- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2003

A waterfront home on the market in Fort Washington offers great curb appeal along with a spectacular view. With the water bordering its back yard and the lush greens of a golf course out front, this home at 12507 Arrow Park Drive has the best of both worlds. The home backs to Swan Creek, a Potomac River tributary.

It is now available for $850,000. The contemporary design makes this five bedroom, four-bath house stand out in a neighborhood of exclusive homes within the vibrant Tantallon community.

Built in 1988, the exterior of this home is far from typical, with its varying triangular rooflines and bay windows. An inviting covered front porch with decorative white railings neatly wraps around to one side. Indoors, features and amenities make this home a model of convenience and luxury.

The open two-story foyer separates the living room from the dining room in this center hall floor plan. The sunken living room welcomes guests with its formal comfort. Both the living room and dining room benefit from daylight brought in by large bay windows. With a two-story bay window in the front of the home and a three-story bay window in back, rooms on all levels are filled with natural light.

Hardwood floors accent most of the rooms throughout the main level. A large kitchen and family room are found on the more casual side of the home. Walking toward the step-down family room is like walking into a calm forest with tall trees and calm water visible through the windows.

The two-story family room has a marble fireplace and large wet bar. Skylights, recessed lights and two ceiling fans enhance the dramatic vaulted ceilings. The back wall contrasts with the white walls in the room because it is made of dark wood. On this wall are two sets of French doors with arched windows above them. These doors flood the rear interior with light and provide unspoiled views of the water and access to the deck.

On one side of the family room is a home office with a bay window facing the back yard. On the opposite side is the kitchen with its abundant cabinets and counter space. This kitchen has ceramic tile counters and floors, a double oven, electric range, center island with a breakfast bar, and a built-in desk. The face of the dishwasher matches the wood cabinets, and there is a convenient built-in automatic ice machine separate from the refrigerator. On top of the cabinets, a decorative railing offers space for showcasing special collections.

The breakfast room is in the back of the kitchen and looks into the large Florida room.

During warmer seasons, this sunroom is an obvious gathering spot. The homeowners enclosed the room with screens so they can enjoy the breeze and get the effect of being outdoors.

An inconspicuous side entrance to the home shows off even more living space in the 7,500-square-foot home. This portion of the house has a nicely sized bedroom with a door to the stylish full bath that features a shower, marble sink and cherry cabinets. There is also another large room on this wing of the home that the owners use as a game room. This spacious room has windows on opposite walls that allow for unobstructed views of both the front and back of the home. A large laundry room completes this section of the main level.

The second floor in the master suite is warmed by a two-sided fireplace, which creates a dramatic mood in both the sitting room and sleeping quarters. The sitting area has a ceiling fan. On the opposite side of the fireplace is the bedroom that includes a deep walk-in closet and double doors that lead to a master bathroom with skylights.

Although the house offers many views of water and woods, perhaps the best seat in the house is the master bedroom balcony with a breathtaking view of the water an ideal spot to have breakfast and watch the boats go by.

There are three additional bedrooms and another full bath on this level. All of the rooms are large and offer ample closet space. One of the rooms has a completely separate and private study area with a built-in desk and small octagonal window. The long, open upstairs hall has an overlook onto the foyer and family room.

Back on the main level, a wide stairway leads to the finished walk-out basement with chair-rail molding and built-in bookcases. In addition to the casual recreation room, this floor also has a much larger second home office with a bay window. There is a bathroom in the basement that has white ceramic tile with black diamonds on the floor and wall, but the bonus in this bathroom is a massive step-up shower with a built-in bench. Extra storage and closet space also are found on this level.

French doors lead to the brick patio and expansive fenced back yard. An in-ground sprinkler helps maintain the grounds. Walking to the boat dock with a private pier at the end of the yard, it's easy to get the feeling that you're on a weekend getaway.

Development of Tantallon began in the 1960s. Now, the neighborhood consists of about 900 homes ranging in price from $250,000 to more than $1 million. The Tantallon Country Club offers golf, swimming, tennis, dining facilities and a clubhouse.


Address: 12507 Arrow Park Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon

Price: $850,000

Taxes: $9,552

Age: Built in 1988

Size: 7,500 square feet on .65 acre

Exterior features: Contemporary design, wrap-around porch, circular drive, professional landscaping, fenced yard, deck, balcony, patio, in-ground sprinkler system, decorative light posts, boat dock with electric and water hookups, private pier, two-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, Florida room, game room, skylights, two-story foyer, master suite with sitting room and balcony, hardwood floors, ceramic tile floors, finished walk-out basement, kitchen desk, center island, cathedral ceilings, overlook from second floor, main-level laundry room, bay windows, extra large basement shower, French doors

Amenities: Two fireplaces, wet bar, built-in bookcases, intercom system, security system, recessed lights, whirlpool tub, zoned temperature control, ceiling fans

Close by: Tantallon Country Club, golf course, tennis, swimming, Harmony Hall,Potomac River, Fort Washington Marina

Schools: Potomac Landing Elementary,Eugene Burroughs Middle, Friendly High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Mike Patrick of RE/MAX Colonial Homes at 301/292-6800

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