- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bay windows with copper awnings flank the columned front entrance, making for a grand welcome into the Colonial-style home at 4002 Thistlebridge Way in Rockville.

With more than 6,200 square feet spread over three finished levels, the house features detailed woodwork, designer paint and upgraded light fixtures.

The house, being offered for $1,136,900, includes a home theater with overstuffed seating for eight, a 9-foot retractable power screen, a high-performance speaker surround sound system and walls insulated to contain the sound. A contoured illuminated ceiling and lighted posters add to the theater feel.

NVHomes built this expanded Georgetown model in 2000. Its location on a quiet cul-de-sac backs to a tree-conservation area.

The center-hall floor plan calls for a soaring two-story foyer with dramatic columned entrances to open into the similarly sized living room and dining room. Stately columns are a prominent feature throughout the house. They are found in the family room and on the lower level as well.

Hardwood flooring begins in the foyer and continues into the formal dining room, the hallway and the kitchen. Rich burgundy walls are accented by white crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding. Recessed lights and a chandelier with a medallion help draw attention to the ceiling.

Most of the windows on this level have transoms, allowing in even more sunshine. Both the dining room and living room have views onto the front yard. Hardwood flooring gives way to extra-plush white carpeting in the living room.

The hall going back to the kitchen and family room passes an elegant powder room with wood blinds. Just around the corner from the powder room, a glass-paneled door opens into the study, which also has wood blinds, a bay window, designer carpeting and built-in cherry bookcases.

Nearby, four columns and a room-length wood step lead into an expansive, carpeted sunken family room. The owners added a 4-foot bump-out to the house when it was built, making the space larger and more conducive to hosting large gatherings of family and friends.

The family room also comes with a gas fireplace with marble surround and crown molding.

The kitchen has cherry cabinetry, granite counters and a five-burner gas stove. The kitchen and breakfast room have a back wall of windows and a patio door. A desk and an extra-long breakfast bar connect to the center island, which sits near the back wall to take advantage of the wooded view.

Right off the kitchen is the laundry room with a sink and several windows. This area doubles as a mudroom for the garage entrance.

The split staircase allows second-floor access from either the kitchen or foyer. Double doors open into the sumptuous owners’ suite with a sitting room and a vaulted ceiling. The sitting room has a corner window with views of the back yard.

Picture-frame molding outlines the walls, which are painted a warm beige. On the way to the bathroom is a dressing room with his-and-hers closets and a vanity. The bathroom has white cabinets, a tub, a separate shower with tile surround and a television built in a niche that will remain for the new owners.

A bedroom next door comes with a private full bath and a deep walk-in closet.

The remaining two bedrooms share a hall bathroom with a double sink and separate door for the tub. One of these bedrooms is almost as large as the owners’ suite and has a high ceiling.

The walk-out lower level is filled with amenities. The recreation room features a fully equipped wet bar with a refrigerator, dishwasher and lighted cabinetry. Part of the recreation room has a step-down area that is used as a billiards or game room. The owners have hung two mounted televisions in this area.

A glass-paneled door near the basement entrance opens to reveal a huge exercise room. This level also has the fifth bedroom and full bath.

Visitors, however, will most likely be drawn to the doorway with a red velvet rope and lighted poster display. This is the grand entrance into the $65,000 high-tech home theater. All of the equipment conveys, including the designer seating. Each chair cost approximately $1,000.

The theater includes custom-milled trim and paint patterned to match the upholstery, curtains and carpet. There is remote-controlled lighting with six zones, including overhead, sconces, stage, poster, floor and tray ceiling.

This close-knit neighborhood enjoys parties for sporting events and other regular get-togethers. Located minutes from major commuter routes, shopping and dining, the community still enjoys its peaceful tree-lined streets with the convenience of knowing that nothing is too far away.

Address: 4002 Thistlebridge Way, Rockville, MD 20853

Community: Preserve at Smalls Nursery

Homeowner association fee: $201 quarterly

Age: Built in 2000

Price:$1,136,900

Size: Approximately 6,200 square feet

Taxes: $8,306

Exterior features: Brick front exterior with double bay windows, columned entrance, large two-car garage, bilevel deck

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 41/2 baths, two-story foyer, study, extended family room, home theater, billiards room, exercise room, laundry and mudroom, columned entryways, owners-suite sitting room, high ceilings, hardwood floors, cherry cabinetry, granite counters

Amenities: Movie projector, eight chairs in home theater, gas fireplace with marble surround, whole-house speaker system

Schools: Flower Valley Elementary; Wood Middle; Rockville High

Close by: Rockville Town Center, Leisure World, shopping, restaurants, parks, recreation

Open house: April 1, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Traudel Lange of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 301/718-0010.

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