- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maryland’s Chevy Chase Village may be one of the most prestigious addresses in the country, where diplomats, attorneys, entrepreneurs, lobbyists and journalists relish the quiet lifestyle and elegant homes along with proximity to downtown Washington and Bethesda.

In 1988, broadcaster David Brinkley chose Chevy Chase as the setting for a custom-designed home for his family. Located at 111 E. Melrose St., this Georgian-style Colonial rests on a lot of 0.29 acres with extensive professional landscaping, a circular driveway, flagstone terraces, in-ground irrigation and landscape lighting. The grounds include a heated in-ground swimming pool.

On the market for $3,699,000, this all-brick home includes slate and copper roofs and brick steps leading to an elegant front entrance flanked by columns. The front door includes a transom window and sidelight windows.

Inside, this expansive home has four finished levels with seven bedrooms, seven full baths and two powder rooms. The residence has been designed with space for lavish entertaining along with casual areas for family life and intimate retreats for privacy.

The home recently was expanded with a family room and state-of-the-art kitchen designed by David E. Neumann of Versaci Neumann & Partners and built by Brendan O’Neill.

A formal center-hall foyer provides an elegant entrance to the main level, which includes a formal entertainment-size living room with a fireplace. Classic columns flank an archway that links this room with the formal dining room, which has marble flooring. The dining room features multiple French doors so guests can linger on the flagstone terrace and enjoy fresh air indoors on pleasant evenings.

The main level also includes a library with a fireplace and paneled walls.

The kitchen has granite counters, a center island, myriad cabinets - including some with glass fronts - and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen opens into a breakfast room. The adjacent family room has walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors facing the garden, along with a side door leading to a charming screened porch. Beyond the screened porch are additional gardens and the swimming pool.

The main level also has a powder room and an exercise room that opens to the swimming pool and the two-car garage.

Upstairs, the master-bedroom suite includes an expansive bedroom with a sitting area and custom-built walk-in closets. The adjacent master bath includes a glass-enclosed shower and marble flooring.

The upper level includes four additional bedrooms, each with a generously sized closet and private full bath.

The third level includes a sixth bedroom with a full bath.

The finished lower level, designed for casual entertaining, includes a recreation room with a third fireplace and a wet bar, plus a billiards room. This level has a seventh bedroom with a full bath and a home office with a view of the landscaped grounds and trees. The lower level also has storage rooms, a toy closet and a workroom.

Marble, wood and tile flooring and elegant moldings are found throughout the home.

Two buildable lots with a total of 17,245 square feet at the rear of this property are available for an additional $2,300,000.

For more information or an appointment to view this classic custom home, contact Realtors Pat Lore and Ted Beverley with Evers & Co. Real Estate at 202/364-1700 or visit www.eversco.com.

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