- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2003

At the end of a long driveway to 9601 Potomac Drive in Fort Washington, an inviting hammock comes into view in the distance, attached to shady trees that rustle in the breeze from the Potomac River.

The hammock is in the yard of a custom-built ranch house, on the market for $824,900, with 3,800 square feet of space and 125 feet of Potomac waterfront access.

Built in 1961, the house has been renovated and updated to include a marble bath with a Jacuzzi in the master suite and new slate steps and a slate pathway leading to the patio, among other improvements.

Out front is a brick walkway bordered by fruit trees, crape myrtles, Japanese lace maples, dogwoods and perennial flowers.

Two entrances from the front porch lead to the interior. The formal entrance greets visitors in the main-level foyer. The other door opens to the kitchen.

The owners have built wide arched doorways from the foyer to the dining room and from the dining room to the adjacent living room. Arches in the doorways echo the design of the kitchen cabinets.

Pristine oak floors are found throughout the main level.

A lighted display cabinet in the foyer — once part of a coat closet — features a decorative beveled glass door perfect for showcasing collectibles. A pantry in the dining room was also turned into a lighted display cabinet that the homeowners use to display their china collection.

The dining room features a broad bay window offering scenic views of the front lawn, but it’s the large picture window in the living room that provides the home’s grand view of the Potomac.

The living room is made for entertaining and features a cozy brick fireplace and hearth. There is a French door to access the side sunroom.

New ceramic tile flooring, new insulated windows and a new ceiling fan accent the sunroom. The exposed brick walls are painted white and work with the walls of windows to bring the outdoors in. Doors in this room also lead to the kitchen and outside to a covered deck.

The homeowners reconfigured the kitchen to make it more open to the rest of the home, and installed a knee wall to separate the kitchen from the dining room.

The updated kitchen features Mexican tile floors, white cabinets and new gray counters. Recessed lighting helps the kitchen look even brighter. Appliances include a double oven, Jenn-Air cooktop, side-by-side refrigerator-freezer, and new microwave and dishwasher.

A hallway is brightened by recessed lights and leads to the master suite and second bedroom, both with hardwood flooring, on one side of the home. The master bedroom has also been renovated to include a comfortable sitting area.

A peaceful river view beckons through the large bay window, and sliding glass doors provide a private exit from the bedroom to the landscaped brick patio. The patio comes complete with a hot tub and slate pathway and steps.

The master bathroom features beige marble floors, a marble Jacuzzi bath and separate marble shower and recessed lights. An elegant pedestal sink features brass and chrome fixtures.

This bathroom is spacious enough to allow for a small sitting area along one wall of the room.

There is also a hall bath that connects to the second bedroom. This bathroom features painted walls and borders, ceramic tile flooring and a pedestal sink. The owners added a new cedar-lined closet in the hallway.

Overnight guests will feel right at home because the lower level offers two more spacious bedrooms with new Pergo floors and a full bathroom.

One of the bedrooms is being used as a home office. There is also an exercise room with a ceiling fan, a laundry room that comes with the washer and dryer, and a multipurpose room that can be used as a storage, workshop or hobby room with built-in shelves.

Storage and closet space is also plentiful on the lower level. A door leads to the driveway and painted garage that has a tool rack and insulated door.

The home has energy-saving dual-zoned air conditioning and heating.

The owners have meticulously cared for the exterior of the home, just as well as they have the inside. The outside of the house has been painted and new gates were added to the entrance from Potomac Drive.

The owners also take pride in all of the fruit trees and raised flower and vegetable gardens with slate borders they planted since living in the home. The driveway, fence and picnic area are all new.

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