Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Large Bowie home centrally located

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Raphael Talisman⁄The Star
The kitchen of this Bowie home has hardwood floors and a breakfast area. It opens to a two-level backyard deck.
With five bedrooms on the second floor this house has the distinction of being one of the most spacious colonial’s in its Bowie neighborhood. Located in the amenity rich Covington community, the home is just minutes from Bowie Town Center.

A brick front and large Palladian window combine to give the home plenty of curb appeal to go with its roomy interior. It is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac not far from the neighborhood’s entrance. The cul-de-sac location also contributes to a nicely sized, level three-quarter acre backyard.

The owners had the house built by Richmond American Homes ten years ago and it features three finished levels filled with desirable features and upgrades.

Upon opening the door guest will find an open foyer with hardwood floors and at first glance may even wonder where the second level staircase is. With many homes having stairs that meet guest at the door, this floor plan unobtrusively places the staircase in the middle of the home.

There is an intimate formal living room on the right of the foyer and a sophisticated dining room to the left of the foyer. These two rooms offer richly designed crown molding in a floral pattern. Various cut outs, alcoves and niches gives the home personality.

The artistically designed staircase is completely open to the lower level and separates the front portion of the home from the rear.

Centrally located the family room has plush white carpeting and is open to the rest of the home. With a gas fireplace the room is a comfortable place to relax and enjoy chatting with friends. The owners opted for a bump out in the family room, which makes it even more spacious.

Just around the corner the sunny gourmet kitchen boasts a modern design with black granite countertops. Forty-two inch upgraded cabinets help highlight the nine-foot ceilings while black state of the art appliances including a double oven and island cook top makes the chef in the family happy.

A wide picture window above the kitchen sink brightens the kitchen area while patio doors off the adjacent breakfast room lead outside. There is also a convenient study and a powder room on the main level.

The second floor is home to a sumptuous master suite with a vaulted ceiling and walk-in closet. Comprised of one huge open room the master has plenty of space for a comfortable sitting area. The bathroom features his and her sinks with a vanity area, skylights, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower.

In the hall is where you’ll find the second full bath. The smallest of the bedrooms faces the front of the house and is privately located on one end of the hall next to an overlook into the foyer. This overlook provides a clear, picture perfect view through the Palladian window. Meanwhile the other three bedrooms face the backyard.

The basement is easily integrated into the main level thanks to an open staircase with no door allowing for an easy flow onto the lower level. It features a carpeted recreation room and home office on one side of the basement and a, cozy sitting room and private bar room on the opposite end.

An in-ground sprinkler system keeps the grass looking picture perfect. There is a dual level deck off the kitchen and a patio off the walk-out basement. Both outdoor entertaining spaces come with white canopies that let you enjoy the outdoors in the shade.

When they are not taking advantage of the backyard the new owners will enjoy the neighborhood recreation center with a swimming pool, basketball court, exercise facility and monthly social programs for all ages.

Specialties of the house

Location: 16405 Elderwood Court, Bowie

Price: $549,995

Lot size: About .32 acres

Square feet: About 4,000

Taxes: Not available

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3.5

Contact: Kevin Holmes of Keller Williams Realty at 301-346-4879.