- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The patient owner of a stylish Rockville residence was delighted to take 10 years not only to build, but also to create every detail of a unique contemporary Tudor.

Everything was carefully thought out, from the 12-inch Mexican paver flooring on the main level to the antique siding from a Montgomery County farm, which panels the walls on the lower level.

The owner progressed, room by room, with great care and even moved into the unfinished home shortly after breaking ground in 1982. Artwork was hanging from studs until the right wall was chosen.

That meticulously designed three-bedroom, 21/2-bath home is on the market in the Manor Park community for $1.25 million. This custom all-brick home has more than 7,000 square feet of open living space and an indoor lap pool.

The house has a double-entry driveway off a cul-de-sac. The lower driveway leads to the attached two-car garage, separate carport and a storage area. The upper drive leads to a winding walkway, past a waterfall and fishpond. Mature trees and evergreens surround the home.

An arched opening and custom solid-oak arched door highlight the covered entry area. The foyer walls are painted in a faux finish, and the flooring is an antique hemlock wood from Pennsylvania.

The foyer area gives way to a dramatic open floor plan with 22-foot cedar cathedral ceilings and curved walls.

Directly ahead is the step-down living room, which has a fireplace with a heatilator designed of Mexican pavers and a room-ledge mantel.

Blending in with the fireplace on the same wall is a custom-built entertainment center with a JVC stereo system and 33-inch Sony television in an armoire; all will convey with the home.

Sliding windows in the back of the room open onto the oversized deck.

Two steps up to the left is the sunroom, which is the immediate focal point from the front entrance. This room boasts a long back wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with built-in blinds.

This space, originally created as a pottery studio, can double as an additional dining area.

An attractive curved wall separates the kitchen, located in the front of the home, from the living room area. The cook’s quarters are elevated by a step up; the breakfast room is surrounded by windows and is spacious enough to fit a large table.

The kitchen resembles a cozy lodge with its cedar ceilings and Mexican paver and tiled floors.

Portions of the walls are also cedar and tiled. Solid cabinets follow the curve along the back wall. Additional kitchen features include an island gas cooktop with display niches, an overhead exhaust, and a pantry and sitting bench with extra storage underneath.

Off the foyer, the master bedroom suite is a cozy retreat boasting a cedar tray ceiling and step down to the built-in platform bed that comes with a custom headboard and light panel.

The bed faces a set of sliding glass doors with a view of the rear patio.

A bathroom and dressing area around the corner use a striking combination of wood, tile and marble for the floors and walls. There is a Jacuzzi tub that has sliding stained-glass windows — made by the homeowner — and a circular shower with two entrance doors.

The bathroom has a rustic wooden door that opens into the separate commode area, plus custom wood handles and towel holders that the owners had a carpenter make from a hemlock tree.

Nearby is a laundry room with handy storage areas and clothes bins. All of the closets in the bedrooms have organized storage areas.

Down the hall, a nice-size room has circular windows and a scenic view of the gardens. This room could be used as a home office or extra bedroom.

A winding stairway from the foyer leads to two more bedrooms upstairs. On the staircase is a wide display ledge.

On the main level, stairs off the living room lead to the basement.

A wall of windows overlooks the long indoor lap pool. The pool’s lining, filter and heat system were replaced recently, and closets enclose the pool equipment, Lennox gas furnace with air cleaner and Aprilaire humidifier. After swimming laps, relaxation can be found in the home’s sauna.

The lower level also features a library with a stunning brick fireplace. The homeowner purchased the antique bricks from the demolition of an old Baltimore row house.

This room has textured, upgraded vinyl flooring and a textured drop ceiling.

In the back of the basement is a bonus room with a lowered floor. Although currently used as a den with a built-in television closet, this area, with its mirrored walls and a sliding door to the pool, would be perfect for use as an exercise room.

A large storage area is provided under the stairway, and a door leads outside to the carport.

The extra-large two-car garage can be accessed from this level also, and it has a work area with a built-in sink, counters and overhead cabinets.

The homeowner paid just as much attention to the outside of the house as the inside. There is a hot tub on the deck, and a set of stairs leads to the lower walkways in the back yard, where thousands of daffodils bloom in spring.

Address: 4300 Crossway Court, Rockville MD 20853

Community: Manor Park

Age: Completed in 1992

Price: $1.25 million

Size: 7,000 square feet

Taxes: $9,875

Exterior features: Custom all-brick Tudor-style home, double entry driveway with retaining walls, two-car garage with a storage and work area, carport, waterfall, fishpond, stone walkways, deck, patio, hot tub, landscaped gardens with sitting areas

Interior features: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, indoor lap pool, sauna, step-up sunroom, exercise room, large walk-in closet and dressing room, cathedral ceilings, Mexican paver floors, antique hemlock hardwood floors, solid-wood Quaker-style kitchen cabinets, island gas cooktop, overhead exhaust, built-in sitting benches, laundry room with storage and clothes bins

Amenities: Two fireplaces, recessed lighting with dimmers, Jacuzzi tub, circular shower with two entrances, windows with built-in blinds and roll-up screens, stained-glass window, custom wood handles and tile holders in master bath, display niches, custom entertainment center with JVC stereo system with multilevel speakers, 33-inch Sony TV in armoire, built-in platform bed with custom headboard and light panel

Schools: Flower Valley Elementary, Earle B. Wood Middle, Rockville High

Close by: White Flint Mall, restaurants, recreational facilities

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Steve and Wendy Poole of Long & Foster Real Estate, 301/370-5778

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