- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

The front of this Fort Washington home may be impressive, but the rear is presidential. The rear elevation of this home resembles that of the White House with an arched terrace and balcony adorned by soaring white columns.

Buyers will enjoy the privileges of the home’s location in Tantallon on the Potomac, an exclusive community in Fort Washington that features custom homes with waterfront lots and golf-course views. The exclusive Tantallon community is tucked between two creeks that run into the Potomac River.

The all-stone residence with a grand exterior and an interior designed for entertaining has six bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. It is currently on the market for $1,250,000.

Located at 12515 Monterey Circle, the home is in full view of the rolling greens of the golf course.

A lengthy driveway leads to the front of the home, where there is an oversized side-entry garage that can fit up to six cars or three cars and a workshop with storage space.

A stone walkway greets guests and leads them inside to an exquisite foyer with marble floors to provide an elegant entrance into the home. The two-story foyer hints at the openness found throughout the entire main level by providing views into adjacent rooms.

The luxurious house is filled with sunlight from the many windows. The floor plan provides an ideal flow for entertaining and hosting gatherings of all sizes. With a foyer that opens directly into the dining room without the obstruction of walls and a two-story great room that flows seamlessly into the kitchen, the house is an entertainer’s dream.

Decorative moldings highlight the walls in the formal dining room. For more casual dining, an eat-in area can be found a few steps away in the gourmet kitchen with ceramic tile floors. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances add to the kitchen’s polished look.

Viking appliances include an eye-catching stainless steel hood, six-burner stove and an extra large refrigerator. Windows intermingle with cabinets on one of the kitchen walls, and a center island helps to create a comfortable work space. The kitchen is open to the great room with a long, dual-level countertop (that can double as a breakfast bar) serving as a divider between the two areas.

A gas fireplace draws all eyes into the spacious family room that features glass doors that open to the outside, providing access to the sweeping terrace. This home also has a formal two-story living room with recessed lighting.

The convenient main-level master suite boasts a fireplace and is the first of six bedrooms found throughout the home. The suite is light and airy, nicely sized and features two walk-in closets along with a bath that has a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower (both with marble surrounds).

A half bath with ceramic floors and a laundry room with a utility sink complete the main level. While this floor features many stylish rooms, one of the best features of the home is the second-level loft and a huge bonus room.

The open loft area at the top of the landing has rounded walls and bow windows that offer picturesque views of the golf course and pond in the backyard. Glass doors in the loft open onto the second-floor terrace.

The bonus room is at the far end of the hallway and offers many possible uses, such as a second recreation room, home theater, children’s play space or teenage hangout.

There is a second-floor master suite that comes with a walk-in closet and a full bath with a shower. This suite has scenic views of the backyard.

Two of the bedrooms share a buddy bath, which has two sinks, a tub and a commode. There’s also access to the bathroom from the catwalk-style hallway, where there are overlooks to the front and back portion of the home.

The basement level is completely finished and offers plenty of additional entertaining and storage space. The 12-foot ceilings are higher than most basements, to give this whole level an airy, open feel that enhances its spaciousness.

At the bottom landing, the basement opens into a large recreation room with plush carpeting and a marble surround fireplace. Just off the recreation room, double doors open into a well-appointed bathroom with ceramic floors, a tub and separate shower.

Family and friends will want to linger in the home theater that has been wired for the ultimate in home entertainment and has a raised floor for stadium-style seating.

In addition to a private neighborhood golf course, residents can join the National Golf Club at Tantallon and have plenty of recreational amenities available at their fingertips. The community is also close to shopping, dining and performing arts activities at the new National Harbor development in nearby Oxon Hill.

Address: 12515 Monterey Circle, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon on the Potomac

Age: Built in 2006

Price: $1,250,000

Square footage: About 7,500 square feet

Lot size: 0.46 acres

Taxes: $11,833.

Exterior features: Stone exterior, balcony, terrace, golf-course views, large garage that can fit up to six cars

Interior features: Contemporary-style home with six bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, open floor plan, main-level master suite, three finished levels, marble foyer, gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, high ceilings, hardwood and ceramic tile floors, laundry room, upper-level loft, recreation room, home theater, bay and bow windows, recessed lighting, intercom system, two gas fireplaces

Schools: Potomac Landing Elementary, Eugene Burroughs Middle School, Friendly High School

Close by: Tantallon Country Club, Fort Washington Marina, National Harbor, Old Town Alexandria, golf, swimming, bike trails

Open House: 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

Contact: Lisa Bell of Exit Premier Realty at 202/997-6317

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