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Featured home - Spacious home provides a forested retreat

June 04, 2005|by MALINDA SHAVER of HomeSource

As you approach the front door, your gaze follows the land as it slopes down into a broad valley dotted with farms and clusters of homes. More than 18 acres comprise this property, creating an extensive domain for the owners of the large home. Just the other side of the far ridge is the Antietam National Battlefield. The western view promises a parade of sunsets. And twilight will bring out nature's neighbors from the woodland behind the house, a dedicated forest preservation area.

Located south of Keedysville, this all-brick, many-gabled house has 13 large rooms (unless we count the laundry room: it makes 14) and the unfinished, walkout basement offers 3,300-plus square feet more, with a brick fireplace to be the centerpiece of your entertainment room and a wood-burning stove to heat that space nicely.

Turning reluctantly from the view, the visitor enters a two-story foyer, which is open above to a surrounding balcony on the second floor. To the left are the living room, 24-by-14 feet, and beyond that an office, and then the formal dining room, a generous 16-by-15 feet. Moving clockwise, the kitchen is next. It is "furnished" in a real sense with extensive cherry cabinets; Corian countertops, a double wall oven, central island with downdraft cooktop are just a few features to delight the cooks in the family. From the breakfast area, the sunroom (20 by 16 feet) extends into the yard, just the place to watch as the deer come out to browse in the evening.

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The family room is a great room, in more ways than one. It is 18 feet high; the balcony upstairs divides it from the foyer. The focal point is the two-story tall brick fireplace, flanked by windows on both levels. To one side is a smaller den with french doors to the large deck outside. And finally the main floor provides a bedroom and full bath, perhaps a guest room.

Encircling the upstairs balcony are the five family bedrooms. The owner's suite includes a large sitting area; there is a master bath with whirlpool and separate shower. Bath floors throughout are tiled. Upstairs rooms are carpeted; the main floor is hardwood. The fifth upstairs room, 24 by 19 feet in size and removed from the downstairs living areas, might be a playroom or a family room for teens.

Just a few details: Heat and air conditioning is provided by a dual-zoned electric system. The water heater capacity is 80 gallons. The garage capacity is two vehicles.

With just a month remaining before July 4, reserve your overlook from the spacious front lawn for many years of Antietam fireworks displays, by making this gracious home your own. For an appointment to visit call Judy Melby-Robinson of Real Estate Teams at 301-393-5707 or 301-797-1179. E-mail her at judy4properties@aol.com.

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