- - Thursday, August 11, 2011

Exotic marble flooring from India, a state-of-the-art lower-level wine cellar and plenty of aging-in-place features combine in a waterfront home designed for easy living.

On the market for $839,000, the four-bedroom, 4½-bath house in Fort Washington’s Indian Queen community was built in 2005.

Located at 10052 Edgewater Terrace, the well-appointed home sits on a little more than an acre and is steps away from Broad Creek, which runs into the Potomac River.

Double red entry doors offer a contrast to the home’s off-white Hardiplank siding. The lush landscape features blooming shrubs in front, while mature trees provide the perfect backdrop behind the home.

The entry foyer reveals marble floors, a wood staircase and arched entryways. One of the first rooms that comes into view is the octagonal formal dining room with black walnut flooring.

The dining room, along with most of the main-level rooms, boasts 10-foot ceilings and is enhanced by water views. Past the dining room, the marble foyer flows directly into the dramatic two-story family room.

This family room is a visual work of art. While a wall of windows offers picturesque views year-round, a white marble fireplace flanked by two arched entryways creates another focal point. The fireplace is accented with imported marble from India. An upper-level gallery-hall overlook outlines all four walls in the family room.

Nearby is a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, a Meile steamer, pot filler above the stove and a dual-vent gas and convection oven. Cherry cabinetry with glass fronts and arched walls add to the kitchen’s appeal. The stove sits within an arched alcove and is surrounded by a decorative tile wall.

The breakfast room is bright and airy. It has maintenance-free Travertine tile floors and French doors that open onto the patio.

The house is ideal for a retiring couple, as the owners had the foresight to install aging-in-place features when the house was built. Appliances, including the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, all sit on raised platforms so that the bending down required to load or unload the appliances is minimal.

In addition, a lot of the doorways are extra-wide and can accommodate a wheelchair. There’s also the convenience of one-level living, thanks to a sumptuous first-floor master suite with wood floors.

Situated so that it takes advantage of the water views, the master bedroom also has access to the patio. Additionally, it comes with a master bath with a Jacuzzi tub, granite counters and an oversized shower with double shower heads as well as a rain-shower head.

Three more bedrooms, each with a private bath, are on the upper level. There’s also plenty of closet and storage space on the upper level and throughout the home.

The lower level has been finished to include a host of amenities, including the temperature-controlled wine cellar and a wet bar with a refrigerator. This level has the potential for seven finished rooms, including a spare bedroom and a theater room that is already wired.

Glass doors in the family room open onto a spacious brick patio with stairs leading into the yard. The owners created a path through the trees for direct access to the water, where the view opens even more to expose the Potomac River. It’s a great place for boating or to sit and enjoy the summer breeze. The owners take delight in spotting deer, turkey, owls and even turtles in the yard.

While the home appears to be isolated because of the peaceful surroundings, it is only minutes from the National Harbor resort area and a short commute to the District.


Address: 10052 Edgewater Terrace, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Indian Queen

Age: Built in 2005

Price: $839,000

Size: Approximately 5,000 square feet on 1.06 acres

Taxes: $9,641

Exterior features: Waterfront Colonial overlooking Broad Creek, white Hardiplank siding, brick patio, oversized two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 4 baths, marble foyer, exotic flooring throughout, arched entryways, two-story great room, gourmet kitchen, first-floor master suite, octagonal dining room, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, lower-level recreation and multipurpose rooms, Palladian window, aging-in-place features, 10-foot ceilings

Amenities: Wine cellar, wet bar, Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, fireplace rough-ins

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

Close by: National Harbor, country club, golf, boating, parks, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Mary Smirnow of Long and Foster at 301/775-7930



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