- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2008

This Anne Arundel County home built in 1999 is filled with all of the modern amenities and design elements that you would expect to find in a new home. Uniquely designed and meticulously maintained, the house is on a peaceful suburban street in Crofton.

The town boasts being named one of the top 100 in the “Best Places to Live” feature by Money magazine in 2007. Walkers, joggers and cyclists take delight in the many nearby paths and parks.

The family-friendly neighborhood of Walden is just minutes from Route 50 for an easy commute to either Annapolis or the District. Situated at 1515 Hornbeam Drive, the three-level home with six bedrooms and a two-car garage is on the market for $679,000.

The exterior features brick and siding, along with 11 windows, and steps leading to the front door. A front porch adds to the home’s curb appeal.

As the front door opens, an abundance of windows ushers sunlight throughout the house. The soaring, two-story foyer has a decorative chandelier that is visible from the outside and lights up the foyer in the evening. The foyer features an overlook from the second-floor hall.

Hardwood floors appear in the foyer, hallway and great room while plush, off-white carpet covers the formal rooms. One of the great features about this home is the extra-large room with a full bathroom that can be accessed from the hall. This room is located to the right of the foyer and is being utilized as a home office, but it would make a great first-floor master bedroom, in-law suite, children’s play area or hobby room.

The living room and dining room offer the perfect setting for upcoming holiday gatherings. Both rooms come with thick crown molding, and the dining room features chair-rail molding.

A large window overlooks the side yard and welcomes an abundance of natural light into this area. The mood changes in the evening as the homeowner’s lovely chandelier provides evening ambience.

An angled hall leads from the foyer to the great room and kitchen, both in the rear of the home. The airy great room boasts a two-story ceiling with recessed lights, a contemporary stainless steel ceiling fan and a gas fireplace.

The owners chose two shades of beige paint, separated by crown molding, and put the darker shade on the lower half of the walls to make the two-story room appear more cozy. Windows appear above and below the crown molding on two of the room’s walls. There is an overlook from the second-level hallway down into the great room.

Sliding glass doors in the great room open to reveal a low-maintenance, white vinyl deck that stretches across the width of the home. The deck provides the perfect space for hosting large-scale outdoor gatherings of family and friends. Stairs lead from the deck into the landscaped backyard. Within the yard, the owners fenced in a picturesque garden area that works well for entertaining or for finding a peaceful moment.

The great room opens into the breakfast room and a gourmet kitchen with upgraded features such as easy-maintenance Silestone countertops. The new counters match the ceramic tile floors and complement the wood cabinetry. The owners also gave the kitchen a fresh look when they replaced an existing fluorescent light fixture with recessed lights.

Appliances include a new stainless steel gas range, microwave and side-by-side refrigerator. The countertop serves as a breakfast bar and separates the breakfast room from the cook’s quarters. The breakfast room features a stylish light fixture and a floor-to-ceiling window that looks out onto the deck. There’s also a door in the kitchen that opens directly into the dining room.

A staircase in the foyer leads upstairs to four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. A sunny and spacious master bedroom is painted olive green and offers a tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and a private bathroom.

Double doors open into the master bathroom that features a large soaking tub, separate shower and his-and-her sinks.

The three remaining bedrooms are comfortably sized and have ample closet space. One of the rooms comes with a tiger mural on the wall. In addition to a hall bath, the second level also features a laundry room with a Maytag Neptune washer machine and dryer that will convey.

The hall connecting the bedrooms opens to the main level foyer and family room, while offering scenic outdoor views through the two-story windows.

The lower level is finished and is home to the sixth bedroom and fourth full bathroom.

The owners also invested in an Owens Corning basement finishing system for the recreation room that features padded walls with sound control, making this the ideal space for a home office, music room or home theater. There is a walk-in closet, as well as a large storage room for overflow.

Golf, swimming and tennis packages are available at the semi-private, 18-hole Walden Golf Club nearby.

DETAILS

Address: 1515 Hornbeam Drive, Crofton, MD 20744

Community: Walden

Homeowners association: $125/year

Age: built in 1999

Price: $679,000

Lot size: 0.17 acre

Square footage: 4,204 square feet

Taxes: $5,864

Exterior features: brick and siding on the exterior; two-car garage; low-maintenance vinyl deck; fenced garden area; professional landscaping

Interior features: six bedrooms; four bathrooms; main-level bonus room; two-story foyer and great room; hardwood floors; ceramic tile floors; open floor plan; tray ceilings; Silestone countertops; stainless steel appliances; ceiling fans; finished basement with bedroom; recreation room

Amenities: gas fireplace, second-level laundry room with Maytag Neptune washer and dryer

Schools: Crofton Meadows Elementary, Crofton Middle School, Arundel High School

Close by: Walden Golf Club, swimming, tennis, jogging paths, the Village at Waugh Chapel, shopping, dining, skating, Bowie Baysox Stadium, Bowie Town Center Mall

Contact: Tara Surlis Kelly of RE/MAX Leading Edge at 443/995-8354

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