- - Thursday, January 12, 2012

Whether your interest is in entertaining on a lavish scale; tinkering with cars in one of six heated garages; or enjoying your private sport court, swimming pool and cabana, the estate at 3885 Whitebrook Lane in Ellicott City, Md., has what you want.

This 20,000-square-foot home, which rests on more than 3 acres of landscaped grounds, provides a true private retreat to meet the highest standards of opulence. Part of the Preserve in Howard County, this manor home was built in 1997 and is on the market for $4,999,000.

The estate’s grounds include a gated circular drive that leads to the garages, which have space for 10 cars, and a brick motor court. A brick courtyard is surrounded by a heated swimming pool, a hot tub and a cabana, with an adjacent sports court.

Multiple patios, courtyards and a screened porch with a ceiling fan offer plenty of space for entertaining outdoors and admiring the perennial gardens. The corner site backs to trees for additional privacy.

Indoors, the custom-designed rooms include seven bedrooms, 10 full baths, two powder rooms and extraordinary detailing, such as custom millwork, six-piece crown molding, professional lighting, hardwood flooring and five fireplaces. The home also has an indoor swimming pool, saunas, waterfall baths with mosaic surrounds, and an elevator. The property has three kitchens.

The elegance of this home is apparent from the moment guests arrive in the circular driveway and step up to the front door. Each piece of glass was individually selected for the door surround and the windows in the entrance hall. The grand foyer features hardwood flooring, a spectacular chandelier and a curving double staircase to the upper level.

The main level includes a music conservatory with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed lighting, up-lighting, a custom-designed ceiling medallion and hardwood flooring. Nearby, the formal dining room has hardwood flooring and a dramatic chandelier. In addition, this level has a formal living room with a fireplace, a library, a family room and a great-room bar.

The bar, designed to resemble an Old English pub, has mahogany-stained wood walls and an 11-foot copper-painted tin ceiling. This room includes an imported fireplace, and archways link the pub and the family room with the hallway.

The main-level kitchen includes state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, including wine cabinets, warming drawers, an indoor grill and several dishwashers, ovens and stoves. The oversized center island includes an attached dining table for casual meals.

The adjacent morning room has floor-to-ceiling windows and an atrium door to a patio.

The master suite covers an entire wing of the home, with a hand-painted and stenciled bedroom with a gas fireplace and a separate sitting room overlooking the swimming pool. A private exercise room, a den, and a lavish master bath with a mosaic-tiled jetted tub, a sauna and a steam shower round out the suite.

Four additional bedrooms are on the upper level and two bedrooms are on the lower level. Every bath in the home has furniture-grade vanities, marble, ceramic tile or hardwood flooring, multiple sinks and unique features, such as carved or hand-painted ceilings and dramatic sconces.

The lower level has been designed for the ultimate in relaxation, with a game room, an exercise room, a playroom and a lap pool set in a spalike room with mirrors, lounge chairs, low lighting and a sauna.

A wine-tasting room has been designed for discerning visitors, and nearby is a full kitchen perfect for catered evenings. The lower-level great room has several stone walls with arched brick accents and a raised-hearth fireplace. Nearby is a theater room with tiered seating.

The home has a high-tech security system as well as entertainment, lighting and HVAC controls that can be operated by remote control, iPad, iPhone and a keypad.

For more information about this Ellicott City estate, contact associate broker Bob Lucido with Re/Max Advantage Realty in Fulton at 410/979-6024 or visit www.boblucidoteam.com.

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