- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 14, 2010

While children can dream of living in a castle just like the ones they read about in fairy tales, very few adults ever have the chance to live in a truly castlelike home.

At 6908 Blaisdell Road in Bethesda’s Burning Tree Valley subdivision, a brand-new “castle” is on the market for $3,389,000. While this may not be a real castle, this new home has 8,500 finished square feet of living space on four levels and a front elevation that includes charming details and a turretlike room on one side.

The home rests on an approximately a half-acre site and has a stone-and-stucco exterior with cast-stone accents. The property includes a three-car side-entry garage, an asphalt driveway and Grand Manor roof shingles with copper snow guards. A stone walkway leads to a stone front porch, where a stained mahogany front door sits under a wood cornice. The back of the home features a flagstone patio and a covered porch.

Inside, the home has an elevator with access to three levels, three walnut staircases and iron stair balusters with stained wood handrails. The main level has 10-foot ceilings, while the upper and lower levels have 9-foot ceilings and the attic level has 8-foot ceilings.

High-tech wiring has been installed throughout the home for computer, satellite, television, cable and phone connections, with pre-wiring for surround sound in the media room, great room and master suite.

The main level features a foyer and reception area with tumbled-marble flooring set on the diagonal, arched openings and niches, and a formal entertainment bar with granite counters. The “turret room” on this level, the formal living room, has random-width walnut flooring, a decorative ceiling treatment, crown molding, a gas fireplace and rounded walls of windows.

Adjacent to the living room is the formal dining room, which has walnut flooring and recessed and cove lighting. This level also has a library with cherry flooring, wainscoting and paneling, and French doors.

The great room, where friends and family can gather for more casual evenings, has random-width walnut flooring, a 42-inch wood-burning fireplace, a natural-cedar wood-beamed ceiling and a window seat with built-in shelving.

The main level also has an expansive kitchen and adjacent morning room with a two-sided, indoor-outdoor gas fireplace shared with the covered porch. The morning room has a decorative ceiling treatment, random-width walnut flooring, a window seat and several glass doors leading to the patio and covered porch. The kitchen has random-width walnut flooring, custom-designed cabinetry, two islands, granite counters, multiple top-of-the-line appliances and an adjacent room-sized pantry.

The main level also has a formal powder room for guests, an informal powder room and a mudroom with brushed- and tumbled-marble flooring and custom-designed built-in shelving and cabinets. The home has a security system, a central vacuum system and three-zone high-efficiency heating and cooling.

Upstairs, the upper-level foyer and informal gathering room have random-width walnut flooring. The master suite has random-width walnut flooring, a gas fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets and shelves, a breakfast bar, a pyramid-style ceiling treatment and French doors leading to a private balcony. The suite also has a dressing area with built-in cabinetry leading to two walk-in closets. The luxurious master bath has marble flooring, wainscoting, an oversized marble shower with dual shower heads and frameless glass doors, a free-standing soaking tub, and thermostatically controlled flooring.

Each of the three additional bedrooms on this level has a private full bath with natural stone flooring and a walk-in closet. The bedroom level also has a laundry room with porcelain tile flooring and a deep walk-in closet.

The attic level has a bonus room with walnut flooring and an adjacent bedroom with a dormer window, a full bath and a walk-in closet.

The finished lower level has walnut flooring in the foyer and billiard room; cork flooring in the exercise room; and carpet in the media room, recreation room and bedroom. The recreation room has a wood-burning fireplace with a stone surround. The billiard room is in the center of this level, with an adjacent bar with double doors leading to the wine cellar, which has stone flooring and custom-designed wood doors with iron and glass.

The exercise room and spa bath have a sauna, a steam shower with a built-in bench and thermostatically controlled flooring. Nearby is a bedroom with an adjacent full bath. This level also has several storage rooms.

For more information or an appointment to visit this home, contact associate broker Wendy Banner and the Banner Team at Long & Foster Realtors’ Bethesda Gateway office at 301/365-9090 or visit https://www.BannerTeam.com.

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