- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2011

Homeowners lucky enough to have a water view rarely seem to want to give it up. So it is with the owners of a 1970s-era brick-front Colonial in Fort Washington, who have owned their water-view home for more than 30 years.

The home at 12221 Firth of Tae Drive in the Tantallon on the Potomac community backs to Swan Creek. Right down the street from the Tantallon Marina, this four-bedroom home has a nice view of Swan Creek, which leads to the Potomac River. A relaxing stroll from the backyard leads to a pier near the water.

The home is on the market for $475,000.

A new double-door entry with an etched-glass design adds to the home’s curb appeal, and the owners are steadily making additional renovations. The old flooring has been pulled up in preparation for installing hardwood on the entire main level and staircase. New carpeting will be laid in the second-level bedrooms.

The entry foyer ushers guests into the home and welcomes them to explore the surrounding rooms. A small den is to the right of the foyer, and a large sunken living room is to the left.

All of the rooms look freshly painted. The formal living room has crown molding and two windows overlooking the front yard. This generously sized room opens into a formal dining room directly behind it.

The sunny dining room has crown and chair-rail molding along with an elegant chandelier and a large picture window with views of the backyard.

Centrally located, the kitchen sits between the dining room and the more casual family room. The kitchen was renovated less than five years ago and offers white cabinetry and upgraded stainless steel appliances, including a dual-drawer dishwasher, double oven and side-by-side refrigerator with a bottom freezer.

There’s a good amount of countertop and cabinet space and some open shelves for decorative items.

A sunny breakfast bay is large enough to accommodate a sizable kitchen table and overlooks the sunken family room.

The homeowners added a brick gas-burning fireplace to the family room about five years ago. This large room is the perfect place to entertain family and friends or unwind after a long day.

The main level also contains a large hall powder room and laundry room with a utility sink and full-sized stacked washer and dryer that will convey with the home.

A staircase in the foyer leads to the four bedrooms and two full baths on the second floor. Two expansive bedrooms anchor the ends of the upstairs hall, which makes it hard at first to tell which is the master bedroom.

The master bedroom is the largest, and it features a step-up sitting-room area that’s noticeable only once you walk completely into the room. The room contains a walk-in closet, but the homeowner says the new owners easily could turn this sitting space into an oversized walk-in closet.

The master suite also has a private bath with black-tiled walls and a single-sink vanity. The remaining three bedrooms share a hall bath with a two-sink vanity. Two of the bedrooms have great water views.

A storage room completes the upper level.

Rounding out the three-level house is an unfinished basement with a walkout to the backyard. From the main level, the backyard is easily accessed through a set of doors off the family room.

This home sits on a scenic half-acre lot with a mixture of natural and professional landscaping. One of the great features of the backyard is the 40-by-20-foot deck. The current homeowner says it took him a year to build the expansive deck, which stretches across the width of the home and has built-in seating.


Address: 12221 Firth of Tae Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Community: Tantallon on the Potomac

Homeowners association fee: None

Age: Built in 1975

Price: $475,000

Lot Size: .56 acres

Exterior-features: Brick-front Colonial, new double entry doors, waterfront, oversized deck with built-in seating, professional landscaping

Interior features: Four edrooms, 2 1/2 baths, spacious rooms, newer kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, breakfast bay, sunken living room, den, new flooring being installed to include hardwood throughout main level and new carpeting on second level, sunken family room, large bedrooms including a master suite with a private bath, unfinished lower level with walkout to yard, storage room

Amenities: Brick gas fireplace, walk-in closets, laundry room with full-sized stacked washer and dryer

Schools: Potomac Landing Elementary, Eugene Burroughs Middle, Friendly High

Close by: Swan Creek, Potomac River, Tantallon Marina, golf, country club, National Harbor, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Valerie Green of Long & Foster at 240/508-7772

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