- The Washington Times - Friday, May 15, 2009

Hidden among lush landscaping, at the end of a long driveway, is a cedar-siding home filled with windows and framed by mature trees. This contemporary Bethesda home on more than an acre has a floor plan that’s conducive to both grand entertaining and comfortable family living.

The home was built and lived in by a local builder. Located in the Palisades community, the five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath house at 6817 Capri Place is on the market for $2,295,000. Although it was built in 1987, the four-level home has been well-maintained and updated by the current owners.

Upon entering the home, guests have a view of the banquet-sized dining room straight ahead. The dining room has a vaulted ceiling, accent and recessed lights, six skylights and a full wall of casement windows.

The foyer also boasts a vaulted ceiling, four skylights, a walk-in closet and two picture windows. Marble floor tiles make a grand statement in the foyer, while most of the main-level rooms feature gleaming, bleached oak hardwood floors.

To the left of the foyer there is a step-down living room with a beamed and vaulted ceiling, six skylights and eight casement windows. As an added bonus, glass atrium doors open onto a spacious screened porch that has flagstone floors and a vaulted wooden ceiling with a fan.

On the opposite side of the home, past the dining room, there is a butler’s pantry with built-in cabinetry, granite counters, mirrored walls and a Dacor electric cooktop.

The butler’s pantry leads to the well-appointed kitchen with granite countertops, a built-in desk and center-island breakfast bar. The kitchen boasts designer wallpaper and ceramic floor tiles, making it as fashionable as it is functional.

Appliances include two sets of wall ovens with built-in microwaves, a four-burner, gas downdraft cooktop; a Maytag paneled dishwasher and a stainless steel undermount sink with Grohe faucet.

The oversized walk-in pantry comes with more appliances for extra convenience. The pantry features a Sub-Zero paneled freezer, a Whirlpool dishwasher and a wine refrigerator.

Family dining is a pleasure in the sunlit breakfast room surrounded by picture windows and a vaulted atrium ceiling with skylights overhead. A glass door leads to the expansive wood deck and pool area.

The breakfast room offers an entryway to the great room, which has a dramatic vaulted ceiling and wood-burning fireplace. This casual, multifunctional room is set up as two blended spaces and features two glass atrium doors that open to the deck.

Nearby is a carpeted library with built-in mahogany bookcases. A full bathroom is adjacent to the library.

The home has two foyers, and the second one sits near the staircase leading upstairs to the five bedrooms. A gallery hallway connects the two foyers. The secondary foyer boasts a sitting area with a marble floor, curved walls and a walk-in closet.

Also on the main level is a powder bath, bedroom with a private bath and a laundry room with a washer, dryer and a laundry chute (from the master bedroom).

One of the great features about this floor plan is the second-level loft space with a glass atrium door entry, 10-foot ceiling and overlook into the great room. The built-in glass shelving makes it a great place to display collectibles.

A 12-foot-high tray ceiling and wood-burning, dual-sided fireplace enhance the master suite. The marble fireplace separates the bedroom from the sitting area and there are doors on both sides to allow the spaces to be closed off from one another. The back wall stretches across both spaces and is filled with casement windows.

Before heading into the master bath, there is a large dressing room with built-in drawers and two walk-in customized closets.

The marble bathroom features a soaring tray ceiling with skylights, a corner whirlpool tub, an oversized shower with seating and a private commode and bidet.

There are two full baths and four other bedrooms on this level. Two of the bedrooms have built-in window seating and storage, and one has a loft accessed by an open riser staircase. The loft area boasts a skylight.

The walk up the stairs to the top level is exciting with multitiered picture windows that showcase the treetops. The stairs lead into an expansive game room with a cathedral ceiling, built-ins, cedar closets and two sets of insulated, sliding glass doors that open onto a private sun deck.

This home also has five-zone central air and forced air heat with three gas furnaces and two heat pumps; a humidifier; electronic air cleaners and a security system with motion detectors. The three-car side-entry garage includes a workshop space.

With summer right around the corner, potential buyers will love the deck, patio, heated swimming pool with an electric cover and pool house with a bath, shower, two changing rooms, storage and a full-size refrigerator. The partially fenced yard has a sprinkler system for less maintenance.

This home has room and amenities for everyone; however, families wanting more space may choose to finish the walk-out basement.

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