- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Next to Rock Creek Park, enclosed by a white picket fence, a charming home on Kensington Parkway in Chevy Chase has prompted neighbors and passers-by to ask to take a peek inside.

The house was a 1954 rambler until five years ago when the owner, a detail-oriented home improvement specialist, bought it. His additions transformed the house into an inspiring six-bedroom, 4-bath Colonial with an airy master suite, in-ground pool and multiple decks.

The owners say people were amazed by the changes and curious to see the finished product, so they welcomed them into their home once renovations were completed. The home’s stone and siding exterior and green shutters blend in with its natural surroundings.

Changes to the interior are as impressive as the exterior. The homeowner was careful to stay true to the home’s original character while adding modern amenities.

Guests enter the home directly into the cozy new foyer with sophisticated molding. The foyer opens into rooms decorated with vividly painted walls in Ralph Lauren colors lit by stylish track lighting.

On one side of the foyer is what the owners refer to as the music or entertainment room, as it currently houses a piano and other instruments. Also in this room is a wet bar with a large marble counter and sturdy cabinets overhead. A door in this room leads to another room that is currently used for storage but can easily be turned into a den or library.

Across the hall foyer is a columned entrance that leads to the relaxing open living room, which comes to life with white chair-rail molding and tangerine colored walls. The large living room windows overlook the front porch.

The living room flows into the kitchen that is separated by a breakfast bar with cabinets above it. This is a good place for the cook to pull up a stool and join in talking with company in the adjoining living room.

Kitchen features include blue Corian counters, ceramic tile backsplash, a stainless steel dishwasher and black appliances. The owner added a breakfast room in the back of the kitchen that has a patio door to the lower rear deck.

Because the homeowners enjoy having company over for dinner, they created a large dining room to accommodate a sizable table. Aqua-blue walls compliment the dining room’s white tray ceiling. Both a fireplace with a wood stove insert and a large window overlooking the in-ground pool give the room a relaxed atmosphere.

A doorway with columns leads from this room into the breakfast area.

There is also a family room in the back of the home, as well as a full-size bathroom and half bath on the main level.

The homeowner removed the original roof and started from scratch when he created the second floor. A gleaming hardwood staircase leads to five spacious bedrooms on this upper level, including a lavish master bedroom suite. Hardwood oak floors throughout the upstairs enhance the classy and polished look of this level.

Inside the sunny master bedroom with its soaring vaulted ceiling, a host of features makes it one of the homeowner’s favorite rooms.

The room boasts a Palladian window set above a spacious sitting room and extra-tall double doors to access a rear deck. Convenient features such as a built-in ironing cabinet and organized shelving in the walk-in closet are added bonuses.

The deck is laid out in a sunburst pattern and stretches across the rear of the home. It is a magnificent place to start the day and offers a scenic overlook onto the pool and its lush natural landscape. The homeowners say that from the deck they often see morning joggers out for a run and that they have a view of the Washington Mormon Temple.

The master bathroom also has a vaulted ceiling as well as a skylight, and a step-up bathtub with built-in soap and accessory coves. Additional features include Corian counters, solid maple cabinets and a ceramic tile border.

The upstairs hallway features distinctive molding and recessed lights that give it a lot of character. One of the four remaining bedrooms was designed to be conveniently used as a nursery, if needed. The homeowner says he connected this bedroom to the master suite and created an area on one wall that would work perfect for a changing-table station. There is also another full bath on this level.

An in-law apartment on the lower level offers all of the essentials and more. It comes with a living room, fully equipped kitchen, bedroom and full bathroom with white cabinets. There is also a laundry room and storage space on this level. A door allows easy access to the back yard.

Outdoors, a large, inviting, in-ground pool is bordered by new flagstone decking. The property extends 30 feet beyond the backyard fence. It appears to seamlessly blend in with Rock Creek Park.

With soundproofed walls, two-zone heating and air conditioning, and double-lapped roof shingles reminiscent of older houses, the owners seem to have thought of everything.

More info:

Address: 9213 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Community: Rolling Hills

Age: Built in 1954

Price: $785,000

Size: About 7,700 square feet living space on 2.65 acres

Taxes: $4,919

Exterior features: Stone and aluminum/steel siding, fully fenced, front porch, decks, patio, in-ground pool with flagstone surround

Interior features: Six bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, music room, walk-in closets, open floor plan, hardwood floors, Corian and marble counters, in-law apartment with a second kitchen, vaulted ceilings, skylight, crown molding, master suite with sitting room, soundproofed interior walls

Amenities: Fireplace in dining room with wood stove insert, wet bar, stainless steel dishwasher, Palladian windows, two-zone air conditioning and heating

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

Close by: Rock Creek Park, Montgomery Mall

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Keith Gamboa, Weichert Realtors, at 301/681-0550, Ext. 202

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