- The Washington Times - Friday, January 9, 2009

An estate home on a quiet, tree-lined street in Anne Arundel County has classic curb appeal and a polished interior. The Davidsonville home at 930 Malvern Hill Drive sits on close to 1 acre and is on the market for $972,500.

This home in the sought-after community of Eagles Passages is convenient to the South River, Annapolis, the Bay Bridge, Route 50 and Interstate 97 to Baltimore.

In addition to being close to major routes and good public schools, two fireplaces and a huge fourth-level bonus room are among the highlights of the home.

The entrance welcomes guests with a portico leading to a front door that has sidelights and a transom window. The sun-drenched foyer features hardwood floors, a hardwood staircase, coat closet and a powder room.

Custom crown molding accents the formal living room and dining room. Two windows flank a cozy brick fireplace, making the room a great space to gather on cold winter nights.

The separate dining room comes with a triple window overlooking an expansive backyard. The scenic yard is a wonderful backdrop to family dinners. Two-tone paint, along with chair-rail and crown moldings, enhances the room’s sophisticated appeal.

Most of the main-level rooms, including the dining room, feature custom drapes that will remain in the home (if desired). The family room features a second fireplace with a raised hearth. It has brick from the floor to the ceiling and serves as a focal point. The room works well for entertaining. It features a wet bar with glass cabinetry and sliding glass doors that open onto a large deck and hot tub. The family room flows seamlessly in the breakfast area and gourmet kitchen.

The breakfast area has a Tiffany-style light fixture and charming window bay with a built-in cushioned seat. It’s a nice space to linger while drinking morning coffee and reading the newspaper.

Cabinetry and countertops generously line the kitchen walls. There’s also a center island with a Jenn-Air cooktop. In addition to the cooktop, the owners upgraded some of the other appliances to include a Jenn-Air double oven and a Bosch dishwasher. The refrigerator has panels on the doors that match the cabinets.

A built-in desk is located on the back wall and is a convenient area to sort the mail or casually surf the Internet.

Getting to the second level is easy, as there is a back staircase in addition to the main foyer staircase. The back stairs are near the mudroom room and laundry area. While the mudroom opens into a roomy, side-entry two-car garage, the laundry area comes with a Maytag front-load washing machine and dryer, cabinets and a utility sink. There’s also a rear door the leads directly onto the backyard deck.

The generously sized hallway hints at the spaciousness found on the second floor, as it has doorways that open into five different bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms has custom paint, neutral carpeting and ceiling fans.

The sunny and spacious master suite includes a walk-in closet with organizers to make sure that there’s a space for everything. There’s also a private master bathroom where a large, step up soaking tub is the center of attention. In addition, the bathroom includes a double vanity and separate shower.

Two of the bedrooms on this level are connected by a shared bath that also has access from the hallway. Another set of stairs leads to a huge bonus room on the fourth level that features a large mural of a relaxing, outdoor scene on the entire wall. This room comes with a full bathroom and a ton of hidden storage space.

The bonus room gets plenty of natural sunshine from three dormer windows mixed with regular windows. The multifunction space would work well as an au pair suite, second family room, home theater or teenager’s suite.

For even more space to both entertain and relax, the lower level is completely finished and has a full bathroom. A portion of the lower level is dedicated to a nice-sized home gym that is surrounded by a large recreation room. The recreation room boasts a second wet bar with a refrigerator.

The owners also decorated an area under the stairs to use as a playroom. In addition to storage on the top level, there is a ton of storage in the utility room and under the stairs of this lower level.

Outside is a custom deck with a hot tub. The two-tiered backyard is fenced in and offers plenty of outdoor space to roam. The playground equipment in the yard will convey with the home. Residents of the Eagles Passages community can enjoy tot lots, an outdoor swimming pool when the weather’s warm and open common grounds.

Address: 930 Malvern Hill Drive, Davidsonville, MD 21035

Community: Eagles Passages

Homeowner association fees: $762 annually

Age: Built in 1994

Price: $972,500

Home size: 5,000-plus square feet

Lot size: .92 acres

Taxes: $8,490

Exterior features: Brick, Colonial-style home, portico, custom deck, hot tub, two-tiered fenced yard, two-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Traditional home with center-hall floor plan, two-story foyer, six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, four finished levels, bonus room, library, upgraded appliances, decorative moldings, walk-in closet, storage rooms, breakfast bay with window seat, mudroom, hardwood floors

Amenities: Two wood-burning fireplaces with brick surround, two wet bars, front-load washing machine and dryer, window treatments, playground equipment in backyard, zoned temperature control

Schools: Davidsonville Elementary, Central Middle School, South River High School

Close by: South River, Westfield Annapolis Shopping Centre, Annapolis Town Centre at Parole, Bowie Town Center, Crofton, Bay Bridge, restaurants, recreation

Contact: Glenda M. Baker of Weichert, Realtors at 240/603-8919

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