- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009

Upgraded features fill this four-bedroom Colonial-style home in Laurel. Situated on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac in the Montpelier Woods subdivision, the home has granite countertops in the remodeled kitchen and a Jacuzzi tub in the master bath.

With a location near Interstate 97 and easy access to major commuter routes like the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Interstate 495, the home at 12202 Amblewood Drive is on the market for $349,900. Buyers will appreciate living near Montpelier Mansion, restaurants, shopping, golf, parks and recreation areas.

The brick-front exterior features three dormer windows. The owners created additional curb appeal with a new front door with decorative glass. The private backyard is adjacent to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, offering serenity and a promise that nothing will be built on the wooded land.

Although the house was constructed in 1980 by Pulte Homes Inc., this Charleston IV floor plan features a traditional layout that still feels current. The welcoming foyer has a coat closet, staircase and a half bath.

An entry hall off the foyer opens to a large living room, enhanced with crown molding and neutral paint. Both the living room and family room have plush, off-white carpeting and windows overlooking the front yard.

The foyer, dining room and kitchen all have pristine hardwood floors. Directly behind the living room, there is a dining room for both casual and formal meals. It features sliding glass doors that open to the patio.

A Tiffany-style chandelier in the dining room coordinates with a pendant light fixture in the kitchen. Highlights in the kitchen include light-colored cabinets contrasted with black granite counters; a center island; stainless steel appliances and a ceramic tile backsplash. A large picture window above the sink offers a scenic view of the wooded yard.

Measuring close to 12 by 19 feet, the family room features a large window and a wood-burning fireplace.

Just off the family room, doing laundry is less of a chore in a 11-by-7-foot room with cabinets and space for sorting clothes. The laundry room also has a door to the one-car garage and another door that can be used as a rear entrance to the home.

Upstairs are four bedrooms and two full baths. The master suite includes two closets and a luxury bath with a Jacuzzi tub. The bath also has a separate shower, decorative columns, a tall built-in cabinet unit and slate tile floors.

In the master bedroom, the owners added a dramatic custom 12-foot-wide window to capture backyard views.

The three remaining bedrooms share a full bath with slate floors.

This lovely home is ideal for buyers who want to enjoy outdoor living space but want low maintenance. The backyard consists mostly of a flagstone patio and tall trees with natural landscaping. There is no grass to cut.

The vinyl siding, roof and rain gutters are among the many features that have been updated in and around this home.

Address: 12202 Amblewood Drive, Laurel, MD 20708

Community: Montpelier Woods

Age: Built in 1980

Price: $349,900

Homeowner association fees: $57 annually

Home size: 2,016 square feet

Taxes: $5,166

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick-front exterior with three dormer windows, front door with decorative glass and a one-car garage; private backyard adjacent to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; flagstone patio; tall trees with natural landscaping; no grass to cut; new vinyl siding, roof and rain gutters

Interior features:Four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths; updated kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and center island; large living room, enhanced with crown molding and neutral paint; plush carpeting; hardwood floors; tile floors; sliding glass doors to patio; updated master bath with Jacuzzi tub; Tiffany-style light fixtures; walk-in closets; large windows; wood-burning fireplace; main-level laundry room with washer and dryer

Schools: Montpelier Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, Laurel High School

Close by: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Montpelier Mansion, restaurants, shopping, golf, parks and recreation; near Interstate 97 and easy access to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Interstate 495

Contact: Donna Vencil of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 410/740-7100

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