Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

White house on five Frederick acres reveals country charm

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Photos by Tom Fedor⁄The Gazette
Just past Frederick’s developing north end sits a small white colonial home, a 1945 farmhouse on a land that formerly comprised a 56-acre parcel.
Just past Frederick’s developing north end sits a small white colonial home, a 1945 farmhouse on a land that formerly comprised a 56-acre parcel. A circular driveway brings visitors in behind the house, where the remaining five-acre property reveals its country charm and character.

The house sits at the high point of the rectangular acreage and is surrounded by old stone walls lined with mature trees and shade-loving plants. Gradually, the lot slopes away toward an inground pool, then up again as it nears the two-stall bank barn and fenced pasture. A two-story, four-car garage with plumbing and electrical sits closer to the house, with two bays accessed via the driveway and two below on the adjacent side.

The owners have spent two years remodeling the home, adding improvements that include a gourmet kitchen, a new family room, the covered porch that spans the length of the house, a new roof, gutters and exterior shutters.

Family and friends typically enter the house through a French-style door just inside the side screened porch. The screened porch is completely private and includes a hanging swing. This entrance leads into the dining room, which features crown and chair rail moldings, and sunny windows that look out to the front porch.

Wood floors and fresh paint run throughout, although some newly-finished areas have Berber carpet.

The living room has a large bay window facing farmland across the street. Its wood-burning fireplace is surrounded by a detailed wooden mantel and flanked by two square windows.

The kitchen features new brick floor with leaf imprints from trees in the backyard. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a commercial cooktop and double ovens, complement the pecan cabinets. A prep island stands central for convenience to the porcelain farm sink and refrigerator.

Adjacent, a large family room and a half-bath are in an area that was converted from another screened-in porch. Both exterior corners feature banks of windows behind large plantation shutters. A French door opens to the covered porch.

The center hallway leads past a little telephone niche toward the front door and the wooden staircase to the second floor.

Upstairs, three bedrooms including the master’s share a renovated bathroom with a large window, a pedestal sink and a shower⁄tub combination. A door in here leads up to the finished third floor, offering a fourth bedroom with a skylight and a small storage area.

The partially finished walkout basement offers a fifth bedroom that was redone with beadboard on the ceiling, chair railing, ceiling fan and new French doors to the outside. It also has its own full bath and a large closet. This lower level also includes a large laundry room with a built-in craft⁄hobby center, and two additional rooms.

Specialties of the house

Address: 8615 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick

Style: Colonial

Lot size: 5.15 acres

Price: $775,000*

Taxes: $4,057

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half

Contact: Marcy Channell, RE⁄MAX 100, 301-748-8325

*List price for homes may be subject to change.