- - Thursday, October 13, 2011

A unique Tudor-style home on the market in Silver Spring offers new owners the chance to set up shop and work from home in the trendy, revitalized downtown area. The house, in the North Hills community, was built in 1929 to be used as a doctor’s personal residence and professional office combined.

In addition to being close to a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, the home, at 9300 Colesville Road, is near the Beltway and a stop on Metro’s Red Line.

This multifunctional home has various configurations that enable it to work well as both a private home and a home office. It can be used as a single-family house with five bedrooms and three baths or a home with four bedrooms and an attached professional office.

On the market for $1,299,000, it is ideal for a solo practitioner or small medical office, private law or accounting firm, or any homeowner seeking to take advantage of the convenience of working from home.

The three-level, storybook-looking stone home with a red door sits on a slight hill and is surrounded by mature trees on a nicely landscaped lot.

Hardwood floors can be found throughout the main level, although there’s a cozy foyer with tile flooring and an arched entryway as guests enter the home. One of the first rooms that comes into view is the large dining room, which easily can double as an office conference room.

The dining room is home to a wood-burning fireplace with detailed molding, a stylish chandelier, recessed lights, crown molding and plenty of bright, sunny windows with views in three directions. Nearby is a comfortable living room that also has crown molding and is brightened by recessed lights.

Stainless steel appliances and granite counters highlight the updated kitchen. Appliances include a side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and cooktop. The eat-in kitchen makes great use of its space, as plenty of cabinets line the walls from floor to ceiling.

A generously sized screened-in porch in the front of the home is the perfect way to enjoy the fall breeze. The porch overlooks the landscaping in the front yard and is open on three sides.

The portion of the home that can be set up as a doctor’s office has its own exterior entrance. It has professional-grade blue carpeting and separate smaller rooms for multiple offices. One of the rooms has a rustic stone wall that matches the home’s exterior.

There are four bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the top level and one bedroom and full bathroom on the lower level. The master bedroom is bright and airy. It has hardwood floors, ceiling beams, a walk-in closet and a large picture window. The remaining bedrooms are also nicely sized.

Several of the bedrooms offer wall-sized built-in shelves, drawers and storage closets. One of the rooms has a short set of stairs that leads into another room that can be used as either a bedroom or an office.

While there are distinct advantages to this home’s versatile interior, one of the highlights of this unique property is the picture-perfect backyard. The yard features extensive hardscape in the form of a patio that stretches the length of the home, providing room to easily accommodate five sets of tables and chairs.

The patio in this lush yard surrounds a fountain that rivals the size of a swimming pool and has a waterfall.


Address: 9300 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Community: North Hills

Age: 1929

Price: $1,299,000

Size: 2,891 square feet on a lot of .27 acres

Taxes: $6,159

Exterior features:Brick Tudor-style home, screened porch, shed, extensive hardscape, garage, at least 11 private parking spaces, brick patio, large backyard fountain

Interior features: Five bedrooms, three full baths, hardwood floors, molding, granite counters, full walk-out basement, multiuse spaces

Amenities: Fireplace

Schools: Sligo Elementary, Silver Spring International Middle, Northwood High

Close by: Downtown Silver Spring, City Place Mall, Fillmore Arts Center, Silver Spring Metro, shopping, dining, recreation

Open house: By appointment Contact: Lisa Abrams of Re/Max Realty Services at 301/437-6742

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