- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

An unassuming driveway leads to an arched wrought-iron gate with brick columns, hidden within a cul-de-sac in a Brookeville neighborhood. Only after passing this private entrance do visitors realize that they are on the property of a majestic 12,000-square-foot home on 13 rolling acres.

Decorative light posts brighten the long driveway to 19406 Prospect Point Court in Gold Mine Estates. This custom Colonial home was built in 2001 by the homeowner and builder Joe Shahbazian. The exterior is completely brick, including a masonry deck and sunken patio in the back.

This hidden home offers privacy and scenery, while still being convenient to everyday necessities. The small town of Brookeville in upper Montgomery County, with its historic district on the National Register, is two miles north of Olney and 18 miles north of the District.

The home's exterior is a mixture of various cuts and arches. Choose to enter the home through the three-car side-entry garage or by the main entrance. A fountain, shipped from Europe, provides a focal point in the front yard, across from the double-door entry.

Mr. Shahbazian boasts that he only used top quality materials when building the home and said the 2-by-6 wall framing and double insulation helps produce an unbelievably low electric bill for a home this size.

A home this size? This house has nine bedrooms and 7½ baths, as well as a master suite on each of the three levels, each with its own Jacuzzi tub.

Attention to detail is evident everywhere in the custom moldings and arched doorways. The open design offers a dramatic view into many of the main-level rooms.

A two-story foyer is lighted by the Palladian window and one of several exotic European chandeliers found in the home. Marble floors, an assortment of columns and a grand winding staircase in the foyer add to the elegance.

The foyer opens to the bright dining room to the left and straight ahead to the formal living room. Hardwood floors and two-story ceilings, such as the one found in the living room, highlight the main level. Another European chandelier adorns the living room ceiling.

The back wall is covered with windows that reach all the way to the ceiling and offer views of the outdoors. An arched mirror above the fireplace adds another dimension to the living room.

Double doors from the living room invite guests into a family room featuring a two-story, natural stone fireplace. This centrally located room can be conveniently accessed from the living room, the dining room and the kitchen. Doors on the back wall also allow an entrance to the family room from the outdoor deck.

The kitchen with crown molding is both sophisticated and functional. The mixture of dark cherry cabinets, black granite counters and a neutral color ceramic floor makes a powerful statement. It's the fireplace, however, that steals the show in this room. It is the opposite side of the same fireplace in the family room.

Many of the cabinets, including the ones on the center-island cooktop, have glass doors for displaying special dishes. A built-in breadbox, wine rack and long workspace desk are convenient amenities. Recessed lights and top-of-the-line black appliances by Jenn-Air and GE Profile are used throughout the kitchen. A large, sunny breakfast room with a designer light fixture overlooks the deck.

Double doors open into this level's master suite, which also has a door that opens to the outside. Real gold towel hooks and racks embellish the walls in the bathroom, which has a step-up Jacuzzi tub set into beige marble.

On the opposite end of the home is another bedroom that can be used as an in-law or au pair suite because it has its own entrance on that side of the home.

Either of two staircases leads to the four bedrooms and three full baths upstairs. One is a back stairwell and the other is the main foyer staircase, with wide, winding, hardwood steps.

The builder paid attention to creating views from every vantage point in the house. A long, bridgelike hallway upstairs connects the bedrooms and offers stunning main-level and outdoor views on both sides. The master bedroom on this upper level features a large sitting area.

A finished walk-out basement houses an additional bedroom with its own full bath. This room is currently being used as a large home office. One portion of the basement is an open space featuring a two-sided stone fireplace and custom mahogany wet bar.

In addition, there are three large multiuse rooms, which could easily be used as an office, home theater, game room or exercise room. A set of French doors provides access to the outdoor patio.

Details

Address: 19406 Prospect Point Court, Brookeville, MD 20833

Community: Gold Mine Estates

Price: $2.5 million

Taxes: $9,552

Age: Built in 2001

Size: 12,000 square feet on 13.41 acres

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial, double-door entry, Palladian window, front yard fountain, masonry deck, sunken patio, long driveway, attached three-car side-entry garage, 2-by-6 exterior wall framing.

Interior features: Nine bedrooms, 7 1/2 baths, master suites on all three levels, open floor plan, finished walk-out basement, unfinished attic, storage room, marble floors, hardwood floors, kitchen desk, center-island cooktop, two-story ceilings, cathedral ceilings, custom moldings, overlook from second floor, main-level laundry room, handicap accessibility features.

Amenities: Three fireplaces, European chandeliers, cherry cabinets and granite counters, intercom system, security system, recessed lights, whirlpool tub, zoned temperature control, satellite dish, mahogany custom wet bar.

Close by: Brookeville Academy Community Center, post office, library, Olney Town Center, restaurants, shopping.

Schools: Greenwood Elementary, Rosa M. Parks Middle, Sherwood High.

Open house: By appointment.

Contact: Realtor Maggie Buchman at 301/963-7800, Ext. 116.

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