- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2004

Within the tree-lined streets of distinctive older homes in Chevy Chase is an eye-catching newer home on Taylor Street.

Located in the neighborhood called the Village of Martin’s Addition, the home owes its curb appeal to its stone-and-shingle exterior as well as a large and welcoming front porch with a tongue-in-groove wood ceiling.

Windows fill the facade, ensuring that this home gets plenty of natural light.

Stone stairs take guests past a set of columns and onto the front porch, which leads to the doorway, bordered by sidelights and a transom.

The open floor plan of this $1.699 million home boasts six bedrooms, 5 baths, a finished lower level and a third-floor in-law suite with three skylights.

On the main level, hardwood floors shine throughout all but one of the rooms; the powder room features rich marble floors instead.

The well-designed foyer has crown molding and handsome columned entries into the living room and library. Recessed lights and crown molding highlight the ceilings throughout most of the rooms.

A simple, stylish gas fireplace with a wood mantel and marble hearth and surround decorates one side of the formal living room.

Double French doors open up off the foyer to reveal a library on the main level, which can double as a home office.

In addition to recessed lights and crown molding, elegant chair-rail molding enhances the dining room’s decor.

Off the dining room, a butler’s pantry with marble counters and a wet bar makes for an easy passageway to the kitchen during dinner parties.

Custom cabinetry and dark granite counters complement the hardwood floor in the kitchen.

Stainless-steel appliances outfit this sophisticated cooking space, including a Bosch gas five-burner cooktop with a downdraft, Bosch dishwasher, Kitchen Aide side-by-side refrigerator and double wall ovens.

Three large windows above the deep kitchen sink and a huge bay window in the breakfast area together create a long wall of windows overlooking the back yard. In the breakfast area, a chandelier presides overhead, adding elegance to the dining space.

This kitchen opens directly into the family room. In addition to its marble fireplace, the family room has French doors leading into the back yard.

The powder room makes a definite statement, boasting marble floors, sconces and a custom cherry chest-style vanity with a marble top.

Four bedrooms — including an extensive master suite — with wall-to-wall carpeting occupy the second level. A cove ceiling gives the room a dramatic look; two walk-in closets offer plenty of space for a couple’s clothes.

Deluxe features in the master bath include a double marble vanity, a whirlpool bath with marble surround, a separate glass-wall shower and a water closet.

Down the hall are the three remaining bedrooms on this floor. One comes with its own walk-in closet and bath. Two have double closets and share a hall bath, which has ceramic-tile floors and a designer vanity with custom cabinetry.

Another stairway in the hall leads to the impressive third level, which can be used as an in-law or au pair suite. This sunny space, consisting of a sitting area and bedroom, is filled with lovely views overlooking Chevy Chase.

Two skylights on the lower portion of the sitting-room ceiling help enhance the brightness. There is even a skylight in the bathroom, which echoes some of the other baths with ceramic-tile flooring and a marble vanity.

A large laundry room serves the second floor, complete with a custom cabinet and sink.

The finished lower level has space for a generously sized recreation room. The basement’s high ceilings and aboveground windows give it more of a main-level feel.

Also, the lower level is where you’ll find another bedroom with a double closet, hall closet and full bath with ceramic tile and marble vanity.

A large storage area provides a good place to put away seasonal items.

This home offers two-zone heating and air-conditioning, so the owners don’t have to heat or cool the basement when it’s not being used.

Outdoors, a side driveway leads to the detached two-car garage in the back of the home.

The intimate back yard is perfect for busy people who don’t want to spend a lot of time cutting grass but want a comfortable place to catch a breeze and enjoy the great outdoors. This yard is partially fenced and has a curved brick patio.

Buyers will appreciate the home’s many distinctive living spaces while enjoying all that Chevy Chase has to offer.

Address: 3409 Taylor St., Chevy Chase MD 20815

Community: Village of Martin’s Addition

Age: Built in 2003

Price: $1.699 million

Size: Lot is 7,299 square feet.

Exterior features: Stone-and-shingle exterior, large front porch, two-car detached garage, patio, partially fenced yard

Interior features: Six bedrooms, 5 baths, private third-level in-law suite, finished lower level with oversized storage area, hardwood floors, marble floors, granite counters, custom cabinetry, crown molding, columns, high ceilings, bay window, second-level laundry room

Amenities: Fireplace in the living room and family room, recessed lighting, skylights, whirlpool bath, stainless-steel kitchen appliances, French doors, two-zone heating and air conditioning

Schools: Chevy Chase Elementary, Westland Middle, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

Close by: National Institutes of Health, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Roundhouse Theater, recreation, shops, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Anne Killeen of Washington Fine Properties, 301/706-0067

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