House adjacent to Congressional Country Club offered at $4.8M


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Karen and Steven Fickes uncovered the house of their family’s desires. The only difficulty was it was in the improper area, which is why they built this household in Bethesda, Md.

The Fickes had observed just about this actual property in one more locale, but it was more substantial and on a a single-acre lot. It also was on a active street.

“That was the dealbreaker for us,” Karen explained. “We liked the house. But at the time, primarily with the youngsters getting the ages they were being, we just felt like the kids can’t experience their bikes on the avenue.”

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Bethesda, Md., house | The dwelling was crafted in 1995 by Griff Gosnell adjacent to Congressional Place Club. It is on the industry for just below $4.8 million. (Constance Gauthier)

So they determined to develop a smaller sized edition of the home on a two-acre ton that abutted Congressional Place Club. They have been captivated to that location because of its proximity and seclusion.

“We’re 11 miles from the White Home,” she mentioned. “We can walk to the canal. … It was pretty shut to the faculties that our kids were likely to at the time. You can be in Tysons in 10 minutes you can be at Montgomery Mall in 7 minutes. … The actuality that you’re as near to all of these sites, but you have two acres that back up to Congressional [Country Club], and the total neighborhood is 1 avenue, just just one avenue, which ends in a cul-de-sac. It is amazingly tranquil.”

Being upcoming to the 14th tee on Congressional’s Gold Course wasn’t a variable in their final decision, other than that it presented lush green space driving their dwelling.

“At the time that we designed it, my husband was a golfer, though we weren’t members at Congressional,” Karen mentioned. “I consider that it was primarily just the truth that it is a attractive perspective and you never have to get worried about anything being designed driving you that is going to spoil your peaceful existence.”

The residence was constructed to their requirements by Griff Gosnell in 1995.

“We manufactured incredibly several changes” to the design of the unique property they saw, Karen claimed. That property “was truly more substantial than this. We felt like what we have is substantial adequate.”

The floor strategy on the principal level suited their requires. Karen specifically favored how guests could shift effortlessly through the residence.

“I imagined the format was fantastic for entertaining,” she mentioned. “I experienced 16 individuals for Christmas supper, and I can seat that in my dining space. I have had up to 80 individuals in the property for a celebration.”

Karen claims she almost certainly wouldn’t have needed the two-tale library had it not been in the original household.

“That’s something that I would have never integrated if I hadn’t noticed it, but we use that space all the time,” she mentioned. “Both my spouse and I are avid readers. I have utilized that area as my business. Truly, one of us has usually labored out of that library, even nevertheless it appears like it was developed as a showpiece. It is been purposeful.”

Karen states she likes to look through the bookshelves and obtain textbooks to browse that she hasn’t browse in several years. Final calendar year, when her son returned home for a functioning getaway, he worked in the library. For the reason that the area has pocket doors, it could be shut off from the rest of the home, supplying him the privateness he essential. The backdrop also presented an impressive placing for his video clip conference phone calls.

“He reported that when he was on Zoom phone calls, men and women would inquire, ‘Where are you?’ ” she reported. “‘You’ve acquired mahogany wood all all-around you.’”

The basketball/squash court docket was an addition to the ideas.

“When we did get to [planning] the basement, which is when we place in the [multisport] court docket,” Karen stated. “We knew that heading in simply because that had to be dug. It was later when we did the basement that we arrived up with the concept of carrying out the walls in outdated brick. … That’s what my spouse desired. He wanted previous brick partitions and then he wished that wood-slat ceiling.”

The 6-bed room, 9-lavatory, 15,700-sq.-foot dwelling is detailed at just less than $4.8 million.

8600 Region Club Dr., Bethesda, Md.

  • Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/9
  • Approximate sq.-footage: 15,700
  • Ton sizing: 2 acres
  • Attributes: The home was designed in 1995 by Griff Gosnell. It has a two-tale lobby and a two-tale mahogany paneled library. There are six fireplaces. A multisport court is on the reduce stage. The three-car garage is attached.
  • Listing agent: Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary of HRL Companions at Washington Fine Houses


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