- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A sauna and a theater room are two bonus features in this house, built on a lot of a little more than 2 acres in Bowie’s Federal Hill Farm neighborhood.

This 6,500-square-foot residence is in an enclave of custom homes on large lots.

The front yard is large enough to accommodate a circular driveway that branches off toward the side-entry three-car garage. Extensive landscaping neatly frames the brick front entrance, which is embellished with windows of varying sizes, including dormers, Palladian windows and a small oval window.

The house at 16912 Federal Hill Court in Bowie is being offered for $1,300,000.

Anchored by the garage on one end and a huge sunroom on the other, the central part of the home features formal living and dining areas as well as the family room and kitchen. A whole-house intercom makes it easy to communicate.

Glistening hardwood floors welcome guests in the foyer. The flooring continues throughout much of the main level. In the foyer, too, is a hardwood staircase with a carpet runner.

The dining room and living room face the front of the home on either side of the foyer. These two sunny rooms have elegant ceiling and wall moldings along with windows overlooking the front grounds.

An elegant crystal chandelier with a medallion hangs in the dining room, giving the room a rich sense of sophistication.

The living room is where the current owners have their piano. This room has French doors that open into a step-down sunroom. Eight Palladian windows surround the room and can be opened for a breeze.

Ceramic tile covers the floor and a two-story vaulted ceiling with a fan gives the illusion of even more space.

The foyer leads past a powder room and into the great room. Two floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows flank the brick wood-burning fireplace and hearth. This is just one of two wood-burning fireplaces in the home. The second is on the basement level.

A two-story ceiling rises above a second-level hallway, which overlooks the great room. This room also has two skylights and a doorway opening into the professional home office that can also be utilized as a library.

Nearby, the kitchen provides a desk for light workloads and for sorting the mail. White cabinets with gold knobs and all-white appliances offer a color contrast paired with the hardwood floors. This kitchen has a center island and cooktop, recessed lights, and a butler’s pantry near the dining room entrance with a built-in wine rack and glass cabinetry.

Another entryway leads to the mudroom and garage entrance, as well as to the laundry room with a sink and full-sized window.

Four bedrooms and three full bathrooms occupy the second floor. The master bedroom has a set of French doors that open to reveal a step-down sitting room with an overlook into the sunroom. This large space works as a nursery or as a reading room.

The master bathroom has two skylights, tile floors, an oval jetted tub, and separate his and hers sinks with a vanity area. Sheer privacy blinds in this room and many of the others afford plenty of sunshine without having to completely open the blinds. A walk-in closet in the master bedroom has organizing shelves.

Two of the other bedrooms share a buddy bath with a double sink and separate door to the tub. The fourth bedroom has its own full bath, double closet and two windows facing the front of the home.

A catwalklike hallway is used to access the bedrooms and looks out over the main level.

The finished lower level has Berber carpeting and is filled with recreational options. The highlight of this level is the theater room, with its own dedicated space that comes with a projector, large screen, Bose speakers, wall sconces and theater seating. Six leather chairs with built-in cup holders will convey to the new owners.

In addition to the theater and an open recreation room with a wet bar and wood-burning fireplace, the lower level is home to an expansive mirrored exercise room and a sauna room that features a ceramic-tiled steam shower and a sink.

French doors on this level open onto the patio with a private hot tub, and doors on the main level open onto a deck that overlooks that large, level back yard.

Address: 16912 Federal Hill Court, Bowie, MD 20716

Community: Federal Hill Farm

Age: Built in 1996

Price: $1,300,000

Size: About 6,500 square feet in 2 acres

Taxes: $7,077 in 2006

Exterior features: Circular driveway, side-entry three-car garage, hot tub, patio deck, professional landscaping

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 41/2 baths, sunroom, two-story rooms with overlook, home theater with projector and screen, home office, steam shower, jetted tub, master suite sitting room, hardwood floors, ceramic tile floors, French doors, skylights, Corian counters

Amenities: Two wood-burning fireplaces, mirrored exercise room, wet bar, sauna

Schools: Pointer Ridge Elementary, Benjamin Tasker Middle, Bowie High

Close by: Minor League Baseball stadium, mall shopping, Freeway Airport, recreation, restaurants

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Belinda Gamble of RE/MAX One, 301/675-1109.

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