- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2009

A spacious, renovated town home in Rockville offers an impressive floor plan and desirable location. In the planned community of Rockshire, residents benefit from being near an abundance of parkland, community gardens and Thomas S. Wootton High School - ranked as one of America’s Best High Schools 2009 by U.S. News & World Report.

The three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath brick home at 516 Monet Drive offers easy commuting to Interstate 270 and the Metro. It is on the market for $495,000.

The four-level home has an open floor plan. The owners renovated it two years ago, updating flooring, countertops, appliances and bath fixtures throughout the home. In addition, all of the windows have been replaced.

To the left of the entry foyer is a half bath with a pedestal sink. A cozy eat-in kitchen sits across the foyer and faces the front of the home. With new ceramic tile flooring and granite counters, the kitchen shines from top to bottom. Appliances include a five-burner stove, stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and an extra-deep sink.

The owners knocked out one of the walls in the kitchen to make it open to the adjacent dining room, which has crown molding.

A few steps lead down to the living room, which is about 21 feet long. A dramatic set of windows on the back wall offers spectacular parkland vistas. Ideal for entertaining, this room has oak floors, 12-foot ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace with built-ins on either side.

The top level has two large bedrooms, both with oak floors and their own private baths.

An exposed brick wall adds character to the first bedroom, which also has large windows, several closets and a well-appointed bath. The bath has ceramic tile flooring, a tile shower, granite countertops and a stylish vanity.

Just across the hall is the second bedroom, which is equally bright and spacious. The private bath is decorated in sky blue and white and includes a whirlpool tub, a large vanity and a linen closet.

A third bedroom can be found on the lower level, and it works as either a guest room or a bedroom for a family member who seeks privacy. There’s also a full bath with a shower on this level, as well as a large laundry room with a utility sink.

On the bottom level is the family room, where a brick fireplace is the focal point. This sunny, above-ground room has tile flooring and an oversized storage space under the stairs. This room has access to the backyard patio and garden through a set of sliding French doors.

The owners chose a brick patio to take full advantage of the sweeping, open parkland views. This private yard is fenced on all three sides and framed by mature trees. There also is a shed for storing seasonal items and tools.

Additional features of this home include a new HVAC system and water heater.

The Rockshire community is home to an eight-lane neighborhood pool with a swim team in the summer. A community room is available for parties. This home is also close to tennis courts and the new Rockville Town Center and is within walking distance of a number of shops, schools, houses of worship and playgrounds.

Address: 516 Monet Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Community: Rockshire

Homeowner association: $545 yearly

Age: Built in 1971

Price: $495,000

Square footage: About 2,100 square feet

Taxes: $5,486.72

Exterior features: Brick, four-level town home with a private fenced yard, brick patio, garden and shed; backs to parkland

Interior features: Three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths; open floor plan; two master suites; oak floors throughout; ceramic tile floors, granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen; crown molding in the dining room; 12-foot ceilings in the living room with a wood-burning fireplace and built-ins; exposed brick walls; French doors; laundry room with utility sink; new windows throughout; updated flooring, countertops, appliances and bath fixtures; new water heater and HVAC system; storage space

Amenities: Eight-lane neighborhood pool, community room, tennis courts, playgrounds and parks

Schools: Fallsmead Elementary, Robert Frost Middle , Thomas S. Wootton High

Close by: Rockville Town Center, Interstate 270, Metro station, shopping and dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Judi Casey of Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. at 240/482-7066

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