- - Thursday, December 6, 2012

A front-yard patio greets guests to a charming custom-built home on the market in Takoma Park. Situated in a parklike setting at 803 Houston Ave., the three-level home is on the market for $750,000.

Mature trees and landscaping surround the front and backyards of the home. The enchanting, private backyard features a slate patio for even more outdoor space to entertain or unwind.

Hardwood floors gleam throughout the main level, where generously sized rooms enjoy a steady stream of sunlight. In addition to a coat closet and wood staircase to the upper level, the foyer contains a cozy built-in bench seat with a small stained-glass window above it.

All of the rooms have recessed lights and detailed crown molding. The living room features wood blinds, shutters and decorative stained-glass window accents. This room offers an easy flow into the dining room behind it, followed by the more casual family room. The three rooms are separated by sets of wide archways with columns surrounded by built-in shelves.

A gas fireplace helps turn the open family room into a cozy place to retreat at the end of a long day. Several entryways and a large pass-through allow for easy access from the family room directly into the chef’s kitchen. Highlights in the sunny all-white kitchen include granite counters, a long center island with a breakfast bar and decorative shelves, and a desk.

A powder room with a large chestlike vanity rounds out the main level.

The upper level has three bedrooms. The master is the largest and has hardwood floors, while the remaining two have light-colored carpeting. A chandelier light fixture and recessed lights highlight the cathedral ceiling in the sun-drenched master suite.

The master bath has a double-sink vanity, white-tiled shower and a soaking tub set beneath pairs of windows, including two stained-glass windows.

Both of the remaining bedrooms have ceiling-fan light fixtures and multiple windows. They share a hall bath with a double sink and a tub.

The fourth bedroom is on the partially finished lower level. In addition to the bedroom and a recreation room, this level also features a large laundry room with built-in white cabinetry.

The property also features a detached carriage house, which has space for a car and a separate work space.

This home’s Takoma Park location offers a small-town feel with friendly neighbors, unique shops in historic Takoma Park and convenient access to the Takoma Park Metro station. Downtown Silver Spring is within a short drive.


Address: 803 Houston Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

Community: Takoma Park

Age: Built in 2005

Price: $750,000

Lot size: .14 acres

Taxes: $7,229

Homeowners association fee: None

Interior features: Custom-built home, four bedrooms, two full baths, powder room, hardwood floors, wood blinds, arched entryways, recessed lights throughout, crown molding, chef’s kitchen with granite counters, built-ins, separate laundry room, partially finished full basement

Exterior features: Carriage house, one-car garage, front patio, garden

Amenities: fireplace

Schools: Rolling Terrace Elementary, Silver Spring International Middle, Blair High School

Close by: Library, community center, Takoma Park Metro, Takoma Park Co-op, Old Town Takoma Park, parks, shopping, dining

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Carlos Garcia of Keller Williams at 202-253-6177 or [email protected]

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