- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Lush landscaping and soaring trees form a calm backdrop to a well-designed home nestled at the end of a secluded street.

The brick-and-siding house at 14027 Berryville Road in Darnestown backs to parkland, which offers an enchanting setting for the in-ground pool. The house is offered at $1,700,000.

A welcoming arched enclosure greets company at the front entrance where people are ushered inside to an impressive reception area. The view from this foyer entrance extends to the back of the house and out to the natural scenery.

A winding, open staircase in the foyer adds elegance to this room.

The center-hall floor plan places the living room and dining room across the hall from one another. Both face the front yard.

Gleaming hardwood floors and crown molding are some of the upgrades found throughout most of the main-level rooms.

The living room has a beamed coffered ceiling, triple bay window and a wood-burning fireplace with a Colonial-style mantel, hearth and marble surround.

A French door in the living room opens into a private library with three windows accented with wood plantation-style shutters.

Across the foyer, the dining room is a comfortable space for entertaining and features a stylish chandelier, along with burgundy walls above the chair rail and picture frame molding.

The rear of the home trades formality for a more casual attitude. Here are the sun-drenched family room, kitchen and laundry room.

The largest wall in the two-story, step-down great room is filled with windows, but there are also two sets of atrium doors leading onto the rear terraces.

Lighted built-in oak shelves and an entertainment center mix style with convenience. A wood-burning fireplace with marble surround is an attractive focal point.

Open to the family room, the contemporary kitchen is one of the most impressive rooms. Past the breakfast room with a two-story wall of bow windows overlooking the pool, the richly appointed kitchen is equipped for high style and easy living with granite counters and frosted glass cabinetry with backlights. Upscale appliances include a Gaggenau oven, Miele dishwasher, Thermador warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a built-in espresso maker.

The kitchen also comes with a uniquely shaped, stainless-steel hood above the stove and a frosted pale green backsplash.

The generously proportioned island features a sink and extra seating for informal meals or quick snacks.

Ceramic tile covers the floor and recessed low-voltage halogen lighting adds to the evening ambience. Just above the sink is a large triple window that is flush with the counter to offer unobstructed views and plenty of natural lighting.

The main level comes with a separate laundry room with a lot of work space and storage, along with a powder room boasting marble floors and Kohler fixtures.

Five bedrooms are spread out on the second floor, which is anchored by the master suite on one end and a guest bedroom on the opposite end.

At the top of the stairs, a long upper hall comes into view, providing an expansive overlook onto the great room and breakfast room. Portions of the overlook are decorated with railings and knee walls.

Hardwood floors continue down the hall and into several of the bedrooms, including the sumptuous sunken master suite with a tray ceiling. Painted purple walls add richness to the room, and triple French doors open to a private deck looking onto the pool and back yard.

A Jacuzzi whirlpool bath with marble surround, marble floors and a separate shower create a well-appointed master bathroom. Built-ins, with his-and-hers sections, make it easy to organize the large walk-in closet.

All of the bedrooms are beautifully decorated, each reflecting a different personality. The second bedroom is currently used as an exercise room and features two mirrored walls and carpeting. Meanwhile, the third and fourth bedrooms have hardwood floors and share an all-white buddy bath.

The third bedroom has a built-in bay-window seat, and the fourth boasts a cathedral ceiling. At the far end of the hall is the fifth bedroom, with carpeting and double windows on all three sides.

A finished lower level with track lighting has a wine cellar and designer bath. A space for billiards along with a bar area has ceramic tile flooring and is among several areas to enjoy good company and conversation. There is also a media lounge with a built-in media center with oak shelving and cabinetry.

The bar has ample seating and includes a ceramic tile bar top along with a sink, under-counter refrigerator, oven and a dishwasher. In the back of this basement, there is large wine cellar.

Additional rooms include a carpeted playroom with a glass block wall and a spacious bathroom that serves both the lower level and the outdoor swimming pool.

In the spring, the back yard will turn into an outdoor oasis of beautiful greenery. Expansive stone terraces and garden walls help lead the way down a set of steps toward the in-ground pool.

Just in time for spring and summer, the yard is an ideal place for warm-weather entertaining.

Address: 14027 Berryville Road Darnestown, MD 20874

Community: Darnestown

Age: Built in 1990

Price: $1,700,000

Size: About 5,600 square feet on 2.14-acre lot

Taxes: $8,404 in 2005

Homeowners’ association: None

Exterior features: Brick and siding; covered entrance vestibule; terraces; in-ground pool; wooded lot; garden walls; professional landscaping; two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 31/2 baths; winding open staircase; beamed ceiling, two-story ceilings and windows, cathedral ceilings; hardwood, ceramic and marble floors; laundry room; lower-level billiards room, media lounge and playroom; Jacuzzi tub with marble surround

Amenities: Two wood-burning fireplaces with marble surround; built-ins; wet bar with refrigerator; oven and dishwasher; large wine cellar with built-in racks

Schools: Darnestown Elementary, Lakelands Park Middle, Northwest High

Close by: C&O; Canal National Historic Park, Germantown Soccerplex, Potomac, Md., shops and restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Doug Mainwaring of Weichert, Realtors, 301/928-3683

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