- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2003

The large stone and stucco dwelling with dramatic windows embellishing the front is no ordinary home. The building exudes luxury while the mature landscaping and circular balcony over the front door adds to its curb appeal.

Sitting high atop a hill on a 2-acre premium lot in Waldorf, Md., the home has 6,500 square feet of living space. In the surrounding Friendship Estates community are large homes on spacious, wooded lots.

Waldorf, considered the gateway to historic Southern Maryland, offers many cultural and recreational activities but is most known for St. Charles Town Center, a 1.2 million-square-foot mall. It is a growing community in Charles County with a population of about 22,000 people, yet Waldorf manages to retain small-town charm and offer an escape from fast-paced city living.

The home at 2812 Patricia Drive was built five years ago and is available for $869,900.

It boasts a Mediterranean-style open floor plan. At the entrance is a two-story foyer, highlighted by a white marble floor. The foyer sparkles with a grand crystal chandelier. Chandeliers also brighten the formal living room and dining room.

This house is in pristine, move-in condition. The neutral color scheme throughout allows room for personalized creative decorating.

Key to its dramatic design are 10-foot ceilings and abundant large, decoratively shaped windows. All of the rooms on the first floor have oversized entryways, so it is easy to see from one room to the next.

The step-up sitting room on one side of the foyer is a scenic spot to welcome guests into the home because it offers a view of the main level from an intriguing aspect. French doors open from this room onto an elegant terrace on the side of the home. Tucked away neatly in the back of the living room is a door leading to a smaller room that is being used as a home office. Both rooms have hardwood floors.

A convenient walk-through wet bar with glass shelving and white cabinets separates the dining room from the family room.

The formal dining room is large enough to fit a table seating many dinner guests at once. However, the kitchen, strategically angled in one large corner of the home, appears to be the focal point of the main level and family gathering spot.

A large granite-topped island comfortably accommodates friends and family for more casual meals. Granite is also elegantly featured on all of the counters and used as a backsplash. Kitchen appliances include a black double oven, two dishwashers, a trash compactor, and a refrigerator with doors that blend perfectly with the sleek white cabinetry.

The kitchen also features ceramic tile floors, skylights and a decorative chandelier. A hallway in the kitchen leads to the laundry room, mud room and attached three-car garage.

Two wooden steps lead from the kitchen area down into the sunken family room. This room includes a built-in unit with shelves and a cabinet for the television. The built-in unit is low enough to use the top of it to display decorative items. A fireplace with glass doors nestled within the built-in unit helps warm the large, open room.

The family room opens up into a sun-drenched Florida room with walls of bright windows looking onto the back yard. Eight skylights accentuate the tray ceiling and give the room an outdoorsy feel. The sunroom has a ceramic tile floor.

A three-story open staircase blends in naturally with the home's design and offers access to the lower level and four bedrooms on the second floor. Plush upgraded carpeting makes for a pleasant walk throughout the second level.

Luxury continues in the master suite, on one end of the hallway, which has a fireplace, a tray ceiling, recessed lights and a walk-in closet.

Marble counters, tall his-and-hers sinks, a stand-up shower, and a whirlpool tub with beige marble surround and gold fixtures highlight the master bathroom. A separate chamber within the bathroom houses the commode, a bidet and pedestal sink.

A white wrought-iron railing, accented with a gold design, elegantly lines the upstairs hallway. This hall overlooks the foyer and the home's center foyer window.

Each of the other three bedrooms on this level offers ample closet space and a full bathroom. One of the bathrooms has a door to allow access from the hall, as well.

A wide hardwood staircase from the main level leads down to a full, partially finished lower level with a recreation room, fifth bedroom, full bathroom and storage area. Three-zone heat helps to keep each level comfortable while saving energy.

A family would find in this home a sophisticated but functional living space with a unique, spacious design. On two acres, it offers a degree of privacy within a short drive of the Beltway.

Details

Address: 2812 Patricia Drive, Waldorf, MD 20603

Price: $869,900

Community: Friendship Estates

Taxes: $4,192 in 2002

Age: Built in 1997

Size: 6,500 square feet on 2 acres.

Exterior features: Stone and stucco exterior, balcony, terrace, patio, shingle roof, professional landscaping, three-car side-entry garage with door openers, long driveway, stone walkway, columns on front porch, stone walkway, landscaped yard, circular drive

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 6 1/2 baths, open floor plan, Florida room, partially finished lower level, wet bar, laundry room, mud room, French doors, marble floors, wood floors, ceramic tile floors, granite counters, large kitchen island, 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets

Amenities: Family room and master bedroom fireplace, recessed lights, skylights, whirlpool tub, bidet, built-ins, Pella windows, zoned temperature control, double oven, two dishwashers

Close by: St. Charles Towne Center Mall, Charles County Plaza, American Indian Cultural Center, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Home Museum, Cheltenham Wildlife Management Area, LaPlata

Schools: Berry Elementary, Henson Middle, Lackey High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Cathy McGarrigan of Long & Foster Realtors at 301/292-0700

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