- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 29, 2005

Federal Hill comprises just 29 homes with private yards of an acre or more. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss the modest entrance to the community off U.S. Route 301 in Bowie.

A drive down the lane, however, reveals large million-dollar homes and comfortable Colonials strategically placed across acres of open land. The meandering street leads to an impressive home at 16900 Federal Hill Court, available for $820,000.

Next door to the home is the manor house, built in 1878, that was the centerpiece of the original Federal Hill Farm.

The rural surroundings offer privacy in a peaceful neighborhood that nevertheless is just minutes away from several shopping malls, restaurants and recreational activities.

The main entrance has columns and opens into a bright two-story foyer with a Palladian window.

Each room flows into the next in this open center-hall home filled with windows and decorative built-in accents.

The brick-front home, built by the current owners in 1996, has many functional and trendy upgraded features.

The hardwood floors were refinished recently. They gleam throughout the main level. The hardwood foyer staircase has a carpet runner and is open on both sides to provide views into the dining room and living room.

Paired columns separate the dining room from the foyer. Paint in shades of brown and green gives this formal space an earthy feel. Sunshine flows into the living room through four windows, including two Palladian windows, that overlook the front yard.

Glass-panel bifold doors provide an elegant entrance from the formal living room into the more casual family room. The spacious feeling provided by the two-story foyer continues in the family room, which also has a two-story ceiling. The remaining first-floor areas have 9-foot ceilings. The family room can be accessed through the center hall or living room.

Glass-panel doors in the living room open into a unique semiprivate space that the homeowners call the reading room. This area, with columns and rich mahogany-colored walls, is in keeping with the open feel of the house. It’s an inviting space to cuddle up with a good book on a couch underneath the large corner window.

The highlight of the adjoining family room is a brick wood-burning fireplace with flanking sets of windows.

Instead of the traditional railing to separate the family room and kitchen area, the owner chose railing walls made of tempered glass. Stylish and ideal for families with young children, the second level overlooking the family room also has the tempered glass railing.

The kitchen area is conducive to entertaining, with a custom seating area above the range to allow for conversation as the chef works some kitchen magic. The breakfast room has space for a sizable kitchen table. Sliding glass doors here overlook the back yard.

Additional features in the kitchen include a double oven, a planning desk and lots of cabinet space.

The kitchen opens onto the mudroom and side-entry two-car garage. There’s also a powder room on the main level that has a burgundy accent wall and a sink with a cabinet beneath.

A staircase leads to four bedrooms on the second floor. Visible from the second-floor hall are a picture-perfect neighborhood view out of the front window as well as a view of the football-field-sized back yard out of the second-story family room windows.

Sunshine is welcomed in all of the bedrooms, with 13 windows in all on the second floor.

The master suite offers several spaces for lingering. Reminiscent of an intimate coffee shop, the sitting-room portion has a warm feeling. Painted a calming shade of orange and green, the room also has a tall Palladian window.

The suite also offers comfortable sleeping quarters and a well-appointed bathroom as well as two walk-in closets.

Double doors open into the master bath, where a step-up Jacuzzi tub is centered in the room. A step-up shower is nearby along with his and her sinks.

The remaining three bedrooms share the hall bath.

An unfinished walk-out basement has a plumbing rough-in for a future fourth bathroom. This full-size lower level can offer additional living space if the new owners decide to finish it.

Future projects for Bowie include a new elementary school this year, along with plans for a new high school and new full-service hospital, all five minutes from Federal Hill.

Address: 16900 Federal Hill Court, Bowie, MD 20716

Community: Federal Hill Farm

Age: Built 1996

Price: $820,000.

Size: Lot of 2.2 acres

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick front, columned entrance, side-entry two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 21/2 baths, reading room, master-suite sitting room, main-level laundry and mudroom, hardwood floors, columns, Palladian windows, French doors, center-island cooktop, double oven, two-story family room, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor

Amenities: Two-story brick wood-burning fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, desk in kitchen, walk-in closets

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

Close by: Bowie Town Center, Prince George’s Stadium, Six Flags America theme park, Freeway Airport, Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Barbara Owens, the Lady With the Hat Real Estate Center Inc. 703/476-2249.

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