Darnestown | MD
This impressive and meticulously maintained home on a breathtaking 2-acre lot in the heart of Darnestown offers almost 9,000 square feet of gracious living space on three levels. From the moment you drive down the expansive driveway and onto the grounds of this private enclave, you’ll understand why this home is special. The classic brick construction suggests permanence and gives the sense that the home is an integral part of its surroundings. Stepping into the grand foyer, you will be captivated by the exquisite detailing throughout, from the cathedral ceilings to the beautiful crown molding and flooring. The home’s high ceilings and walls of windows bring the outside in and fill every room with natural light. On the fully fenced grounds, the beautiful sunroom, large deck and extensive terraces for lounging and entertaining offer endless opportunities to enjoy the idyllic setting and views of Sugarloaf Mountain. The attached, side loading three-car garage, large parking area and circular driveway accommodate a crowd. This five bedroom, four bath, two half bath home offers too many rooms and features to list. Some notable spaces include the show-stopping two-story foyer with a dramatic staircase, an equally stunning two-story family room with a fireplace, a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets, stone countertops and high-end appliances and a luxurious owners’ suite with attached sitting room, large closet room and spa-like bathroom. The basement, with almost 3,000 finished square feet includes a bedroom, a large entertaining area with a built-in bar, the home’s second fireplace, a meditation room/theater room a full bathroom as well as flex space and ample storage. The roof is brand new, installed in 2018. This home reflects the craftsmanship and the careful attention to detail and design that went into its construction. The floor plan is not just spacious and beautiful, but also livable. Every space has a purpose and every room is inviting. This special home is a home to be enjoyed for generations.
Named for William Darne, the community was built on 2,000 acres of land inherited by his wife from her father Charles Gassway’s ‘Mount Pleasant’ land grant. Originally, the town was referred to as Mount Pleasant, but the name shifted in popular parlance to Darne and eventually Darnestown. The community was located halfway between Montgomery Court House (modern-day Rockville) and the mouth of the Monocacy River, and originally consisted of a tavern, a pair of blacksmiths, a wheelwright, a single store, and a log building which served as both a school and the home of several churches. The community’s greatest economic boom was during the Civil War, when providing for the needs of the armies camped around Washington, DC provided new income. Following the war, however, Darnestown slowly deflated and eventually ceased being a commercial center, with only a few of the original buildings left standing. The area has since been absorbed by suburban development.
Darnestown is home to the Seneca Academy, a private school for grades Kindergarten-5. It is also home to Darnestown Elementary School and Jones Lane Elementary School, part of Montgomery County Public Schools. Though Quince Orchard High School is within several miles of most of Darnestown, all residents who are in the Darnestown Elementary School District lines will attend Northwest High School in Germantown instead. Jones Lane Elementary School students do attend Quince Orchard High School. Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, Seneca Academy, and Butler Montessori School are K-8 private schools that are in Darnestown.
Darnestown has a number of local parks, including Darnestown Square Park, Muddy Branch Stream Park, Lighthouse Point Park, and the Seneca Ridge Trail and Seneca Creek Park. Darnestown is also home to three locks on the C&O Canal. The town also borders the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, which is made up of lots of farmland and parks that many residents of Darnestown can appreciate. There is also a community softball league for adults in the community, with teams representing the different areas of Darnestown. It is also popular for residents to tube down the Great Seneca Creek from a starting point off of Berryville Road or Darnestown Road to the Seneca Aqueduct located near Pooles’ Store, off River Road. Darnestown is also home to Seneca School House, the oldest existing schoolhouse in Montgomery County. The town is also home to a historic black community, living along Berryville Road.