- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Many buyers seek one-level living, but don’t want to sacrifice the spaciousness offered in two-story homes. One modern rambler on the market in Glenn Dale offers the convenience of three bedrooms on the main floor and plenty of living space, too.

The stone-and-stucco home also has an exciting curb appeal with a Mediterranean influence, as well as four bedrooms and three full baths and a finished lower level. It is available at $628,000.

The home at 6100 Erika Place is in a sunny cul-de-sac in the community of Glenn Dale Greens and is one of a handful of homes in the subdivision with this unique floor plan. The house sits back beyond the other homes in the cul-de-sac, affording privacy. The extralong driveway allows multiple cars when guests are visiting.

Columns frame the covered front entrance. A red door opens into the foyer. Hardwood floors that start in the foyer continue throughout most of the home.

The foyer branches off to the left, where there are two bedrooms with windows overlooking the front yard.

Both rooms offer ample closet space. One of them could make a great study. These two rooms share a nearby hall bath with a shower/tub combination and white cabinetry.

An open staircase at the far end of the foyer hall has no door, so it incorporates the basement level into the living area. Both floors have high ceilings that make the rooms feel even more open.

This floor plan has the 21-foot-by-14-foot great room strategically centered in the back of the house, signifying its use as the primary gathering space. The home features two fireplaces, one in the great room and the other in the lower-level recreation area.

The back wall of the family room has a gas fireplace. Adjacent large bowed windows overlook the wooded back yard. Other features in the family room include recessed lights, crown molding, and a ceiling-fan light fixture.

Sitting between the master bedroom on one side and the dining room on the other side, the great room has a grand presence and is ideal for entertaining. A columned entryway leads from the great room into the formal dining room, offering additional space where company can linger.

Two walls of windows let the natural light flow through the dining room. One door in the dining room opens onto the deck, which has nice views of the tall trees serving as a picturesque backdrop to the home.

The deck comfortably fits two sets of tables and chairs. Stairs off the deck lead down into the yard.

Another doorway in the dining room leads directly into the expansive kitchen. These double doors can be left open or can be used to close off the kitchen area.

Separating the front portion of the house from the rear portion, the kitchen sits alone in the middle of the house. Abundant cabinets line the walls, ensuring a likely place to fit all of the dishes and small appliances. Space above the 42-inch cabinets allows space for decorative items.

The white cabinetry is complimented by black counters. A center island with cabinets offers additional storage. All of the major appliances are white and will convey with the kitchen, including a gas stove.

Half of the kitchen space is for meal preparation. The other is dedicated to the breakfast nook with a bay window and a pantry nearby.

Down the hall back past the family room is the laundry area with shelves and a mudroom leading into the large two-car garage.

The master bedroom suite is nestled in the far corner of the house. It has a cozy sitting area set underneath a window bay. The wall-sized entertainment center and closet, which looks built in, convey to the new owners. This bedroom also has a walk-in closet.

A tub with jets is the highlight of the master bath, which has gold fixtures, a tall double sink and white cabinets.

The basement is outfitted with a recreation room, home office and fourth bedroom. Double doors lead to a sizable home office with room for a desk and sitting area. The office also has a convenient storage closet for filing papers and books.

Around the corner is an open recreation room with a gas fireplace and recessed lighting. Nine-foot ceilings combined with tall above-ground windows make this level feel less like a basement.

Open another door to reveal a guest suite with the fourth bedroom and a full bathroom with a double vanity.

This walk-out basement offers access to the back yard and onto the concrete patio that is surrounded by landscaping and situated underneath the deck for shaded outdoor enjoyment.

The back yard comes with a storage shed that matches the siding in the back of the home. The yard has a separate area for gardening.

Address: 6100 Erika Place, Glenn Dale, MD 20769

Community: Glenn Dale Greens

Age: Built in 2001

Price: $628,000

Size: About 3,600 square feet on .43 acres

Taxes: $5,152 in 2004

Homeowners association fee: $50 monthly

Exterior features: Stone, stucco and vinyl siding contemporary rambler, long driveway, cul-de-sac location, deck, patio, shed, two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, three full baths, guest suite, home office, great room, lower level recreation room, walk-out basement, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, bay windows, columns, recessed lights

Amenities: Two gas fireplaces, gas stove, jetted tub, walk-in closet, security system

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

Close by: Tot lot, Glenn Dale and Bowie Community Centers, swimming pool, Bowie Town Center Mall, Prince George’s County Stadium, Six Flags Amusement Park, shops, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Emanuel Williams of Coldwell Banker, 301/509-4481.

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