- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2005

An elaborate waterfall with stone walls anchors the entrance into the Woodmore North neighborhood off Annapolis Road in Bowie, where stately homes, less than two years old, on 1-acre lots reflect an up-to-date style and sophistication.

All of the homes in this community were built by Mid-Atlantic Builders and feature side-entry garages that don’t distract from the brick fronts.

This home will appeal to a buyer looking for a new home without having to wait for construction. The current owners had a change of plans, which means they never lived in the gracious four-bedroom, 41/2-bath home.

Box windows flank the columned front entrance, adding visual appeal. Inside is a striking combination of arched entryways and elegant moldings.

The foyer hints at what is to come in the rest of the home. A tray ceiling, recessed lights and two arched openings define the foyer area, which leads into the home and faces an art alcove.

Pristine hardwood floors and a neutral two-tone interior paint scheme make this home, offered at $1,195,000, easy to decorate and personalize.

On both sides of the art alcove are smaller arched doorways that open into the banquet-size dining room with enough space for a table for 12. The dining room has two chandeliers, a two-tier tray ceiling and elegant chair-rail moldings.

Front and rear stained-oak staircases are found on both wings of the home, with the main staircase neatly tucked away to the side between the living room and library.

The living room has a tray ceiling and two doorways that flow into a bright step-down sunroom with Palladian windows and a vaulted ceiling.

On the opposite side of the staircase are a powder room and a library. The library’s double bay window gives it a look more like that of a sunroom. One wall is dedicated to a large cherry built-in unit for storing books and collectibles.

The two-story family room in back of the home is clearly a gathering spot. It features a 6-foot extension, making it conducive to large-scale entertaining. Features in this room include Berber carpeting, a fireplace with black marble surround and a large television niche.

Windows encompass the entire height of the back wall and bring the outdoors in.

The kitchen has ceramic-tile flooring. The room was built on an angle facing the front of the home. Abundant cabinets and Corian counters outline the walls.

A long multilevel center island includes a four-burner gas cooktop with a grill module. Sleek stainless-steel appliances, including the refrigerator and double oven, make the kitchen even more appealing.

A built-in desk blends with the kitchen cabinets and offers a quiet place to read and sort the mail.

The kitchen opens into the morning room, which offers a burst of sunshine. This room can comfortably hold a large kitchen table without looking crowded.

Also on the main level are the laundry room, a door to the garage entrance and a rear staircase.

The main staircase is protected by a carpet runner and has a bright window at the landing. A long hallway connects all four bedrooms and offers a circular overlook into the family room.

The master suite opens with double doors on one end of the hall. The sitting room has a fireplace, a television niche, recessed lights and a tray ceiling. Columns separate the sitting area from the comfortable sleeping quarters.

The master bath offers an exciting design and has a large shower with ceramic seating, a glass-block shower enclosure and a massaging shower head.

The bathroom also has his-and-hers sinks and an oval whirlpool tub set beneath a window bay.

Three more bedrooms with walk-in closets and two full bathrooms are found down the hall. The third bedroom boasts a scenic panoramic view because it also has double bay windows mirroring the library design.

A wide stairway with large windows at the landing leads to the finished lower level, where entertainment prevails. The first room that comes into view is an open recreation room with an L-shaped wet bar and doors that open directly to the back yard.

A bonus is the impressive theater room with elevated flooring and built-ins for viewing movies in style. A large portion of the basement is devoted to storage space.

Address: 5707 Hillmeade Road, Bowie, MD 20720

Community: Woodmore North

Age: Built 2004

Price: $1,195,000

Size: About 5,300 square feet on 0.93 acres

Taxes: Not available

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial home, side-entry three-car garage, professional landscaping

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms, step-down sunroom with vaulted ceiling, morning room off kitchen, library with built-ins, hardwood floors, ceramic-tile floors, tray ceilings, Corian counters, 9-foot ceilings on main and lower levels, home theater, recreation room, L-shaped wet bar, walk-in closets

Amenities: Dual staircase, two fireplaces, walk-in kitchen pantry, whirlpool tub, planning desk in kitchen, stainless-steel appliances, security system, two-zone gas heating and cooling

Schools: Glenn Dale Elementary, Thomas Johnson Middle, Duval High

Close by: Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie Town Center mall, FedEx Field, Six Flags America, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Michelle Vessels of Long & Foster at 301/459-8101

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