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Entertaining is a snap at this stylish rural villa

February 24, 2005|by ANDREA STRUBLE of HomeSource

From its hilltop location in Pectonville, near Big Pool, this week's HomeSource Feature Home commands panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. A picturesque century-old barn on the hillside with Licking Creek lazily meandering below add to the charm of the 10-acre property.

Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, the impressive home features a sweeping circular driveway leading up to the landscaped garden and portico, where six Doric columns soar above the front entry. Two sculptural fountains highlight the portico. The home, built in 1996 of quality 2-by-6 construction, has an elegant gray stucco finish.

Inside, the home reflects the grandeur and classical elegance of its exterior. Echoing the portico, a colonnade of four interior columns defines the dramatic entry and adjacent main living hall or great room. With 14-foot ceilings, this 35-by-18-foot room has a formal dining area, formal living area and room for a baby grand piano between them. It features luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting, deep dentil crown molding, and a gas fireplace with carved over-mantel and classical design motifs. A magnificent crystal chandelier gracing the entry can be lowered for cleaning with the flip of a switch.

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From the great room, three pairs of French doors open into the spectacular indoor swimming pool area. With a 20-foot vaulted ceiling, skylights and a virtual wall of windows, the magic of the great outdoors can be enjoyed here all year. A separate climate control system maintains air temperature, humidity and water temperature at ideal levels, guaranteeing year-round comfort.

The full-sized pool is a turquoise jewel accented with cobalt and white tiles. The spacious living area surrounding the pool is perfect for relaxing or entertaining, with plenty of room for seating and dining areas.

This is a home designed for entertaining, with 6,000 square feet of living space on one level. The graceful floor plan flows in a Mediterranean-inspired courtyard design around the stunning pool area, and French doors connect this area to nearly every room in the home.

Overlooking the pool, the gourmet kitchen features a ceramic tile floor, built-in task desk, dining area, abundant storage and deluxe appliances, including a 6-burner Viking professional stove.

The kitchen is open to the 28-by-15-foot family room. Here, and throughout the home, large windows and French doors fill the room with light. A gas fireplace and deep plush carpeting make this an inviting space to relax in. A full bath adjoins this room.

On the opposite side of the house, the luxurious master suite has vaulted ceilings and a state-of-the-art master bath, featuring a custom-tiled Jacuzzi tub, shower, two large vanity areas and a bidet.

Adjacent to the master suite is a charming sitting room with a full wet bar, refrigerator and wine rack. Next to this room is the library, with exquisitely carved built-in mahogany bookcases and deep mahogany crown molding. Perfect for a home office, the room has a computer work area and space for a large desk, sofa and other furnishings.

Two spacious bedrooms have lovely mountain views. Both rooms feature generous closet space - one with a walk-in - and are served by a full bath.

The home has an attached 2-car garage, and a laundry area/mud room with separate entrance and nearby half-bath. Other features include a security system, recessed lighting throughout, a whole-house stereo system, and a rear patio and garden. By design, nearly every window frames a breathtaking view.

The property is bounded by land belonging to the Nature Conservancy and to historic Camp Harding. This desirable location ensures privacy, offers protection against future development, and provides many opportunities to observe wildlife, including deer, wild turkey and an abundance of butterflies. With its own barn, the property is also ideal for keeping horses.

Located minutes from Interstate 70 and just 1.5 hours from Washington D.C. and Baltimore, this prestigious estate home is listed at $1,500,000. For additional information, call SuZanne Glocker of Coldwell Banker at 301-745-1526.

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