Hidden away in the tree-lined Eagle Ridge village of the Avenel is a bespoke center hall colonial comprised of the rarest materials and masterful craftsmanship. Accessed via an intimate driveway meandering through mature foliage, a pea gravel courtyard and stone facade beyond the private bridge exudes warmth and tranquility seen in the great country retreats of the Cotswolds. Stepping into the paneled foyer is akin to entering the reception area of a world-renowned country club and doing so reveals a gracious floor plan ample in square footage but always cozy by nature. Adhering to the principles of symmetry and a classic center-hall layout, three identical, custom-molded archways lead from the foyer to the home’s embassy-sized formal rooms as well as the grand staircase, whose landing is illuminated by natural light pouring in from the Palladian window, providing breathtaking views of the rear lawn and tree canopy beyond. A grand gentleman’s library, with elegantly curved mahogany bookcases lining its perimeter, has private outdoor access via solid French doors. The main transverse gallery augments an effortless transition to the home’s informal areas. The great room features three sets of floor-to-ceiling windows, a rustic masonry fireplace, flagstone flooring, and intricately arranged reclaimed wood beams overhead. Likewise, the chef’s kitchen boasts bespoke Smallbone English cabinetry, an AGA range and wine coolers, and twin islands with wooden countertops, as well as a full suite of Subzero appliances. A breakfast nook with tranquil views, generously-scaled mudroom with built-in cubbies and benches, and oversized four-car garage complete the main level. The upper-level owner’s suite is a separate oasis with its two-sided limestone fireplace and private sitting room/office with a cozy window seat. Custom twin vanities, a walk-in shower with multiple heads, separate water closets, and a stylish freestanding tub with an arched window abound in the spa-inspired owner’s bath, while a true custom dressing room with full built-ins and a center island completes the retreat. The secondary bedrooms have not been neglected, boasting ample proportions, ensuite baths, and dressing areas of their own. The walkout lower level revolves around a second great room with a masonry fireplace. Extensive stonework complements state-of-the-art amenities, including a professional window-lined home fitness center, billiards room, wet bar with reclaimed antique Pennsylvanian wood, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar accessed through an arched wrought-iron door. A sixth ensuite bedroom, dressing facilities for the pool, a second laundry room, and additional storage rooms are an example of the redundancy built into the property. Outback, the oversized screened-in porch keeps the professional outdoor kitchen sheltered from the elements and steps down onto a full-width stone terrace supported by gracious archways. The freeform swimming pool and adjoining spa seamlessly blend into their natural surroundings, while an acre of private, tree-lined space is truly a rare find in such a premier location. Similar to how all of the technology is hidden in a Rolls-Royce, a comprehensive smart home system services the entire residence, enabling smartphone control of audio, visual, HVAC, and pool systems while never detracting from the classic craftsmanship and effortless luxury exuding from every square inch. Situated within close-in Bethesda, minutes away from the city, 7019 Natelli Woods is a whimsical blend of exclusivity and opulence so close to the action yet so far removed from it.
Listing courtesy of TTR Sotheby's International Realty.