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Featured Home - Upgrades add to home's energy efficiency

October 22, 2005|By JESSICA HENESY

When the weather outside gets frightful, your heating bill this year may not be so delightful. This week's HomeSource Feature Home, however, will make you content in the knowledge that its energy efficient features are part of your new, spacious home.

Located at 1824 Elizabeth Court in the quiet Fairways Meadow subdivision, this home entices with its brick front and sparkles in its immaculate indoor upkeep. The hardwood foyer opens into the carpeted living room to the right, featuring four large windows to let the sun stream in during the summer. The focal point of the living room is a brick fireplace; a wonderful centerpiece to gather your family around during the cold winter months. To the rear of the room are picture windows that lead out onto a wooden deck.

An open doorway in the living room branches off into the dining room, featuring wooden floors and a gorgeous gold, eight-candle chandelier. The spacious kitchen, with its natural wood cabinets and island, is a treat for any cook. Completing the first floor is an additional room off the kitchen that can be used as a family room or an office for the professional.

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The upstairs of the colonial boasts four bedrooms, including a master bedroom measuring a generous 17-by-12. The secondary bedrooms stand out because they are all about the same size, unlike some homes where one of the bedrooms is significantly smaller.

The master bedroom connects to a dressing area with two long closets, perfect for storing off-season clothing away from frequently worn items. The master bathroom, with two sinks, is connected to the dressing room, in addition to the other 1 1/2 baths located upstairs.

The full, partially finished basement is carpeted and ready for your next gathering. The pice de rsistance in this room is the intricate, custom-built oak bookcase which runs the length and height of the side wall and could house a television or computer under the middle. A pellet stove is also located in the basement and is a perfect, money-saving way to cut heating costs this winter. A room off the basement contains the washer and dryer and, at 22-by-16, has more than enough space to hold seasonal outdoor items.

In addition to the superb physical features of the home, its location is a selling point. Only 20 minutes from Frederick, it's also less than five minutes away from access to I-70, Robinwood Medical Campus and Hagerstown Community College and within walking distance to Washington County Regional Park and Black Rock Golf Course.

The current owners have lived in the house since its construction in 1989 and have added or improved upon many features, such as new blinds and window treatments, installation of hardwood flooring, replacement of the gutters and part of the siding last year, replacement of the smaller heat pumps with 3-ton models, reinsulation of the attic and completion of a new roof. All of their hard work adds up to a significant decrease in energy costs for the lucky new owner and, with oil prices at an all-time high, what better timing than now!

To take advantage of all this home has to offer, including the one-year Home Trust Warranty, contact Jason Hose of Mackintosh Realtors at his office at 301-662-0155 or his cell at 301-491-2625. You can also visit his Web page at www.jasonhose.com to get more detailed information.

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