- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 17, 2004

Follow a long, winding, tree-lined driveway in Bowie to an upscale home with a large front yard at 16819 Federal Hill Court. The house sits far back from the street and has a circular drive at the entrance. Tall trees to the rear of the home offer a wooded view. The homeowners say that deer and eagles count among their neighbors.

The front of the house has 21 windows, maximizing natural sunlight. A two-car side-entry garage and parking pad keep cars on the side of the house for an unobstructed view. The house is offered at $799,900.

Among this home’s many attractions are a large sunroom and a two-sided fireplace.

Through the columns at the front entrance, visitors enter the foyer, where hardwood flooring and wood stairs stand out, lighted by a large picture window. Most of the rooms on the main level feature floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms.

The foyer opens into the living room on the left. Ideal for formal entertaining, the living room is comfortably sized and has a unique separate art alcove with lighting, highlighted by two tall columns.

Plush white carpeting is part of the neutral color scheme in the living room and throughout the home that makes it easily adaptable. This living room can also be entered through a doorway from the rear hall.

Across the foyer, the dining room radiates elegance with a gleaming chandelier as well as crown and chair-rail molding. A butler’s pantry with a wine rack, glass cabinets, sink and recessed lighting is located between the dining room and kitchen for effortless entertaining when hosting dinner parties.

The kitchen has wood cabinetry, black appliances and custom counters. Some of the cabinets have arched glass doors for showing off special collections, such as the two smaller, decorative cabinets above the sink.

Upgraded appliances include a center-island Jenn-Air range with a four-burner cooktop and grill and a side-by-side refrigerator with water and an ice dispenser.

An overhang on the island allows it to double as a breakfast bar with seating for two stools. The breakfast room is strategically situated between the kitchen and sunroom. The sunroom offers a retreat for that first sip of morning coffee while taking in the tranquil backyard view.

A high ceiling combines with walls of windows to turn this space into a room in which to unwind or casually entertain.

Easy-maintenance white vinyl floors with a black diamond design are found in the kitchen and sunroom. A hallway off the kitchen leads to a library with built-in shelves. The hall ends at the large family room. In the hall, sliding doors open directly onto a small, private deck.

A rustic fireplace with ceramic surround is the centerpiece of the family room. A true haven, this room is tucked away on the far wing of the home, far from the bustle of the kitchen and other active rooms. Windows allow views in different directions.

There are four bedrooms on the second level and a fifth on the finished lower level. At the top of the staircase, an area within an arched railing overlooks the foyer and looks out of the large second-story picture window.

On one end of the upstairs hall, double doors open into the plush master suite, which has a cathedral ceiling. A two-sided gas fireplace warms the sleeping quarters as well as the separate sitting room with its own double-door entry.

The sitting room overlooks the back yard. It is one of the homeowners’ favorite rooms to take in the outdoor view and watch the animals go by. Another window faces the front of the home.

The walk-in closet is bright, with a back wall of three dormer windows.

A step-up hourglass-shape Jacuzzi tub is the focus in the master bathroom. The bathroom is built to accommodate two — each person has a separate area across the room with designer wood vanity cabinets and cultured marble vanity tops. There’s a two-person shower with seating and ceramic-tile floors.

A second bedroom suite is large enough to have its own small sitting area, and one of the bedrooms has three dormer windows. A cheerfully decorated bath with white dual sinks and a separate door for the commode is located off the hallway.

A laundry room, tub, and washer and dryer are also on the upper level.

A private fifth bedroom and another full bath can be found on the finished lower level. This room is secluded from the family living area and could work as a guest room.

The lower level has about 2,000 square feet for activities. It features a media room with a pass-through window to an open entertainment area; a recreation room big enough to fit the pool table, which is negotiable in the sale of the home; and a professionally designed beauty shop.

Additional features in this home include an intercom system, a time-saving irrigation system and a heavy-duty sump pump.

The Federal Hill Farm community comprises custom-built homes on large lots and has covenants but no homeowners’ association or community fees.

Address: 16819 Federal Hill Court, Bowie, MD 20716

Community: Federal Hill Farm

Age: Built in 1998

Price: $799,990

Size: 2.07-acre lot

Taxes: $6,814

Exterior features: Brick-and-siding Colonial-style construction, circular drive, side-entry two-car garage, deck

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 9-foot ceilings, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, sunroom, library, media room, beauty shop, walk-out basement with double-wide entry, kitchen with center island and upgraded appliances, walk-in closets

Amenities: Two gas fireplaces, butler’s pantry, recessed lights, built-in bookcases, whirlpool tub, crown and chair-rail molding, washer and dryer

Schools: Pointer Ridge Elementary, Benjamin Tasker Middle, Bowie High

Close by: Bowie Town Center, Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie Baysox baseball, Six Flags America, Freeway Airport, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Pat Dowtin of Coldwell Banker at 301/336-1247

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