- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 19, 2004

A custom Tudor-style home set atop a hill on a wooded lot in Bethesda offers a perfect hideaway after a long day. Abundant windows of varying sizes allow the home to take full advantage of its natural surroundings. An upper-level retreat offers panoramic views.

The home is now on the market for $1,095,000. The original house was built in 1897, and it was renovated and expanded in 1975. Ten years ago, some portions of the home were updated again to include modern amenities.

Guests enter the home through a sturdy, attractive front door with a stained-glass castle design.

Inside, it is evident that this is no ordinary floor plan. The only two rooms on the entry level are the kitchen and dining room, separated by a small foyer. Both rooms have ceramic-tile floors.

The kitchen combines the old with the new and includes an original stone wall; wood cupboards, some with leaded glass and a built-in wine rack; Corian counters; and partially tiled walls. Some of the tiles have painted designs.

The kitchen table fits comfortably beneath a window with wainscoting.

Modern appliances such as the Jenn-Air refrigerator and cooktop with a grill, Asko dishwasher and GE built-in microwave, make it easy to prepare meals in the kitchen. The formal, intimate dining room has a stone fireplace wall with a slate hearth, as well as a brass chandelier and leaded-glass-paned windows.

Hardwood stairs with a two-story landing, skylight and large picture window overlooking the rear yard, lead to the second floor, where all of the rooms have hardwood flooring. Several of the rooms on this expansive level can be used as bedrooms. Though currently serving as additional entertainment rooms, they feature generous closet space and can easily be closed off for privacy.

A spiral staircase in the second level hall goes up another floor to the owner’s suite and second bedroom.

To the immediate left of the stairs is a welcoming parlor with red walls, recessed lighting, a ceiling fan and French doors that open directly into the family room. The family room, a primary gathering space, lets in plenty of natural sunlight. The front portion of the room has a lofty two-story bay area with a tall window-filled wall facing the front of the home.

Sliding glass doors lead to a small balcony off the family room, and another spiral staircase provides a second convenient access to the owner’s suite upstairs.

French doors in back of the family room open into the richly designed study with arched built-in bookcases, a coffered wood ceiling, crown and chair-rail moldings, paneling, and tailored woodwork.

Windows and sliding doors, all covered by wood blinds, surround the room.

Doors open from the study and lead to a secluded wooded area in the back of the home, where there is an eight-person hot tub with deck seating.

The relaxed living room is on the opposite side of the home. A brick fireplace with a slate hearth helps bring warmth into the room, while abundant windows brighten the space.

There are a double closet that conceals the wet bar and cupboard in one part of the room and a reading area with built-in seating and bookcases that creatively takes up another small portion of the open room.

French doors from the living room can be opened onto a screened side porch with slate flooring. You can also access the deck and hot tub from the side porch. While outside, you’ll notice two mounted cameras, part of the security system with video surveillance that can be accessed through the Internet.

Two bedrooms and two full bathrooms are on the third floor. The owner’s suite has hardwood floors and its own dressing area and bathroom. A vaulted ceiling with beams, a fan and recessed lighting draws attention to the bedroom.

Two of the higher windows feature remote-controlled shades, and a door reveals the spiral staircase leading directly into the family room.

Open a glass door from the bedroom to see the dressing room. Closets include a walk-in and double closet with wonderful built-ins, a single closet and large laundry closet — all make it easy to find a place for everything.

The lavish master bathroom boasts a long Jacuzzi whirlpool tub with a white ceramic surround and an enclosed shower stall with decorative tiling and a built-in steamer.

Large windows allow for a view. Additional features include a cherry vanity with Corian counters and a double sink.

The second bedroom also has hardwood floors in addition to two large, deep closets and dual access to a storage area.

Another full bath has ceramic-tile floors, an ornate sink with Corian counters and a cherry vanity, a bathtub with brass fixtures, and a skylight.

Back in the hall and up the curved steps is a sun-drenched aerial retreat where the windows meet the treetops. This peaceful sanctuary boasts a raised ceiling with a mission-style Casablanca lighted fan.

The room is ideal to use as a quiet reading room, an artist’s studio or hobby room.

This well-appointed home also comes with a built-in speaker system throughout the house, a central vacuum, three discretely placed safes and an outdoor storage shed.

Address: 9919 MacArthur Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817

Community: Bethesda

Age: Built in 1897 and extensively remodeled

Price: $1,095,000

Size: Lot of 1.58 acres

Taxes: $9,564

Exterior features: Tudor-style home with a stone and stucco exterior, irrigation system in front yard, eight-person hot tub, deck, storage shed, two-car side-entry garage, additional 1-acre lot available for purchase

Interior features: Three bedrooms; three bathrooms, library, screened-in porch with slate floor, laundry closet in master bedroom, hardwood floors throughout, two spiral staircases, Corian counters, high ceilings on upper levels, French doors, detailed moldings, six-panel doors with Baldwin fixtures

Amenities: Two fireplaces; skylights; recessed lights; lights with dimmers; master bath with whirlpool tub, steam shower; central vacuum; three safes; wet bar; electric blinds in master suite; security system with video surveillance; whole-house built-in speaker system

Schools: Carderock Springs Elementary, Pyle Middle, Walt Whitman High

Close by: C&O; Canal, Glen Echo, Potomac Village, Clara Barton Parkway

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Eric Stewart of Llewellyn Realtors at 301/252-1697

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