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Every so often, a home of truly exceptional quality presents itself. That moment has arrived with 7814 Hampden Lane. Gracing a .28-acre lot in an idyllic Bethesda enclave, this mesmerizing 5-6BR/6.5BA Tudor Revival was inspired by the European architecture that established Greenwich Forest as a local treasure. The product of a comprehensive expansion and renovation completed in 2010, this extraordinary residence boasts a remarkable OUTDOOR LIVING STRUCTURE and a rare MULTI-GENERATIONAL APARTMENT or guest suite. A testament to the skill of architect James N. Gerrety, an artful blend of elements is displayed in the decorative half-timbering, steeply pitched slate roof, terra cotta chimney pots, and charming inset dormers. Carderock stone, intricate brick work, and flared cedar arches add gentle strength. The enchanting facade with covered porch and speakeasy door belies the substantial scale within. Wide-plank hickory floors, extensive millwork, beamed ceilings, and pointed arches distinguish the versatile interior spaces which are at once rich and inviting. Main level highlights include a private office with custom built-ins, a generous, yet elegant dining room with fireplace, a gorgeous custom kitchen open to a warm gathering area, an adjacent theater room with pocket doors, a delightful turret-inspired sunroom, and a glamorous powder room. A stunning rear porch with vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, and dramatic bubinga wood centerpiece provides impressive overflow living and entertaining space. On the second level is a sumptuous master bedroom retreat with wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, and a luxurious spa bathroom featuring a romantic alcove with freestanding tub. Three additional spacious bedrooms -- all with dazzling en-suite baths -- and a laundry enclosure complete this level. A delightful third level offers wonderful flex space suited to study, leisure, exercise, and sleep. Lower level offerings include an expansive recreation room, a large laundry and work room, a mudroom, a bathroom, and ample storage. A unique and unexpected feature is the expansive and sun-filled apartment with large sparkling kitchen and a quaint private entrance. Mature trees and shrubbery, a stone retaining wall, and a rain garden adorn the lush, low-maintenance grounds which offer both an attached and a detached garage and ample surface parking. Centrally located, this property is steps to the Ride-on stop and less than a mile to downtown Bethesda's many restaurants and amenities, including access to metro and the Capital Crescent Trail.

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Listed by Ellen E Hatoum of Washington Fine Properties

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