- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2007

Two front entrances with columns and a side conservatory hint at the lavish space behind the double doors of this 10,000-square-foot home on Driftwood Road in Bowie.

From the long granite counters in the kitchen to the Brazilian cherry floors on the amenity-rich lower level, no expense was spared.

Wide streets meander throughout this quiet community filled with impressive brick-front homes on beautifully landscaped lots. This Tara floor plan was built by K. Hovnanian Homes in 2005 and is on the market for $1,299,000.

As the front door opens, guests are treated to dramatic cascading staircases with hardwood stairs and a white carpet runner. The dual staircases begin on either side of the two-story foyer and wind upward to meet at the landing on the second floor.

The foyer entry is highlighted by pristine hardwood floors and a glance straight ahead between the two sets of stairs to a glimpse into the great room.

The home stretches from the conservatory on one end, passing several rooms before ending at the three-car garage on the opposite end. Detailed custom moldings and arched entryways throughout the house give the home a sophisticated style.

The only main-level rooms that don’t have hardwood floors are the formal living room and dining room, which feature plush off-white carpeting, and the conservatory with its white-tile floors.

A tray ceiling and windows with transoms add to the open feel of the living room. French doors in the room lead into the sun-drenched conservatory surrounded by tall windows.

This room also features a tray ceiling with the addition of a ceiling fan to offer a nice breeze.

Another door in the conservatory opens directly into the private study, where the pale yellow walls continue and make for a cheerful place to work or read.

Across the foyer hall, the dining room has crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding. This spacious and sophisticated room in the front of the house can accommodate a table with seating for eight or more and has a small, arched entryway leading to the butler’s pantry with a built-in wine rack.

The expansive kitchen rivals the great room in size and comfort. Upgraded cabinets, some with glass fronts, light-colored granite counters including a center island with decorative shelves and stainless steel appliances create an inviting kitchen that is clearly a gathering spot for family and friends.

Additional features in the kitchen include a desk with cabinets and mail slots, two sinks, recessed lights and a walk-in pantry.

A large picture window over the kitchen sink ushers in the sunlight, but the owners also opted to add a sunny morning room to the kitchen.

The morning room is filled with windows. A set of French doors grants access to the backyard deck.

The kitchen has several seating options for dining: A small table fits within a bay of windows of the morning room, which even has space for a small couch; a breakfast bar seats four; and a breakfast room within the kitchen can accommodate a larger table.

A serving buffet off the kitchen has a sink and wine chiller.

A back staircase allows access to the second level and serves as a subtle divider between the kitchen area and the adjacent great room.

The great room has hardwood floors and a two-story beamed ceiling along with a curved back wall of windows including four large Palladian windows on the top half of the wall.

A fireplace with marble surround brings a cozy feel to the large, open space.

Close to the garage, the second front entrance to the home leads into a bright, large mudroom with a washer and dryer along with plenty of space for shedding outdoor gear before coming into the home. This is one of two laundry rooms in the house. A second laundry room is on the upper level.

Upstairs are four spacious bedrooms. The second floor hall offers a view of the family room and foyer below.

The two-sided fireplace in the owner’s suite helps warm the sitting room and sleeping area and provides a year-round focal point. Arched entryways on either side of the fireplace lead from the sitting room to the bedroom.

In addition, the owner’s suite has a breakfast bar with a sink, huge dressing room and a luxuriously appointed master bath. This bathroom comes complete with his-and-hers sinks, a jetted tub, separate shower with a seat and ceramic tile floors.

All three of the remaining bedrooms also come with their own full bathrooms. One of the rooms is used as a young girl’s bedroom and has yellow walls and a petite chandelier light fixture.

The lower level is like a house within a house. As the wide stairway leads downstairs, the finished basement and its Brazilian cherry flooring comes into view.

A large recreation and game room features space for billiards and has a wet bar with a dishwasher. There is also an exercise room, laundry room with cabinets and a separate room that can be used as a guest bedroom or hobby room. The full bathroom on this level comes with a jetted tub.

On the other side of the staircase, there is a cozy lounge right outside the home theater. The plush theater with a movie projector and large screen has burgundy walls and stadium- style seating.

Prewired interior and exterior speakers allow music to play throughout the house. The house also comes with a security system and three-zone heating and central air-conditioning.

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Address: 14322 Driftwood Road, Bowie, MD 20721

Community: Woodmore Estates

Homeowner association fee: $221.24 annually

Age: Built in 2005

Price: $1,299,000

Size: 10,000 square feet on .72 acres

Taxes: $9,203 in 2007

Exterior features: Brick front, two front entrances, three-car side-entry garage, professional landscaping, 15-zone in-ground irrigation system

Interior features: Four bedrooms, six bathrooms, conservatory, two laundry rooms, media room with projector and screen, recreation room, home gym, two-story foyer, morning room, hardwood floors, arched entryways, high ceilings, granite counters, columns, arched entryways, stainless steel appliances, tray ceilings

Amenities: Fireplace in family room and two-sided fireplace in owner’s suite, prewired interior and exterior music, serving buffet with wine chiller, lower-level wet bar, five ceiling fans, upgraded light fixtures, jetted tubs, security system

Schools: Woodmore Elementary, Benjamin Tasker Middle, Bowie High

Close by: Minor league baseball stadium, shopping, theme park, Watkins Regional Park, restaurants

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Orlando Smith of RE/MAX Allegiance, 301/577-8080.

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