- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

Overlooking the Potomac River is a one-of-a-kind home with a water view from every room. The five-bedroom home has been featured on Home and Garden Television and in a national magazine for its distinctive architecture.

On Mariner Drive, nestled within Tantallon Country Club’s golf-course community in Fort Washington, the $1,900,000 home offers an eye-catching contrast among custom waterfront homes. Oversize windows cover just about every surface of the exterior, and the grand foyer is clearly the centerpiece of the home from the outside and inside.

With floor-to-ceiling glass, including the double-entry door, the two-story foyer is topped by a towering vaulted glass ceiling that lends to the home’s striking presence.

Inside, breathtaking river views take in Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria across the river and the Washington skyline.

From the foyer at the front door, you can look straight through the house, through the back window to the Potomac River. The house blurs the boundary between indoor and outdoor space, thanks to the huge windows and open floor plan.

Dark marble floors offer an elegant welcome into the foyer. Gleaming hardwood covers floors throughout most of the home, which was built in 1998.

To the right of the entrance is a large step-down living room with a marble fireplace and curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the front yard. Recessed lights and wall sconces provide stylish lighting in the evening.

The living room has a step up into the billiards room, which is large enough to entertain several players.

This room can also be used as a formal dining area and opens on the other end into the oversize great room.

From the front entry, a walk underneath a catwalk leads to the great room, family room and kitchen.

Another space in back of the home with a vaulted glass ceiling echoes the foyer in size and design and separates the great room from the more intimate family room.

The view from the two-story great room brings you even closer to the water, as the back wall is made up entirely of windows overlooking the yard and river. This gracious room, with the Potomac as the backdrop, is ideal for both casual and formal entertaining.

Not to be outdone, the adjacent open family room also offers incredible views with a wall of windows, but in a more intimate setting. The ceilings are lower, and the family room has cozy sitting areas defined by columns near the windows as well as near the lavish kitchen.

Glass doors in the family room almost blend into the wall and lead directly onto the large circular deck with built-in benches. Rounded stairs lead to the yard, dotted with shade trees. Stairs continue down to the pier.

Mature trees and landscaping complement the view, and a second deck area near the pier seems to be floating right above the water. There is also a multislip dock.

The well-designed kitchen boasts stainless-steel appliances and white cabinets, some with glass doors. A marble counter provides ample space to prepare meals and features a smooth cooktop. The end of one of the counters extends into a large circular table, creating a handy breakfast bar.

Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor, where there are five bedrooms. In the front portion of the home, the staircase becomes a design element — wooden stairs bordered by white railings with glass walls. At the top of the stairs, part of the hall is curved, giving the effect of a balcony overlooking the main level. This second-floor hall offers attractive views of the home’s interior as well as the outdoors.

The master bedroom is a big, open space with a wall of windows and the expansive river in the background.

This bedroom is a great place to watch striking sunsets or check on Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction from a distance.

Additional features in the master suite include a private balcony; a sitting area with a fireplace; a beamed vaulted ceiling; and a raised, built-in platform made for the bed.

There are no walls to separate parts of the room, and the master bath is no exception. The bath area has seamless visual lines into the sleeping quarters and includes a whirlpool tub, shower and vanity sink. All of the bedrooms have blinds that can be closed for privacy.

Another large bedroom, currently used as a den, is on the opposite end of the hall and has a wide window overlooking the two-story family room and the water beyond. The two-way window allows you to enjoy the view while no one is able to see into this room.

One of the three remaining bedrooms faces the front of the home and has a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. There is also a hall bath with two separate entrances.

Although just minutes to the District and Virginia by car or boat, the home also offers a host of nearby community amenities at Tantallon. The homeowners are able to take advantage of two marinas, golf, tennis and swimming.

Address: 10929 Mariner Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon

Age: Built in 1998

Price: $1,900,000

Size: 6,000 square feet on 0.53 acres

Taxes: $9,564

Exterior features: Custom contemporary waterfront home, deck, balcony, dock with dry dock lift, professional landscaping

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms, marble foyer, wood floors, vaulted and two-story ceilings, overlook from second floor, walls of windows throughout, marble counters, French doors, columns

Amenities: Two fireplaces, recessed lights, whirlpool tub, breakfast bar, built-in platform for bed, stainless-steel appliances

Schools: Potomac Landing Elementary, Eugene Burroughs Middle, Friendly High

Close by: Two marinas, Tantallon Country Club, golf, tennis, swimming, Fort Washington Park

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Monique Anderson Walker of Long & Foster Realtors, 301/292-0700.

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