- The Washington Times - Friday, February 26, 2010

People who love to entertain vary from families who like to have a few neighbors stop by for a snack and a drink while watching a football game to those who prefer a formal cocktail party for dozens of friends. People who prefer the grand-scale cocktail party may want to consider the home at 9008 Belmart Road in the Great Falls Estates neighborhood of Potomac, Md., where 100 guests easily can be accommodated.

This 10,000-square-foot estate, on the market for $2,799,950, rests on 2 acres overlooking a pond. The brick Colonial-style home includes expansive indoor space for family life as well as entertaining, along with multiple decks and patios. The grounds include a stone waterfall and koi pond along with professionally landscaped gardens. At the back of the property is a larger pond shared with four homes that’s big enough to accommodate canoes and kayaks.

Built in 1980, this home has four bedrooms and five full baths. The front walk leads to the entrance foyer, which has marble flooring. To the left of the foyer are two open living rooms with hardwood flooring, one with a wide bay window. One living room is 18 by 15 feet, while the other is 18 by 13 feet, providing extensive space for entertaining.

Adjacent to one living room is the formal dining room, which has hardwood flooring and a built-in buffet. Glass doors open from the dining room onto one of the home’s four decks, allowing for an easy flow of guests in warmer weather.

While the dining and living rooms provide a more formal setting, this home also has been designed to accommodate more casual occasions. The kitchen includes extensive preparation areas and a large island with a breakfast bar, so caterers can function with ease. The kitchen opens to a two-story breakfast room and adjacent sitting area with a fireplace, so family gatherings can take place in this cheerful space. Myriad bright white cabinets are complemented by gleaming black counters. A powder room is nearby, along with a mudroom and laundry room with a private entrance.

Next to the kitchen is a two-story sunroom with walls of windows and doors to the second and third decks, which wrap around the back of the house.

On the opposite side of the home, also with access to one of the decks, is the master-bedroom suite. The suite includes a dressing room with built-in shelves and cabinets, a room-size walk-in closet and a second, smaller walk-in closet. Two baths are included in the suite, the main one with a soaking tub and two vanities, the second with a shower.

A second bedroom on the main level is adjacent to a full bath.

The upper level has a bedroom with a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bath. Nearby is a children’s media room or playroom. Two storage spaces are accessible from this level.

The lower level has been designed for a full range of entertainment, including a home theater with a coffered ceiling and a dramatic exercise room with arched windows.

At the center of this level are an open family room, a sitting area and billiards room with a bay window. Sliding glass doors open onto a covered patio, with a fourth deck beyond the patio. The family room also includes a full bar with seating and a full kitchen for easy party catering. A conversation starter for parties rests in one corner near the bar: a built-in old-fashioned telephone booth with bright red trim and a working phone.

The main level also has an office with a coffered ceiling and built-in bookcases; the room also could function as the fourth bedroom. Nearby is a full bath. Multiple storage rooms complete this level.

For more information or directions, call Realtor Bob Graves with Long & Foster Real Estate at 301/279-9337 or visit www.9008BelmartRd.com.

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