Spectacular home offers indoor/outdoor living at its finest
Take advantage of this opportunity to own a luxury custom home in Potomac’s exclusive Merry-Go-Round Farm. Located at 13309 Drews Lane, the nearly 8,200-square-foot home offers a tranquil private retreat less than 20 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and is available for $3.650 million.
“This home was built from the finest quality materials and has been meticulously maintained,” said Adam Gelb, a sales associate in the Bethesda office of Long & Foster | Christie’s International Real Estate and the listing agent representing the property. “The community is perfect for nature lovers and tennis players, and it has one of the closest equestrian centers to D.C., providing horse boarding and riding lessons.”
Merry-Go-Round Farm is a family-friendly enclave of 79 custom-built homes surrounded by 140 acres of pristine pastures and rolling hills. This unique community includes an equestrian center, walking and horse riding trails, lakes, streams, a gym, lighted tennis courts, wildlife and beautiful views of the Potomac River. Before it was developed, the property was a working farm and weekend home of newspaper columnist Drew Pearson. The name of the community is derived from “Washington Merry-Go-Round,” Pearson’s popular newspaper column about politics and gossip that ran for 30 years until he died in 1969.
Pearson was known for his parties on the property, which were attended by many Washington elites including presidents, Supreme Court justices, ambassadors as well as Hollywood movie stars. Pearson’s step-grandson, Tyler Abell carried through Pearson’s vision to preserve the farm’s character after sub-dividing it. The homes are built on half acre to one acre wooded lots, allowing residents to enjoy the open spaces and community amenities.
This four-bedroom craftsman-style home was designed by Gregory Wiedemann of Wiedemann Architects, and has a sophisticated, yet relaxed Nantucket look, both inside and out. It is constructed of stucco and cedar siding and blends well with its surroundings. A covered flagstone wrap-around porch has cedar ceilings with recessed lighting that welcomes you to the mahogany front door. You’ll greet guests in style in the spacious foyer with limestone floor that opens to a living room with stone fireplace and double French doors leading to the rear terrace.
It will be easy to cook for a crowd in the chef’s kitchen with Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and long center island. Enjoy morning coffee in the kitchen’s breakfast room with plenty of windows to take in the view. Gather your guests for before-dinner drinks in the family room accented with stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace, built-in entertainment center and window seats. In warm weather, open the three sets of French doors to extend the party to the flagstone terrace surrounding the pool.
The sunroom is perfect for informal dining or reading a good book. This room’s windows are glass panels that slide open to capture warm breezes and peaceful pasture views. Your family celebrations and dinner parties will be remembered in the spacious dining room by the crackling fire from the corner stone fireplace.
Upstairs, you’ll find a luxurious master suite with stone fireplace, spa-like bath and large, well-designed closet to store all your clothes, shoes and jewelry in style. On this floor, there are two additional comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms on this level has its own HVAC zone to regulate comfort.
There are two sets of stairs leading to the lower level, which offers something for everyone. Here, you’ll find a gym, theater, office, garage and wine cellar with capability to hold more than 700 wine bottles. Overnight visitors will enjoy privacy in the guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom and sitting area also located on this level.
You’ll love entertaining friends or some quiet time on the flagstone terrace with the calming sound of the pool fountains. This spectacular outdoor area also features a hot tub, pool house, fireplace and food preparation area.
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