- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 27, 2004

Looking for a home on a grand scale? Consider a posh 15,000-square-foot former ambassador’s home that boasts a majestic floor plan with grand amenities. The 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom mansion has elevator service to all three levels and separate servants’ quarters.

Located in Potomac on a 2-acre landscaped estate with mature plantings, it offers a private setting that is also near the conveniences of city living. The asking price is $4,150,000.

The home, perched on a hill on Harvest Square, is partially hidden by the greenery and a decorative brick knee wall with lights.

At the entrance, a circular driveway provides an easy traffic flow, and a short set of rounded stairs leads to the four-columned doorway. Inside, this home showcases classic European craftsmanship along with some modern features.

Twelve-foot double doors with a stained-glass design and sidelights open to reveal a striking, room-size foyer with marble inlaid floors, antique crystal chandeliers and a sweeping spiral staircase.

A small-lighted niche on each side of the entrance door enhances this sophisticated reception area.

The foyer extends from the front of the home through two sets of glass double doors with sidelights that mirror the entrance doorway to the back of the house, where there are staircases going to the upper and lower levels.

Lofty 14-foot ceilings and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors can be admired throughout the main level. Crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding are classy accents in most of the rooms, as are the antique light fixtures.

The living and dining rooms, on opposite sides of the foyer, can be accessed by two sets of glass doors opening into each room and assuring plenty of natural light. Both rooms have marble fireplaces and chandeliers hanging from ceiling medallions. The fireplaces seem to turn these huge rooms into warm and inviting spaces to entertain.

Gold-toned walls in the living room have matching window treatments. A doorway in the back portion of the room has both French doors and pocket doors that can conveniently be closed off from the rear hall.

This dining room can comfortably seat 14 or more guests with plenty of room left to walk around, and its light blue walls radiate a calming environment.

Guests who plan to linger before and after dinner can enter and exit the dining area through a set of double doors that lead into the adjoining clubroom.

The elaborate clubroom features a large L-shaped bar that has cherry wood built-ins above it with lights and a wine rack. The back wall is lined with windows and doors that provide a serene view of the in-ground pool.

Down the hall are his-and-hers libraries with recessed lights. In one library room, all four walls have floor-to-ceiling elegant wood built-ins with cabinets on the bottom portion. There’s also a fireplace and an enchanting view of the pool area.

The second library is painted in a rich burgundy and has a curved wall of windows.

Also in this area is a powder room with black fixtures and a wall highlighted by a unique fabric design. A main-level bedroom has double crown molding and its own marble bathroom with a shower.

The chef’s kitchen has three sections — the meal-preparation area, a room to clean up in with the second sink and a dishwasher and the breakfast room. Wood beams and brick walls are part of the decor.

Additional features include white cabinets, a side-by-side refrigerator with doors to match the cabinetry, a six-burner stainless-steel stove and a double oven.

Modeled after a small dining room, the breakfast room sits on one end of the kitchen. This room has a chandelier, a brick wall and a bay window with trendy curtains.

There is a side stairway off the kitchen that leads to the separate staff’s quarters, which include three bedrooms with blue carpet and one full bathroom.

An elevator is behind a closed door, and stairways in the clubroom or foyer lead to six more bedrooms in the main part of the home.

At the top of the stairs are double doors to the sun-drenched master suite with windows facing the front of the home. This suite has a dressing room with closet organizers as well as his-and-hers master baths.

One of the bathrooms features pink marble, an oval tub with jets and shower, and a separate room for the commode and bidet.

The other bathroom has the same setup but is finished in dark blue marble.

A bedroom down the hall rivals the master suite in size and has a walk-in closet and earth-tone marble bathroom with a shower.

Stairs continue to the 5,000-square-foot third floor, which stretches across the width of the home. This finished space is ideal for adding a custom home theater and game room.

The lower level houses another fireplace and offers even more living space. It comes with a full kitchen that has never been used. This kitchen is behind the bar and includes cherry cabinets and a stove, sink, dishwasher and microwave.

A professional laundry room on this level features a commercial washer and dryer as well as a full-size machine for pressing clothes. Additional rooms include a space to exercise, a hobby room and an office.

Two bathrooms with showers are conveniently located near the lower-level walk-out to the renovated resort-style pool.

More info:

Address: 8909 Harvest Square Court, Potomac, MD 20854

Community: Potomac

Age: Built in 1991

Price: $4,150,000

Size: 15,000 square feet on 2-acre lot

Taxes: $32,000

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial, circular drive, three-car garage, professional landscaping, in-ground pool

Interior features: 10 bedrooms; 11 bathrooms; 14-foot ceilings; tall doors; his-and-hers libraries; his-and-hers master bathrooms; clubroom; two kitchens; imported Brazilian cherry hardwood floors; marble floors and counters; French doors; front, back and side staircases; hobby room

Amenities: Elevator, commercial laundry room, wet bar, five fireplaces, bay windows, antique chandeliers, recessed lighting, decorative moldings

Schools: Seven Locks Elementary, Cabin John Middle, Churchill High

Close by: Montgomery Mall, Potomac Hunt Club, C&O; Canal National Historic Park, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Abby Stone at Coldwell Banker Realty, 202/321-8238

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