- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2010

A three-sided fireplace in the master suite and a first-level study surrounded by windows are just two of the highlights found in a brick-front Colonial in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Situated right off Route 301 about a mile down Claggett Landing Road, past cornfields, a house with a sign out front reading “eggs for $3” and a nice mixture of modest to mansion-sized homes, this house enjoys a wooded lot on more than 3½ acres.

A long driveway from the street leads past the front of the home to the side-entry two-car garage and a quaint brick walkway that leads to the front door. The house at 17607 Claggett Landing Road, slightly hidden by tall trees, is on the market for $779,000.

Staying true to the term “open floor plan,” it has no walls dividing any of the rooms seen when you first walk into the home. The foyer, living room and dining room all flow seamlessly together, with furniture placement as the only divider.

Detailed decorative moldings are found throughout the home, and the formal dining room, with its crown, chair-rail and picture-frame molding, is no exception. This spacious room holds the owners’ large dining-room table with plenty of room to spare.

The living room, which faces the front of the home, is equally large. Just beyond the living room is a billiards room with a cathedral ceiling and plenty of windows.

There’s a sunlit study nearby with wood trim around the windows, giving it an outdoorsy feel. The wooded view adds to the appeal of the room, which could be used as a home office.

Ten Palladian windows - five in the family room, five in the breakfast room - line the walls of the back portion of the home. A gas-burning fireplace with a handy remote gives the family room a cozy feel.

A television niche is above the fireplace, and built-ins are next to it. This family room is completely open to the breakfast room and kitchen. Rivaling the dining room in size, the breakfast room is a nice, sunny spot that overlooks the yard and an expansive deck.

A set of doors in the breakfast room opens onto the large entertaining deck, which overlooks the yard and woods. Preferring a serene, wooded setting, the owners cleared only a portion of the property’s 3.66 acres.

Black granite counters in the kitchen offer a nice contrast to the wood floors and cabinetry. The state-of-the-art kitchen features a long center island with a gas cooktop, secondary sink and a place to prepare food as well as grab a quick snack.

Stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances include an oversized refrigerator, double oven, dishwasher and trash compactor. There also are a handy wine cooler, a walk-in pantry and a desk in the kitchen.

The staircase to the second level has floor lights on the steps, a lovely chandelier and detailed trim, showing the thought that went into it when the house was built 10 years ago.

The generously sized top-level hall branches off into four bedrooms. Double doors open into the sumptuous master suite, which has a vaulted ceiling with recessed lights. The cozy warmth from fires in the three-sided fireplace can be enjoyed in the sitting room as well.

A jetted whirlpool tub and oversized shower are the highlights of the luxury master bathroom. The two-person walk-in shower has a built-in niche for soap and personal items and a glass-block window for privacy and sunshine.

Additional features in the bathroom include two vanities, one of which has extra counter space.

Two of the three other bedrooms on this floor share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, and there is a third full bath. All of the bedrooms have nice views, ample closet space and ceiling fans.

One of the bedrooms has a door that opens to reveal an unfinished room that can be used for storage or finished off as a hobby room or children’s play space.

Though the basement level is not completely finished, the owners have done some work there that the new owners could continue.

A wide staircase leads to the lower level, where visitors will find high ceilings, a large open room and several smaller rooms, including the home’s fifth bedroom. One of the level’s larger rooms has no windows and would make a perfect home theater.

The owners have sectioned off and tiled a portion of the basement to include a kitchenette and also have added plumbing and other fixtures for the home’s fourth full bath, including a combination tub and shower with a built-in seat.


Address: 17607 Claggett Landing Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Age: Built in 2000

Price: $779,000

Size: 4,148 square feet on a lot of 3.66 acres

Taxes: $10,532

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick home; long driveway with lampposts; professional landscaping; brick walkway; deck; floodlights; patio; secluded, wooded lot

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 4½ baths; open floor plan; hardwood floors throughout; high ceilings, tray ceilings; Palladian windows; French doors; gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, granite counters; master suite with sitting room, walk-in closet, luxury master bath with jetted tub; unfinished lower level with some work completed

Amenities: Two gas-burning fireplaces, one in the family room and a three-sided fireplace in the master suite; storage rooms; new washing machine and dryer

Schools: Pointer Ridge Elementary, Benjamin Tasker Middle, Bowie High

Close by: Bowie Town Center mall, Prince George’s Stadium, Six Flags America, farmland, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Re/Max 100 associate broker Pattee McInerney, 301/ 812-2500



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