An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Set in a forested location, just outside Washington, DC this award-winning contemporary construction is now on the market for the first time.

The Takoma Park House is a stunning contemporary home located in the quaint and historic city of Takoma Park, MD—well-known in the area for its tradition of detached bungalow homes. The sleek rectangular design stands out for multiple reasons, the most striking being how the elegant form of the modern structure reflects and refracts the nature surrounding it. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 1 of 15 - The front of the house at night. An exterior stairway alongside the carport leads to the home’s main entrance.

The front of the house at night. An exterior stairway alongside the carport leads to the home’s main entrance.

Designed by renowned architect Robert Nichols, the three-bedroom, three-bath, 3,650-square-foot home was completed in October 2016, and awarded the Silver Trophy A’Design Award from the A’Design Awards and Competition in 2017. Now on the market, the award-winning property features soaring ceilings, spacious rooms, a show-stealing concrete fireplace, and numerous high-end touches throughout. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 2 of 15 - The main entrance sets the tone for the bright and airy interiors. 

The main entrance sets the tone for the bright and airy interiors. 

The structure’s natural fiber cement exterior keeps with the rustic character of the home’s setting. The first-floor living area features a bright and open plan, a private guest room, a thoughtfully-designed modern kitchen and dining room, high ceilings, good lighting, and large expanses of glass providing views of the surrounding forest and nearby creek while flooding the house with sunlight throughout the year. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 3 of 15 - A fireplace assembled with three different colors on its concrete panels is the centerpiece of the spacious living area.

A fireplace assembled with three different colors on its concrete panels is the centerpiece of the spacious living area.

The living room is anchored by a distinctive concrete fireplace marking the central intersection of the home, its painted metal flue spanning the height of the volume.  

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 4 of 15 - The kitchen features high-end appliances and cabinets elegantly paired with green marble countertops and tiling. 

The kitchen features high-end appliances and cabinets elegantly paired with green marble countertops and tiling. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 5 of 15 - Natural lighting is not an issue despite the home’s forested setting. 

Natural lighting is not an issue despite the home’s forested setting. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 6 of 15 - The first floor features an open plan living room, kitchen and dining room.  

The first floor features an open plan living room, kitchen and dining room.  

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 7 of 15 - The kitchen opens to the dining room area which features a balcony overlooking the surrounding woods. 

The kitchen opens to the dining room area which features a balcony overlooking the surrounding woods. 

The second floor includes the master bedroom, a second bedroom, a balcony, a library and an outdoor deck. A bridge stretches across the two-story interior space, connecting the library to the bedroom above the kitchen and living areas. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 8 of 15 - A bridge on the second floor leads from the master bedroom to the library.

A bridge on the second floor leads from the master bedroom to the library.

Despite the open plan and ample glazing, the home maintains a strong sense of privacy thanks to its carefully organized public and private spaces. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 9 of 15 - The library features high ceilings complete with ceiling fans and ample lighting. 

The library features high ceilings complete with ceiling fans and ample lighting. 

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 10 of 15 - The master bath overlooks a private section of the forest to ensure privacy for the owner. 

The master bath overlooks a private section of the forest to ensure privacy for the owner. 


As Nichols explains, "The spatial organization of the house is based on a programmatic separation between public and private areas. The family in the household is intended to have a private space for sleeping and bathing. The private part of the house is located on the entry side and faces land, woods, and road. The public spaces where the family gathers and entertains are at the rear of the house, overlooking the creek in the park."

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 11 of 15 - Rear house view at night.

Rear house view at night.

An Airy, Award-Winning Maryland Gem Hits the Market - Photo 12 of 15 - "The house forms a linear structure in a cantilever cube with one being open and the other enclosed," explains Nichols. 

"The house forms a linear structure in a cantilever cube with one being open and the other enclosed," explains Nichols. 

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206 Domer Ave is now being listed by Stephanie McGovern of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty who can be contacted at 202-368-7198 (mobile) or 301-967-3344 (office).

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