- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Set on lush landscape inside the Tantallon North community in Fort Washington, a 5-year-old Colonial-style home offers all of the expected features and conveniences along with a few extras: a window-filled exterior and circular drive out front, and an in-ground Olympic-size pool in the back.

Tantallon North is one of Fort Washington’s most popular communities. The home at 11707 Forest Green Lane, offered at $820,000, is on a quiet street with neatly manicured lawns.

Accented by stained glass sidelights, the main entry door is accessed by a small brick porch and opens into the sunlit foyer.

Gleaming hardwood floors and crisp picture-frame molding greet guests in the foyer. A chandelier hangs in the two-story foyer and is visible in the Palladian window.

Hardwood floors are found in most rooms on the main level, adding to the rich feel of the home.

The center-hall floor plan places both formal rooms on opposite sides of the foyer. Burgundy and white custom draperies in the living room and dining room will convey to new owners.

In the spacious dining room, the chandelier is accented by a medallion. A bay window looks onto the front yard.

Along the way to the rear of the home, you’ll pass a powder room and a door leading to the fully finished basement.

The back portion of the home opens to reveal the kitchen along with several other rooms, including the family room, a solarium and a library that appears to be hidden behind the family room.

Cooks and entertainers alike will delight in the kitchen with its center island and breakfast bar.

Accented by black granite counters, chair-rail molding and recessed lights, the kitchen also features a large picture window overlooking the back yard.

White appliances include a double oven, a side-by-side refrigerator and a dishwasher. There’s also a built-in niche for the microwave or a small television.

The breakfast room is a sizable space that invites everyone to gather for full meals. This area overlooks the family room and looks into the sunroom.

Nearby is a workspace desk with cabinets and mail slots and a door that leads to the laundry room.

Berber carpeting covers the family room floors, where a gas fireplace and mantle command the center of attention. Custom drapes that convey to new owners decorate the tall windows, and a ceiling fan helps keep the room comfortable.

In the far back corner of the room, a set of white French doors opens to reveal a private study. The study has a wall of built-in bookcases and a wall-size floor-to-ceiling window.

The sunroom is just one more room among many comfortable living spaces within the house to enjoy. It offers a vaulted ceiling with a fan along with panoramic views of the back yard. A door in the sunroom provides access to the yard and pool area.

An expansive patio with landscaping surrounds the pool, leaving more than enough room for several sets of tables and chairs. The pool has a brick border around it.

Hardwood stairs from the foyer, elegantly covered with a carpet runner, lead to the second level.

At the entrance to the master suite is a cozy sitting room that overlooks the step-down sleeping area.

The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and an extralong, his-and-hers walk-in closet. Double doors open to the master bath, where a step-up jetted tub is set beneath windows. Nearby is a shower and a dual vanity.

Three additional bedrooms are found along the upper-level hall. Two of them overlook the pool. One looks out of the front of the house.

The spacious, carpeted lower level has a generously sized recreation area that can be used as one big room or as two distinct rooms separated by a set of columns.

Additional features in the basement include a fifth bedroom, full bathroom and an exercise room painted deep purple with mirrored walls and white built-in shelves.

Steps from the basement lead directly to the back yard.

With easy access to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Potomac River, Tantallon is close to the new National Harbor development, a mixed-used waterfront project under construction that will feature shopping, dining and entertainment. Tantallon residents also can enjoy the amenity-filled Tantallon Country Club.

Address: 11707 Forest Green Lane, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon North

Age: Built in 2001

Price: $820,000

Size: Lot of .47 acres

Taxes: $7,358 in 2005

Exterior features: Brick and siding Colonial-style home, circular drive, in-ground pool, patio, professional landscaping, fully fenced yard, two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 31/2 baths, two-story foyer, hardwood throughout first floor, sunroom, library, sitting room, granite counters, walk-in closet, French doors, crown molding

Amenities: Gas fireplace, jetted tub, built-ins, humidifier, irrigation system

Schools: Potomac Landing Elementary, Eugene Burroughs Middle, Friendly High

Close by: Tantallon Country Club, Fort Washington Park, marina, golf, tennis, fishing, walking trails, near new National Harbor retail and resort, shopping, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Valerie Green of RE/MAX Colonial Homes, 301/292-6800


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