- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

A custom Colonial-style home situated on nearly 30 acres in Upper Marlboro offers vistas of rolling hills and surrounding greenery. Although the home is in a secluded area near Croom Road, it is just minutes from Route 301.

Located at 7708 Sasscer Lane, the four-year-old home is on the market for $1,249,000.

A long driveway leads toward the side entrance and a three-car garage. This property has a security gate.

The covered side entrance features columns that mimic the main entrance on the front elevation.

The home’s exterior is covered with fiber-cement siding.

Visitors who enter from the side entrance are greeted by a row of skylights in the two-story foyer, which connects the garage (and bonus room above the garage) with the rest of the home. The foyer showcases a hardwood staircase with a brick wall and an upper-level balcony overlook.

High ceilings appear throughout the six-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home, which has a humidifier system. All of the main-level rooms have pristine hardwood floors. A rich, darker color of hardwood floors is featured in the library.

The formal living room, which features elegant wall sconces, is open to the foyer. Columns serve as a divider between the living room and formal dining room.

The open floor plan places the dining room, a large breakfast room and the kitchen at the rear of the home. The dining room opens into the breakfast room, which opens into the kitchen.

A wood-burning brick fireplace in the breakfast room offers a cozy gathering spot. It is a Rumford-style fireplace, which is known for its heating efficiency, and features a built-in niche for wood storage.

The gourmet kitchen features an oversized center island that resembles a piece of furniture, contains a professional-grade built-in five-burner range and doubles as a breakfast bar.

The counters are black granite, and custom cabinets are enhanced with elaborate details and some glass doors. Recessed lights brighten the kitchen, along with a chandelier-style light fixture that hangs above the center island.

The refrigerator has paneled doors that match the cabinetry, and a black double oven is next to it. The back wall has large windows, two dishwashers and two sinks, with a pendant light hanging above each sink. The kitchen also features a walk-in pantry with pocket doors.

Three sets of sliding glass doors lead to the backyard and a circular patio that is perfect for summer entertaining.

Also on the main level are a marble powder room and a laundry room with a washer and dryer. The back staircase is in this area and leads up to the bonus room, which has a vaulted ceiling and windows that show off views of the grounds.

The bonus room gets plenty of sunlight and has a small balcony overlooking the patio. This room is privately situated, as the staircase is the only way to reach the space. As an extra bonus, four storage areas are built into the room.

There are four bedrooms on the upper level and two additional bedrooms on the top level. Each of the bedrooms has carpeting and features large closets.

The master bedroom has a double-door entrance, decorative wall sconces and his-and-her walk-in closets. A jetted tub with black marble surround is the centerpiece of the master bathroom, which also has a separate shower and dual sinks.

Two of the remaining bedrooms on this level are connected by a bathroom. The two bedrooms on the top floor are generously sized, measuring 21 by 13 feet and 24 by 16 feet. There is a full bath on this level.

Buyers could add more entertaining space because the house has an unfinished above-ground lower level that has access to the backyard.

This estate home could be purchased as an investment because the property could be subdivided into 2-acre lots or enjoyed by its owners as a secluded country retreat.

Address: 7708 Sasscer Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Age: Built in 2005

Price: $1,249,000

Home size: About 6,000 square feet

Lot Size: 29.46 acres

Taxes: $9,043

Exterior features: Custom Colonial-style home with fiber-cement siding, security gate, columned entrances, rear patio, three-car garage

Interior features: Open floor plan; four levels; six bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths; open living room and dining room; bonus room above the garage; gourmet kitchen with dual sinks and dishwashers, granite counters, oversized center island and breakfast bar; library; hardwood floors; high ceilings; sliding glass doors; skylights; brick wood-burning fireplace; unfinished lower level; humidifier; new washer and dryer

Schools: Marlton Elementary, James Madison Middle School, Frederick Douglass High School

Close by: Patuxent River Park, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor Center, downtown Upper Marlboro

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. March 14

Contact: Yolanda Muckle of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 301/249-1600

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