- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2009

Privacy is the first thing that comes to mind when driving down the winding roads leading toward the Bowie home just off Queen Anne Bridge Road. Past deer-crossing signs and open pastures, the house sits on more than 2 acres.

Custom built in 2004, this three-car garage transitional-style home offers a contemporary open floor plan with 4,600 square feet. Located at 1900 Mill Branch Road, it is one of just a handful of homes on that street. There are no houses behind or in front of this residence.

The home is on the market for $849,999 in the Stitely subdivision. However, the owners enjoy not having a homeowners association and are free to make changes and additions as they please.

The entrance to the home is spectacular because of the $20,000 10-foot-high double-mahogany front doors with leaded glass panels. These elegant entry doors open into a grand foyer with columns that frame the entrance to the formal living room and dining room. There is a palladian window in the foyer.

The elegant dining room comes with a tray ceiling and chair-rail molding. Across the foyer, the living room has a dramatic chocolate-colored accent wall that compliments the hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors shine throughout the entire main level of the home as well as on the upper-level staircase and in the second-floor hall. There’s a half bath with a pedestal sink and a library in the rear of the home. This library is ideal to use as a home office.

In the back of the home, the family room flows seamlessly into the kitchen. A gas fireplace sits in one corner, adding both warmth and style to the room. There’s a triangular decorating ledge above the fireplace that provides an interesting focal point.

The kitchen offers functionality and clean lines. There’s an oversized, curved granite island in the kitchen with seating for at least six people. Stainless steel appliances include a side-by-side refrigerator, a double-oven and a dishwasher. There’s also a built-in desk area.

The kitchen has designer cabinets, several with glass fronts. A sunny breakfast room is adjacent to the kitchen. Orange walls enhance the room’s brightness, creating a cheerful atmosphere for casual family meals.

A door in the room allows access to the backyard, which is ready to be finished off with a deck or patio. Several strategically placed trees help round out the open, pastoral backyard that appears to go on forever.

One of the great things about the home’s contemporary, two-story layout is the unobtrusive placement of the staircase. Instead of abruptly meeting guests at the foyer, the stairs are neatly located to the side - behind the dining room.

The second level has four spacious bedrooms, three modern baths and a scenic overlook above the foyer and family room.

A two-sided gas fireplace is the centerpiece of the sumptuous master suite. Roomy yet cozy, this suite combines the sleeping area with a sitting room surrounded by windows. The fireplace can be enjoyed in the master bath as well as the bedroom area.

The luxury bath comes with a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and dual sinks. Closet space is abundant, as there are two walk-in closets and a dressing area. However, the real surprise comes after opening another door and realizing that the owners converted attic space into a huge, room-sized, walk-in closet complete with custom organizers.

There is a lower level that is not finished. This large space comes with the plumbing rough-in and awaits customization by its new owners. The basement has a walk-up set of stairs that leads directly into the backyard.

Additional features include exterior-security cameras, an indoor sprinkler system and custom shades and blinds.

This home eagerly awaits new owners who will enjoy living in this spacious home in a private location with a large backyard.

Address: 1900 Mill Branch Road, Bowie, MD 20716

Community: Stitely

Age: Built in 2004

Price: $849,999

Lot Size: 2.39 acres

Home size: 4,600 square feet

Taxes: $9,469

Exterior features: Side-entry, three-car garage, front porch, double-mahogany front doors with leaded glass panels, private lot

Interior features: Custom four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home; open floor plan; two-story ceilings; grand foyer; palladian window; tray ceiling; chair-rail molding; hardwood floors; library; granite counters, stainless steel appliances with oversized, curved center island, built-in desk area and designer cabinets in kitchen; columned entry to formal rooms; unfinished lower level with plumbing rough-in; gas fireplace with decorative ledge in family room; dual-sided gas fireplace in master suite; walk-in closets; Jacuzzi tub in master bath; custom shades and blinds; interior sprinkler system and security system with exterior cameras

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

Close by: Bowie Town Center Mall, Bowie Baysox Stadium, Six Flags America amusement park, golf, recreation, shopping and dining

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. April 26

Contact: Claudia Edgar of Coldwell Banker at 410/533-1178

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