- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 24, 2011

While the Bradley Farms neighborhood of Potomac, Md., is no stranger to majestic homes, few estates match the grandeur of the home at 9009 Congressional Court.

On the market for $7,685,000, this custom-designed home echoes the opulence and charm of a Southampton estate. Designed by Jim Rill and built by Jeffco, the residence has approximately 19,250 square feet of living space.

The Bradley Farms community borders Congressional Country Club and includes multiple stately homes set back from River Road as it winds from Bethesda into Potomac Village. This home rests on approximately 2.10 acres with professional landscaping and extensive landscape lighting.

The grounds include a heated in-ground swimming pool with fountains and a whirlpool tub and a large built-in grill adjacent to the pool. Just off the indoor formal living room is a covered outdoor family room with flagstone flooring, a gas fireplace with a stone hearth, a wet bar with a granite counter, a flat-screen television, ceiling fans and hanging glass lanterns. The television conveys, as do all other flat-screen TVs in the house.

Flagstone terraces surround the home and are accessible from multiple sets of French doors, while the second level features porches and balconies.

The estate also has a carriage house with parking for three cars and an apartment with a full bath and kitchenette. A three-car garage with extra storage space is attached to the main house.

Inside, the home’s four levels have been finished with high-quality materials and amenities. The center-hall foyer has a circular tray ceiling, wainscoting and archways leading into the study, dining room and the gallery, which has a barrel ceiling and extends from one end of the house to the other.

The study has extensive built-in bookcases, a built-in desk, a sitting area and a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround. The banquet-size dining room features a tray ceiling, a chandelier, walls of windows with transoms, a built-in china closet and a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround. The adjacent butler’s pantry includes a marble counter, wood and glass cabinets, a refrigerator, a convection oven and a dishwasher.

The formal living room has elaborate molding that defines three separate areas within the 34-by-19-foot room, a gas fireplace with a stone hearth flanked by cabinets, a flat-screen television, a wall of built-in bookshelves and two sets of French doors with transoms.

The main level also includes a library with mahogany walls and a coffered mahogany ceiling, a wet bar, bookcases, a flat-screen television and a gas fireplace with a stone hearth.

The great room, which covers approximately 55 by 39 feet, includes a family area with a stone wall, a gas fireplace, a flat-screen television and columns; a breakfast area with a beadboard cathedral ceiling, four tall windows, two chandeliers, a wet bar and a bay window with a sitting area; and a state-of-the-art kitchen with three chandeliers, custom-designed cabinets, marble counters and professional-grade appliances.

Upstairs, the master suite has a separate sitting room with built-in desk and cabinets, a beverage refrigerator, and wainscoting on the ceiling. The bedroom has a gas fireplace, a flat-screen television and two sets of French doors that open onto a large balcony overlooking the rear garden. The suite has a marble bathroom and his-and-hers walk-in closets, one with a pocket door to the laundry room.

Four additional bedroom suites are on this level, each with a private full bath and a walk-in closet. One room includes a vaulted ceiling, a private balcony and a fireplace, while another has an arched rotunda with a 12-foot ceiling. Another features a spiral staircase to a loft with a bay window with a seat.

The sixth bedroom, currently in use as a gym, has an adjacent bath with a steam shower and a sauna.

The finished third level includes a bedroom with a bay window, a den, a full bath and a recreation room or eighth bedroom with adjacent attic storage space.

The lower level has been designed for informal entertaining, with a huge indoor sports court with artificial turf, a recreation room with a powder room, a game room and a multitiered home-theater room.

In total, this home has eight bedrooms, eight full baths and three powder rooms, along with nine gas fireplaces, a security system, a generator, and seven zones of gas heat and electric air conditioning.

For more information on this Bradley Farms estate, contact Realtors Marsha Shuman, Betsy Shuman, William F.X. Moody or Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com.

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