- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 25, 2004

Besides a unique home tucked away in a quiet corner of Silver Spring, these four tranquil acres boast a lighted tennis court, in-ground pool, waterfalls and a four-stable barn, all within 10 minutes of the Capital Beltway.

While the home’s modest exterior blends with the mature landscape, the interior is spacious and sophisticated.

Built in 1957, the provincial-style house has all the features modern homeowners demand, including marble counters, skylights and four fireplaces.

With seven bedrooms and 71/2 baths, this home is being offered for $1.25 million. Its Springbrook neighborhood is a community of about 40 custom homes, many built in the 1950s on large lots that cannot be subdivided.

In the foyer is an artistic black wrought-iron staircase leading to upper and lower levels. This staircase also works as a divider between the living and dining rooms.

Striking wood floors, some with inlaid designs, are found throughout much of the home.

The living room has two walls of windows as well as an eye-catching stone-walled fireplace and hearth.

The open dining room is versatile and elegant. It features a crystal chandelier, crown molding and chair-rail molding. The dining room, along with many of the other rooms, is painted in warm neutral tones.

From the dining room, a large open entrance leads into the family room, which connects with the outdoors and feels like a rustic retreat with tall windows, exposed brick and a wood-beamed ceiling.

The main attraction however, is a fun circular-shaped floor-to-ceiling fireplace surrounded by stone and centered in the room. The fireplace makes for great entertaining because it can be enjoyed from all angles.

Three chic hanging light fixtures and recessed lights brighten the room at night.

The family room flows neatly into the nearby kitchen, where a large, octagonal-shaped cooktop island contributes to the abundance of counter space. Dark marble counters, light wood cabinetry and a fireplace add a rich look to the kitchen.

The family chef will take pleasure in the stainless-steel refrigerator, deep kitchen sink, double oven and built-in wine cooler. Handy spaces above the sink and island enable decorative hanging of pots, pans and utensils.

A long counter with a second sink wraps around the corner into the family room.

The breakfast room has a charming table-space area and stools that pull up to the adjacent breakfast bar. Windows in the kitchen offer a view of the lush grounds and pool.

The sunroom, with a sauna and hot tub, is directly off the kitchen. The thin boundary between the outdoors and indoors is highlighted by plenty of windows, skylights and brick walls. A sink and dishwasher in the sunroom make it a handy place in which to entertain.

There are three bedrooms on the main level. The owners added the second level with four more bedrooms about 12 years ago.

Of the three original main-floor bedrooms, one is a master suite that has large windows overlooking the back yard and an organized closet shelving system.

One of the other bedrooms is being used as a home office.

The newer master bedroom on the second floor is even larger, with a cathedral ceiling and a sitting room overlooking the swimming pool.

The sitting room has built-in shelves and a ceiling fan. Hardwood floors shine in this master suite, and a set of columns defines the master-bathroom entrance.

Just outside the master bath is a sink and vanity area. Double doors lead to the inside of the spacious master bath, which contains a second sink, shower, high ceilings, a ledge for decorating and a whirlpool tub. The tub is set beneath a Palladian window with a floral stained-glass design.

Each of the remaining three large bedrooms has a private bath. Also on the second floor is a large laundry room with a sink and cabinets.

The lower level offers additional living and entertaining space with a recreation room and an exercise room with mirrored walls.

A brick fireplace takes up an entire wall, dominating the recreation room and warming the space on cold nights. A smaller room is being used as a den, but it has a closet and could be converted to a lower-level bedroom. An exit from this floor leads to the yard.

Outdoors, the in-ground pool is surrounded by colorful landscaping. A large cabana sits behind the pool. Lighted tennis courts invite night play.

One portion of the yard is dedicated to a scenic pond and waterfall with steppingstones leading to a small bridge.

For horse lovers, there is a fenced paddock and four-stall stable with water and electricity.

Address: 301 Springbrook Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Community: Springbrook

Age: Built in 1957

Price: $1.25 million

Size: Lot of 4.18 acres

Taxes: $8,030

Exterior features: Brick and siding provincial style, deck, patio, in-ground pool with large cabana, tennis court, four-stable barn, fenced paddock, pond, waterfall, two front-door entrances, professional landscaping

Interior features: Seven bedrooms; 71/2 baths; sunroom; den; exercise room; hardwood floors; marble countertops; cathedral ceilings; columns; stainless-steel refrigerator; double oven; wine cooler; large island with cooktop; walk-in closet; crown, chair-rail and picture-frame moldings; brick walls; stained-glass windows

Amenities: Four fireplaces, skylights, sauna, hot tub, mirrored walls, recessed lights, three-zone heating, generator

Schools: Burnt Mills Elementary, Francis Scott Key Middle, Springbrook High

Close by: Capital Beltway, Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton Mall, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Rita Murray at Weichert Realtors, 301/681-0400.

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