Down a long pea gravel driveway, past the rolling hills and cow-filled pastures of Potomac, Md., a modern home appears nestled among mature trees. A brick courtyard is one of the few traditional touches in an otherwise contemporary dwelling.
The entry — a series of triangles, squares and rectangles — signals how linear the 1985 home is. There are few curves and arches to be found. Rather, sharp, clean lines dominate.
Soaring cathedral ceilings and abundant panes of glass in the public spaces create a bright and airy feel. The living room ceiling rises more than 35 feet. Basketweave hardwood floors ground the space and add warmth, while tile flooring in the kitchen continues the modern theme.
The dramatic angular ceilings in the sunroom are reminiscent of a house of worship. The minimalist gas fireplace with its chimney pipe provides heat without obstructing the panoramic views afforded by the three walls of windows.
The Boffi-designed kitchen has a large center island with a thick-cut granite countertop. Double wall ovens, a six-burner range with grill, warming drawers, two dishwashers and a wine refrigerator make entertaining a breeze.
The bedrooms, including the master suite, are grouped in their own first-floor wing. The master suite includes a bedroom with a tray ceiling, a spacious walk-in closet with a center island, a gas fireplace and French doors that open to a terrace that overlooks the back yard and pool deck. The master bathroom has dual vanities, a soaking tub and a teak-floored shower.
The library is tucked in the same wing as the bedrooms and has a gas fireplace and a private balcony.
A large entertaining space on the lower level has a wet bar and a wood-burning stone fireplace. French doors lead to a pool deck, pool house and tennis court. The pool house has a sitting room, two bathrooms and a sauna.
A service barn, hen and goat houses, and a pond round out the bucolic property.
The second floor of the three-car garage is an apartment for staff with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
The house “is an exceptional modernist masterpiece,” listing agent Mark McFadden of Washington Fine Properties wrote in an e-mail. The “one-of-a-kind residence and property offers stunning architecture, private grounds, pool, pool house, outbuildings, and so much more!”
The 52-acre property is listed at $8.75 million.
Listing: 13331 Signal Tree Lane, Potomac, Md.
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