- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

In Maryland, Potomac’s mansions have long been coveted by many in the Washington area for their size, style and location.

The small-town yet luxurious ambience stems from the community’s extravagant homes, its village of shops and restaurants and the area’s array of exclusive country clubs.

The District and the Beltway are minutes from Potomac, adding to the area’s allure.

Craftmark Homes Inc. is building seven new upscale homes at McAuley Park in Potomac, each on a half-acre homesite. Priced from $2,369,900 to $2,559,900, these seven homes include a brick or stone front, brick sides and brick rear. Each home has a four-car garage, a steeply pitched roof, Colonial-style paneled shutters and a brick or stone stoop.

The homes have four levels totaling 4,950- to 5,800-square-feet. Buyers can opt to finish the attic level with a playroom, bedroom and full bath and add a finished basement with a den, recreation room, wet bar, full bath and storage rooms. Cherry-paneled elevators can also be added to the homes.

Standard features include 9- or 10-foot ceilings on every level, crown moldings, chair-rail moldings, oversized baseboards and window casings, shadow box moldings and ceiling medallions.

Each home has stained oak stairs and hardwood flooring on the main and upper level. Each kitchen has hardwood flooring, granite counters, 42-inch raised panel wood cabinets, a center island, a walk-in pantry and stainless-steel Viking appliances.

The master bath has marble flooring, marble shower walls, a whirlpool tub, two separate vanities and a large dressing area.

The homes also include a family room fireplace, high-tech wiring with prewiring for satellite cable, high-definition television, computer networks, high-speed Internet access, DSL lines and multiple phone lines.

Other standard features include a security system, dual-zone gas heat and electric air conditioning, a gas water heater, a second-floor laundry room and a rough-in for a lower-level bath.

The Kenwood II model, with 5,675 square feet, is base-priced from $2,559,900.

This home features a double-door entrance into the two-story foyer, which has a curving staircase leading to the upper level. From the foyer visitors can see directly into the two-story family room at the back of the house, which has an arched entrance, two curving walls of windows, a fireplace and a rear staircase to the upper level.

The foyer is flanked by the formal living room and formal dining room. Just past the dining room are the center-island kitchen and adjacent morning room, which has three walls of windows and the option of adding skylights.

Off the kitchen are a walk-in pantry, a powder room and a mudroom with a door to the garage and a walk-in closet.

The main level also includes a study. Buyers can add bay windows and French doors to the study, a deck off the morning room and a conservatory next to the living room.

Upstairs, the master suite has a separate sitting room with two walls of windows, two walk-in closets and a luxury bath.

The three additional bedrooms each have a private full bath and a walk-in closet.

For information or directions to McAuley Park, call sales manager Chris Kopsidas at 301/493-5511 or visit www.craftmarkhomes.com.

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