Once inside the front foyer with its marble flooring, the bright and open floor plan allows for a glimpse of the main level. Crown molding, stylish new light fixtures, hardwood floors and subtle two-toned paint all combine to make this a sophisticated home. The layout lets people make a circle around the entire first floor to get from one room to the next.

The homeowner says she has had 100 persons in her home at once and that it didn't look crowded because people can easily move from room to room.

On one side of the foyer is a living room that runs the entire depth of the house and overlooks both the front and rear gardens. In the formal living room is a wood-burning fireplace, ceiling fan and a wall of built-in maple bookshelves.

This home is a book lover's paradise because two parallel entrances from the living room lead to a library. The library walls are lined with furniture-quality bookshelves, an entertainment center and special shelving for CDs as well as for old-fashioned vinyl albums. A skylight brings in extra sunshine, and on cold winter days radiant heat warms up the library's ceramic tiled floor. It's inviting for children who like to play with their toys on the floor.

All of the rooms are aesthetically soothing, and the kitchen is no different. The custom maple cabinets with their decorative molding and granite counters look more like a work of art than kitchen necessities. Glass cabinets create a showcase for special dishes. A skylight that opens, a large window along the back wall and a window over the stove all help the kitchen stay bright. The homeowner says that, when renovating, she definitely wanted a window over the stove because people usually are faced with looking at a wall when cooking. Now, instead of facing the wall, the cook gets to view a birdbath in the back yard while preparing meals.

A chef would marvel at this kitchen that comes complete with two sinks, two dishwashers, a Dacor six-burner gas cooktop with Viking downdraft ventilation, two self-cleaning electric Dacor wall ovens, a warming drawer and wine cooler. There is also a granite peninsula with a large breakfast bar.

For more formal entertaining, a set of pocket doors can close off the kitchen to the connecting dining room. This dining room has an expansive bay window with a view of the rear garden.

Each of the 3½ bathrooms has been renovated, as well, with new fixtures, mirrors, decorative ceramic floors and walls. All of the shower heads were installed 7 feet from the floor, instead of the usual 6 feet, in order to accommodate taller people. The home boasts a pressure-sensitive valve to help prevent scalding or sudden dips in water temperature.

At the front of the home is a room that can be used as a den or guest bedroom because it has a Murphy bed and full bathroom. A tranquil solarium is adjacent to this room and features a wall of windows and a skylight. It is an ideal place to nurture houseplants and a delightful spot to enjoy afternoon tea.

The stairway leading up to the second floor is hardwood with a carpet runner. This level is home to three generously sized bedrooms, two full baths and a lot of closet space. In the master bedroom are sliders leading to a rooftop sitting area that offers a view of the neighborhood. The third bedroom is currently used as a computer room and has plenty of extra wiring. A sunny finished attic features skylights and built-in dressers. Dimmers on most of the lights make it easy to change the look in each room.

A highlight of the lower level is the professional darkroom equipped with a separate hot water heater, numerous electrical outlets, plumbing for three sinks and a ventilator fan. There is also a renovated half bath off the darkroom with a safety light feature. The cozy recreation room on this level features Berber carpeting, a wood-burning stove, dry bar and glass block windows. A convenient dumbwaiter connects the darkroom, kitchen and master bedroom.

The home's hilltop location allows for a wonderful view of the neighborhood. Proposals for Brookville Road include adding sidewalks and islands with mature trees.

Chevy Chase is primarily residential and has maintained many of its original village-like qualities. The area consists of homes with high standards of landscape and architectural design, and the current owner was successful in renovating this home while enhancing the integrity of the original structure.


Address: 7720 Brookville Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-3943

Community: Chevy Chase

Age: Built in 1950

Price: $1.059 million

Size: 0.3 acres

Taxes: $6,387 for 2001

Exterior features: Colonial-style with white-washed brick, hilltop, front and level rear entrance, stone porch, covered back porch, bay window, professional landscaping.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, hardwood, marble and ceramic floors, maple cabinets, granite counters, peninsula with breakfast bar, pocket doors, recessed lights, built-in bookshelves, skylights, main-level wash area, wood-burning stove, fireplace, solarium, darkroom, library.

Amenities: Dumbwaiter connecting three levels, six-burner gas cooktop, two electric wall ovens, two dishwashers, two sinks, warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, wine cooler, dry bar, zoned temperature control, humidifier.

Close by: Chevy Chase Recreation Association swim and tennis club, Chevy Chase Country Club, Chevy Chase Lake shopping center, Rock Creek Park

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

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Rachel Widder of Evers & Co. Real Estate, 301/986-1679.

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