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Stylish colonial offers distinctive features

July 02, 2005|by MALINDA SHAVER of HomeSource

Brightwood Acres East is a neighborhood that feels like it has come together. Traditional to contemporary homes are well-spaced on lots where the landscaping provides attractive screening and shapes the space in each yard. On Eastwood Drive, Advantage Realty has listed this week's feature property, an all-brick traditional style home that enhances its neutral color scheme with distinctive touches and plenty of charm.

From the street, a dramatic entrance greets visitors, with a curved staircase and second-level decorative balcony. Above there is a paladian window that illuminates the formal foyer inside. Two stories tall, the grand entry hosts an oak stairway and banister.

Character and style blend the main level rooms which have nine-foot ceilings. To the right of the entrance, the living room connects to the family room through large French doors; the two spaces are carpeted alike. The family room features a brick fireplace, and opens through a square arch to the kitchen. Just on the other side is a serving bar and separate refrigerator for beverages, ideal for entertaining. Handsome warm-finished cabinets boast new countertops; there is a generous central island as well.

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Through French doors from the kitchen, guests and family are invited out to the deck, which is surrounded by mature plantings - trees, bushes, and perennials - and in one corner a play structure is entwined with a tree to tempt younger folks.

You can return to the house through a door at the rear of the garage, a good place to shed those outdoor shoes, then enter the utility area where the main-floor powder room (recently refurbished) and the laundry room are located. Then you're back in the kitchen. One more room on the main level is the large dining room, 15-by-16 feet, space enough for a long dining table. Oak floors finish this part of the house. The character of the main level grows from details like the dentil crown moldings throughout, chair rails and panel trim.

Upstairs a wide hallway runs the length of the house, connecting six bedrooms. Ceilings here are also at least nine feet high. A delightful sitting area off the hallway seems like a place to read, either by yourself or to the kids. Opposite is a large bathroom; on either side two smaller bedrooms could be nursery or office space. At one end, twin bedrooms have higher ceilings, sloping upward to add architectural interest. And of course, the owners' suite is spacious, with a sitting area, walk-in closet, and private bath with jetted soaking tub and large shower. A tray ceiling is centered above the bedroom.

Neighborhood and home welcome you to visit. To arrange a private showing, contact Debra Valentine in the Advantage Realty office at 301-745-1634. More information is available also at www.advantagerealtymd.com.

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