- The Washington Times - Friday, November 26, 2010

The Potomac River retreat built by acclaimed newspaper columnist Drew Pearson has been the scene of numerous parties over the years as Mr. Pearson entertained presidents, Supreme Court justices, ambassadors and other groups of Washington elites. This sought-after Potomac community, known as Merry Go Round Farm, is home to 79 residences surrounded by 140 acres of open space.

At Merry Go Round Farm, residents can enjoy views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal along with amenities such as an equestrian center, three lakes, an exercise facility, lighted tennis courts, eight miles of walking paths and horse trails, and a canoe house on the canal. The trails in this community accommodate strollers, joggers and horseback riders with ease as well as residents simply out to enjoy the local wildlife and sunset views.

Among the custom-designed homes in Merry Go Round Farm, the one at 11513 Dalyn Terrace, designed by Wood Visions Construction Inc. in 2000, is on the market for $1,795,000. Resting on .67 acres, this arts-and-crafts-style home has been constructed carefully with a steeply pitched roof, Old World craftsmanship and natural materials such as stone and cedar siding to blend with the surrounding trees.

The home has multiple porches with columns, including a wraparound porch; a covered balcony; and a stone patio with a hot tub. The porches have flagstone flooring and cedar ceilings with recessed lighting. The grounds also include a three-car garage.

Inside, this home has Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring on the main and upper levels and high ceilings with recessed lighting. Guests can be welcomed in the foyer, which opens into a generously proportioned living room with an oversized wood-burning stone fireplace. The living room is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors to the porch, with wainscoting and chair-rail molding on the walls.

Guests also will be drawn into the dramatic two-story family room, which has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a ceiling fan and walls of windows. The family room opens to the gourmet kitchen, which has top-of-the-line appliances, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, a breakfast bar and granite counters. The kitchen has glass-front and wood cabinets, a wine cooler, stainless steel appliances and a double window over the sink.

The main level also has a banquet-size dining room for formal entertaining or holiday gatherings, with recessed lighting and a tray ceiling. The dining room has two wide doorways into the hall, a doorway into the living room and an open window into the living room, along with French doors with transoms above leading to the porch. The abundance of windows and doorways adds light and spaciousness to this already oversized room.

The first-floor office includes Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, a ceiling fan and two walls of windows along with a transomed glass door leading to a porch.

The master bedroom suite includes a fireplace in the bedroom and an adjacent sitting area. The master bath has a whirlpool tub and an oversized shower.

This home has five more bedrooms on the upper level along with four full baths. The upper-level bedrooms include sloping ceilings and dormer windows and all have Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring.

The finished lower level includes an expansive recreation room with a stone fireplace and three sets of French doors leading to the stone patio. This level also has a gym, a full bath, a game room and a sound system.

With more than 5,500 finished square feet of living space, this home offers a completely private retreat less than 20 miles from downtown D.C.

For more information or an appointment to visit this home, contact Krystyna Litwin and Chris Wharton of Long & Foster Real Estate at 301/299-6098 or visit www.litwinwharton.com.

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