- The Washington Times - Friday, April 16, 2010

A spacious, updated brick Colonial is on the market in Manor Park, one of Rockville’s most desirable country-club neighborhoods.

The community was founded in 1922 when a working farm was purchased to construct the Manor Country Club. Most of the approximately 350 homes in the neighborhood are custom-built and boast picturesque views of parkland, undeveloped woodlands and the golf course.

In addition to a state-of-the-art golf course, the country club is home to nine tennis courts, three swimming pools and a fine-dining establishment.

The home at 14628 Chesterfield Road is listed at $1,050,000. The home has been tastefully updated throughout and features five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and three wood-burning fireplaces.

The professionally landscaped front and rear yards and their shrubs, trees and budding flowers are bursting with signs of spring. Buyers looking ahead to summer weather especially will appreciate the large in-ground swimming pool and deck.

A stone walkway takes guests through a lovely garden and onto a covered front porch and the home’s double-door entry.

An impressive entry foyer has tile flooring and storage closets. In this center-hall floor plan, a library is to the left and double glass-and-wood doors open to the oversized formal living room on the right. This room benefits from a heap of sunshine, thanks to windows overlooking the front and back gardens.

One of the highlights of this room is the wallpaper, which was taken from an estate home. According to Realtor Marty Apel, it is worth thousands of dollars. Refinished hardwood flooring begins in the formal living room and continues throughout most of the main level, including in the family room and dining room.

There are two entrances to the dining room. Glass doors lead from the foyer into the dining room, and a wide entryway with pocket doors connects the living room and dining room.

The well-appointed dining room has crown and picture-frame molding accented by pale yellow walls. Hanging over the dining table is one of many sophisticated light fixtures found throughout the home.

Dining is a pleasure in this room, as it has a wall of sliding glass doors and windows with direct views of the deck and yard.

Nearby is the recently renovated kitchen with a center island and breakfast bar with granite counters. The center island comes with a built-in wine cooler and is home to a cooktop. Bosch and Fisher & Paykel appliances are featured prominently. Additional features in the kitchen include a tile backsplash, new cabinetry and a separate breakfast area overlooking the family room.

The extra-large family room will meet every entertaining need. It features a cathedral ceiling, beadboard walls and a dramatic stone fireplace with a copper hood surrounded by built-in shelves and cabinetry.

The family room helps bring the outdoors inside, with its wall of windows making it easy to enjoy the scenic landscaping.

Also in the back portion of the home is access to a stylishly renovated powder room, a laundry room with a chute and utility sink, and a two-car garage.

Don’t miss the library before heading upstairs. Inside you’ll find built-in wood shelving and cabinets and hardwood floors. The library is a great place to catch up on some work or indulge in a good book.

The master suite is the largest of the bedrooms on the upper level. A door in the bedroom opens into a smaller room that can be used as a sitting room, nursery or dressing room. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and a beautifully renovated bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and custom ceramic tile flooring and walls. The three remaining upper-level bedrooms are nicely sized and share a hall bath, which has been renovated.

For even more space, the walk-out lower level has been completely finished. An expansive recreation room enjoys a stone-and-brick fireplace, built-ins, Berber carpeting and a private bedroom with a full bath.

As a bonus, there are two large storage rooms on this level that can be finished. One is being used as a workshop.

Double doors in the basement open directly onto the covered patio/terrace and pool.

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