- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

On one of the largest lots within the Gates of Avenel in Bethesda is an open, sun-drenched Colonial-style home with a contemporary feel.

Avenel comprises 14 villages, and the Gates is defined by courtyard-style and single-family homes nestled between the 13th fairway and the Rock Run Stream Valley Park.

There’s no need to worry about shoveling or mowing the lawn in Avenel. Those chores are the responsibility of the homeowners association. Residents enjoy neighborhood amenities such as tennis, basketball, bike and walking paths, tot lots and a community center.

Perennial gardens and mature plantings enclose the private yard on Town Gate Court and, as spring nears, a custom wraparound two-level slate patio and path provide space to enjoy the outdoors.

The all-brick exterior is accentuated by a two-story bay window and a new cedar shake roof. Private cobblestone driveways enhance the curb appeal throughout the community, which is bordered by brick-walled enclaves at the eastern edge of Avenel.

A cobblestone front walkway also leads to the portico entry of this $1,250,000 five-bedroom, 3-bath home. Guests are greeted in the towering foyer, which has two dramatic, lighted wall niches and a hardwood staircase.

Hardwood floors shine in all of the rooms on the main level, where the floor plan creates an easy traffic flow. Columns provide a stately entrance into the formal dining room, which features a bay window with matchstick blinds and varied decorative moldings.

The step-down living room is exceptionally lavish and has a two-sided wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround, a hearth and wood mantel.

A decorative wall niche with mirrors and glass shelving is a great place to showcase collectibles in this formal, yet inviting, room. French doors look out onto the trellis and conveniently lead from the living room onto the backyard patio.

An eat-in kitchen has been updated with premium cherry cabinetry and granite counters. Adding to the sophisticated feel are crown molding, a built-in wine rack, a center island and a creative tile backsplash.

The kitchen is equipped with a Thermador five-burner gas range with a downdraft system, flush-mounted stainless-steel KitchenAid refrigerator, GE Triton dishwasher and Whirlpool double ovens. The breakfast area is set within a sunny window bay with wood blinds, and two pantry closets provide additional kitchen storage.

The nearby family room has Berber carpeting and exudes comfort and class. Sharing the other side of the living room fireplace is a wood-burning fireplace with slate surround, hearth and wood mantel in the family room. The room is dominated by a wall of windows with wood blinds, while a second set of French doors also leads to the patio. Crown molding and recessed lights highlight the ceiling.

On the second level are four carpeted bedrooms and a laundry room. An open hallway with recessed lighting offers an overlook into the foyer area. A two-sided wood-burning fireplace with slate surround complements the inviting master-bedroom suite privately located on one end of the hall.

Two mirrored sliding-door closets and recessed lights define the changing area. The master bathroom is a relaxing sanctuary with a Jacuzzi tub and a shower with a temperature-controlled rain-type shower head and interior lighting. Inside the shower is an artistic mosaic tile design that is duplicated around the tub.

Ceramic tile covers the floors, a double sink adds convenience, and a bay window helps keep this master bathroom bright.

New cherry hardwood floors are prominent in the second bedroom, which currently is the home office. It boasts a two-sided wood-burning fireplace; rich red walls; built-in bookcases; and a desk with shelving, crown molding and recessed lights, and would work equally well as a sitting room.

The remaining two bedrooms are carpeted and have walk-in closets.

Doing laundry is less of a chore in this second-floor laundry room with a built-in Nutone ironing center, cabinetry, shelving and plenty of space to fold clothes. A window seat and attic access are added conveniences in this room.

The finished lower level provides even more space to spread out with a stylish recreation room that features new carpeting, custom lighting within a window box and built-in shelving. Another bedroom and full bathroom are also found on the lower level, but the highlight is a wine cellar with hand-finished custom walnut flooring and halogen track lighting.

Zoned temperature control and a 65-gallon gas water heater are additional features.

Address: 1 Town Gate Court, Bethesda, MD 20817

Community: Gates of Avenel

Age: Built 1989

Price: $1,250,000

Size: Lot size 12,357 square feet; about 5,000 square feet of living space

Taxes: $8,929 in 2004

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial home, new cedar shake roof, cul-de-sac location, cobblestone driveway and walkway, custom wraparound slate patio, two-car garage, professional landscaping

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two-story foyer, hardwood floors, stone floors in master bath, columns, step-down living room, decorative wall niches, cherry cabinetry, granite counters, high ceilings, stainless-steel appliances, laundry room with built-in ironing center

Amenities: Two-sided wood-burning fireplace with slate surround on both main and upper levels, custom wine cellar on lower level, French doors, built-in bookcases and desk, Jacuzzi tub, two-zone heating and air

Schools: Potomac Elementary, Herbert Hoover Middle, Winston Churchill High

Close by: Bike trails, tennis and basketball courts, walking paths, community center, tot lot playgrounds, shopping, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Jamie Coley and Leigh Reed of Coley-Reed Long & Foster Real Estate, 301/907-6643.

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