- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Lavish details in rooms such as the enormous master bath make this modern Colonial attractive. The brick and siding home in the Rolling Hills of Goshen Estates in Laytonsville was built in 1993 and offers three levels of finished space and lots of creature comforts.

Offering more than 7,000 square feet of living space on a lot larger than 21/2 acres, the home is priced at $995,000.

From outside, the home has a grand presence and features a circular drive, columned entry and a Palladian window. The driveway splits in the middle and goes around to a hidden side-entry two-car garage.

A front door with sidelights and a transom ensure a sunny and welcoming reception foyer. Wide plank American oak floors dominate the main floor. A wood staircase with white spindles curves to the upper level.

All of the ceilings are high, and triple-crown molding helps draw attention to the height. To the left of the foyer is the living room, which features a side bay window and works as an entertaining room.

Step down to the right of the foyer through a pair of columns, and there’s a bright dining room with elegant chair-rail and picture-frame molding. Double doors in the dining room offer convenient access to the kitchen by way of a butler’s pantry with a wine rack, sink and storage cabinets.

The centrally located family room in the back of the house is one big open space offering endless possibilities for relaxing or entertaining. A floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with an arch design adds comfort and is an exciting focal point.

A door between the kitchen and family room opens onto the cedar deck with built-in seating. The home backs to a wetlands conservatory area, which drains into a tributary of Seneca Creek.

The family room flows seamlessly into the kitchen. The corner location makes it comfortable for preparing meals or just chatting. The kitchen was updated just two years ago with new earth-tone granite counters and 42-inch whitewashed upgraded cabinets.

There are several seating areas in the kitchen that include a planning desk, a center island with room for several stools, and a breakfast room set within a window bay.

Among the white appliances are a double oven and a handy island cooktop. A small hall leads to the long walk in pantry with an additional coat closet and a doorway to the garage.

A private library on the opposite end of the family room comes with a wall of built-in bookshelves and a bay window.

The jewel of the second floor is the massive master suite.

Stretching the entire length of the house is the 20-by-20-foot bedroom and an adjoining 20-by-20-foot bathroom.

The double-door entrance to the master bedroom opens to reveal a sitting room with columns separating it from the sleeping area. The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and a row of windows that face the front of the house ushering in natural sunlight.

The master bathroom is stunningly large and has a whirlpool tub centered in the room.

With the exception of the area right outside the stand-up shower, which has a small tile floor, the bathroom is carpeted.

A double-sided gas fireplace makes both the bathroom and bedroom room cozy.

A wide floor-to-ceiling Palladian window serves as the backdrop to this luxurious bath with his-and-hers sinks, a vanity area, recessed lights and a separate chamber for the commode and bidet.

An upper-level laundry room with a utility sink and three more bedrooms are spread along the hall. All of the bedrooms come with their own light fixtures and each has a walk-in closet.

The guest suite has its own full bathroom while the other two rooms are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with double sinks.

Walking back down the stairs is when you’ll notice two tall hardwood ledges around the front door for decorating.

A fifth bedroom and another full bathroom are found on the walk-out lower level and offer another space for overnight guests wanting privacy.

A smaller room in the front of the basement has no windows and could work as a media room, exercise room or as a home office.

The open recreation room has wall-to-wall carpeting as well as recessed lighting.

Full-sized windows make you forget that this is a lower-level room. A row of windows facing south lets in additional sunshine.

Address: 8512 Churchill Downs Road, Laytonsville, MD 20882

Community: Greenhills Farm

Age: Built in 1993

Price: $995,000

Homeowner association fees: $16.50 per month

Size: 7,023 square feet on 2.55 acres

Taxes: $7,404 in 2005

Exterior features: Brick and siding, cedar shake roofing, columned entrance, circular drive, backyard deck

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 41/2 baths, hardwood floors, triple crown molding, two-story foyer, curved hardwood staircase, butler’s pantry, walk-in pantry, granite counters, vaulted ceiling, library, bay windows, Jack-and-Jill bathroom, recreation room

Amenities: Intercom, security system, wood and gas fireplaces, double-sided fireplace, Whirlpool tub with jets, built-ins, wet bar, humidifier

Schools: Gaithersburg Elementary, Gaithersburg Park Middle, Laytonsville High

Close by: Laytonsville Public Golf Course, Montgomery Country Club, Gaithersburg shops, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Larissa Hyland of W.C.&A.N.; Miller at 240/426-2897.

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