Friday, May 7, 2010

An amazing river view, two wood-burning fireplaces and historic features all are included in an expanded Cape Cod on the market in Fort Washington, Md. With the feel of a vacation resort, the three-bedroom, three-bath home blends in with the tall trees in a serene parklike setting.

The original brick home was built in 1935, and an addition was constructed six years later. The home’s three finished levels are filled with Old World-style custom craftsmanship.

Located on a quiet street at 9811 Indian Queen Point Road, the house, on the market for the first time, is listed at $849,000.

The sweeping scenic views for those approaching the home are dramatic. As an added bonus, the owners are avid horticulturists - hence the beautiful gardens and landscaping.

The bricks in the steps and pathways on the grounds were recycled from a Civil War bridge, and a tall, arched entry door was salvaged from a Riggs Bank in the District and restored.

Guests are welcomed in the sunny foyer, where hardwood flooring starts and continues throughout the main level and the second floor. A set of double doors can be used to close off the foyer from the back portion of the home.

To the right of the foyer is the coat room, a small room with a window and a closet. This is a nice small space that would be perfect for reading.

The foyer opens directly into an expansive living room where a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by walls of windows is the focal point. This open living room overlooks and has direct access onto tiered decks and enjoys expansive water views.

There are built-in niches and shelves on just about every wall in this bright room, including a convenient built-in china cabinet.

A doorway leads from the living room into an updated kitchen. The owners were careful to preserve many of the home’s classic features and traditional architecture while making upgrades.

Stainless steel appliances highlight the eat-in kitchen. In addition, the owners added an extra-deep stainless sink and pale brown granite countertops. A large over-the-sink window looks out onto the front grounds. There’s also access to the outdoors as a door in the kitchen opens onto the side patio.

The other wing of the house is home to a private master bedroom, providing for one-level living. This addition actually was two rooms and can be used as a large den, if desired.

French doors in this room will lure you out onto one portion of the deck for morning coffee or evening tea.

Two more bedrooms are on the top floor and are accessed by stairs with a curving, handcrafted banister. Each of the rooms has spectacular views of the water, built-ins and ample closet space. In addition to views out the back window, the bedrooms have dormer windows facing the front yard.

These sun-drenched rooms also come with hardwood floors. On the way to one of the bedrooms is an arched entryway and small overlook in the hallway with a view of the foyer area. There’s also a door in the hall that opens onto the front rooftop, great for catching a breeze.

This home exudes character, and the basement is no exception, as it features exposed old English brick on the walls, giving it Old World charm. The lower level is also home to a second wood-burning fireplace. Blending old and new, the fireplace is complemented by a new granite wet bar and kitchenette with a built-in wine rack.

When renovating the basement, the owners salvaged the original cistern, a receptacle that was used to catch and store rainwater. The basement also has a full bath, two large storage spaces and a convenient walkout into the backyard.

While the inside of the home is charming, the outside is spectacular. The huge tiered deck was designed with entertaining in mind, and the handcrafted matching wood furniture conveys with the home. There’s a lower deck in the middle of the yard and a pier at the boat dock.

Additional features on the grounds include two sheds, one of which resembles a miniature home that can house the owner’s tractor.

The property is in a desirable location, as it is just a few miles south of the new National Harbor development with plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Old Town Alexandria is just across the river, a 15-minute ride by car or boat.


Address: 9811 Indian Queen Point Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Homeowners association fee: None

Age: Built in 1935

Price: $849,000

Lot size: 1.35 acres

Square footage: More than 2,000 square feet

Taxes: $13,061.03

Exterior features: Expanded Cape Cod-style home with brick and siding, waterfront property, tiered deck with handmade wood furniture, boat dock, long brick walkways, circular driveway, landscaping, decorative gardens

Interior features: Three bedrooms, three full baths, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, lower-level kitchenette with granite counters, built-ins, butler’s pantry, hardwood flooring, arched entryways, French doors, ample storage areas, exposed brick

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplaces in living room and basement, cedar closet, washer and dryer

Schools: Indian Queen Elementary, Oxon Hill Middle, Oxon Hill High

Close by: Tantallon Country Club, National Harbor, Alexandria, golf, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Sandy McMaster of McEnearney Associates, 571/259-2673

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. May 9

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