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House of the Week | French Provincial home in Bethesda for $1.625M

Rachelle Roth always will have a strong attachment to the French Provincial-style house in the Locust Ridge subdivision of Bethesda.

“It’s where the kids grew up,” she said. “It has great memories.”

She and husband Jeffrey bought the home in 1987, four years before they opened Urban Country, the popular home furnishings and interior design store in Bethesda.

In time, the house became a gathering place for the friends of their three daughters. During warm summers, the back yard pool was a popular attraction.

“It’s a great home to raise a family,” Roth said. “It’s a great neighborhood. . . . We were the go-to [house] for all the neighborhood kids.”

The house is in many ways a reflection of the Roths’ store. Roth redid the home several years ago, adding linen and leather trims to make the interiors more serene. The floors were stained a warm brown.

“It really can go traditional or real contemporary, just depending on what you do with the furnishings,” Roth said. “I needed calm.”

The double-door entrance opens to a two-story foyer with a formal dining room on the right and a formal living room on the left.

Back when they first bought the house, Roth changed the layout. She wanted an open floor plan that was more conducive to entertaining. She removed walls that separated the kitchen from the breakfast room and the family room.

“It’s a big, flowing, entertaining home without being vacuous,” said listing agent Zelda Heller of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s cozy but with lots of space.”

Now that her daughters are adults, Roth has decided it’s time to leave the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house. Her husband died in 1999.

“I’m sad to leave,” she said.

The 3,300-square-foot home is listed at $1.625 million. Nearly all of the furnishings are available for purchase.

Listing: 7625 Wheatcroft Ct., Bethesda

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.



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