The local public schools are among the best in the country. The properties are large, regal and well maintained with massive lawns and faultless landscaping. New development is low density and cradled in lots of open space. Surrounded by nature, you would never guess that you are a scant 15 miles northwest of one of the most distinguished and historic cities in the world: Washington D.C.
In the graceful settlement of Potomac, Maryland, efforts have been underway for generations to preserve forests, meadows and creeks and prevent classic suburban sprawl; some rows of trees are even federally protected.
As former horse country back in the early 20th century, today’s homeowners find nature, order and quiet privacy wrapped up in lush countryside and peppered with tasteful homes.
Among those homes is an updated 11,000-square-foot custom Colonial with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
A two-story marble foyer sets the tone and opens to main living areas with herringbone-patterned hardwood floors. Wood burning fireplaces are surrounded by ornate marble moldings, and the wood-paneled library opens to carefully tended grounds. There is a formal dining room, a family room and a living room, as well as a breakfast area and kitchen updated last year with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.
Two staircases lead to the upper level and two primary suites. The largest of these opens to a balcony and a recently renovated bathroom with both a shower and bathtub set on white marble. Both suites have spacious walk-in closets.
The lower level includes a recreation area, a sauna and a wine cellar.
Two acres of land make up the lush grounds for the stately home, along with a heated swimming pool and a pool house with a wet bar and a full bathroom.
Unspoiled countryside can be seen in every direction, yet Potomac Village shops, restaurants and grocers are less than two miles away, and Washington D.C. is just under twenty miles away via the 495 and 270 interstates. Multiple airports surround the area, including Dulles, Reagan National and Baltimore/Washington International Airport.