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Spectacular custom-built Mediterranean villa, nestled in one of Bethesda~s loveliest neighborhoods, with quick access to the 495 and just minutes from downtown Bethesda. Few homes in DC boast such European luxury and elegance: marble, limestone, custom doors and windows, Italian cabinetry; and above all, solid construction. The home is enhanced by sophisticated architectural detail throughout: elaborate moldings, archways, ceiling detail, designer lighting, etc. While very spacious, the floor plan invites both comfortable, intimate family living as well as lavish entertaining with its open floor plan and easy flow for either small gatherings or larger receptions. The fully equipped catering kitchen off the garage facilitates entertaining, so the main kitchen can remain a chic showcase without the cooking clutter or, if desired, closed off by the large pocket doors between the kitchen and sitting areas. On the upper level, there are four large bedroom suites and fantastic closet space. The chic walk-up basement offers a most unusual amenity ~ three bedrooms, ideal for in-laws, a nanny suite, or service ~ private and with independent access. Additionally, the lower level has two bars, a fireplace, two large rec areas, a gym, and plenty of storage closets. The home, with its gracious exterior of limestone, stucco, and stone, has majestic curb appeal enhanced by its placement, set back from the road at the highest point of the lot, for maximum sunlight. The professionally landscaped lot is resplendent with mature shrubbery and trees, supported by an in-ground irrigation system and ample landscape lighting. Enjoy the large stone patio by the heated pool for summer fun or cozy nights around the outdoor fire pit. Four car garage. Flexible timeline.