To say judges of the design competition among the six Dream Homes at Piney Orchard in Odenton liked the James Monroe is definitely an under-statement.
A French country manor-style house by Patriot Homes, the James Monroe won five of the eight awards presented this year. According to the judges, it has the best detailing, kitchen, master suite, interior design and interior merchandising. (Other winners included Ryan Homes for best landscaping, Orion Homes for best outdoor living area, and American Homes for best exterior design.)
The "dream" version of the James Monroe can be purchased for $349,000. Including the basement, it has 4,419 square feet of living space.
Stucco and stone are used on the exterior, which also has two covered front porches with copper roofs.
The two-story foyer is adorned with six art niches, five sconce lights and tile flooring with a "marble look." To the left of the foyer, two decorator columns lead to the 12-by-13-foot white paneled living room with a frosted white oak floor.
French doors to one of the porches, lattice ceiling panels, crown molding, built-in china cabinets, and tile flooring highlight the 11-by-12-foot dining room.
Nine additional columns mark the boundaries of the 12-by-12-foot kitchen, 10-by-8-foot sun room, 16-by-17-foot family room with coffered ceiling and gas fireplace and 14-by-10-foot study with built-in bookshelves.
The kitchen has a five-burner gas cook top, Corian-topped work island with dual ovens, Formica counters and oak floors.
A full bath, two coat closets, two-car garage, deck and butler's pantry are also on the entry level.
Style: French country manor.
Number of bedrooms: 5.
Number of baths: 4 full.
Base price: $349,000.
Builder: Patriot Homes.
Phone: (410) 672-5498.