- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 27, 2010

A sprawling estate that was the home of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, John F. Kennedy’s younger sister and founder of the Special Olympics, is on the market in Rockville, Md. The site of many political functions, it maintains an air of history and prominence.

Imagine finding an invitation to the 1965 presidential inauguration or discovering a fireplace in the basement that had been covered up and was revealed during renovations. The home’s current owner made those discoveries and many more during her 28 years in the home, where she and her husband raised their family.

The 7,000-square-foot white brick house has a dramatic presence on the corner lot at 5700 Sugarbush Lane. It was built in 1918 by John Joy Edson, who was treasurer of the National Geographic Society for 32 years. The six-bedroom home with six full baths and two half baths is on the market for $1,699,000.

Mixing a number of classical revival styles, the home in the Timberlawn Estates community is indicative of the early-20th-century estates that once characterized the Rockville Pike area.

Neatly tucked away behind mature evergreens and other lush landscaping, it has a long driveway that runs the width of the home.

The stately front door is one of the home’s original features. Guests enter directly into a grand foyer and parlor that feature hardwood flooring, ceiling beams and an elevator to the second level. Measuring 31 by 18 feet, this well-appointed space provides the entry point to many of the main-level rooms.

The parlor has French doors that open into a sunny Florida room directly behind it. This is a perfect room for entertaining, especially in nice weather, as it has ceramic tile flooring, a built-in bar, two ceiling fans and a door that opens to the backyard.

The home has four fireplaces, two of which are on the main level. The formal living room and dining room both boast beautiful wood-burning fireplaces with marble surrounds. The rooms’ formal ambience is enhanced by sconces and crown and shadowbox molding.

Plush carpeting covers the hardwood floors in both rooms, and the living room has a set of built-in bookcases. These formal rooms sit on opposite sides of the parlor and are wonderful entertaining spaces large enough to comfortably accommodate a summer gathering of friends and family.

It’s the sunken great room, however, that takes the prize as the largest and most dramatic living space in the home. Before entering the great room, guests walk past two smaller rooms, a lounge and a cozy, window-filled sitting room.

The extravagant 35-by-21-foot great room features a two-story cathedral ceiling with wood planks and exposed wood beams; wood-paneled walls; random-width and pegged hardwood floors; and a wall-sized bay window.

Equally impressive features in the great room include a firewood closet with outside access, a brick cooking fireplace with a cooking crane, built-in benches, three chandeliers, four sconces and French doors that open onto a flagstone patio.

The kitchen, breakfast room and a home office are located in the opposite wing. White glass-front cabinetry, black granite counters, ceramic walls and a chandelier highlight the sun-filled breakfast room.

The breakfast room is where the current owners have welcomed members of the Kennedy and Shriver families who occasionally have stopped by to visit to their childhood home. Among them is Maria Shriver and her husband, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Glass-front cabinets, granite counters and ceramic tile walls also can be found in the kitchen. Top-of-the-line appliances include a six-burner commercial-grade Vulcan range with double ovens and a broiler, a Broan exhaust hood, and a side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator.

Two powder rooms and a laundry room with a Maytag Neptune washer and dryer that will convey to the new owner also are on the main level.

This home has two staircases in addition to the elevator for easy access to the second floor. Guests can choose the winding foyer staircase or a back staircase off the kitchen area.

Four bedrooms, each with a full private bath, are spread throughout the second floor. This second floor is just as elegant as the main level, with crown molding and two chandeliers decorating the hallway and bedrooms.

The master suite anchors one end of the hall. It is beautifully appointed and features a bay window and wood-burning fireplace. One of the highlights of this room is a large dressing area with four closets that leads into his-and-hers bathrooms. While one is larger than the other, both have a shower, sink and ceramic tile floors and walls.

Another set of stairs in the hall leads to a third level, where there are two more bedrooms, a loft and a sixth full bathroom.

The unfinished lower level has two built-in storage closets.

The home is conveniently located in the Rockville and North Bethesda area and is in walking distance of White Flint Mall.


Address: 5700 Sugarbush Lane, Rockville, MD 20852

Community: Timberlawn Estates

Homeowners association: None

Age: Built in 1918

Price: $1,699,000

Lot size: 1.35 acres

Square footage: 7,000 square feet

Taxes: $13,244

Exterior features: Brick classical revival-style home, patio, separate two-car garage, professional landscaping

Interior features: Six bedrooms, six full baths, two half baths, open floor plan, grand foyer and parlor, Florida room, step-down great room, built-ins, hardwood and tile floors, detailed moldings, wood-paneled walls, wood-planked ceiling with exposed beams, bay windows, master-suite dressing room, granite kitchen counters, storage closets

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplaces, some with marble surrounds, cedar closets, Maytag Neptune washer and dryer, upgraded kitchen appliances, two 50-gallon gas water heaters, gas boiler/radiator steam heat

Schools: Garrett Park Elementary, Tilden Middle, Walter Johnson High

Close by: White Flint Mall, Rockville Metro Station, recreation, parks, playgrounds, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Jamie Coley and Leigh Reed, associate brokers, Long & Foster Real Estate, 888/907-6643

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