We decided to make this month a “throwback” home, to one we built a dozen years ago for a couple with two young daughters, who are now teenagers! The house is sited on a large lot at the end of a quiet street, and fits in beautifully with its arts & crafts elements – stone foundation and shingle siding, tapered columns framing the inviting front porch, and a cupola crowning the octagonal library. The interior is warm and flowing, with beautiful trims throughout – coffered ceiling in the family room, entryway with transoms, many built-ins, extensive wainscoting, and other elements designed to help preserve the warm feeling and to keep the scale unimposing.  The ample foyer with a large sitting stair and warm toned oak flooring sets an inviting atmosphere when you enter the house. The kitchen, breakfast, and family room form one cohesive area visually but are cleverly separated by beams, cornice, and counters so each space can feel private when you are in them. Every room in this home is a treasure, well thought out and special. One of our favorite spaces is the upstairs foyer/informal family gathering area with its arched window that frames a long window seat and ends in two desk areas for homework.



Our featured home is located in the Edgemoor neighborhood of Bethesda. Edgemoor’s exceptional reputation is only part of what residents say is special about the neighborhood, just west of downtown Bethesda. Edgemoor is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of Bethesda Row and surrounds, and offers a short commute to downtown Washington and Northern Virginia. The Bethesda Metro station is also in walking distance, and a bustling social life is available through the Edgemoor Club, a private swim and tennis club, and the Edgemoor Citizens Association, which sponsors events throughout the year. Edgemoor was established in the early 1900s and has always drawn its identity from its proximity to downtown Bethesda, according to the Edgemoor Citizens Association. But residents say it wasn’t until the past decade or so, when downtown Bethesda grew into the bustling center of commerce and nightlife that it is today, that the neighborhood acquired its “panache”. Sandy Spring Builders has had the unique distinction of building more new homes and renovations than any other builder in the area. And we are proud sponsors of the Edgemoor 5K race.