- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

The owners of a 1969 brick rambler have lovingly maintained and expanded their Fort Washington home over the years. Some of its unique features include a studio apartment above the garage and a room-sized closet off the master bedroom.

The home, at 11410 Grago Drive in the Valley View subdivision, is on the market for $350,000. Situated in a cul-de-sac on a private landscaped lot, it benefits from a quiet location in a friendly neighborhood.

Once inside, guests may be surprised that this unassuming home has approximately 5,000 square feet of living space. The front door opens to the living room, where a large window overlooks the front yard. A 59-inch television in this room will convey with the house.

Hardwood floors cover the living room, adjacent dining room and the hallway. A set of glass doors in the dining room leads to a covered sun porch.

The porch overlooks the landscaped yard, framed by mature trees. This porch can be enjoyed immediately by new owners because all of the patio furniture is included in the sales price. That provides a two-person swing, four cushioned swivel chairs, a table and a grill.

Sliding glass doors also access the sun porch through the kitchen or the master bedroom. In fact, there are 21 sets of sliding glass doors throughout the home.

The dining room contains not only an entryway to the kitchen, but also a pass-through for serving. The kitchen features handmade white oak cabinets with a glass door design that the owners created themselves. Cabinet and countertop space is abundant.

Among the kitchen appliances are an electric grill, convection-oven microwave, side-by-side refrigerator and a new dishwasher and garbage compactor.

The owners added new lighting in the kitchen, and a Tiffany-style light fixture hangs above the table, which is included in the sales price, as are the chairs.

Two baths and three bedrooms, including the master bedroom, are on the main level. About 15 years ago, the owners added the master bedroom, which measures 16 by 24 feet.

The former third bedroom has been converted into an oversized walk-in closet and dressing room, complete with organizers and a vanity sitting area. Double doors from the dressing room open into the impressive master bedroom. The room features tall sliding glass doors on two walls and has views of the yard.

Floor-to-ceiling built-ins, which the owners filled with books, serve as a headboard, surround the bed and are on another wall. Exposed brick in the master bedroom adds character and shows where the original home stopped before the addition.

Near the front entry door, stairs lead down to the basement recreation room. This large space is sectioned into several areas, including a step-up area that has a wood-burning fireplace with a brick surround.

This lower level also has a fourth bedroom; another bath; an exercise room with mirrored walls; storage space; and a laundry room with a washer, dryer and utility sink. Sliding glass doors lead to a patio and the backyard.

The landscaped backyard is fenced and has a storage shed. The home has additional storage in the attic.

The owner finished the garage and uses one side as the workshop area, permitting space for only one car to park. Buyers who need space for two cars can easily change the garage door entrance to accommodate another car.

The studio apartment is above the garage. This space is ideal for use as a private guest suite or a nanny’s quarters, as it has a separate entrance. The owners have rented out the apartment several times in the past.

The studio apartment consists of one open room with sliding doors and windows overlooking both the front and back of the home. It has a kitchenette, full bath and its own heat and air conditioning.

For leisure travelers, a mobile-home hook-up in the front of the house provides water, sewer and electricity.

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