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December 17, 2005|By PENNY GOLDSTEIN

Imagine views of woods and wildlife from almost every window in your new home. Imagine enjoying the tranquil seclusion of a mountain hideaway, yet never feeling isolated because schools, shopping, a ski resort and the Interstate are just minutes away. If that sounds just about perfect, you'll want to check out this week's Feature Home in Clear Spring.

Custom-built and nestled on more than three acres, this home is, technically speaking, a contemporary ranch. Yet, that term almost seems a misnomer here. A European-influenced exterior design with multiple, broad gables and a stately roofline give this home a two-story appearance, and with the clever ways the owner-builder has maximized space, it actually has the potential for three levels of living.

The main-level floor plan indeed offers easy one-story living with more than 2,400 square feet, including three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Attic space finished as an in-law or guest suite includes a bedroom, kitchen, full bath, a living room/dining area and large, walk-in closets. A full walk-out basement has framing and plumbing in place for another bedroom, study, family room and full bath.

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Entering this home, you'll immediately notice how its open design brings the outdoors in. French doors from the foyer open into a den large enough to accommodate both office space and a sitting area. The south- and east-facing windows in this room make it bright and cheerful. At the home's center, a dining room and family room are the perfect place for entertaining. The dining area opens to a covered front porch, and the family room is bathed in plenty of soft, natural light from the large, arched windows over the fireplace.

A sunny, 20-by-15-foot space containing the kitchen, breakfast nook, and morning room anchors the west side of the home. The open floor plan here ensures that the cook can converse with family or guests while preparing meals. A breakfast bar that easily seats four, all-electric appliances incuding a built-in microwave, a ceramic tile backsplash and a wine rack over the double sink are additional perks that cooks will enjoy. Two bedrooms offering plenty of space for the kids are adjacent to the kitchen area and share a Jack-and-Jill bath. A laundry room connecting to the attached, side-load garage is another convenience in this part of the home.

Bird-watching will be a favorite pastime in the breakfast nook during the winter, but in warmer weather, you will want to enjoy your coffee on the covered patio. With natural slate underfoot and an elegant chandelier above, this unique space, sheltered on three sides, is virtually a three-season dining room with an unparalleled mountain view.

When it's time to rest and relax, the master suite offers a secluded retreat at the opposite corner of the house. This 28-by-12-foot area features his-and-hers closets and a luxurious bath. Counters and backsplash for the twin sinks, flooring, and the spa-tub surround are a beautiful forest green ceramic tile. A separate shower enclosure, built-in dressing table, and brass fixtures make this master bath a sure winner. An added bonus: a door in the bedroom opens to that same fabulous patio.

Interiors throughout this home feature that prized combination of a feeling of spaciousness (thanks to 9-foot plus ceilings and large, double-insulated windows), and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Hardwood floors, a fireplace, and wood paneling bring a cozy feeling to the family room. Oak cabinetry with cathedral arch doors bring a French country flair to the kitchen.

Nowhere is that warm, cozy feeling more apparent than in the charming, upper-level hideaway, where a coved ceiling paneled in knotty pine gives the impression of an Alpine ski lodge. Dormer windows and skylights provide plenty of light, or the opportunity to watch snowflakes fall. Accessed from its own entrance adjacent to the garage, this private retreat would make perfect quarters for a college student or overnight guests. Let the word out that your new home is just 15 minutes from Whitetail, and you'll surely have plenty of the latter!




DETAILS:



Location:

12019 Cove Road, Clear Spring, Md.

List Price:

$649,900

Year Built:

1997

Outstanding Features:

Elegant contemporary on over three wooded acres, open floor plan with 3,500 square feet of finished space, including four bedrooms, three and a half baths, master suite with luxury bath and two walk-in closets, spacious, private upper level suite with additional kitchen, 2451-square-foot walk-out basement. Tranquil mountain and forest views. Oak hardwood floors, oak cabinetry, new carpeting, electric fireplace, heat and hot water, and all electric kitchen with GE appliances.

For information: Contact Carol Price of Advantage Realty at 301-730-1259.

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