- - Thursday, March 29, 2012

A modest 1950s brick rambler in Silver Spring has been transformed over the years into a sprawling, eye-catching Arts and Crafts-style home. An in-ground pool and studio annex above the garage add to the home’s appeal.

The house, located in the Springbrook Forest community, has five bedrooms and four full baths. It first was expanded in 1993, when the current kitchen and family-room spaces were added. Another round of major renovations took place in 2001, when the owners added a master suite and updated several bathrooms.

Covering more than an acre, the parklike setting includes a professionally landscaped yard with gardens, flagstone patios, a swimming pool, hot tub, deer fencing in the rear and plenty of outdoor entertainment spaces.

This unique brick-and-stucco house at 511 Stonington Road is on the market for $1,275,000.

With 4,370 square feet of space and three finished levels, the home is much larger than it appears at first glance.

A flagstone walkway leads to the front entry. From oak floors throughout the entire main level to custom-designed molding to stained-glass windows, this level is impressive.

The casual living room off the foyer doubles as the billiards room. It has handmade Italian pendant lights and two stained-glass sconces. The nearby formal dining room has a bay window with a cozy tiled window seat for a scenic view of the yard.

The light and airy family room is where family members and guests will want to spend the most time as the weather gets warmer because it overlooks the in-ground pool and patio. Two skylights are set within the high cathedral ceiling, and custom stained-glass windows and wall sconces are rich accents. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace with a black slate hearth.

Nearby is a custom kitchen that was renovated in 2008 to include a host of stylish and functional upgrades. The kitchen is well-lit both day and night, thanks to skylights with adjustable sunshades, a custom stained-glass window and six pendant light fixtures.

There’s ample storage and counter space, as the kitchen has walls of custom cherry cabinetry, a 10-foot black quartz breakfast bar and a pantry. Appliances include a gas cooktop and double convection wall ovens. Additionally, there are two dishwashers and two oversized stainless steel sinks that help make entertaining and clean-up a breeze.

For easy main-level living, there’s a separate wing for three bedrooms on the first floor. Each room has a ceiling fan and is painted in warm neutral tones. The rooms share an expansive updated bathroom with travertine tile, a granite-topped antique vanity and a deep bath-shower combination.

A second full bath and rear mudroom round out the first floor. This room also serves as the back entry and has ceramic floors, a closet and convenient built-in storage cubbies with wicker baskets.

The sumptuous master suite added in 2001 occupies the second floor. This master bedroom has oak floors, a walk-in closet, a separate heat pump, gas water heater and a thermostat-controlled attic exhaust fan to reduce cooling expenses in the summertime.

The master suite also has a travertine tiled bathroom with an oversized double shower and separate soaking tub. Granite counters and two skylights help turn the bathroom into a luxurious retreat.

The last bedroom is found on the finished lower level and works great as an in-law suite or guest room as there’s a separate full bath with travertine tile flooring nearby.

One of the highlights of the home is the lower-level media room with a home theater. This room has two tall oak storage cabinets in addition to 20 feet of oak cabinetry with tile counters. There’s also a laundry area in the basement where the front-load washer and dryer will convey. This laundry room is fully equipped with counters, storage and a refrigerator.

A detached two-car stucco garage with a studio annex is behind the home. This neat annex, which is accessed by a spiral staircase, is a great place to escape. It could be used as a hobby room or children’s playhouse. There is Trex decking outside and carpeting inside, along with lights and a ceiling fan.


Address: 511 Stonington Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Community: Springbrook Forest

Price: $1,275,000

Age: Built in 1953

Size: 4,370 square feet on a lot of 1.03 acres

Taxes: $8,249 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick-and-stucco exterior, front flagstone patio, swimming pool, hot tub, stone pavers, rear flagstone deck entertainment area, two-car detached garage with studio annex above, professionally landscaped yard, gardens, in-ground irrigation system, deer fencing in rear

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, oak flooring, custom cherry cabinetry, upscale kitchen appliances, cathedral ceiling, skylights, mudroom, butler’s pantry, home theater, stained-glass windows, bay windows

Amenities: Fireplace, front-loading washer and dryer, three-zone heating and air, humidifier, generator

Schools: Kemp Mill Elementary, Lee Middle, Blair High

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

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Barbara Ciment, Long & Foster, 301/346-9126



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