- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2006

An album filled with old photographs, including one published in a local newspaper in 1969, portrays the history of the house prominently situated on the corner of Goshen and Brink roads in Gaithersburg.

Locally known as the “White House on the Lake,” the house at 9100 Brink Road has become a landmark. The photographs show scores of children playing, swimming, boating and fishing in the lake. The owners customarily invited neighborhood children to come enjoy their waterside retreat.

An architect built the house in 1965, but many of the design elements are ahead of their time. He lived in the house for two years and sold it to the current owner in 1967. This architect had a reputation for building homes as experiments, trying out new features and improving on lessons learned from previous construction.

An in-law suite, two-story foyer, dual staircase and a walk-in closet are just some of the modern-day features original to this 41-year-old home, on the market for $975,000.

The scenic lake and attractive landscaping turn the property into an enchanting residence reminiscent of a vacation resort. Fish, turtles and a variety of birds all make the lake their home.

The lake is fed by a stream from the south and discharges on the North side of Brink Road into Goshen Branch Park.

Hardwood floors that were refinished this year reign throughout the main and upper levels of the house. A two-story foyer provides a welcoming entrance. Once inside, it becomes obvious that this home is much larger than it appears on the outside. It offers more than 4,000 square feet of finished living space.

To the right of the foyer, a door opens to an in-law suite. Within this suite is a small hallway with doors leading to the bedroom and a full bathroom with a shower and white tile floors. Most recently used as a home office, the bedroom has a wall of built-in shelves.

The house is anchored by the living room on one end and the family room on the other end. The rooms are similarly sized and together stretch across the length of the house, offering views of the front, back and side yards.

The large step-down living room has views of the lake and a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by brick. This is one of four fireplaces found in the home. The wood-beam ceiling adds to the rustic feel, and sliding doors open onto the deck.

Right off the living room is a staircase to the second floor. Another set of stairs goes up from the family room. Both are hardwood with white spindles.

The formal dining room is decorated with crown and chair-rail molding, accented by a floral wallpaper design. The dining room also has sliding doors that lead onto the deck.

The kitchen is the only room that does not have hardwood flooring. Tile flooring separates the kitchen, which features wood cabinetry and appliances that include a Kenmore smooth-surface cooktop and a dishwasher.

A long hall stretches from the living room to the family room, since these two rooms are on opposite wings of the house. The two sides of the house are separated by a door with a stained-glass transom.

The light-filled family room has a second-story overlook, a bay window and brick-surround wood-burning fireplace. Chair-rail molding with beadboard walls are a decorative touch. A door in the family room opens into the attached two-car garage.

The second floor has four bedrooms and a sun porch that can be enjoyed year-round. At the top of the stairs, an open loft area overlooks the family room and would work well as a study.

Nearby, the master bedroom has cathedral ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and a private full bathroom.

This home offers the possibility of two master suites because another bedroom on this level also has a private bath.

Two of the bedrooms are connected by a covered sun porch with windows that can easily swing open.

The basement is finished and includes a recreation room with the home’s fourth wood-burning fireplace. The lower level has four sets of large sliding glass doors for convenient access to the lake.

The wood-paneled walls and retro red-bricklike vinyl floors give the basement character. A bar and chair set in the recreation room will convey to the new owners.

Outside, there is plenty of room to roam — the house sits on 3 acres. The property also includes a large fenced garden and a storage barn. An island in the lake is a unique feature. Another feature is a modern geothermal heat-pump system. During cold weather, well water is pumped into the home to provide heat, and the water drains into the lake. In the summer, the well water helps cool the home.

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