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The multiple levels and elevations of this week’s featured home in Potomac catch the eye of a visitor in unexpected ways.

The dining room perches over the living room with its 16-foot wall of windows that flood light into both spaces. The patio provides a secluded oasis while the rooftop terrace offers boundless tree-filled views.

Sam Pardoe built the house, taking the “Cliffs” floor plan of D.C. architect Errol Adels and adapting it to this four-level home in Avenel. Adels’s original design was for the townhomes that nest on a cliff above Chain Bridge Road.

“It’s so much more interesting than most homes because it has all the right rooms, but it has all these magnificent overlooks and views you would never expect,” said listing agent Nancy Itteilag of Long and Foster.

The home’s distinctive layout provides ample opportunities for socializing. The dining room can seat 10 comfortably. The living room spills over into a sunken, more intimate gathering space. The top floor is perfect for a casual get-together around the sit-down bar and roomy seating area. When the weather is nice, the patio is an ideal spot for a cozy garden party while the rooftop terrace is spacious enough for a July Fourth barbecue crowd.

“It has the grandeur and entertaining spaces of a home on Embassy Row,” Itteilag said.

For those who don’t relish taking the stairs to move about the house, there is an elevator to whisk you from floor to floor.

The expansive master suite has his and hers walk-in closets and a comfortable sitting area.

The three-bedroom, 4½-bath home is next to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, a private, 18-hole championship golf course. The Avenel homeowners association provides private surveillance as well as landscaping and snow removal services. Memberships to the golf course and the swim and tennis club are available separately.

The house is on the market for $1,795,000. The HOA fee is $335 per month.

Listing: 9642 Beman Woods Way, Potomac

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