- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Estate-size custom homes aren’t the only attractions in the well-established gated community of Woodmore in Mitchellville. The manicured greens of a tournament-class golf course curve throughout the neighborhood, where residents can take advantage of the award-winning Country Club at Woodmore, a private facility also offering swimming, tennis and a sophisticated restaurant.

A 67-acre lake adds to the scenery in this quiet community, ideal for a brisk walk or morning run through the winding streets.

An all-brick Colonial with a first-floor master suite and a sauna is listed for $1,400,000. Nestled on 2 acres on Pleasant Prospect Road, the community’s main road, the large front yard features a circular driveway that branches off into the side-entry three-car garage.

The wide brick stairway at the home’s entrance leads to the front door and into a sun-filled two-story foyer with a Palladian window, ceramic-tile floors and a rich hardwood staircase.

Columned entryways in the foyer give way to the living room on the right and straight back into the family room. The home’s floor plan places the library just off the foyer with windows facing the front yard. The library, with plenty of space to spread out, serves as the owner’s home office.

Step down from the foyer into the living room, comfortably sized to welcome guests into the home. The living room has crown moldings, recessed lights and elegant entrances from both the foyer and rear hallways. Hardwood floors are found in all of the formal spaces, including the living room, library and dining room.

The dining room has a tray ceiling highlighted by crown moldings. Nearby is a convenient butler’s pantry complete with custom cabinetry and shelves.

For twice the warmth, a double-sided fireplace is just as enjoyable in the master suite as it is in the adjacent family room. Both sides boast a marble gas fireplace with an oak mantel, and the family room fireplace has a raised hearth. The backdrop of this sunken family room is a soaring wall of windows, including a Palladian window, that fills this two-story space with sunshine.

A Casablanca ceiling fan, wall sconces and French doors leading to the deck add visual appeal and function to the family room. There’s no need to work your way up a flight of stairs each evening because two doorways flank the fireplace and open into the sitting-room portion of the master suite. This cozy room offers a more intimate space to unwind at the end of the day.

There’s a wall that separates the sitting room from the sleeping quarters directly behind it. Features in the bedroom include a wet bar, a tray ceiling, a television mount, pleated privacy shades and a walk-in closet to meet the needs of his-and-hers wardrobes.

A skylight brightens the master bathroom, and a two-person whirlpool tub, double sink with cherry cabinetry and ceramic-tile flooring all add to the bathroom’s sumptuous feel.

On the opposite end of the family room is an eat-in kitchen. The hardwood floors; cherry wood cabinetry, some with glass fronts; and Corian counters are a striking combination. A center island makes preparing meals much easier, as it houses the cooktop and downdraft.

Additional kitchen amenities include a black GE Profile double-door refrigerator, black double wall oven and convection oven, dishwasher, wet bar, wine rack, and built-in mail slots.

French doors lead to the deck, which has a wide set of stairs down to the back yard. The deck provides more space to entertain during warmer weather.

Also near the kitchen is a powder room and laundry room with built-in cabinets, a utility tub and a large storage pantry with shelves.

The upstairs hall boasts a dramatic overlook into the family room and out the second-story windows. Four bedrooms are on this floor, two pairs of same-size rooms. The two larger rooms have mini-blinds, and the smaller rooms offer vertical blinds. Each of the bedrooms has easy access to one of the two full bathrooms on this floor. Both bathrooms have a linen closet and ceramic-tile floors.

The basement has abundant rooms in which to entertain. One side features a grand, open recreation room; the other features an exercise room with a mirrored wall, a stretch bar and television mount, a three-person sauna, a game room with a fun overhead light fixture, and a walk-in cedar closet.

The 41-by-44-foot recreation room looks as if it could be several rooms combined. This grand room has ceramic-tile floors; a marble gas fireplace with an oak mantel; a custom built-in bar with a granite top, refrigerator and wine cooler; recessed lights; and track lighting. There’s also dedicated storage space in the basement.

While the inside sparkles, an underground lawn sprinkler system helps keep the professionally landscaped grounds looking picture perfect. The owner’s lawn tractor, pool table and exercise equipment are negotiable.

Address: 12605 Pleasant Prospect Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721

Community: Woodmore

Age: 1996

Price: $1,400,000

Size: About 6,500 square feet on 2.11 acres

Taxes: $11,067

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial home, circular driveway, three-car garage, professional landscaping, 12-by-24-foot backyard deck, underground lawn sprinkler system

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half baths, step-down two-story family room, library, hardwood floors, ceramic-tile floors, Corian countertops, butler’s pantry, 9-foot ceilings, built-in stereo and book shelves, built-in bar with a refrigerator and wine cooler

Amenities: Mirrored exercise room, three-person sauna, walk-in cedar closet, poolroom, two gas fireplaces, three wet bars, French doors, all Kohler bath fixtures, interior sprinkler system

Schools: Woodmore Elementary, Ernest Everett Just Middle, Flowers High

Close by: Country Club at Woodmore, Bowie Town Center, Boulevard at the Capital Center mall, FedEx Field, Prince George’s Stadium, Six Flags America, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Lois A. Hall, Long & Foster, 301/262-6900

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