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Last week, we featured the former home of a general, Alexander Haig. This week, we are showcasing the home of another type of general, Sherman Douglas.

Although Douglas never served in the military, he earned the nickname “the General” for his leadership on the basketball court during his sensational college and National Basketball Association career.

The former All-Met Player of the Year at Spingarn, NCAA career-assist leader at Syracuse University and 12-year NBA veteran had the three-level home in Potomac custom-built for him and his family in 2005 by Bradbern Construction.

“For someone in need of a large entertaining space, this house lends itself perfectly,” said listing agent Krystyna Litwin of Long and Foster. “The floor plan and the flow are perfect for any lifestyle.”

The dramatic center hall with its interesting architectural detail opens up to a formal living room and dining room. The two-story living room is bathed in light from the soaring windows and glass doors that lead out onto the terrace.

The masculine library with its dark wood and Brazilian cherry floors has built-in shelves perfect for displaying books or, in Douglas’s case, trophies. The chef’s kitchen has two islands and a breakfast room that sits next to a large family room with a cathedral ceiling.

The master suite on the main floor has a sitting room and his-and-her walk-in closets. Three bedrooms and a playroom can be found on the top floor.

The lower level has an in-law or guest suite, exercise room, home theater and a recreation room with a wet bar.

Outdoors, a pavilion with a gas range and refrigerator overlooks the in-ground pool. The two-acre, fully fenced lot has plenty of room to build a tennis court.

Douglas chose not to finish the space above the four-car garage, but the builder left it so that not much needs to be done to turn it into a two-bedroom apartment for staff.

“It would be something you could finish very inexpensively,” Litwin said.

The 13,462-square-foot house is well located near the Beltway and Interstate 270. It’s also less than 15 minutes from downtown Bethesda. The home is on the market for $3.475 million. An open house is scheduled Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Listing: 10401 Stapleford Hall Dr., Potomac

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