- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

Trees fill the front yard of this enchanting Colonial, where the house sits far enough from the street to create a private getaway.

Guests can park on the street and enjoy a peaceful walk through the parklike front yard or take advantage of the long driveway leading directly to the red brick Silver Spring home.

The house was built in the close-knit Hillandale community in 1941, but it has been carefully expanded and updated through the years.

This four-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath home, at 10525 Sweetbriar Parkway and now available for $849,000, combines the character of an older house with the spaciousness and amenities of a newer home.

With almost an acre of land in the scenic back yard, it’s easy to forget that this home is conveniently located just off New Hampshire Avenue and Powder Mill Road and is only one mile from the Beltway.

A gate in the front of the home opens and closes manually to hide the entrance to a detached two-car garage.

Attention to detail is apparent. The house has a slate roof and copper gutters and was painted inside and out in 2004. The same year, the owners had central air installed. In 1997, they replaced the furnace and water heater.

Rooms added on both ends serve as the breakfast room and family room, and they blend in so well that they don’t stand out as obvious additions.

Inside are seven sets of French doors and plenty of windows, which allow for a view of the tall trees and expansive yard.

The welcoming foyer has marble floors, a walk-in coat closet and a powder room. There’s an arched entryway leading from the foyer into the living room on the right.

The living room is painted a shade of green and has hardwood floors, built-ins and crown molding. A wood-burning fireplace helps make this room comfortable for formal entertaining as well as casual gatherings. It’s also spacious enough to accommodate the owner’s grand piano in a prominent corner.

Step down from the living room into the sunken family room — now used as a music room, where a violin and other string instruments are comfortably displayed.

The family room is home to a second wood-burning fireplace and boasts a vaulted ceiling for an airy, inviting atmosphere. Sunlight streams through French doors, windows and a wall-size Palladian window placed at the top portion of the entire wall.

A wet bar with cabinets and a small refrigerator sits in the back of the family room, while the French doors lead outside to an extensive wraparound flagstone patio.

The fully fenced back yard seems designed for relaxing and entertaining. The owners say they had 1,000 square feet of flagstone patio installed. The wide, long patio curves from one end of the house to the other, beginning in the family room and ending at the dining room.

A discreet swimming pool is set off to the side of the home and is surrounded by a security fence.

On the opposite end of the house is the dining room, which offers a country floral wallpaper design that makes this formal room stand out. French doors in the dining room also lead out to the patio.

Recently updated, the galley-style kitchen is well appointed with KitchenAid appliances, including a double convection oven, a gas stovetop and a dishwasher.

Hardwood floors go well with the hunter green Formica kitchen counters and white cabinetry. Just above the stainless-steel sink, the wall is bumped out to hold a box window.

A doorway in the kitchen opens to a bright breakfast room featuring a cathedral ceiling, black-and-white ceramic-tile floors, two small pantries and a ceiling fan.

The kitchen table sits in the middle of the room, with French doors on both sides of it leading to the backyard patio. In this portion of the yard, the patio forms a small courtyard as it connects from the doors in the breakfast room to the doors in the dining room, creating a private sitting space outside.

Also on the main level is a private bedroom with linoleum floors, built-ins and French doors leading outside.

Back in the foyer, a staircase heads to the second floor, where there are three bedrooms and two full-sized bathrooms. All of the bedrooms have hardwood flooring and burst with color.

The first bedroom that comes into view near the top of the stairs is painted blue.

A few steps farther up are two more bedrooms.

Green and white dominate the comfortable master bedroom, which boasts a walk-in cedar closet.

The last bedroom is painted in several shades of pink.

The basement level is partially finished and has a walk-out to the yard. A small recreation room offers additional living space, and the owners recently added a new bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.

Address: 10525 Sweetbriar Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Community: Hillandale

Age: built in 1941

Price: $849,000

Size: Lot of 0.88 acres

Taxes: $4,384 in 2004

Exterior features: Brick home with slate roof, wraparound flagstone patio, in-ground pool, fully fenced yard, two-car detached garage

Interior features: Colonial home with four bedrooms, 31/2 baths, family/music room, separate breakfast room, Jack-and-Jill bathroom adjoining two bedrooms, main-level laundry room, wet bar, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, marble floors, crown molding, Formica counters, built-ins, Palladian window, French doors, ceiling fans

Amenities: Two fireplaces, Jacuzzi tub, cedar closet, new central air conditioning, humidifier, alarm system

Schools: Cresthaven Elementary, Francis Scott Key Middle, Springbrook High

Close by: University of Maryland, Food and Drug Administration headquarters, National Archives, the Beltway, shopping, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Hope Page of Long & Foster, 301/215-6444

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