- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

An 1887 Victorian-style home has aged gracefully on West Montgomery Avenue in Rockville amid a sea of changes over more than a century. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was built by T.C. Groomes, a prominent Montgomery County builder.

The current owner, a physician who is now retired, bought the house in 1947. It served as his office and the residence for his family. During the 1950s and 1960s the home underwent various alterations, including the extensive addition that was used as the doctor’s office with several examining rooms and a waiting area that resembles a family room.

This space allows for endless possible uses today.

The house at 310 W. Montgomery Ave. is currently offered at $1,000,000.

While there is no parking on West Montgomery Avenue, guests arriving by car can access the white siding-and-stucco house by driving around the corner on Wall Street.

A private side driveway serves as the entrance. It curves toward the house and yard. Guests can enter through a rear Florida room or the front entrance.

A short set of stairs on a slight hill in front of the house leads to a walkway to the main entry.

The covered front porch has two separate doors. One opens into the foyer of the main house. The other opens into what was once used as the doctor’s quarters.

From the vantage point of the front door, large arched walls are prominent in the foyer. Through the central arch is a small rear hall. Another arch leads to the left and the living room.

Beautiful woodwork made from thick Alabama Cypress in the foyer and formal rooms gives the home character.

Harking back to a bygone era are the large living room and dining room for formal entertaining. A wall-sized, rounded window, reminiscent of a conservatory, is the highlight of the living room, where one of the home’s three soapstone fireplaces also will be found. The others are in the dining room and master bedroom.

The banquet-sized dining room features a built-in china closet and papered walls. Chair-rail molding and picture frame molding add to the room’s elegance.

Many doors throughout the home also recall old-fashioned craftsmanship in their appearance. They have brass hinges.

White cabinets round out the kitchen, which boasts a five-burner gas cooktop with a stainless steel downdraft. Additional appliances include a side-by-side refrigerator and a double oven. The breakfast room nearby doubles as a cozy family area for television viewing.

Both rooms have ceiling fans to help keep the kitchen area cool.

Steps from the kitchen lead to a sunken Florida room that has a bright, outdoorsy feel with wood paneling, flagstone floors, decorative plant ledges, walls of windows and sliding glass doors that lead to the patio.

The ceiling is slanted and has two ceiling fans. There’s also a wood stove insert and a staircase to the cellar.

Three upper-level bedrooms have abundant storage with either double closets or deep closets.

A romantic fireplace with tile surround and a chandelier accent the inviting master bedroom that can be accessed through doors opening from the front hall and rear hall.

Each of the other bedrooms has unique light fixtures. One of the rooms has floral wallpaper and the other is painted pale yellow. They all share a spacious hall bathroom with a chandelier that contrasts with its black floors and fixtures.

Once used as a sleeping porch, a small enclosed room on the upper level with walls of windows makes for a nice retreat.

This cozy space offers a great spot to welcome the morning with a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper.

Back on the main level, an unassuming door opens to reveal another wing of the home that was formerly used as the doctor’s office.

This portion of the home would work well as an in-law or au-pair suite.

It features several examining rooms, a full bathroom with a large tub, a laboratory, bookkeeping room, reception area and a waiting room with its own entrance to the outside. Many of the rooms easily could be converted to other uses.

A large yard in the center of Rockville is hard to come by. This home has an acre of land with a fully fenced, serene back yard.

Right outside of the Florida room is a flagstone patio with retaining walls.

A brick walkway leads from the patio to the middle of the yard, where there is a gated in-ground swimming pool with an equipment house, built-in lights and shade trees.

Address: 310 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

Community: Historic Rockville

Age: Built in 1887

Price: $1,000,000

Size: 4,251 square feet on .96 acres

Taxes: $8,546.05 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Siding and stucco, patio, in-ground swimming pool, fully fenced back yard, private driveway entrance, carport

Interior features: Victorian-style home with three bedrooms, two full baths, Florida room, banquet-sized dining room, home office with separate entrance, in-law suite, upper-level enclosed porch, attic storage, flagstone floors, 9-foot ceilings, detailed woodwork, bow window, arched plaster walls

Amenities: Three soapstone fireplaces, alarm system with motion detector, window treatments, ceiling fans

Schools: Beall Elementary, Julius West Middle, Richard Montgomery High

Close by: Rockville Town Center, Rockville Metro Station, Interstate 270, shops, restaurants

Open house: Aug. 13, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Margaret Welsh May of Weichert, Realtors at 301/674-7748.

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