- - Thursday, January 5, 2012

Scenic views take center stage in a richly appointed Takoma Park home overlooking Long Branch Park. The Better Homes and Garden-award-winning home also has an impressive landscaped yard on a third of an acre, one of the largest homesites in the area.

The house has six bedrooms, three full baths and three levels of comfortable living space. It was built in 1940, but the owners renovated it in 2000 to include new windows throughout and a new roof.

On a cul-de-sac in the Park Knolls subdivision at 8323 Haddon Drive, the home is on the market for $674,900.

Its brown-brick-and-stone front and small porch stand out amid the lush landscaping. A driveway leads to a custom-built three-car garage with an attached storage shed.

Once inside, guests will find a bright and airy home with appealing views in just about every room. Guests enter through a cozy foyer that leads directly into the living room, which has a welcoming stone fireplace and a large window bay overlooking the front yard.

The living room is flanked by the family room on the left and formal dining room to the right. A door opens into the dining room, where the table is set within a sunny window bay made up of several floor-to-ceiling windows.

The dining room offers a splash of color with a bright orange accent wall and, like most of the main-level rooms, it has light-colored hardwood flooring.

The dining room is the perfect space for both formal and informal gatherings of friends and family. For more casual dining, the kitchen and its adjacent breakfast room are nearby.

The kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, a gas stove with a unique stainless backsplash, a refrigerator with a bottom-drawer freezer, and a built-in microwave.

Ample cabinet and counter space lines the kitchen walls.

The breakfast room is separated by a long counter that can double as a breakfast bar.

On the far opposite side of the home, the family room is connected to the living room via a French door. Directly behind the family room is a bright sunroom with two walls of windows and a wall of built-ins for books or decorating. This room is the perfect place to escape after a long workday. There’s also a cozy den nearby.

Perfect for buyers who prefer one-level living with the option of second-floor bedrooms, the main level is home to a master bedroom with a private bath. The remaining bedrooms are spread out, with two on the upper level and three on the lower level.

The upper level can be accessed by an unobtrusive staircase behind the living room. Once upstairs, guests will find a unique floor plan with two rooms, each with wood flooring and walls. The first is a large room that features high ceilings, built-ins and a cozy bed nook. The other, smaller bedroom can function as a sitting area. The two rooms share a hall bath.

On the lower level are a variety of rooms that have both functionality and convenience in mind. This level is self-contained, as it includes a full-size kitchen, several recreation areas, three bedrooms and a full bathroom. A portion of this level could be used as a professional office.

There’s also an oversized laundry room with shelving and cabinetry as well as an abundance of storage space, thanks to two storage rooms.

Once the weather starts to warm, the great outdoors will beckon family members and neighbors to come out and enjoy the lush backyard.

A door from the breakfast room opens to reveal an oversized wraparound deck with steps that lead into the yard.

This home is close to the Metro’s proposed Purple Line, Sligo Creek Park and many of Takoma Park’s quaint shops.

Details:

Address: 8323 Haddon Drive, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Community: Park Knolls

Price: $674,900

Age: Built in 1940

Size: 4,543 square feet on a lot of .33 acres

Taxes: $5,995 for 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick exterior, deck with built-in seating, driveway, custom three-car garage, storage shed, fenced yard, professionally landscaped

Interior features: Six bedrooms, three full baths, newer roof and windows, bay windows, hardwood floors, in-law suite, two kitchens, built-ins, laundry room

Amenities: Stone fireplace

Schools: Rolling Terrace Elementary, Silver Spring Middle, Montgomery Blair High

Close by: Overlooks Long Branch Park, close to Sligo Creek Park, Takoma Park Metro station, Washington Adventist Hospital, shopping, dining, recreation

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Christine Sherrod of Weichert Realtors at 301/908-8747


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