- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A swing in the back yard hanging from a large oak tree that overlooks the water is indicative of the peaceful lifestyle and scenery offered in this

home in Fort Washington’s Tantallon on the Potomac community. Water views on all three levels envelop the custom-remodeled Colonial that backs to Swann Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.

Travel by boat from the 40-foot fixed pier with multiple boat slips located on the half-acre lot. The dock is capable of accommodating motor yachts up to 70 feet long. Great blue herons, geese and ducks are among the wildlife that has made Swann Creek their permanent home.

The house at 12217 Candle Light Circle, on the market for $1,300,000, is stately and charming with a columned front entrance and sculpted landscape design in the front and back yards. A flower-lined brick walkway leads from the driveway to the front door. Once inside, it becomes immediately evident that this 1973 Colonial has undergone a dramatic transformation.

Not only does the house show well, it also features “smart home” technology, including television, Internet, phone lines, video amplifier, router/firewall and fast ethernet hut/switches.

Open rooms mix with high-end features to maximize style and convenience. The foyer has ceramic tile flooring with an inlaid design. Right off the foyer is the oversized powder room that boasts a long marble counter, wall sconces and sky blue walls.

All of the rooms feature a custom interior paint package that gives each space its own personality. The living room and dining room have rich, red walls that are striking when combined with the gleaming hardwood floors. A unique set of glass pocket doors allows the living room to be closed off from the foyer area for privacy.

Wood blinds cover all the windows, including the two floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room. The oversized dining room features picture windows with dramatic views that make the room feel as if it is surrounded by water.

Four yellow pendant light fixtures fit right into this contemporary-style dining room perfect for casual or formal entertaining. Progressive lighting design offers creative ambience and full lighting options on all floors with more than 100 recessed light fixtures.

French doors in the dining room allow access onto the rear covered porch that has skylights and two ceiling fans. This is the ideal place to arrange a couple of rocking chairs to enjoy the fall breeze.

The dining room also offers a direct entryway into the kitchen, which boasts ceramic tile floors with custom inlay features, dark granite countertops, two separate sinks, and state-of-the-art appliances, including a Jenn-Air six-burner gas cooktop.

A bowed garden window above the sink has a wide ledge; a great space for plants to thrive. The breakfast room features a bay window and French door that allows a second entry into the expansive covered back porch.

Plush carpeting covers the floor of the step-down family room adjacent to the kitchen. This family room has a home theater system that comes with a 32-inch flat panel widescreen HDTV, digital surround sound system that has an integrated speaker array with high-quality Polk Audio and Boston Acoustic drivers.

In addition to the home theater, the family room boasts a fireplace, built-ins and sliding glass doors that open onto the sun deck. There is a nearby hall that leads to the side-entry two-car garage, a separate ceramic-tiled laundry room and a mudroom.

Back in the foyer, a hardwood staircase with a carpet runner leads to the second floor and its four bedrooms. One upper-level room is being used as a professional technology center configured for multiple phone lines, television, computers, printers and integrated surge/spike compressors. Granite countertops outline the walls of the room, allowing space for several workstations. The back wall has a long picture window offering a peaceful water view.

The master bedroom suite is privately situated on one end of the hall and has walk-in closets with built-in organizers and crown molding. Luxuriously appointed with elegant wall sconces, the master bathroom has a double-door entrance, cherry serving bar with a small refrigerator, Jacuzzi tub, tall his-and-hers vanities, and shower with dual shower heads and seats. A centrally located hall bath is shared by the remaining bedrooms, which are all generously sized.

For additional living space, the owners have completely finished the walk-out lower level, including a recreation room, fully equipped kitchen with granite counters, a refrigerator, stove and a sink. This carpeted level also boasts a convenient bathroom with ceramic tile floors.

Sliding doors open directly onto the paved patio and its brick paved retaining wall and landscaped gardens. The back yard is a picturesque oasis as the lot comes to an angle with Swann Creek surrounding the yard on both sides, offering water views as far as the eye can see. An expansive deck stretches across the back of the house and is a wonderful setting for large-scale outdoor entertaining.

The house comes with a state-of-the-art Carrier dual system for even-zoned climate control with dehumidifiers and electronic air cleaners, a high-efficiency heat pump and gas heat. Not as easy to spot as the obvious renovations, but within the past couple of years the homeowners also have replaced the roof, siding, plumbing and electric.

The new owners will be able to enjoy membership at the prestigious Tantallon Country Club, Tantallon Golf Course and Tantallon Marina.

Address: 12217 Candle Light Circle, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon on the Potomac

Age: Built in 1973

Price: $1,300,000

Size: 4,352 square feet on .49 acre

Taxes: $6,154

Exterior features: Waterfront, private pier with multiple boat slips, deck, covered rear porch, brick patio, professionally landscaped tiered lot, two-car side entry garage

Interior features: Four-bedroom, 31/2-bath remodeled Colonial, with technology suite, main-level laundry room, second kitchen on lower level, Jacuzzi tub, hardwood and ceramic floors, granite counters, custom interior paint package, walk-in closet, custom molding, French doors, bay windows, built-ins.

Amenities: Gas fireplace, “smart home” technology, home theater system, more than 100 recessed lights throughout, zoned climate control, new roof, siding, plumbing and electric

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

Close by: Tantallon Country Club, marina, golf, National Harbor project, Old Town Alexandria, restaurants, shops

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Valerie Green of RE/MAX Colonial Homes, 240/508-7772.

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