- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 11, 2010

An expansive Bowie home situated on a sprawling 2½ acres offers a lot more than meets the eye. This country-clubber-style home enjoys a hidden location off Mount Oak Road where visitors turn onto a neighborhood driveway shared by four homes.

The house at 14310 Mount Oak Road sits far back from the main driveway and has a beautifully landscaped yard filled with gardens, sitting areas and a deck with a hot tub. The main entry has a welcoming covered front porch with columns, a great place to sit and enjoy the fall breezes.

A foyer hall separates the formal living room and formal dining room. Both rooms have bay windows, chair-rail molding and ceilings highlighted by crown molding.

The extra-large living room is the perfect gathering space for holiday entertaining. Across the hall, the dining room features hardwood floors and an elegant chandelier accented by a ceiling medallion.

Adjacent to the formal living room is the more casual family room. This room is home to a dramatic floor-to-ceiling brick wall containing a fireplace, hearth and mantel. The owners added a large sunroom behind the family room for even more space to relax and entertain.

The sunroom is the place where family members will want to linger year round. The walls of windows surrounding the room make it easy to enjoy the change of seasons and picturesque views in comfort.

This room has a brick wall where the original home ended, and it enjoys a rugged, outdoorsy feel thanks to the vaulted ceiling and wood accents. The owners have installed blinds that can stay open or be closed for privacy.

A long wall with a counter and a row of eight upper and lower cabinets is one of the highlights in the spacious kitchen. There’s plenty of room for two cooks. In addition, a breakfast bar separates the cooking area from the sunny breakfast room, which is set within a window bay.

Black appliances include a side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop and trash compactor. Green ceramic tile covers the kitchen floor.

A hallway nearby leads to two main-floor bedrooms for easy one-level living. There are four more bedrooms on the second floor. The main-level master suite includes a walk-in closet, a master bath with his-and-her sinks and a tub and a separate, smaller room with a shower and the commode. This bright bath has all-white cabinetry, vanities and white tile flooring.

The other main-level bedroom and one of the four upper-level bedrooms have a private bath and the remaining upper-level bedrooms share a hall bath. One of the great things about this home is that there is ample space upstairs with rooms that can double as home offices, guest suites or the grandchildren’s quarters.

While the lower level is unfinished, the possibilities for the oversized space are endless. It has 11-foot ceilings and is a full basement that extends the width of the home. There are above-ground windows and easy access to the backyard.

The utility room houses three water heaters and the dual-zone geothermal heating and air conditioning systems.

A three-car attached garage has 12-foot ceilings and a full wall of steel shelving.

With more than 2 acres to play with, the owners added a detached two-car garage that doubles as storage shed.



Address: 14310 Mount Oak Road, Bowie, MD 20721

Community: Bowie

Homeowners association fee: None

Age: built in 1984

Price: $649,900

Size: More than 4,000 square feet on a lot of 2.46 acres

Taxes: $9,695

Exterior features: All-brick ranch-style home, covered front porch, long driveway with lampposts, deck, hot tub, three-car garage, professional landscaping

Interior features: Six-bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, open floor plan, hardwood floors, ceramic tile floors, sunroom addition, high ceilings, bay windows, walk-in closets, huge unfinished lower level

Amenities: Wood-burning fireplace, laundry room with washer and dryer, utility sink, geothermal heating and air conditioning, central vacuum

Schools: Lake Arbor Elementary, Ernest Just Middle, Flowers High

Close by: Bowie Town Center, Six Flags America amusement park, Prince George’s Stadium, parks, recreation, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Bill Franklin of Long & Foster at 301/356-5690

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