- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

A custom brick Tudor-style home in Hyattsville looks to be a standard-sized house, albeit on a lavishly landscaped yard. It is deceptively spacious, however, with more than 5,000 square feet of living space.

Currently on the market for $975,000, the stunning house at 3919 Commander Drive was built in 1965. An area builder had the home constructed for his family based on his wife’s exact specifications.

The size of the home can be appreciated from the back, where rows of large windows embellish all three levels — including the walk-out basement that leads directly onto a large patio.

The house, located on a hill in College Heights Estates, is blocks from the University of Maryland.

With lavish features, the home is impressive and unique. The same owners have lovingly maintained the home for more than 35 years.

A curved stone walkway and steps guide guests from the street past a lush landscaping display to the front door. Ample parking space is available in the wide driveway that leads to an attached two-car garage.

Company is greeted in the elegant foyer with a marble floor, marble vase niches, cabinets and drawers with recessed lights and an elegant chandelier.

The foyer opens to the right to the living room with intricate dentil crown molding, an accent wall with Venetian plaster, and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble opening and an ornate mantel. This is the first of two fireplaces in the home. The second one is on the lower level.

The living room and adjacent dining room seem to have been designed with entertaining in mind. Both rooms are extra large, conducive to comfortably having family and friends over.

Newly installed oak hardwood floors add to the richness of these formal rooms.

The dining room walls have ornate wainscoting on wood-paneled walls, as well as chair-rail and dentil crown molding.

The nearby bright and airy family room takes on an entirely different feel of contemporary casualness. Sliding glass doors open onto the stone terrace and gardens in the back yard while providing a scenic backdrop to relaxing and conversing with family.

Textured paint and bead lighting built into the crown molding highlight the ceiling. The room also comes with movie-theater lighting with dimmers.

Several custom pieces include a unique floor-mounted entertainment center and matching floor-to-ceiling illuminated shelves that appear to be suspended in air in two corners of the room.

On the opposite wing is a library and master bedroom.

The library faces the front of the house and comes with a Tudor-style bay window. This stately room makes for a good work or reading space, as it also features detailed wainscoting, attractive built-in shelves and ornate patterns in the wood floors.

The owners spared no expense when they remodeled the kitchen in 2003.

Black granite floors, counters and a backsplash give the kitchen a futuristic look when paired with the custom stained maple cabinet panels and stainless steel appliances.

Some of the appliances also have maple panels. The family chef will especially enjoy the convenience of having two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Miele dishwashers, and two Miele wall-mounted ovens.

Additional appliances include a trash compactor and six-burner cooktop with a grill, hot plate and a circular hood made of stainless steel and glass that is suspended from the ceiling.

The cooktop, located on the center island, has a glass, wrap-around breakfast bar with seating for four.

One of the walls in the kitchen is home to a built-in computer work station that is already wired for the telephone and computer. This work station features attractive beveled glass shelves. The kitchen also includes a large pantry and recessed lights with dimmers.

The master bedroom is on the main level. Three bedrooms are on the second floor and another is on the lower level.

The main-level bedroom boasts plush carpeting and three walk-in closets. However, the highlight of the room is a large picture window overlooking the gardens in the back yard. The large bathroom is nearing completion of a major renovation and includes a beveled glass door and stand-alone shower.

A hardwood staircase with wrought-iron railings leads from the foyer to the second level and ends at an open, common area at the top of the stairs that could easily be used as playroom, office or television room.

Wood floors on this level have been refinished.

One of the bedrooms is large enough to serve as a second master suite, as it has a sitting area, built-ins and a private full bath. This bedroom has plush carpeting and opens to another room that the owners called their sewing room.

This peaceful sewing room has colorful floors and storage drawers. It comes with a built-in sewing machine and work desk.

The remaining two bedrooms have hardwood floors, large closets and breathtaking views of the gardens. They share a second full bath on this level.

There is even more sleeping and recreational space on the fully finished, above-ground lower level. The bedroom can be used as an in-law suite since it has its own full bathroom and a separate entrance. This room also has a dramatic garden view.

Karastan wool carpet covers the lower-level floors. Crown molding and new light fixtures showcase the stippled ceiling.

The large recreation room has a brick fireplace and built-in bookshelves.

Glass doors open directly onto a large flagstone patio with a stone retaining wall. Stairs lead up onto the portion of the yard with the gardens and greenery. The owners have also centered a modern sculpture in the garden for added appeal in this two-level back yard.

Address: 3919 Commander Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Community: College Heights Estates

Homeowner association fee: None

Age: Built in 1965

Price: $975,000

Size: About 5,000 square feet of living space on .36 acres

Taxes: $8,591 in 2007

Exterior features: Brick Tudor-style home, slate roof, stone walkways, flagstone patio, terrace, gardens, landscaping, fenced-in back yard, two-car attached garage with wide driveway

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four bathrooms; large formal living and dining rooms; library; marble floors; wood floors; dentil crown molding; ornate wainscoting; kitchen with black granite counters and floors, stained maple panels on cabinets and appliances, stainless steel appliances, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, trash compactor, center island with six-burner cooktop and glass breakfast bar; floor-mounted entertainment center, illuminated shelving, Tudor-style bay window

Amenities: Two wood-burning fireplaces, central vacuum system, washing machine, dryer, two-zone Carrier heating ventilation and air conditioning with electronic air filters

Schools: University Park Elementary, Hyattsville Middle, Northwestern High

Close by: University of Maryland, recreation, shopping, restaurants

Open house: March 2, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Tom Riley of Randall Hagner, 301/351-3897.


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